Future of Farming and Food in Focus at #ONEBigIdea

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“Farming, Food and the Shifting Horizon” will be the focus of the Alltech ONE Virtual Experience on Thursday as futurist Jack Bobo shares his insights on the challenges and opportunities awaiting us in the next era of agriculture.

Bobo is the CEO of Futurity, a food foresight company that works with food and agriculture businesses to better understand emerging food trends and consumer attitudes so they can position themselves to thrive in an ever more complex world. He makes it his business to stay ahead of the trends and detect the disruptors that trigger them.

In this interview, Bobo provides a preview of his virtual presentation on Thursday, May 21 on 9:00 AM Eastern time, which will also be available on-demand for ONE virtual attendees. The greatest thing about this virtual experience is that you can still register and not miss any of it!

Interview with keynote speaker Jack Bobo, CEO of Futurity
Alltech ONE Virtual interview with Jack Bobo, CEO of Futurity (9:48)

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FMH Adds Dairy Revenue Protection to Farm Insurance Solutions

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Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa (FMH) will begin offering the federal crop insurance product Dairy Revenue Protection (DRP) beginning this July, further expanding FMH’s Complete Farm Insurance Solutions™ product suite.

DRP protects against losses in milk revenue caused by changes in market prices and production, giving dairy producers peace of mind when it comes to the challenge of selling milk at optimal prices.

As one of the top-ranking commodities in the United States, dairy is a new commodity for FMH to add to its range of farm insurance products. The company is already well known for its expertise in farm insurance, and FMH President and CEO Ron Rutledge said he looks forward to bringing FMH’s reputation for quality service into the dairy sector.

“There’s never been a more important time to protect dairy farmers and the industry than right now,” added Rutledge. “As America’s Crop Insurance Company, we are proud to be offering DRP, along with our other revenue protection products, during a time when there is much market uncertainty in America. Products like DRP ensure America’s producers can continue to farm and operate into next year.”

Producers interested in learning more about Dairy Revenue Protection can talk to their local FMH agent or visit www.fmh.com/drp.

Crop Insurance, Dairy

IFAJ-Alltech Ag Journalism Leadership Award Winner

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Congratulations to Joseph Opoku Gakpo of Ghana who is the recipient of the second IFAJ–Alltech International Award for Leadership in Agricultural Journalism. The award was presented virtually today during the Alltech ONE Virtual Experience by Alltech CEO Mark Lyons and IFAJ president Owen Roberts.

Opoku Gakpo, a radio, TV and online journalist, was selected from nominations submitted by IFAJ guilds around the world. He is a Cornell University fellow, winner of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists’ Star Prize, winner of the MTN Heroes of Change Award and three-time winner of the Ghana Journalists Association Award in agriculture, sustainable development goals and poverty reduction reporting.

With more than a decade of experience working as an environmental, agriculture and rural development journalist, Opoku Gakpo has produced documentaries and other content for radio, television and online platforms. He specializes in science communication and development communication and has produced audio-visual documentaries on various subjects for media broadcast, conducted more than 5,000 radio and television interviews and published approximately 1,000 articles online and in print media.

The IFAJ-Alltech International Award for Leadership in Agricultural Journalism was established in 2019 to honor Alltech’s late founder, Dr. Pearse Lyons, who was a passionate storyteller with a great respect for agricultural journalists. The award complements the young leader program that Alltech co-founded with IFAJ in 2005, which supports mentorship and education.

Listen to the award presentation here with Mark Lyons in Kentucky, Owen Roberts in Ontario, and Opoku Gakpo from Ghana. Below is also an interview with Joseph, and we have as well a link to a video to help you get to know this outstanding young journalist.

Alltech ONE Virtual IFAJ award presentation (13:56)

Interview with Ghana journalist Joseph Opoku Gakpo, IFAJ–Alltech award winner
Alltech ONE Virtual interview with Joseph Opoku Gakpo, Ghana (11:53)

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Welcome to a Whole New ONE

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The Alltech ONE Virtual Experience is underway and over 20,000 people from more than 100 countries are participating in this new and re-imagined way of conferencing and connecting.

Alltech President and CEO Dr. Mark Lyons welcomed participants this morning to the experience that was necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic but that he says they have wanted to do for a long time. “We know that in every uncertainty there is a new potential future,” said Lyons. “This is truly groundbreaking, removing any barriers in connecting globally.”

Dr. Lyons says the experience is not just a day or a week, but all year long. “Be with us for the next 12 months, until ONE takes place again in May 2021. Every month, we’re going to provide this level of content on specific topics.”

The greatest thing about this virtual experience is that you can still register and not miss any of it!

Listen to Dr. Mark Lyons welcome participants to the Alltech ONE Virtual Experience and explain how it was developed and the company’s vision for the event.
Alltech ONE Virtual welcome from Dr. Mark Lyons (18:03)

Keep up with the Alltech ONE Virtual Experience on AgNewsWire where we are posting interviews and audio. And check out the side bar of photos for a flashback of previous ONE conferences.

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Animal Ag News 5/18

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  • The Animal Agriculture Alliance recently hired Emily Solis as communications specialist, beginning May 11. In this role, Solis will work to execute the Alliance’s issues management and communications strategy.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division provided guidance for collaboration among U.S. hog farmers to effectively address unprecedented challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The favorable decision is in response to a “business review” letter submitted to the DOJ by the National Pork Producers Council seeking permission to allow hog farmers greater flexibility in working to maximize the number of hogs entering the food supply, minimize the tragic need to euthanize hogs, and, facilitate the safe and orderly euthanization of those hogs which are not able to enter the food supply.
  • A bipartisan group of eight U.S. Senators, led by U.S. Sens. Tina Smith (D-MN) and Mike Rounds (R-SD), urged U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue to assure that bison producers will be included in the agricultural assistance package that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is developing under the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
  • Michael Dykes, D.V.M., President and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association, released a statement on the Recourse Loan Program for Commercial Processors of Dairy Products in the HEROES Act legislation as proposed by the House of Representatives.
  • Metritis can have a devastating impact on a dairy farm, reducing reproductive performance and decreasing milk production. To provide farmers with a quality, affordable way to treat metritis with zero milk discard, Norbrook, Inc., has launched Cefenil® RTU – the industry’s first ready-to-use, veterinary-prescription, generic ceftiofur hydrochloride injectable.
  • As Americans start to enjoy the warmer weather and fire up their grills, Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. is continuing to ensure beef cravings are satisfied with a quick guide for simple steak swaps. To help consumers make the most out of grilling season, the Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. culinary team, funded by the Beef Checkoff, has developed a chart of simple steak swaps for top grilling cuts that make it easy to get beef on the table, regardless of what cut of beef consumers have on hand.
  • The Dairy Business Association and Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative applauded the Agriculture Department for awarding $317 million in contracts to purchase milk and other dairy foods for struggling Americans.
  • A more condensed version of the Beef Quality Assurance Manual is now available to BQA followers in digital or print form. Both the digital and print versions of the BQA Field Guide are now available. To find out more about them or the BQA Manual, or to become BQA certified, visit BQA.org.
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Alltech ONE Virtual Experience Begins Today

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The Alltech ONE Virtual Experience kicks off today at precisely 9:00 a.m. Eastern time, or whatever time that is wherever you are.

The week-long event begins with a welcome address from Alltech President and CEO Dr. Mark Lyons, followed by keynote presenter Cady Coleman, Retired NASA Astronaut and STEM Advocate. Live question and answer sessions with attendees will be part of the experience, and on-demand presentations on a variety of focus session topics will be available immediately for attendees.

Focus sessions include presentations on some of the latest beef, dairy, poultry and pig research for producers. One example is a new solution to help reduce vice behaviors, like tail biting, in pigs called AllBite™.

Dr. Andrew Bents, Swine Technical Veterinarian for Hubbard Feeds, talks about the possibilities of the AllBite block’s unique delivery system, which makes it a cost-effective solution for certain vice behaviors.

Listen to an interview with Dr. Bents here – and if you have not yet registered for the Alltech ONE Virtual Experience, it’s just a click away!

Alltech ONE interview with Dr. Andrew Bents, Hubbard Feeds (5:48)

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Industry Ag News 5/15

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  • Brian Ahrens has been named UPL Head of U.S. Ag Sales. In this role he will oversee all divisions of the U.S. sales division and identify new market strategies to further UPL’s growing U.S. manufacturing business.
  • The Missouri Hemp Association LLC has announced a collaboration with Bela Vida Nurseries, Inc. Through the collaboration, MHA and Bela Vida will be working to research and develop hemp genetics, as well as working on propagation, planting, and harvesting techniques. The mutual goal of the collaboration is to further develop the hemp industry in the state of Missouri and beyond and to help farmers be successful.
  • Iron Solutions is adding an “Other Equipment” feature to its popular IronGuides® equipment appraisal platform, adding more than 600 new types of equipment to its valuation software, based on actual sales reports from dealers and auctions across North America.
  • The Renewable Fuels Association is pleased to welcome ClearFlame Engine Technologies as the organization’s newest Associate Member.
  • The American Soybean Association has hired Virginia Houston as the newest member of its Washington, D.C.-based government affairs team. She will start June 1 with the industry’s national policy organization.
  • For many FFA members, the academic year is coming to an unforeseen end as schools have moved online across the nation to mitigate COVID-19’s spread in the U.S. This means that in-person events like chapter banquets and state FFA conventions are not happening as planned this spring. However, state FFA associations are adapting to the issue by moving convention sessions and activities online. To see how other state FFA associations are handling their conventions, visit the state association webpage on FFA.org and click on a state to visit the association’s website.
  • U.S. farmers are expected to produce 1.25 billion bushels of winter wheat this year, according to the Crop Production report released by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Also in the Crop Production report are updates to the Jan. 10 estimates for corn and soybeans. The 2019 corn production estimate was reduced from 13.69 billion bushels to 13.66 billion bushels, and the 2019 soybean production estimate was reduced fractionally from the previous estimate. The Crop Production and other reports are available at www.nass.usda.gov/Publications.
  • UnitedAg announced the 2020 recipients of the Agribusiness Education Foundation’s educational scholarship. The member-owned agricultural trade association awarded sixty students from agricultural communities across California and Arizona a combined $75,000.
  • he American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, has opened online applications for the 2021 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. Detailed eligibility guidelines, the competition timeline, videos and profiles of past winners are available at fb.org/challenge. Applications must be received by midnight Eastern Daylight Time on July 31, 2020.
  • The Animal Agriculture Alliance recently hired Emily Solis as communications specialist, beginning May 11. In this role, Solis will work to execute the Alliance’s issues management and communications strategy.
  • The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol has selected Control Union Certifications North America (CUC) to implement an independent, third-party verification program for the Trust Protocol system. CUC was chosen from six applicants following a thorough selection process. The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol will launch in June 2020. Ahead of the June launch date, the Trust Protocol was recently added to Textile Exchange’s list of preferred fibers and materials. For more information, please visit https://TrustUsCotton.org.
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USDA SECURE Rule Paves Way for Agricultural Innovation

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The final rule updating and modernizing USDA’s biotechnology regulations under the Plant Protection Act was approved this week.

The Sustainable, Ecological, Consistent, Uniform, Responsible, Efficient (SECURE) rule will bring USDA’s plant biotechnology regulations into the 21st century by removing duplicative and antiquated processes in order to facilitate the development and availability of these technologies through a transparent, consistent, science-based, and risk-proportionate regulatory system. This new rule will help provide America’s farmers access to these critical tools to help increase agricultural productivity and sustainability, improve the nutritional value and quality of crops, combat pests and diseases, and enhance food safety.

American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) President & CEO Andy LaVigne says plant breeding innovations like gene editing hold tremendous potential not just for American agriculture, but for the future of our environment and the entire food value chain.

“All of our nation’s agricultural producers deserve choice and access when it comes to the latest tools available to support the economic and environmental sustainability of their operations,” said LaVigne. “In order to foster an environment that supports continued innovation, it is critical that USDA works closely with FDA and EPA to ensure consistent, science-and risk-based policies across the U.S. Government, while continuing to take a leadership role in working towards alignment at the international level.”

LaVigne says ASTA is analyzing the full details of the SECURE rule, he did note that it acknowledges that some applications of gene editing result in the development of plant varieties that are essentially equivalent to varieties developed through more traditional breeding methods and would thus treat these varieties in the same way from a policy standpoint.

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ZimmCast 645 – AgCareers in a COVID-19 World

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Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast.

This week I’m sharing a conversation with Erika Osmundson, Director of Marketing and Communications, AgCareers.com. Erika and I talk about how the pandemic situation has affected job seekers and ag companies looking for employees. She shares some information from industry surveys they have conducted. I really appreciate her time and outlook for people who would like to work in the ag industry and the companies looking for people right now.

Here’s to a near term future when things do get back to normal!

That’s the ZimmCast for this week. I hope you’ve enjoyed it and thank you for listening.

Listen to the ZimmCast here: ZimmCast 645 - AgCareers in a COVID-19 World

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Alltech ONE Virtual to Offer COVID-19 Insight

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The Alltech One Virtual Experience gets underway on May 18 bringing live, on-demand keynote addresses, presentations and interactive sessions on a variety of timely topics to thousands of participants around the world.

Of course, COVID19 will frame much of the discussion, and one presentation will feature South Dakota cattle rancher and BEEF Daily blogger Amanda Radke who will be discussing how this crisis is shifting our mindset and creating new opportunities in the livestock industry.

Radke says she will be talking about how the livestock industry adapts to this crisis could lead to some really positive changes. “Different businesses right off the bat started doing charitable work,” she said. “I think long term they might be able to find new opportunities just because they were willing to adapt and meet the needs of people right where they are.”

Radke will also discuss the importance of taking care of your mental health and talking to other people about your fears, frustrations, and anger. Her presentation will be available on the Alltech One Virtual Experience website on-demand May 18 with live Q&A scheduled for May 20 @ 1 p.m. EST.

Listen to my interview with her below, and if you have not yet registered for the Alltech One Virtual Experience – click right here.

Alltech ONE interview with Amanda Radke, BEEF Daily (7:15)

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