#Classic16 Corn and Wheat Scholarship Winners

Joanna Schroeder

The number of scholarships presented by BASF Crop Protection and the various commodity organizations at Commodity Classic increases every year. Yea. It’s great to see so many young men and women take an interest in agriculture. We were able to interview some but not all of this year’s winners – but they are all outstanding. The $1000 National Corn Growers …

Agriculture Education, Audio, Award, BASF, Commodity Classic, Corn, Wheat

#Classic16 Celebrates Decade of Scholarships

Cindy Zimmerman

BASF Crop Protection, the American Soybean Association (ASA), National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), and the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) celebrated ten years of rewarding future agriculture industry leaders with scholarships during the 2016 Commodity Classic last week. A past scholarship winner who now works for BASF as a tech service rep had the honor of presenting the awards this year. …

ASA, Audio, BASF, Commodity Classic, Corn, Education, NCGA, Soybean, Wheat

BASF and Commodity Groups Award Scholarships

Lizzy Schultz

BASF Crop Protection has teamed up with the industry-leading commodity organizations behind Commodity Classic to award scholarships to 10 students pursuing degrees in agriculture. BASF presented the students with their scholarships during the 2016 Commodity Classic along with the American Soybean Association (ASA), the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), and the National Wheat Foundation(NWF). Representatives from the three commodity groups …

Ag Group, ASA, Audio, BASF, Commodity Classic, NCGA, University, Wheat

Wheat & Sorghum Leaders Highlight Industry Issues

Lizzy Schultz

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and the National Sorghum Producers (NSP) each held a press conference on issues facing their industries during the 2016 Commodity Classic. Representatives from NAWG discussed several pieces of legislation that will have a significant impact on wheat growers and industry partners, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and GMO labeling laws. Their latest efforts …

Ag Group, Audio, Commodity Classic, NAWG, NSP, sorghum, Wheat

Vilsack Makes 7th Appearance at #Classic16

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has appeared at every Commodity Classic since he was confirmed, making this year the seventh time he has addressed corn, soybean, sorghum and wheat farmers. “Farmers are the linchpin of this country. They are the heart and soul,” said Vilsack, who concentrated much of his remarks on the importance of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) for …

Audio, Commodity Classic, Corn, sorghum, Soybean, USDA, Wheat

U.S. Wheat Associates Directors Elected

Kelly Marshall

The U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) Board of Directors will be under new leadership for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.  The board elected officers at their recent meeting in Washington D.C.  New officers will begin their duties at the board meeting in July in Fargo, North Dakota. New members include; Chris Kolstad as Secretary-Treasurer, Jason Scott moving from Vice Chair to Chair, …

Ag Group, Wheat

Wheat Awards

Cindy Zimmerman

Members of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) were in Washington DC last week for their annual winter conference and during that time presented awards to friends in Congress. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) was presented with the 2015 Wheat Leader of the Year by the NAWG board of directors, including Washington farmer and NAWG president Brett Blankenship. “Senator Cantwell …

Government, NAWG, Wheat

NRGene Assists in Wheat Genome Sequencing

Joanna Schroeder

The bread wheat genome has now been sequenced. Wheat is one of the most widely grown cereals in the world, and the project will help accelerate global research into crop improvement. The project was led by the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC). Using NRGene’s DeNovoMAGICTM software, the bread wheat variety Chinese Spring genome was assembled. The new data will …

Precision Agriculture, Wheat

#ASTACSS Features Wheat Improvement Panel

Taylor Truckey

During the ASTA CSS & Seed Expo this week, attendees were invited to a panel titled, “Value Chain Engagement in Wheat Improvement” that brought together representatives from across the wheat value chain to discuss needed innovation in the wheat industry. Justin Gilpin, CEO of the Kansas Wheat Commission, focused on the benefit of public/private partnerships as well as work the …

ASTA, Audio, Wheat

Wheat Growers’ Applicator Finalist for Operator of the Year

Taylor Truckey

Four finalists have been named to AGCO’s Operator of the Year award; one will be announced as the 10th Annual Operator of the Year at the 2015 ARA Conference and Expo in California December 1-3, 2015. Curtis Fick, Wheat Growers’ lead applicator at the Carpenter location, has been chosen as one of four national finalists for AGCO’s Operator of the …

AGCO, ARA, Wheat