Summit Agro USA Launches New Website, Products

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Summit Agro USA today announced the launch of a new website designed from the ground up to be a solutions-centric tool with a robust database that catalogs multiple diseases, insects and weeds for over 600 crops.

“We surveyed our customers and distribution partners about website resources. What we found was that these other sites tend to be product-focused in their approach,” said Bill Lewis, Summit Agro CEO. “We wanted our website to be an easily searchable tool that allows users to quickly and simply get answers for the control of the specific pests threatening their particular crops. This mobile-friendly website fits with Summit Agro’s overall strategy of bringing the market a unique mix of conventional and biological offerings.”

In addition to the launch of the new website, Summit Agro is introducing two new products – Verdepryn 100SL insecticide and Timorex Act fungicide.

Verdepryn insecticide allows growers to maximize both yields and crop quality by providing exceptional broad-spectrum insect control in pome fruit, stone fruit, grapes, berries, tree nuts and citrus. “We have been pleased with the results seen with Harvanta insecticide in vegetable crops. Now we can bring that same successful active ingredient – Cyclapryn – to additional crops in the form of Verdepryn,” said Mary DeMers, Summit Agro marketing manager for insecticides and fungicides. “Verdeprynis a Group 28 insecticide with a control spectrum that is competitive with, or better than, most currently available diamide insecticides and does so with much less active ingredient.”

A purely organic formulation, Timorex Act is a botanical broad-spectrum fungicide with preventative and curative activity based on an extract of the tree tea plant. “An OMRI-listed product, Timorex ACT is poised to meet the rigorous standards for sustainable agriculture,” said Fred Yates, Summit Agro marketing manager for biologicals.

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Precision Ag News 4/1

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  • A new soybean variety – with resistance to soybean cyst nematode (SCN) derived from the breeding line PI 89772 – is being released by Syngenta in small quantities in 2020. Syngenta is sharing seed with university researchers and farm cooperators now, and full commercial launch is coming next year.
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the registration of the use of isoxaflutole on genetically engineered soybeans, providing soybean farmers with a new tool they can use to control weeds that have become resistant to many other herbicides.
  • BASF has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration of Alite™ 27 herbicide for use in select counties across Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio, South Dakota and Tennessee. Alite 27 herbicide is the first and only group 27 herbicide (4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate dioxygenase, HPPD) available for use in soybeans as part of the LibertyLink® GT27™ soybean trait system.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will host its annual USDA Data Users’ Meeting on Tuesday, April 21st as a virtual meeting. To participate in the 2020 USDA Data Users’ Meeting, please register online at
  • The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) announced the award of $8.5 million in new technical assistance grants to over 300 conservation districts in 49 states and territories.
  • Farm Market iD announced that it is making its data accessible to clients in real-time through the launch of its new API (application programming interface).
  • The Mosaic Company announced Ben Pratt has been named SVP-Government and Public Affairs and will join the company’s Senior Leadership Team effective April 1.
  • SVG Ventures-THRIVE in partnership with Forbes Live is delighted to announce the release of the 2020 THRIVE TOP 50 AgTech and TOP 50 FoodTech Research Reports. For the past three years, SVG Ventures has compiled a list of the TOP 50 AgTech growth stage companies and new this year, have introduced the TOP 50 FoodTech companies.
  • A strategic partnership between Specialty Granules LLC, Monty’s Plant Food Company and OrganoCat has developed MagmaHume™, a mineral-rich soil and plant fortifier, that shows promise in boosting crop yield while having potential to reduce a farmer’s carbon footprint.
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USDA Forecasts Increased Corn and Bean Acres

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USDA’s 2020 Prospective Plantings report released Tuesday forecasts eight percent more corn acres this year compared to 2019 and ten percent more soybean acres.

Corn planted area for all purposes in 2020 is estimated at 97.0 million acres, up 8 percent or 7.29 million acres from last year. Compared with last year, planted acreage is expected to be up or unchanged in 38 of the 48 estimating States. Soybean planted area for 2020 is estimated at 83.5 million acres, up 10 percent from last year. Compared with last year, planted acreage is expected to be up or unchanged in 22 of the 29 estimating States.

Wheat and cotton estimates are about one percent less than last year, which for wheat represents the lowest all wheat planted area since records began in 1919.

Importantly, the acreage estimates in the report are based primarily on surveys conducted during the first two weeks of March, when it was an entirely different world. Brian Basting of Advance Trading says USDA’s corn estimate was about three million acres higher than the average trade guess, and he says the impact of coronavirus on ethanol production may be offset by higher feed demand.

Listen to Basting’s analysis from the MGEX crop call on the plantings report.
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Animal Ag Alliance Primed & Prepared for Virtual Summit

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2020 Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders SummitVirtual conferences are on the rise. The 2020 Stakeholders Summit for the Animal Agriculture Alliance is a perfect example. If you’ve never physically attended one this is your chance to do so without traveling.

Current trends in animal rights activism and farm security will be addressed at the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s 2020 Virtual Stakeholders Summit, themed “Primed & Prepared.” The Summit is set for May 7-8, 2020, and registered attendees will also receive exclusive access to a series of pre-conference webinars.

Virtual Summit registration is now open at Summit.AnimalAgAlliance.Org. Registration will give attendees exclusive access to 13 hours of live, dynamic content spread out among a series of preconference webinars and the two-day virtual event. Recordings from each session will also be available only to confirmed virtual attendees through the end of 2020. The Alliance team is working to ensure attendees enjoy digital networking opportunities that are more valuable than ever in today’s challenging environment.

Farmers and ranchers interested in attending the Virtual Summit are encouraged to enter the Alliance’s photo contest. To enter, competitors need to post their favorite farm photo on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with the hashtags #PrimedAndPrepared and #AAA20 and tag the Alliance (Facebook: @animalagalliance, Instagram: @animalagalliance, Twitter: @animalag). Participants should be sure to include a caption about why they want to be primed and prepared to protect animal ag. Entries must be posted by April 10. Top entries will win a free registration to the Virtual Summit.

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World Pork Expo Cancelled

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The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) announced that the 2020 World Pork Expo in June will be cancelled due to COVID-19 human health concerns.

“While deeply disappointed to cancel this year’s Expo, NPPC’s board of directors unanimously agreed it was prudent to make this decision now,” said NPPC President Howard “A.V.” Roth, a pork producer from Wauzeka, Wisconsin. “By eliminating COVID 19-related uncertainty surrounding the event, we allow producers and others across the industry to focus on the essential role we play in the nation’s food supply system at this critical time.”

World Pork Expo 2019 was cancelled last year due to concerns about African Swine Fever in China. World Pork Expo 2021 is scheduled for June 9-11 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

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Animal Ag News 3/30

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  • The Beef Checkoff program and fifteen grassroots-led state beef councils won a major court victory when the United States District Court of Montana ruled in favor of USDA and the Montana Beef Council in the matter of R-CALF vs. Sonny Perdue and USDA. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association praised the court’s decision, which ends a legal battle that has spanned more than three years and interrupted beef promotion functions in Montana. The case had threatened local input and promotion efforts at the state level across the country.
  • Following final passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act by the U.S. House of Representatives, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association sent a letter urging United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to “take immediate action to provide much-needed relief to cattle producers who have been negatively impacted due to the ongoing Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic.”
  • As of March 1, there were 77.6 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, up 4 percent from March 2019, but down 1 percent from December 1, 2019, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
  • The in-person Dairy Calf and Heifer Association (DCHA) Annual Conference, previously scheduled for April 7-9, in Madison, Wis., is rescheduled for April 8-9, in a virtual format. DCHA’s in-person event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. DCHA Annual Conference registrants received a full conference registration refund for the in-person event.
  • WATT Global Media recently released the March edition of WATT PoultryUSA magazine with renowned profiles of the leading U.S. broiler and turkey companies. The Top U.S. Poultry Companies Survey highlights the top 30 broiler companies and the top 21 turkey companies for 2020.
  • With the stability of the global food supply of utmost importance, Alltech has decided to make its COVID-19 resources available to all who might benefit from them.
  • Dr. Max Hawkins, a nutritionist with the Alltech® Mycotoxin Management team, will host a webinar focused on the results of the 2019 Alltech Harvest Analysis, including the mycotoxin risks and impacts for monogastric and ruminant animals, on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. EDT. The first half of the webinar will focus on ruminants, register via this link, starting at 3:00 p.m. EDT. The monogastric presentation will follow at 3:30 p.m. EDT, register via this link. For more information on mycotoxin management, visit
  • The Joint Poultry Industry Safety Award Program is extending the application submission deadline from poultry industry facilities with outstanding safety programs to May 8. The program is open to National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association members with poultry processing plants, further processing facilities, egg processing plants, hatcheries, feed mills and rendering facilities that, through the implementation of innovative and effective programs, have injury and illness rates below the industry average for three consecutive years. Award program rules, regulations and application forms are available by clicking here.
  • In the wake of reports that beef cases in grocery stores are empty in some areas of the country, R-CALF USA has launched a new website to connect consumers with their neighboring cattle farmers and ranchers who raise and sell cattle or beef that is exclusively born, raised, and harvested in the U.S. directly to consumers. The website is
  • USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of two funded research projects at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, in which researchers examined the impacts of cage-free layer housing.
  • The Animal Agriculture Alliance announced that its 2020 Stakeholders Summit is going virtual in response to ongoing public health concerns around hosting large events. The Virtual Summit, still being held May 7-8, will include the same exciting speaker lineup that was planned for the in-person event with sessions covering sustainability, animal welfare, influencer engagement, preparing for animal rights activist campaigns and other hot topics.
  • The International Dairy Foods Association is pleased to introduce Dairy Innovator Dialogues, a new video and multimedia series presented by IDFA that goes behind the scenes with today’s most innovative dairy leaders and companies.
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GROWMARK FS Members Helping Food Banks

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Farmers and grain companies in the Midwest are stepping up to help feed those in need. GROWMARK system members FS GRAIN and Gold Star FS have started accepting grain donations which will raise money for food banks across the region in a move they hope will spread nationwide.

Mike Schaver, grain department manager with Gold Star FS, says he is reaching out to each customer and says donations of any size of bushels will be a blessing during these trying times.

“Here in America we are accustomed to being the greatest agricultural nation in the world and we know that many of our neighbors’ lives and finances have been turned upside down,” adds Schaver. “Food banks across the country are trying to navigate unprecedented need while experiencing reductions in donations from the public sector, as well as traditional donations from grocery stores and restaurants.”

Customers who make a donation have the option of which local food bank their donations will be sent to. And a growing number of food banks are now participating.

More $20,000 in donations have been committed already, which is about $160,000 in groceries for neighbors in need.

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A Conversation with Cainthus & A New Podcast

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Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast.

In this week’s program I’m sharing a conversation with Aidan Connolly, CEO, Cainthus. It has been quite some time since we’ve had this opportunity. We set a convenient time for each of us since he was in Ireland and I am here in the U.S.

CainthusDuring my conversation with Aidan we talk about the work Cainthus does and he provides his thoughts on the current COVID-19 problem. We also talk about the value of podcasts, especially in light of the difficulty for travel right now.

I’m also sharing the first episode of a new podcast series we’re producing – Field Notes from Koch Agronomic Services. It debuted Wednesday and will be produced monthly moving ahead. The topic of the first show is Understanding Nitrogen and includes experts, Tim Laatsch, technical agronomy manager, and Michael Berry, director of brand expansion.

I hope you enjoy it and thank you for listening.

Listen to the ZimmCast here: ZimmCast 640 - A Conversation with Cainthus & First Episode of New Podcast

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Industry Ag News 3/27

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  • Chief Economist Robert Johansson announced the appointment of Dr. Mark Jekanowski as the World Agricultural Outlook Board Chairman. Dr. Jekanowski is currently acting Board chairman and will assume his new duties on March 29.
  • Out of an abundance of caution and concern, Agri-Pulse will postpone the Food & Ag Policy Summit West from April 22 to September 9. Agri-Pulse has secured the same space at the Sutter Club in Sacramento and will be working with speakers and sponsors to replicate the April 22 event.
  • The 35th class of American Soybean Association Corteva Agriscience™ Young Leaders completed their training Feb. 25–29, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show.
  • At this time Ag Relations Council continues to plan to have the ARC Meeting in Richmond, Virginia, June 23-25, 2020. The ARC staff and Board will continue to monitor the local, state, and national recommendations and requirements for events as we move through March, April, and May. We will do our best to keep the ARC community updated on the status of the ARC meeting and related activities.
  • American Farmland Trust, the organization behind the national movement No Farms No Food®, announces the creation of a Farmer Relief Fund. All monies raised will go directly to farmers. The fund will award eligible farmers with cash grants of up to $1,000 each to help them weather the current storm of market disruptions caused by the COVID-19 crisis. The initial focus will be on farms that sell at farmers markets or to restaurants, caterers, schools, stores, or makers who use farm products. That focus could change over time as the negative impacts of the crisis become more widespread within U.S. agriculture.
  • Illinois families doing their part to social distance during school and restaurant closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic can add additional agriculture educational activities to the digital resources at their fingertips. Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) and the state agriculture education system are offering online lessons and resources to help educators, parents and students, especially while schools statewide are closed. Information and resources may be found on IAITC’s website or Facebook page. County literacy coordinators will also share information through social media.
  • The following is a statement from American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) President & CEO Andrew LaVigne: “The U.S. seed industry stands with the entire agriculture and food value chain in its commitment to ensuring America’s families have ongoing access to a healthy, safe and affordable food supply as we continue to deal with the impacts of COVID-19. The seed industry plays a foundational role in the production of the food, feed, forage, clothing, fuel and other agricultural products that sustain a sound and balanced economy. As we head into the spring planting season in the midst of a global pandemic, America’s seed companies are working hard to make sure farmers, ranchers and homeowners have access to the quality seed they need to ensure a successful year. U.S. seed companies have put into place the necessary practices to comply with COVID-19 recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other agencies as they continue to deliver seed during this challenging time. We appreciate the tireless efforts of America’s producers who are on the front lines each and every day, and the strong support and communication from Secretary Perdue and his team to ensure America’s families have ready access to a variety of nutritious foods, now and in the future. If farmers, ranchers or others have any questions about their seed needs for the 2020 season, we encourage them to contact their seed company directly.” For the latest COVID-19 updates and policy impacting seed movement and availability, visit
  • Farmers Business Network, the independent farmer-to-farmer network, announced a new program to support family farms amid market turbulence, as farmers enter their critical planting period. Over the next four weeks, FBN will be extending a range of special pricing offers on more than 80 vital seed and chemical products, discounted by up to 15 percent off our already low prices, to help farmers strengthen their bottom lines during this extraordinary time through the planting season.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) statistical reports remain on schedule amid the COVID-19 pandemic, including the March 26 Hogs and Pigs and March 31 Prospective Plantings reports. NASS also continues to collect data for all upcoming reports, asking farmers and ranchers to complete their surveys online, if they don’t already respond that way. To protect the health and safety of producers, partners, and employees, NASS has suspended in-person data collection at least until April 3, 2020.
  • On National Ag Day, AgGrad announced winners of this year’s AgGrad 30 Under 30 Awards, a program that shows the future of agriculture is bright and aims at rewarding those making the extra effort to move this industry forward.
  • The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is moving quickly in its efforts to better understand the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the nation’s corn growers. In a letter to NCGA members, NCGA President Kevin Ross and CEO Jon Doggett announced the formation of an NCGA COVID-19 Task Force to facilitate the collection of information, streamline the decision-making process to make recommendations and coordinate activities with the broader corn value chain.
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New Agri-Pulse Poll Shows Strong Farm Support for Trump

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The latest Agri-Pulse poll of U.S. farmers and ranchers shows support for President Donald Trump has grown despite their own economic concerns.

Some 72% of producers nationwide who were surveyed from Feb. 19 through March 13 said they were willing to support Trump’s reelection, up from 69% during the fall of 2018 and 45% in the spring of 2018. Some 21% of those surveyed for the latest poll opposed Trump’s reelection. The remaining 7% don’t know how they’ll vote or refused to say.

At the same time, nearly two-thirds of the farmers surveyed said they had at least some concerns about their ability to repay loans, and 79% said it was important that farmers receive another round of Market Facilitation Program payments this year; 46% of the producers actually said it was “very important” that farmers receive additional MFP payments.

The survey of 600 producers, conducted by Aimpoint Research, included farmers and ranchers with at least $50,000 in gross farm income and was done with phone interviews as the COVID-19 pandemic was developing worldwide.

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