Dupont Pioneer CASE Grants

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Dupont PioneerOnce again Dupont Pioneer is stepping up to work with the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) to award grants to teachers who are implementing the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (pdf) but need resources.

Grants of $2,500 to $5,000 are available to help train teachers and supply equipment and resources to prepare students for careers in agriculture and food. Applications for CASE grants will be accepted through October 30, 2014.

The DuPont Pioneer grants will be available to help in three areas teachers have identified as cost barriers to implementing the program in their schools: teacher training, equipment and materials, and end-of-course assessments.

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GROWMARK Makes VP Announcements

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GROWMARK has made two new Vice President appointments for the cooperative’s executive team.

growmark-schmidtBarry Schmidt has been named GROWMARK Region Vice President effective Nov. 1, 2014. Barry will report to GROWMARK CEO, Jim Spradlin, and will serve on the senior management team Schmidt will support FS member companies in the northern portion of the Central Region. GROWMARK CEO Jim Spradlin called Schmidt “a proven and experienced leader with a strong record of performance.” Schdmidt has served as general manager at McDonough FS. McDonough FS merged with Hancock County Service Company to form West Central FS. West Central FS subsequently merged with RIVERLAND FS, which Schmidt managed. Schmidt is a graduate of Western Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in Agri-Business.

growmark-woodsGROWMARK also announced its new Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Mike Woods, effective December 16, 2014. Woods replaces Marshall Bohbrink who announced his plans to retire in early January 2015. Woods has more than 38 years of service to GROWMARK, and brings extensive finance and business experience to the new role. He joined GROWMARK in July 1974 as the potash supply manager in the Crops Division. Woods has served in various capacities throughout his tenure, including operations coordinator/manager positions for the Farm and Home Division, Feed and Structures Division, Mark II Agronomy, and the Seed Division; director of business analysis, and executive director, strategic research and information. In December 2013, Mike accepted his current role as vice president, finance and risk management. Woods graduated from Millikin University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance.

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  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a new peanut revenue policy that will be available for eligible peanut producers.
  • Monsanto is expanding the Corn Rootworm Knowledge Program to include projects on insect pests that can significantly impact all row crops across the U.S.
  • AgReliant Genetics LLC and Spensa Technologies Inc. signed an agreement that will help growers integrate innovative and precision planting tools with AgReliant hybrid information to improve overall crop production.
  • CHS hosted the National Teach Ag Day celebration at its headquarters in Inver Grove Heights, Minn. which included the announcement of a $1.5 million gift over the next three years from CHS to further agricultural education in the United States.
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NACD Meets With EPA on WOTUS

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nacd-logoRepresentatives of the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) met with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials last week to express concerns on behalf of member conservation districts regarding the proposed “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule.

“We thought is was a very good meeting and we appreciated the opportunity to express some concerns,” said NACD President Earl Garber, a licensed crop consultant and rice, soybean, and hay producer from Louisiana.

nacd-garberThe main concerns addressed by NACD were the need for EPA to take more time to finalize the rule and the need for more clarity in definitions under the rule. “We referred to it as fear because, as a crop consultant, I face that daily with my producers. When they hear this type of information, there’s actually a fear on their part “will this possibly put this out of business as a producer?”

Garber says they met with the EPA representatives for nearly four hours. “They said that they will absolutely take our comments into consideration,” he said. “There was no promise they would necessary use what we recommended but all we can ask is that they would consider (them).”

Garber says they were disappointed that representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers were unable to attend the meeting, but he hopes that another meeting will be set up in the future. “We see the Corps of Engineers as a very important part of this because they’re involved in the implementation,” he said. “We think it’s important that they hear how we would anticipate this being implemented based on what we’re reading and we are interested in hearing how they would implement it.”

NACD also plans to submit formal comments on the proposed rule by the deadline of October 20.

Listen to my interview with Garber here: Interview with Earl Garber, NACD president

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Embarking on #NHAgWorld Adventure

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New HollandThe AgriBlogger will be on the road this week to work side by side with agricultural bloggers from around the world. It will be all about where in the world we are at #NHAgWorld. Follow that hashtag which will become more active on Wednesday.

So to give you at least some clues until then, let’s just say this involves New Holland and Turin, Italy. I’m hoping it includes some good red wine, making new friends and learning new things. Of course I’ll be sharing as much as I can.

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Waitrose Educating Supermarket Customers

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John GregsonOne of the largest employee-owned businesses owns Waitrose, their supermarket division. Representing them as a sponsor of the 2014 IFAJ Congress was John Gregson, Sr. Director of Public Relations. I met him during one of our tour stops and talked about his business and how important it is to communicate and educate their customers.

John says education is really important to them. Waitrose has its own farm and they are in the process of building an education center there. He says they spend a lot of time on the road at shows telling people where their food comes from and letting people meet the farmers they work with. John also talks about the value and importance of his relationships with agricultural media.

You can listen to my interview with John here: Interview with John Gregson

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Florida Fishing MisAdventure

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Gulf FishingActually, misadventure is probably not the best term to describe the last few days at Pensacola Beach, FL. Gary Cooper, Kelly Schwalbe and I had put together an overnight fishing trip out to the oil rigs to fish for tuna, something that has been on our bucket list for a while. We had ten guys lined up to go with us. But Mother Nature had another idea. It was windy and unsettled weather all week and the boat had to cancel. Eight to ten foot swells is not good for that kind of fishing!

Robert, the AgWired web guru, and I decided to do a half day trip on the boat yesterday though because the weather forecast was showing declining wind and seas. The boat captain thought it was worth a try so he got about 12 people together for the trip. We tried it and I wish we hadn’t. We wound up with strong wind and 4-5 ft. seas. That is just too rough in my opinion to comfortably bottom fish in. In the picture the boat mate is giving a lesson in how to use the reels.

Vermillion SnapperIt was not a fun day of fishing but we did catch a mess of mingos. Vermillion snapper don’t get very big but the taste just like a red snapper which is out of season. We did catch some other out of season fish like triggerfish and hard tails. So, it was not a loss but I’ll keep a closer eye on the forecast before I go out again.

I just thought I’d update you on this since some of the AgWired community members were going to go on our trip and I’ve been receiving messages asking how it went. There you have it. Now it’s back on the agriblogging highway starting Monday. More on that then.

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  • Recently, Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam and research assistant Amy E. Young completed the most comprehensive study of genetically modified (GM) crops ever, set to be published in the Journal of Animal Science after Oct. 1.
  • Farm Journal Media and its client New Holland shared the stage with brands like Forbes, Sports Illustrated, Jaquar and Delta at min’s annual Integrated Marketing Awards breakfast in New York City this past Friday.
  • A new University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) report on climate change predicts Nebraska’s climate will change dramatically in coming decades.
  • Yield is of primary importance to soybean farmers across Minnesota and is a key focus of research funded by the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC).
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Get on Board with CAST

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Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 10.15.52 PMJoin the Council of Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) today and your membership will begin immediately and extend throughout 2015.

That means you’ll enjoy three months of membership benefits for free. Benefits include Friday Notes, CAST’s weekly signature electronic newsletter, covering all things agriculture, immediate access to CAST’s highly respected publications and “members only” website and much more.

An online application form is available, as well as, a printable form. Both provide more information on CAST and all the member benefits.

Not only can individuals join, but also company’s and/or nonprofits, society and university’s. These memberships enjoy the same advantages and opportunities.

A membership with CAST would be an exceptional agricultural resource to offer your colleagues, staff and membership. And you would help ensure that CAST’s sound, scientific agricultural information continues to be available to everyone. So if your business or organization has been considering a deeper relationship with CAST, this is the time to act.

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Farm Journal Media & New Holland Honored at min Awards

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Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 9.46.46 PMFarm Journal Media and its client New Holland shared the stage with brands like Forbes, Sports Illustrated, Jaquar and Delta at min’s annual Integrated Marketing Awards breakfast in New York City this past Friday. Farm Journal won in the “Total Integrated Program – B2B” category for its “$100 Ideas” contest, with New Holland as its exclusive advertising partner.

$100 Ideas has been a regular feature in Farm Journal magazine where farmers and ranchers submit ideas they’ve invented to improve productivity and profitability on their operations. Readers receive cash prizes and are featured in the magazine with their idea. It has been one of Farm Journal’s best read columns for years.

Partnering with New Holland and their new “SMART” campaign, Farm Journal extended the content across its broad media platform, including “AgDay” television and “AgriTalk” radio, as well as using e-blasts and text-blasts of winning entries targeted to other producers in the winner’s local area. Farm Journal also provided press releases to the winner’s hometown newspaper(s) while New Holland extended the campaign to local dealers by providing winners with a coupon to New Holland dealerships. Farm Journal’s internet portal,, was used as a clearinghouse to collect entries—whether submitted in print, audio, or video. AgWeb also featured a $100 Ideas microsite that has seen triple-digit growth in traffic with this integrated campaign.

In accepting the award for Farm Journal, Steve Custer, executive vice president and chief operating officer, said to the awards audience, “This campaign was successful because of New Holland’s foresight, as a true partner, to respect our church-and-state bond with our audience. They linked their campaign message around the content without trying to influence it. That enhanced and expanded our footprint, creating a win for our audience and a win for our client.”

This is Farm Journal Media’s second min Integrated Marketing Award, having won in 2012 in the Editorial Excellence – Special Section B2B category for AgWeb’s popular Harvest maps.

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