- Amanda Johnson of Nebraska is the grand prize winner of the National Corn Growers Association’s 2022 Fields-of-Corn photo contest. The photo – “All the Fall Colors” – was submitted under the Scenery and Landscapes category.
- AMEXMA, the guild of agricultural journalists and communicators in Mexico, is hosting a 4-day press tour of farms and agri-food facilities in the Jalisco region from February 24-27, 2023.
- The International Federation of Agricultural Journalism (IFAJ) and Alltech have opened nominations for the 2023 IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders program. The deadline to apply is February 13, 2023.
- Farmers across the country are getting excited for the 2023 Commodity Classic, which has just announced registration is up 28% over last year’s event in New Orleans. The 2023 Commodity Classic will be held March 9-11 in Orlando. Attendees can register for all three days of the event; single-day passes are also available.
- The American Agri-Women (AAW) Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2023 Daughters of American Agriculture Scholarships. The deadline is March 1. Late applications will not be considered.
- Individuals across the country can make a difference in the lives of the more than 850,000 FFA members this month by participating in Give FFA Day during National FFA Week.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reminds our nation’s farmers and ranchers that the deadline to respond to the 2022 Census of Agriculture is Feb. 6. Producers can respond online at agcounts.usda.gov or by mail.
The popular CattleFax Outlook Seminar was presented Thursday at the 2023 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in New Orleans forecasting producer profitability in 2023 and potential drought relief.
Prices and profitability will again favor cattle producers in 2023. The cattle industry is entering 2023 with the smallest cattle supply since 2015 as drought caused the industry to dig deeper into the supply of feeder cattle and calves. While the exact path to drought relief is unknown, improvements are also expected to translate to moderating feed costs, especially in the second half of 2023. Combined with increased cattle prices, cattle producers, especially the cow-calf operator, will continue to see an improvement in margins for the next several years, according to CattleFax.
Meteorologist Matt Makens said the latest forecast for La Niña has only a 14% probability of existence this spring and down further by the summer, which means a pattern change comes our way this year. A neutral phase will take control of the pattern as La Niña weakens and may last several months before giving El Niño a chance to grow this summer and into the fall. Makens said putting this latest La Niña episode in the review mirror suggests improving drought conditions, more favorable growing seasons and healthier soils.
Kevin Good, vice president of industry relations and analysis at CattleFax, reported that U.S. beef cow cattle inventories have already fallen 1.5 million head from cycle highs. The 2023 beef cow herd is expected to be down about another million head to nearly 29.2 million. Good forecast the average 2023 fed steer price at $158/cwt., up $13/cwt. from 2022, with a range of $150 to $172/cwt. throughout the year. All cattle classes are expected to trade higher, and prices are expected to continue to trend upward.
CEO Randy Blach concluded the session with an overall positive outlook, expecting improvements in the weather pattern and a tighter supply to distribute more money though all sectors of the cattle industry.
Listen to CattleFax presentations and interviews from CattleCon23.2023 CattleCon CattleFax report by Randy Blach (24:28) 2023 CattleCon interview with Kevin Good, CattleFax (4:45) 2023 CattleCon interview with Randy Blach, CattleFax (6:28)
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) recognized seven of the nation’s top cattle operations as Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) regional winners for their environmental conservation efforts during the 2023 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in New Orleans. The regional winners will compete for the national award, which will be presented during NCBA’s Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., April 24-27, 2023.
The regional winners are:
Nearly 7,000 cattle producers, industry partners and stakeholders have gathered in New Orleans this week for the 2023 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show with the first general session on stage Wednesday afternoon.
This year’s event kicked off with Franki Moscato, winner of the 10th Annual NCBA National Anthem Contest, singing the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Buzz Brainard, host of Music Row Happy Hour, returned as convention emcee and chatted with National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president Don Schiefelbein, American National Cattlewomen president Reba Mazak, and Cattlemen’s Beef Board chair Norman Voyles, Jr.
Unfortunately, due to the major ice storm across Texas, the widely anticipated appearance by “Yellowstone” creator Taylor Sheridan had to take place remotely. But surprise guest Archie Manning, patriarch of a professional football legacy and former quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, provided a good backup.
The award-winning NCBA Trade Show opened last night with a New Orleans-style reception featuring more than 350 exhibitors and displays across eight acres under one roof along with a variety of educational opportunities. The convention runs through tomorrow.2023 CattleCon Star Spangled Banner, Frankie Moscato (1:37) 2023 CattleCon general session - organization leadership (13:19)
HGS BioScience™ has announced an impressive new leadership team following the recent naming of Michael Steffeck as chief executive officer. HGS BioScience™, formerly Humic Growth Solutions, is a leading producer of humic & fulvic acids and has perfected a dry delivery system known as Performance Granule. The new team includes one key elevation and three recent hires.
Jakob Bredsguard: Chief operating officer (COO)
Jakob is the new chief operating officer with more than 18 years of industry experience and 30+ patents to his name. His expertise in leading strategy, product development and process improvements make him ideally suited for this new role. He previously founded and was chief technology officer of Biosynthetic Technologies.
Carla Stucky: Chief financial officer (CFO)
Carla assumes the post of chief financial officer with 25+ years of progressive financial experience. She is highly proficient at overseeing financials at rapidly growing companies. Her diverse industry leadership includes 5 years at a Big 4 public accounting firm and executive roles in manufacturing, fintech, entertainment, and oil & gas.
Ryan Merritt: Senior Vice President, International Sales
As a company co-founder, Ryan brings an unparalleled depth of operational knowledge and product expertise to the team. With his expertise in supply chain, Ryan is excited to grow the company’s reach in international markets with new and innovative soil health solutions.
Scott Messer: Vice President, U.S. Sales and Marketing
Scott brings more than 20 years of experience in connecting growers to products that improve their yields. He is known throughout the agriculture industry for his ability to deliver quality customer experiences with specialty fertilizer and crop production solutions. With a rapidly expanding portfolio, Scott will have even more ways to deliver value to customers.
Recent innovations at HGS BioScience™ include expanding the Performance Granule™ portfolio. Dry granular products made by HGS have become a top choice for distributors, retailers and farmers. The functional carbon granule is built and formulated to mix with dry fertilizer, saving precious time in the field.
- PepsiCo and the AgMission initiative, co-founded by the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research and the World Farmers’ Organisation, are issuing a request for applications to accelerate the adoption of climate-smart agriculture practices that incorporate regenerative agriculture principles to support resiliency of on-farm production and commodity value chains in North America, Europe, South Africa and Australia.
- Case IH has been recognized as a 2022 Good Design Award winner for the industry-leading Patriot 50 series sprayer. The award, presented by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, highlights the most innovative and cutting-edge industrial, product and graphic designs produced around the world.
- Cropin, a leading agtech company known for creating the first industry cloud for agriculture, has announced that its farm digitization software, Cropin Grow, is now available on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace. The AWS Marketplace is a digital catalog that allows customers to easily find, purchase, and deploy third-party software and services to build solutions on the AWS platform. With Cropin Grow now available on the AWS Marketplace, agri-industry players and governments worldwide will be able to accelerate their digital transformation efforts and use data to reimagine agriculture.
- Greeneye Technology and Farmers Business Network announced they have entered into a long-term strategic collaboration agreement to help farmers reduce weed control costs and drive profitability by combining Greeneye’s retrofit precision spraying systems and FBN’s Precision Spraying Packs–customized crop protection and nutrition plans which FBN is developing for use specifically with the Greeneye technology–and financing offerings. The program will launch first in the U.S for the 2024 growing season.
- Traction Ag Inc., the first cloud-based accounting software delivering solutions to growers across the Midwest, recognizes a momentous year of growth, solidifying their position as the leader in farm accounting technology.
- U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc. will celebrate its 40th anniversary as an organization that serves the custom harvesting industry at their Annual Convention in Omaha, Nebraska, February 2-5, 2023.
- NK Seeds unveiled new third-party yield data showing NK corn hybrids and soybean varieties outyielded comparable competitive products in 2022.
- Kubota Tractor Corporation and Trackhouse Racing announced that drivers Ross Chastain and Daniel Suárez will carry the familiar orange Kubota paint scheme in six races in the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season. With the sponsorship, Kubota becomes the Official Tractor Company of Trackhouse Racing after serving as the primary sponsor of Chastain’s No. 1 Chevrolet last season at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on October 23, 2022.
- John Deere was recently presented with three 2023 AE50 Awards for outstanding innovations that improve production agriculture. The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers annually recognizes the 50 most innovative product-engineering designs in the food and agriculture industry with AE50 Awards, as chosen by international engineering experts.
- February is National Pesticide Safety Education Month and a time to review pesticide safety practices at your home or place of business, the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) says. WSSA and the American Phytopathological Society and the Entomological Society of America are among the many organizations in public and private sectors that promote pesticide safety awareness during February and throughout the year.
- BRANDT has overhauled its popular BRANDT Product Finder app. This update re-imagines the app, incorporating new features, a clean, simplified design and a modern user interface.
- Jesús Valencia joins Corbet Scientific as the Regional Director of Agronomy. In this role, he will advise key customers and prospects on Corbet’s products and technology and drive market share growth of Corbet products as a regional expert based in California. He will report directly to the CEO.
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) executive committee approved the organization’s policy priorities at the 2023 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, with a focus on advancing animal disease preparedness, protecting voluntary conservation programs, and defending producers from regulatory overreach.
“One of the biggest opportunities to help cattle producers in the coming year is passing the 2023 Farm Bill with continued investment in our national vaccine bank to protect the U.S. cattle herd from the threat of foot-and-mouth disease. Recently, we have seen other countries deal with the realities of animal disease outbreaks. American cattle producers are not going to be caught flat-footed – we are laser-focused on reducing risk and having the strongest response with a stockpile of vaccines that we have been building up since the 2018 Farm Bill,” Wilkinson said.
Other policy priorities include:
Protecting and funding EQIP, CSP and other voluntary conservation programs that incentivize science-based, active management of natural resources.
Protecting the cattle industry from regulatory attacks under Waters of the United States, the Endangered Species Act, emissions reporting and more.
Interview with Todd Wilkinson, NCBA President-elect and cow-calf operator from South Dakota
2023 CattleCon interview with NCBA president-elect Todd Wilkinson (5:19)
The Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau 2023 Annual Meeting is coming up next week February 8-10 in Bonita Springs, Florida. CIRB’s 59th annual meeting will feature distinguished speakers and opportunities to interact with crop insurance and reinsurance industry leaders.
The theme of the meeting is “It Starts With Us” and CIRB Executive Director Michael Torrey says the program will definitely have a focus on the farm bill. “Obviously this is a farm bill year and while crop insurance is permanently authorized there are always folks that want to take a look at the program and discuss it a bit,” said Torrey. “Since the last farm bill, which was 2018, we have about 270 new elected leaders…they’ve never been through a farm bill.”
CIRB, along with the American Association of Crop Insurers (AACI), and National Crop Insurance Services (NCIS), along with 58 additional Crop Insurance Coalition partners, representing farmers, lenders, agricultural input providers, and conservation groups, sent letters this week to key decision makers in the Administration and Congress opposing cuts to the federal crop insurance program during the upcoming fiscal year 2024 budget and appropriations processes.
Learn more about what’s in store for CIRB’s annual meeting next week in this interview:
2023 CIRB annual preview - Michael Torrey, Executive Director (6:54)
Azotic Technologies, maker of Envita®, received a new Canadian patent on January 3, 2023 offering broad protection on Azotic’s formulation and methods of application, not only for Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus (Gd) but all nitrogen-fixing bacteria under select conditions.
“We are encouraged by the momentum of our company’s growth, and how we are steadily and strategically obtaining the patents we need to further solidify our position in the Canadian and global marketplace,” said Ray Chyc, CEO, of Azotic Technologies. “Over the course of the next few years, we anticipate that our global position will be strengthened by this and other patent grants.”
Azotic has established a significant patent portfolio that extends across several countries. The US Patent Office, for example, has recognized the broad scope of Azotic’s inventions, which has resulted in a strong US patent position. “Several other important patents are in various stages of approval, around the globe,” says Chyc.
“Azotic will continue to develop and expand its patent position based on the innovations of its world-leading scientists in the field of microbial inoculants for nitrogen fixation, crop protection and climate resilience,” explained Adriana Botes, Research and Development Director, Azotic Technologies. “These innovations provide numerous environmental and economic benefits.”
DPH Biologicals today launched a multi-action biofungicide seed treatment called BellaTrove™ Companion Maxx ST that helps seedlings fight pathogens and ensures healthy root systems.
BellaTrove Companion Maxx ST is derived from DPH Biologicals’ proprietary strain of a plant-stimulating rhizobacterium. The EPA-registered OMRI-certified biofungicide and bactericide stimulates a plant’s natural defenses against pathogens while improving nutrient uptake and root health. BellaTrove Companion Maxx ST offers greater value to organic and conventional growers at a time when input costs continue to increase.
“With BellaTrove Companion Maxx ST, growers get a biological seed treatment in a scientifically proven formulation wrapping crop fertility, stress reduction and disease suppression up in one easy-to-use, farmer-friendly package,” said Mick Messman, president and CEO at DPH Biologicals and former director of global seed treatment for DuPont.
BellaTrove Companion Maxx ST leverages the company’s seed-applied technology expertise and biological innovation as part of its overall biocontrol technology platform says Messman, who is one of several leaders at the company with seed-applied technology expertise having helped establish the category.
After hiring several leaders in biologicals, DPH Biologicals expanded its technical bench with the addition of Cliff Watrin, who led the development of seed treatments for Winfield United and Syngenta. “Farmers continue to want a broad range of crop protection options. Companion remains one of the most trusted and proven products available – now in a seed treatment,” said Watrin, VP of Agronomy.
Learn more about DPH Biologicals and BellaTrove Companion Maxx ST in this interview with Messman and Watrin.
DPH Biologicals BellaTrove Companion Maxx ST (12:14)