#NFMS17 Highlights Story of Rural Infrastructure

Kelly Marshall

People don’t know the story of agriculture, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarels stated at the kickoff panel of the National Farm Machinery Show. The event, sponsored by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), highlighted the importance of rural infrastructure and the challenges faced due to a lack of understanding by consumers. Recently Kentucky passed a bill to make transporting equipment …

AEM, National Farm Machinery Show, transportation

Shipping Soy and Other Specialty Grains

Jamie Johansen

For the 4th year in a row U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) has joined forces with the Midwest Shippers Association (MSA) to host the U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange and Midwest Specialty Grains Conference. Sometimes it’s easy to forget how our products get from point A to point B. We put our heart and soul into production and neglect the …

Agribusiness, Audio, Exports, Feed, Food, International, Soybean, transportation, USSEC

Corn Growers Urge Transportation Bill Reconcile

John Davis

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is happy the House of Representatives passed the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, a bill that would extend federal highway funding for the next six years. But in this news release, NCGA urged the House and Senate now to reconcile their respective transportation bills and send it to the White House …

Government, NCGA, transportation

DOT Announces Registration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Jamie Johansen

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that recreational users of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, must register their systems with the federal government. A task force will be created to develop recommendations for a registration process for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said, “Registering unmanned aircraft will help build a culture of accountability and responsibility, especially …

Ag Group, Corn, NCGA, Precision Agriculture, transportation

Farm Foundation to Talk Rural Transportation Issues

John Davis

News of too few rail cars to move this year’s grain harvest from farming areas to consumers has grabbed the headlines most recently, but agriculture and rural America are facing several other transportation issues this year. Farm Foundation will look to address some key issues, including the nation’s aging transportation infrastructure–roads, bridges and waterways, during its next free forum, Wednesday, …

Farm Foundation, transportation

Yamaha Outdoors Partners with ACT Again

sara

To learn more about the partnership between Yamaha Outdoors and the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, I spoke with Van Holmes, a Yamaha Outdoors representative at Ag Media Summit. For several years, Yamaha Outdoors has sponsored a scholarship to help cover costs for college students to attend Ag Media Summit. “This year we received a number of great applications from five …

ACT, Ag Media Summit, transportation

AgRowers Support Farmers and Rivers

Cindy Zimmerman

Missouri corn and soybean growers were rowers last week in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of the state’s rivers for agriculture. The Missouri Corn and Soybean Rowers, also known as the Ag Rowers, spent nearly 77 hours last week paddling their tandem kayak across the state from Kansas City to St. Charles in the Missouri American Water …

Ag Group, Corn, Soybean, transportation

NCGA Thanks President for Signing WRRDA

Jamie Johansen

The National Corn Growers Association thanked President Obama for signing the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014. This final reauthorization bill, which will improve the reliability and efficiency of the U.S. inland waterways system, was passed by the House on May 20 and the Senate on May 22. “This legislation provides an important step toward the infrastructure improvements …

Ag Group, Corn, Government, NCGA, transportation, Water

WRRDA Conference Report Released

Cindy Zimmerman

The long-awaited Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) conference report was released by House and Senate negotiators on Thursday, to the great relief of agricultural interests. “This is a huge step forward to ensure the continued success of the soybean supply chain, and leaders in both the House and Senate deserve a great deal of credit for shepherding this …

Audio, Government, Soybean, transportation