Industry Ag News 11/24

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  • Farm Journal announced that Cliff Becker has been promoted to executive vice president of the company’s Livestock Division. In this role, Becker will continue to provide leadership to a broad portfolio of best-in-class livestock media brands while also launching new initiatives for beef, dairy and swine audiences.
  • Roquette celebrated the opening of the world’s largest pea protein plant, further extending its leadership position to meet surging global demand for alternative proteins. The new “Plant for the Future” gives Roquette the largest pea protein supply in the world alongside some of the world’s best experts in developing new plant-based foods.
  • Guided by feedback from the latest Women in Food & Agriculture Survey, Alltech is converting insight into action by partnering with WFA to connect women from across the agri-food sector with mentors to champion their professional success. The Women in Food & Agriculture Mentorship Program will facilitate meaningful conversations and professional development while also providing a valuable networking experience.
  • The Georgia Peanut Commission hosted a photo contest May 12-Oct. 1, 2021, to fill the pages of the 2022 Georgia Peanut Calendar, “The Farm – The Natural Providence.” Peanut farmers from across Georgia were encouraged to submit their best, high-resolution photo of peanut production on their farm for a chance to feature the photo in the 2022 calendar. For more information on GPC programs and to view the winning photos, visit
  • Kyle Walker, AFM, AAC, with Peoples Company in Indianola, Iowa, has been presented with the 2021 Professional Farm Manager of the Year award from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.
  • Applications are now open for the 2022 IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders Award. If you are an individual who wants to be considered as your guild’s nominee, don’t delay! Each of IFAJ’s 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 Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska has released its 2021 annual report online, showcasing the institute’s work over the past year — both local and global — related to water and food security.

Mike Adams Retiring

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Mike Adams interviews Ted McKinney at 2020 National Ethanol Conference

The ageless Mike Adams is hanging up his microphone and heading out to pasture at the end of this year.

Adams made the announcement during his Adams on Agriculture broadcast last Friday. “As I mentioned on the air today, I’ll be retiring on December 23, wrapping up a nearly 48 year career on the air,” Adams tweeted after the show. “I can never say thank you enough to everyone who has helped and supported me over the years. I appreciate it more than you know.”

Adams is past president of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting and recipient of the national Farm Broadcaster of the Year award, among many other accolades in his career.

Effective January 3rd, Mike Pearson will take over as host of the syndicated daily radio program, which will be called Agriculture Of America (AOA). Mike is a 10+ year broadcast veteran, hosting “Market to Market” on Public Television, producing the Ag News Daily podcast and most recently on This Week in Agribusiness with Max Armstrong.


Precision Ag News 11/23

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  • Overall unit sales of both ag tractors and combines continue their growth above an already-hot pace set in 2020, according to the latest data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. U.S. total farm tractor sales climbed 4.8 percent in October compared to 2020, while U.S. self-propelled combine sales jumped 72.9 percent, the fourth month in a row of growth near or above 20 percent for harvesters.
  • FarmLogs, a farm management software for growers from Bushel, now offers key equipment integrations to reduce manual entry into farm operations. FarmLogs subscribers can now connect their account to their John Deere Operations Center account to automatically create Activities. This new capability allows the seamless transfer of field work captured by equipment monitors. By doing so, subscribers can reduce the amount of time spent entering data, keep accurate records across systems, automatically calculate cost of production, and more easily determine their farm’s Profit & Loss down to the acre.
  • Case IH is adding the Patriot® 50 series sprayer to its lineup of self-propelled application equipment. With an exceptional operator environment, complete vehicle control, enhanced connectivity solutions and integrated spray technology, the Patriot 50 series sprayer is designed to help operators work more productively and achieve high-efficiency spraying. Three new models — the Patriot 3250, 4350 and 4450 — are available to order for fall 2022.
  • Recognizing that less than 5% of U.S. farmers participate in carbon farming programs, Locus Agricultural Solutions® addresses growers’ top concerns by adding new incentives to its globally recognized CarbonNOW® program. These upgrades help eliminate uncertainties and make it easier than ever to participate, with guaranteed payments twice per year, earning the landowner a minimum of $48/acre over the four-year commitment, plus extra performance bonuses.
  • The Heinz Family Foundation named Jacqueline Patterson, M.S.W., M.P.H., environmental justice advocate and founder of the Chisholm Legacy Project, and Gabe Brown, a pioneer in regenerative agriculture and soil health, the recipients of the prestigious 26th Heinz Awards for the Environment. As part of the accolade, Ms. Patterson and Mr. Brown will each receive an unrestricted cash award of $250,000.
  • AgGateway hosted more than 125 attendees in Nashville this month for its Annual Conference, its first in-person event in two years and an opportunity for the industry to collectively move the ball forward on digital connectivity efforts, as well as to honor outstanding individuals in digital agriculture.
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Syngenta Accelerating a Generation with Scholarships

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Students studying agriculture have a chance to win a $2,500 scholarship and a donation to the charity of their choice through the 2022 Accelerating a Generation Syngenta Scholarship Program.

Through the scholarship program, which is run by the National FFA organization (FFA), Syngenta will give a total of six scholarships to college students from across the country who are pursuing an education in agricultural or farm studies. The objective of the scholarships is to help advance those winners’ knowledge of the industry.

“Making sure students feel supported is the first and most important step in ensuring a strong future in our agricultural community, and this program does just that,” says Linda Arnold Whaley, head of marketing communications for Syngenta Seeds. “Our scholarship is the perfect tool for empowering students.”

The application period runs until Jan. 11, 2022. Applicants must be U.S. residents and those in higher-education institutes must be enrolled as of fall 2021 in an accredited agriculture program at a land-grant university. FFA membership is not required.

Along with the scholarship money, each winner designates an agriculture-related non-profit organization to receive a $500 donation from Syngenta.
“Every year we are honored to receive applications from some of the best and brightest students across the country, and I anticipate this year will be the same,” says Syngenta marketing communications lead Pam Caraway.

Click here to apply for the scholarship, visit

For information on official rules and application guidelines, visit

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Update on SIMPAS from AMVAC

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AMVAC’s SIMPAS™ (Smart Integrated Multi-Product Prescription Application System) continues to grow the number of products that can be used with the prescriptive application equipment.

“Last year we started with just a handful of products, so this year we’re introducing several more products,” said Jim Lappin, SIMPAS Commercial Manager, during an interview at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Trade Talk.

AMVAC partners with Trimble® on the proprietary SIMPAS system, which enables farmers to precisely and variably apply up to three SIMPAS-applied SolutionsTM (SaS) in-furrow in one simple pass while planting. SIMPAS was developed to deliver the exact rate of each SaS product within targeted management zones.

“The way we’ve built the system is you only get charged for those areas you’re actually treating,” said Lappin. “Only apply what’s prescribed and only pay for what you apply.”

Learn more in this interview.
AMVAC Interview with Jim Lappin, SIMPAS (5:03)


Animal Ag News 11/22

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  • US Representatives Cindy Axne (IA-03) and Randy Feenstra (IA-04) – both members of the House Agriculture Committee – led the introduction of bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that will return fairness to the cattle marketplace dominated by four major meat packers. Identical legislation was introduced in the Senate by Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst along with Sens. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and is also supported by Sens. Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.). The following groups have endorsed the bill: American Farm Bureau, U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, National Farmers Union, and National Grange. A one-pager summary of the bill is available HERE. A section-by-section summary is available HERE.
  • Congratulations to the 2022 National Anthem singing contest winner Stephanie Nash from Tennessee! Join us February 1-3, 2022 in Houston, Texas to hear Stephanie sing the National Anthem during the 2022 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show Opening General Session AND the NCBA Thursday Night Event.
  • The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association criticized the Biden administration’s repeal of the Navigable Waters Protection Rule, which provided regulatory certainty to farmers and ranchers and limited federal overreach.
  • Driving the demand for beef starts at the grassroots with a strong network of advocates willing to share beef’s positive message. The new Trailblazers program, developed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, takes advocacy to the next level by giving participants the tools and training they need to promote beef to new audiences while addressing and correcting myths.
  • Purdue University’s Department of Animal Sciences in the College of Agriculture will provide a home and care for the National Thanksgiving Turkey and alternate following this week’s National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation at the White House. The turkeys will live at Purdue’s Animal Science Research and Education Center, where they will reside in a separate enclosed indoor setting with access to a shaded grassy area.
  • Vietnam has confirmed it will lower its Most Favored Nation (MFN) tariff on imported frozen pork to 10 from 15 percent. The reduction is expected to be implemented on July 1, 2022. Getting better market access to Vietnam, a major pork-consuming country, has been a top trade priority for the National Pork Producers Council.
  • The National Dairy Promotion and Research Board honored Kenton Holle as the 2021 recipient of the Richard E. Lyng Award for his contributions and distinguished service to dairy promotion.
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Helena Offers Soil Health Solution to Rising Fertilizer Costs

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With fertilizer prices hitting record highs this month, it’s not surprising that was a major topic of discussion last week at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting annual Trade Talk.

Helena Agri-Enterprises had a message to take home to farmers that the solution to high fertilizer prices lies beneath the surface. Since soil health is one of the main factors influencing fertilizer efficiency, making it a priority will help farmers with fertilizer efficiency.

“Any time you make a financial investment, you’re looking for quality and a positive return,” says Mike Powell, Senior Brand Manager of Helena’s BioScience Portfolio. “It’s the same when you buy fertilizer. The difference is, for fertilizer to work, it has to get to the crop, and there are a variety of soil quality issues that can get in the way of that.”

Powell says now’s the time to solve that problem. He recommends blending a high-quality humic granule with dry fertilizer, and with good reason. Past research in corn showed Helena’s humic ore source combined with urea increased productivity even with a 15% reduction in nitrogen. While Helena encourages farmers to use optimal fertilizer rates, this creates options for those tightening their budgets. Its ability to provide greater benefits from early-season nutrition also helps farmers tailor fertility programs throughout the season.

Derek Emerine, Helena’s National Agronomist, credits this gain in efficiency to the high concentration of humic acids in Helena’s exclusive ore source. He says it takes more than just an increase in soil nutrient availability to boost growth and yield potential. “In a typical dry fertilizer application, not all of the nutrients that go out are going to make it into the plant on their own,” says Emerine. “Our plants can’t absorb them, they get tied up in the soil or they’re lost to leaching. By delivering the right humic compounds to the soil, we not only protect fertilizer and hold it in the root zone longer, but we also deliver vital elements to help plants take up more nutrients.”

Emerine is hopeful the renewed focus on soil health will continue far beyond this critical moment to improve efficiency for years to come. Through routine soil testing, farmers can identify deficiencies in the field and target the true needs of their crop. For additional information and fertility recommendations, farmers can visit to learn more and to find their local Helena retailer.

Listen to interviews with Emerine and Powell recorded at NAFB last week.
Helena interview with Derek Emerine (3:35)

Helena interview with Mike Powell (5:13)

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Industry Ag News 11/19

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  • The American Farm Bureau Federation sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives stating its opposition to the Build Back Better Act, also known as the reconciliation package.
  • With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, it’s time to give thanks for each other and what we have…and to show our gratitude for the farmer veterans who once protected us and now put food on our plates. This Thanksgiving season, the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) wants Americans to support farmer veterans by including one Homegrown By Heroes branded item in their Thanksgiving dinner. The logo is used to designate veteran-produced commodities across the country.
  • GROWMARK, Inc. announced that Mark Orr will become Chief Executive Officer of the North American agriculture and energy cooperative effective March 1, 2022. Orr will succeed Jim Spradlin, CEO since September 2014, who retires February 28, 2022.
  • GROWMARK and CHS announced the formation of Cooperative Ventures, a new capital fund that will focus on creating advancements in breakthrough technologies for the agriculture industry. The fund will provide differentiated value to startups in the agricultural ecosystem by leveraging the expansive, connected networks, unparalleled access to the farmgate and proven success of the two agricultural cooperatives.
  • The Northern Soy Marketing group has announced that Katelyn Engquist has been elevated to serve as the organization’s Market Development Program Manager. Engquist assumes the role after serving as Communications Specialist for NSM and Ag Management Solutions (AMS), which oversees NSM’s daily operations. Engquist has also worked with other AMS clients, including the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and Specialty Soya and Grains Alliance.
  • The Renewable Fuels Association welcomed Clariant as its newest associate member. The global company recently completed a biorefinery in Romania that will use its sunliquid technology to convert straw into cellulosic ethanol.
  • CHS Inc. announced the appointment of Kirstie Foster as senior vice president, marketing communications.
  • The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is expanding the lineup of popular educational games on its My American Farm platform with a new game that introduces players to how cotton is planted, grown, cared for, harvested and turned into clothes. The game, titled “From Seed to Shirt,” is generously sponsored by Nichino America and encourages players to solve math problems to earn clothes for their in-game character. From Seed to Shirt is best for students in third through fifth grade.
  • Bayer announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft to build a new cloud-based set of digital tools and data science solutions for use in agriculture and adjacent industries, bringing new infrastructure and foundational capabilities to accelerate innovation, boost efficiency and support sustainability across value chains.
  • UPL has named Bryan Brochin as Commercial Head of U.S. Agriculture, leading the U.S. Agriculture sales team.
  • National Farmers Union has announced the 2022 Women’s Conference to connect women in agriculture and provide education on applicable business skills and innovative marketing tactics.
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NAFB Awards and Stuff

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The usual awards and honors were handed out at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) annual convention this year, but since we were only on-site for 24 hours this year, we have no photos to share of our own. This one is from Brownfield Ag News of Cyndi Young-Puyear who was inducted into the Hall of Fame, along with Jim Evans with the University of Illinois.

(Just for the record, ZimmComm has not been the official photographer for NAFB in a very long time. They hire their own photographer, so if you want any photos, you have to contact them.)

Here are some other winners, according to the NAFB Convention Chronicles.

Dix Harper Meritorious Service Award
Brenda Curtis, USDA (retired)

The 2021 Plambeck Award For Creative Excellence
Single Entry Winner – Selfina Insecticides, BASF, VMLY&R
Series Entry Winner – Wyffles Fall Radio Series, Wyffles Hybrids, O&H Brand Design

2021 NAFB Foundation Scholarship Recipients
Rebel Sjeklocha, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Glenn Kummerow Memorial Scholarship
Katy Grant, Missouri State University, George Logan Scholarship
Taylor Hartke, Southern Illinois University, Orion Samuelson Scholarship – sponsored by CME Group
Ava Marshall, Illinois State University, Grow Smart™ Scholarship – sponsored by BASF
Dawson Schmitt, Iowa State University, Ken Root Memorial Scholarship (pretty sure Ken Root is still alive, right?)

We do have some photos and audio interviews from Trade Talk in the NAFB Convention Virtual Newsroom


Former Senator Crashes Vilsack Presser at NAFB

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Now that Pat Roberts is retired from his long and illustrious 40-year career in Congress, he decided to try his hand at farm broadcasting during Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s virtual press conference at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting annual convention this week in Kansas City.

Standing up at the microphone to ask Vilsack a question, Roberts said, “I’m reporting for WIBW in Topeka, KFRM from Salina, KGNO from Dodge City, and KMAN out of Manhattan, home of the ever optimistic and fighting Wildcats.” The former Senator then proceeded to ask about exports under the Phase One trade deal with China.

Listen to the whole press conference here:
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack press conference 38:47

You can find photos and Trade Talk interviews from NAFB here.