- Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has announced the appointment of 19 members and 3 alternate members to serve on the United Soybean Board. The board is composed of 73 members representing 29 states and Eastern and Western regions.
- Texas Governor Greg Abbott joined officials from Kubota Tractor Corporation, Commissioner John Sharp and local elected leaders in Fulton, Texas to announce a $1 million dollar donation of funds and equipment from Kubota to the Hurricane Harvey relief effort.
- The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) has opened the application process for the 2018 IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders Award. Each of IFAJ’s 43-member guilds may submit one nominee for the prestigious award, which recognizes outstanding young journalists who demonstrate great potential to become leaders in the agricultural journalism industry. The online application must be completed by January 12, 2018.
A record number of equipment manufacturing industry companies were recognized for their outstanding commitment to advocacy efforts on behalf of the industry at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ (AEM) recent Annual Conference. Thirty companies received AEM’s highest honor for their participation in I Make America, the association’s national grassroots campaign that advances the equipment manufacturing industry’s policy priorities. Twenty-two companies were recognized as Gold level supporters of I Make America, while an additional eight companies were honored as Legacy Award winners for reaching Gold level for five consecutive years.
Introducing the new RURAL TV app, now available on Amazon! The RURAL TV app is compatible with Amazon FireTV and Amazon FireStick products and includes hours of great programming in the Western Sports, rural lifestyle, entertainment, agriculture, and equine genre catagory. Customers can customize the programming by purchasing the exclusive genre packages which start at $2.99 a month, or customers can get all programming genres for just $9.99 a month.
- Walmart has joined the Cotton LEADS program supporting responsible production practices by cotton growers. Walmart joins more than 480 companies worldwide which recognize both the environmental gains cotton growers in Australia and the United States continue to achieve and their commitment to meeting the challenge of growing sustainable cotton.
- The Georgia Peanut Commission hosted a photo contest June 7-Oct. 1, 2017, to fill the pages of the 2018 Georgia Peanut Calendar, “Photos from the Field.”