2020 Agri-Marketing Conference Will Be Virtual Only

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Agri-Marketing Conference is Virtual OnlyThe National Agri-Marketing Association just announced that this year’s Agri-Marketing Conference will be virtual only.

Issues with travel and timing are bringing new information to light—and we’ve had to reevaluate plans for the 2020 Agri-Marketing Conference once again.

We’re going 100% virtual this year. There will be no live event in Kansas City.

Since we already have a fantastic virtual platform lined up, everything is ship shape and ready to set sail. Now we just need you to join us!

If you haven’t registered yet, now is the perfect time. You still receive your member discount on registration. Non-member registration comes with a free year of membership.

Already registered for the live or virtual event? Confirm your plans with NAMA!

We so appreciate you hanging in there with us as we navigate this constantly evolving situation. The virtual conference will feature:

A virtual trade show
Best of NAMA Awards ceremony
New presentations to energize you
Virtual happy hours and the chance to mingle with your colleagues from across the country
Special chat rooms
On-demand playback
And much more!

Stay connected with NAMA on our social channels for the latest updates and watch for future emails with new speaker announcements and more details as they become available.

No matter how we come together to celebrate agriculture and learn together, NAMA is committed to you and your success. Thanks again for your patience. We’ll “see you” in August!


Syngenta to Build New R&D Center in Illinois

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Syngenta Innovation CenterSyngenta has announced plans to build a new R&D Innovation and Customer Experience Center in the heart of the US Corn Belt.

The 90-acre site will be located in Malta, Ill., DeKalb County, about one hour west of Syngenta’s global and North America Seeds offices in Downers Grove. The site was selected for its location, soil type and accessibility, and will provide facilities for large-scale events and engagement with growers on corn and soybean technology and innovation.

Justin Wolfe, Regional Director Seeds North America, says the new site will spotlight how Syngenta is transforming product development through on-farm collaboration with growers. “We’re committed to US farmers, and this site will allow to us to collaborate even more with our customers.”

Wolfe just recently took over that position after David Hollinrake was appointed head global Seeds Strategy and Portfolio.

Learn more about the new center and Syngenta’s commitment to farmers in this interview: Interview with Justin Wolfe, Syngenta

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Field Notes from Koch Agronomic Services – Episode 5

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The Field Notes podcast series from Koch Agronomic Services (Koch) breaks down the science and technology behind agronomy to help growers do more with less. Crop science experts and others in the agriculture industry discuss topics ranging from nitrogen loss and soil health to ways growers can increase operational efficiencies.

4R Nutrient Stewardship

This episode features Tim Laatsch, technical agronomy manager for Koch Agronomic Services, and Sally Flis, Ph.D., senior director of agronomy for The Fertilizer Institute. Field Notes from Koch Agronomic ServicesThe two cover the 4R Nutrient Stewardship initiative and how it can empower growers to meet and exceed their yield goals. You’ll also learn more about the role that nitrogen stabilizers play in increasing production and profitability, enhancing environmental protection and improving sustainability.

You can listen to the program here: 4R Nutrient Stewardship

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Precision Ag News 7/1

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  • WinField United will add cotton to its Armor brand seed offerings for the 2021 growing season. Armor, a brand long known as a strong advocate for farmers in the Southern United States, will continue to build on its promise of delivering quality products, providing agronomic support and advocating for farmers as WinField United moves its proprietary cotton seed from CROPLAN® to the Armor portfolio.
  • SGS announces the addition of soil screening services at its Brookings, South Dakota laboratory. Soil testing services will be available to clients beginning in the fall of 2020.
  • AgBiome® announced a recent patent directed toward the Connate™ product line granted in the United States, further strengthening AgBiome’s IP Protection around novel product offerings.
  • FMC Corporation has entered into a collaboration with Cyclica Inc, a leading biotechnology company specializing in artificial intelligence and computational biophysics, to accelerate and improve the efficiency of discovering new crop protection chemistry.
  • FMC Corporation announced that it has launched FMC Ventures. The new venture capital arm of FMC Corporation is targeting strategic investments in start-ups and early-stage companies that are developing and applying emerging technologies in the agricultural industry. FMC Ventures announced its first portfolio investment in Trace Genomics, Inc.
  • Farming meets 21st Century technology with an announcement from FieldMicro, an innovative automated agriculture and farm control monitoring system including SmartFarm, a platform that uses smart technology to make farming simpler and more efficient. FieldMicro also announced a partnership with John Deere to provide real-time data to the platform.
  • Farmobile LLC, The Independent Ag Data Company™, announces the launch of its Farmobile Services+SM for Ag Retail Fleet. The new offering, built with direct feedback from ag retailers, combines Farmobile’s real-time, machine data capture technology with personalized, advanced consultative services to help retailers use their own machine data to pinpoint fleet cost centers and opportunities to realize greater efficiency and profitability.
  • AgLaunch announces their continued partnership with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture to support field-trial projects with farmers and AgTech companies.
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IFAJ Presents Annual Awards

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The Delegate Assembly of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) held online this week presented annual Star awards for excellence.

Gil Gullickson received the 2020 AgTech Reporting Award for “Yours, Mine and Ours,” a feature article on outcome-based pricing for commodities that he wrote for Successful Farming.

Veteran radio presenter Damien O’Reilly was awarded the 2020 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) Star Prize for Broadcast: Audio for his “Climate Change and Irish Farming” broadcast.

Fiona Lake – Star Prize for Photography

Fiona Lake’s delightful “Cobb and Co. Long Haul,” published in Queensland Country Life, received the 2020 Star Prize for Photography.

Diego Juste of Spain’s Union of Small Farmers and Stockbreeders was awarded the 2020 Star Prize for Broadcast: Video for his documentary about the decline of a rural community.

Ian Doig of the Canadian Farm Writers Federation received the 2020 Star Prize for Print for “Crisis Control,” which he wrote for GrainsWest.

Brett Worthington of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation was honored with the 2020 Star Prize for Broadcast: Digital Media for his “Popping Prosecco’s Bubble”.

Read more about all of the winners here.

The IFAJ Delegate Assembly also welcomed two new members at the online meeting held on Thursday, 25 June 2020. Sierra Leone and Zambia now become the 54th and 55th member countries in IFAJ.


Planted Acreage up for Corn and Soybeans

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USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is estimating 92.0 million acres of corn planted in the United States for 2020, up three percent from last year, according to the Acreage report released Tuesday. Soybean area planted is estimated at 83.8 million acres, up 10% from last year.

The report also shows wheat and cotton acres are down this year. All wheat planted area for 2020 is estimated at 44.3 million acres, down
2 percent from 2019. This represents the lowest all wheat planted area since records began in 1919. All cotton planted area for 2020 is estimated at 12.2 million acres, down 11 percent from last year.

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USMCA Implementation Celebration Roundtable

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To celebrate the July 1 implementation of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson and U.S. Senator Joni Ernst held a virtual roundtable Tuesday to discuss the importance of USMCA to farmers, rural communities and ag exports. The roundtable was hosted by Farmers for Free Trade, which showed support for USMCA with an 11 state, 4,300 mile RV tour across the country.

Participating were:
– Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN)
– U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA)
– Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA)
– Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI)
– Blanche Lincoln, former U.S. Senator
– John Bode, President, National Corn Refiners
– Tamara Nelsen, Executive Director, Minnesota AgriGrowth Council
– Dave Milligan, President, National Association of Wheat Growers
– Michelle Erickson Jones, Farmer & Owner, Gooseneck Land and Cattle, Broadview, MT
– John Paul Dineen, Farmer & Owner, Dineen Farms (TX)
– Max Moncaster, Associate Director, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA)
– Angela Marshall Hofmann, Co-Executive Director, Farmers for Free Trade

USMCA implementation roundtable (53:06)

Audio, Exports, Trade

House Committee Releases Climate Crisis Plan

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The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis today released a comprehensive plan titled “Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy, Resilient, and Just America.”

The Climate Crisis Action Plan, released as a majority staff report, recognizes the role agriculture plays in providing valuable climate and ecosystems benefits. Investing in American agriculture is one of 12 pillars in the plan, recommending an increased investment to support the voluntary efforts of America’s farmers and ranchers to employ climate stewardship practices. The report also recommends setting climate stewardship practice goals across all U.S. farmland and incentivizing producers to incorporate energy efficiency and renewable energy on-farm.

Biofuels groups are pleased to see the inclusion of a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) in the recommendations.

“The Committee correctly points out that the LCFS policy model already has a proven track record and that renewable fuels have played a crucial role in achieving the objectives of the California LCFS,” said Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Geoff Cooper. “We also concur with the Committee’s position that high-octane, low-carbon fuels could deliver substantial carbon benefits at a low cost in the years ahead.”

RFA and the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) were among a broad coalition of stakeholders that worked together to developed a framework and set of guiding principles for a Midwest LCFS program.

“The Select Committee’s report not only cites our Midwest Clean Fuel Policy framework as a positive example of progress, it also mirrors our recommendations to reflect the best-available science for lifecycle assessments and reward farmers and biofuel producers using climate-smart practices that reduce carbon emissions, store soil carbon, and reduce nitrous oxide emissions,” said ACE CEO Brian Jennings.

Biofuels, Environment, Ethanol

Farm Progress and Husker Harvest Shows Cancelled

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For the first time in history, the Farm Progress Show won’t go on.

It was announced yesterday that both Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest Days are being cancelled for 2020 due to rapidly changing conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While state and local officials had expressed support for both shows, Don Tourte, Senior Vice President, Farm Progress said that in a very short time it became apparent that the situation across the US had rapidly changed.

“We have been working with officials in Iowa and Nebraska for our shows, and we appreciate the support they expressed for us to hold the events,” Tourte says. “They are critical partners to us, and we are all disappointed to not host the events this year, but feel confident that this is the right decision for our community.”

One of the key features of both shows is their attraction to visitors from across the country, and across the globe.

Farm Progress Events Manager Matt Jungmann says they were committed to hold both shows until more than half the United States saw a significant spike in new cases of COVID-19. “Within the next two weeks tents and other work would be underway on site. We had to make a decision based on the current landscape so that our exhibitors and suppliers wouldn’t potentially waste valuable time and resources,” said Jungmann. “While we are hopeful that case numbers throughout the country will decrease soon, we felt compelled to make a proactive decision on our community’s behalf, given the information we have today.”

A virtual experience was already being planned as an extension to the live event, so Jungmann says the events team is gearing up to deliver a “robust and dynamic digital experience.”

“Market factors are changing fast, and we’ll have more information in the coming weeks about how our virtual experience will be expanded,” Jungmann says. “We have 400 acres of corn at two sites that have to be harvested. Ground that must be tilled. We’re looking at all of our options to ensure we keep our community connected and engaged.”

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Animal Ag News 6/29

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  • U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award. The award recognizes exemplary environmental stewardship by family farmers engaged in poultry and egg production. Those eligible for the award include any family-owned poultry grower or egg producer supplying product to a USPOULTRY member or an independent producer who is a USPOULTRY member. Nominations are due Oct. 31.
  • The Holstein Association USA 2020 Distinguished Leadership Award honoree is Patricia Gifford of Groton, N.Y. This award recognizes an individual who has made a career of providing outstanding and unselfish leadership for the betterment of the dairy industry.
  • As of June 1, there were 79.6 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, up 5 percent from June 2019, and up 3 percent from March 1, 2020, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
  • The American Feed Industry Association has opened registration for its popular biennial Feed Industry Institute, which will be offered in a self-paced, virtual learning environment over a span of a few weeks later this summer. The conference, which kicks off Aug. 17 and culminates on Sept. 23, brings together industry newcomers to learn the fundamentals of the animal food manufacturing process – from the types of ingredients used to the animals served to federal policies that shape the output of the industry.
  • The National Pork Producers Council strongly supports legislation being discussed during a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing that creates important elements needed to support a private carbon credit offset market. The bill would reward the valuable current and future contributions by pork producers and other sectors of agriculture to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Growing Climate Solutions Act, introduced by Sens. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), would direct the U.S. Department of Agriculture to create a program to provide transparency, legitimacy and informal endorsement of third-party verifiers and technical service providers that help private landowners generate carbon credits through a variety of agriculture and forestry related practices.
  • The economic disruption impacting nearly all sectors of the U.S. bison business far exceeds the threshold required to qualify bison producers for assistance being offered to agriculture through USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, according to formal comments that the National Bison Association filed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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