Soil Renaissance and Phytobiomes Initiative Collaborate

Chuck Zimmerman

Today the Soil Renaissance and Phytobiomes Initiative announced announced a collaboration aimed at understanding how soil health and the broader phytobiomes in which plants exist impact food production for a growing population. In December 2013, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and Farm Foundation, NFP, launched the Soil Renaissance to bring attention to soil health’s critical role in feeding a global …

Ag Group, Science, Soil

Alltech Young Scientist Competition Narrowed to Eight

Jamie Johansen

Eight finalists will move on to the next level in the 10th annual Alltech Young Scientist program, the largest global university contest of its kind that rewards scientific genius and experimental application in agri-science. A panel of agriculture industry leaders selected four undergraduate students and four graduate students from more than 8,800 registrants for the 2014-2015 term. Students were challenged …

Agribusiness, Alltech, Research, Science

CAST Appoints New Executive Vice President

Jamie Johansen

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST), a nonprofit organization that specializes in assembling and communicating science-based agricultural information to a broad audience, announces the appointment of its new Executive Vice President, Kent G. Schescke. Linda Chimenti, the current EVP, will retire at the end of May after 15 successful years with CAST. Mr. Schescke will assume the role …

Ag Group, Science, Technology

BASF Celebrates 150 Years of Science

Cindy Zimmerman

Since 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of BASF, our friends with BASF Crop Protection are pleased to kick off this anniversary year in the U.S. with the 9th annual media symposium, the Science Behind the Right Chemistry, prior to the official start of Commodity Classic in Phoenix, Arizona. Opening the big event was Technical Crop Production Specialist AJ Woodyard and …

Agribusiness, Audio, BASF, Crop Protection, Science

AWARD Fellowships go to 70 African Women Ag Scientists

Jamie Johansen

Olivia Narciso Pedro, a lecturer and researcher at the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo, Mozambique is one of 70 outstanding African women agricultural scientists to have been awarded a 2015 fellowship from African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD). The winners have been publicly announced this week in Nairobi, Kenya, where they have convened for an orientation workshop. “Agricultural …

Ag Group, International, Research, Science

Consumer Electronics Offer Glimpse into Ag Tech

Chuck Zimmerman

This ZimmCast is going to be another focus on the AgNerd Cloud. It’s just been working that way lately. I did not attend the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas but via Twitter I met John Shutske, Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach Programs in the University of Wisconsin’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences who was attending. John …

AgNerd, Apps, Audio, Education, Internet, Precision Agriculture, Science, Technology, ZimmCast

Get on Board with CAST

Jamie Johansen

Join the Council of Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) today and your membership will begin immediately and extend throughout 2015. That means you’ll enjoy three months of membership benefits for free. Benefits include Friday Notes, CAST’s weekly signature electronic newsletter, covering all things agriculture, immediate access to CAST’s highly respected publications and “members only” website and much more. An online …

Ag Group, Science, Technology