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Carrie Muehling

The American Farm Bureau Federation is accepting speaker proposals for the 2019 AFBF Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show in New Orleans, Louisiana this January, 11-16, 2019. Submit your proposal by Friday, May 18, 2018 for a chance to become part of one of the premier destinations for agriculture education, policy development, industry relationships and cutting-edge innovations. The IFAJ2018 World …

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Carrie Muehling

Illinois and other Midwestern students will have help paying for college tuition during the 2018-2019 school year, courtesy of scholarships awarded today by the IAA Foundation. The IAA Foundation, the charitable arm of the Illinois Farm Bureau, awarded $123,600 to 69 students pursuing degrees in agriculture-related fields, based on their academic ability, leadership involvement, professional career goals and financial need. …

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Carrie Muehling

The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association (DCHA) announced effective May 1, 2018 the association’s management will transition to Gardner & Gardner Communications of New Prague, Minn. Founded in 1996, DCHA, formerly known as the Professional Dairy Heifer Growers Association, has partnered with Filament, in Madison, Wis., since 2013. Filament and Gardner & Gardner Communications will closely collaborate on the transition …

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Zimfo Bytes 4/20

Carrie Muehling

Victory Enterprises (VE) has announced the creation of an Agriculture Advocacy division designed to help agriculture clients navigate the public policy arena. The division will be led by Matt Alsager, a fixture of agriculture advocacy in Missouri and, Whitney Woolf, a seasoned political pro from Oklahoma. Syngenta has announced the acquisition of Abbott & Cobb, a U.S.-owned independent breeder, producer, …

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Zimfo Bytes 4/13

Carrie Muehling

Apply now for the 2018 Andy Markwart Horizon Award, presented by the AAEA Professional Improvement Foundation and John Deere. The annual award is given to an AAEA Ag Communicators Network member who embodies the youthful vigor, energy, passion, dedication and creativity shown by Andy in his volunteer work for AAEA for many years. Andy died in 2005 from heart problems. …

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Carrie Muehling

A new children’s book called Look, See the Farm! seeks to not only promote curiosity in children about the natural world around them, but also to establish the universal quality of having a connection with nature. Look, See the Farm! is the heartwarming story of two sisters visiting their grandparents’ organic farm during each of the four seasons, discovering the …

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Cindy Zimmerman

The Tractor Supply Company Mobile Fair Tour is looking for 4-H and FFA youth who showcase what it means to be a great neighbor. Originating last year, the “Great Neighbor” Essay Contest is an experiential component of the retailer’s Mobile Fair Tour—a 24-stop journey across the United States that will begin its route June 1 in Kentucky and conclude Nov. …

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Zimfo Bytes 3/23

Carrie Muehling

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued a statement regarding the omnibus spending bill released by Congressional leaders: “The omnibus spending plan released last night contains a number of our priorities at USDA. Fixing the so-called ‘grain glitch’ 199A problem is simply an issue of fairness. We should not be picking winners and losers through the federal tax code by …

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Zimfo Bytes 3/16

Carrie Muehling

This spring, wine enthusiasts visiting Hermann, Miss., will have the unique opportunity to meet the farmers behind their food and wine. Celebrating the best of what Missouri has to offer, Missouri CommonGround and the Hermann Wine Trail announce The Farmers’ Table Wine Trail, a new addition to the wine trail lineup in 2018. The American Farm Bureau Federation has presented …

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Carrie Muehling

National Farmers Union presented Matt Birgen, Sue Carlson and Janet Nelson with the Meritorious Service Award at the organization’s 116th Anniversary Convention. Birgen, Carlson and Nelson were selected for their outstanding leadership and service to family agriculture and to Farmers Union over the course of their lifetimes. At the Farm Foundation Forum on Tuesday, March 20, university leaders will explore …

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