Industry Ag News 5/20

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  • Recently the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) presented Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas and Sen. Todd Young of Indiana with its Legislator of the Year Award. The award is an annual ARA tradition that serves to recognize one or more legislators who have championed issues that impact agricultural retailers and the entire agriculture industry.
  • From farm to frontline, the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC) is taking another giant leap forward to highlight environmentally friendly investments from the soybean checkoff. MSR&PC, which directs the state’s soybean checkoff resources, is launching the Stepping Up campaign to amplify farmer profitability and promote the value-added uses of the “miracle bean” while making community connections.
  • Approximately one in four farmers struggle with mental health issues. National Corn Growers Association asks farmers, their families, and the people they do business with to look for signs. NCGA’s Member and Consumer Engagement Action Team (MCEAT) distributed a short, one-minute video asking our industry partners to assist in this effort.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that commodity and specialty crop producers impacted by natural disaster events in 2020 and 2021 will soon begin receiving emergency relief payments totaling approximately $6 billion through the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) new Emergency Relief Program (ERP) to offset crop yield and value losses.
  • After two years of offering a hybrid program, the GROWMARK/FS System is pleased to welcome its newest class of interns back in-person for the complete immersive experience. Seventy-four interns were selected during a rigorous application process and are now working hands-on at GROWMARK and FS-company locations across North America.
  • The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol announced that grower participation for the 2021/22 crop doubled since the program’s pilot last year. The Trust Protocol’s mission is to bring quantifiable and verifiable goals and measurement to the key sustainability metrics of U.S. cotton production.
  • Applications are now open for the 2022-2023 Maryland Farm Bureau Ambassador program, a scholarship and leadership development initiative for Maryland’s Farm Bureau member-families. After receiving entries from the county Farm Bureaus, the state Farm Bureau will choose one female and one male ambassador to represent Maryland Farm Bureau and the importance of agriculture’s role in the state from December 2022 – December 2023.
  • With many countries around the globe relaxing restrictions and showing signs of recovery from the pandemic, demand for U.S. potato exports is strong in many markets. During the first three quarters of the marketing year (July 2021-March 2022), overall U.S. potato and potato product exports increased from the same period one year earlier.
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Agri-Pulse Newsmakers – USDA’s Emergency Relief Program

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Episode 15 of Agri-Pulse Newsmakers is out with a focus on USDA’s Emergency Relief Program announced this week and how that impacts the crop insurance program.

The Department of Agriculture rolled out a $6 billion program aimed at helping producers who suffered disasters in 2020 and 2021. USDA’s Gloria Montaño Greene joins the program to discuss what producers should know about how they might receive assistance and takes a look at the broader risk management portfolio under the federal government’s umbrella.

Then, Tom Sell with Combest, Sell & Associates and Tara Smith with Michael Torrey Associates discuss the implications of disasters on the crop insurance program, the prospects of permanent disaster relief legislation and their concerns about actuarial soundness.

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Precision Ag News 5/18

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  • Syngenta Crop Protection’s Seedcare business is proud to unveil VICTRATO®, a novel technology with a powerful combination of nematode and disease control for growers looking to increase the quality and yield of their crops and support the long-term health of their soil.
  • The Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) and the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) announce the launch of ESMC’s ecosystem services market program, Eco-Harvest, to reward agricultural producers for beneficial environmental outcomes from regenerative agriculture. ESMC generates and sells credits for increased soil carbon, reduced greenhouse gases, and improved water quality from agricultural production systems.
  • Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops and CropTrak® announced the public release of the Stewardship Calculator 2.0 to help growers measure a wide-range of on-farm data for better crop management and help brands more easily aggregate that data for sustainability and ESG reporting.
  • Rob-See-Co, an independent seed company located in Elkhorn, Neb. acquired the Rupp-brand grain and forage division of Rupp Seeds, an Ohio-based seed company. The acquisition enables Rob-See-Co to expand its market and product offering to Rupp Seeds dealers and growers.
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SISC and CropTrak Release Stewardship Calculator 2.0

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Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops (SISC) and CropTrak® are announcing the public release of Stewardship Calculator 2.0 to help growers measure a wide-range of on-farm data for better crop management and help brands more easily aggregate that data for sustainability and ESG reporting.

“Following a robust pilot program with leading brands and growers, we are now offering this online calculator of the SISC metrics to help standardize ways to create and maintain measurement across tier one supply chains. The updated tool enables consistent communication of aggregated data – the key ingredient users said would help improve transparency and adoption of more sustainable practices,” said Alison Edwards, Director, SISC.

Powered by CropTrak’s cloud technology platform, the Stewardship Calculator 2.0 is used to track broad regenerative ag practices including resource and nutrient management; on-farm energy/GHG; as well as biodiversity, food waste and water use efficiency. Developed in collaboration with retailers and suppliers such as Walmart and Del Monte, the SISC calculator helps inform sustainability reporting for brands and their suppliers, as well as to improve production plans and supply chain management practices.

Western Growers Association will be subsidizing costs for all members to use this new SISC calculator for its initial two year roll out. Interested users can sign up for the Stewardship Calculator 2.0 here.

To find out more about this exciting announcement, listen to this interview with SISC Director Alison Edwards and CropTrak Sales/Engineering Lead Shawny Marsden.

Full interview with Edwards and Marsden 16:47

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Michelle Rook Joins Farm Journal Broadcast Team

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Farm Journal announces Michelle Rook has joined the company’s broadcast team, serving as the lead field correspondent for the nationally syndicated television shows AgDay and U.S. Farm Report, as well as agriculture’s top-rated national radio show AgriTalk.

Rook is an award-winning journalist that most recently led the farm department at WNAX Radio in South Dakota. She has reported on agriculture from the nation’s capital to the soybean fields of Brazil and has interviewed countless newsmakers, including President Barack Obama and several U.S. agriculture secretaries. Rook has worked as a reporter and anchor for Agweek Television and has served as a meteorologist and reporter for KSFY-TV in Sioux Falls and KTIV-TV and KMEG-TV in Sioux City, Iowa.

She is a member of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) and in 2006 served as the organization’s President. Rook grew up on a dairy and crop farm in eastern South Dakota and her parents are still involved in the operation. She has bachelor’s degrees in dairy manufacturing and ag journalism and a master’s degree in journalism from South Dakota State University. She also earned her broadcast meteorology degree from Mississippi State University.

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Animal Ag News 5/16

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  • As the 55th World Dairy Expo approaches, Expo is searching for college students who are passionate about the dairy industry to be part of the 2022 media team. Four students have the opportunity to spend WDE as media interns giving them an intimate look at the storied event. Students should visit World Dairy Expo’s website,, and select “Careers” under the “About Us” tab for the complete job description and all pertinent application details.
  • The Alltech ONE Conference unites changemakers and thought leaders in a collaborative exploration of solutions within agri-business and beyond. With virtual registration, you have access to live-streamed keynote presentations and select on-demand track sessions. Join the excitement of the Alltech ONE Conference, launching virtually beginning Monday, May 23, 2022.
  • This summer’s World Pork Expo is only a month away! Join media professionals and thousands of pork producers at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, from June 8-10 for the world’s largest pork-specific event.
  • The Russian invasion of Ukraine has upended global food supply chains, raised prices for inputs, energy, and finished food products, and exacerbated nutrition insecurity in countries around the world. Following a meeting in the Washington, D.C. offices of the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), leaders of the European Dairy Association (EDA) and IDFA issued this joint statement.
  • USPOULTRY approved approximately $119,000 in funding for a new research grant for a risk assessment comparing alternative approaches to regulating Salmonella in poultry through the Board Research Initiative program. The topic and request for proposal were selected by the USPOULTRY board of directors. The research was made possible in part by donations to the USPOULTRY Foundation. The grant is titled “Risk Assessment Comparing Alternative Approaches to Regulating Salmonella in Poultry by Public Health Impact Factors” and being conducted at the University of Illinois, made possible in part by an endowing Foundation gift from Cooper Farms.
  • March pork exports were the largest so far this year but were well below the record totals posted in March 2021, according to data released by USDA.
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Daugherty Water for Food Podcast Episode 11

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The Daugherty Water for Food Podcast is back after a brief hiatus to bring you a new episode focused on ensuring water and food security for our growing world.

Matt Foley is program director for The Combine AgriFood Incubator, a part of Invest Nebraska, which supports early stage agtech companies in row crop, animal health, digital agriculture and sustainability. The incubator supports founders of these companies through go-to market support, producer connections and seed funding. Matt also assists in portfolio management for the venture fund.

In this episode, guest host Ankit Chandra, DWFI program coordinator, sits down with Matt to discuss which ag innovations he’s most excited about, where gaps and challenges exist in the agtech ecosystem and more.

Listen to the podcast here:
Daugherty Water for Food Podcast Episode 11 16:48

The Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute (DWFI) at the University of Nebraska was founded with the mission to have a lasting and significant impact on achieving more food security with less pressure on scarce water resources by conducting scientific and policy research, using the research results to inform policy makers, and sharing knowledge through education and communication.

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Agri-Pulse Newsmakers: Climate, Immigration, Inflation

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Climate, immigration and inflation are the key issues for this week’s edition of Agri-Pulse Newsmakers.

New figures this week showed inflation is still impacting American consumers, but some slight moderation was also observed. There was also news on interest in the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities Program, leading to questions about the ability for the program to satisfy the existing demand with its present resources.

This week’s video also features thoughts on immigration and the future of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act from Chuck Conner with the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, Allison Crittenden with the American Farm Bureau Federation, Dave Gagner with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Cal Poly’s Ricky Volpe.

Newsmakers is also available as a podcast and/or you can sign up to get free access to Newsmakers.

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Industry Ag News 5/13

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  • Register for the all new American Seed Trade Association Leadership Summit by Thursday, May 26 to take advantage of early registration rates and ASTA’s room blocks. The ASTA Leadership Summit is June 25-29 in Indianapolis, IN.
  • The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has announced its first city transit tires made with a sustainable soybean oil compound. The majority of Goodyear Metro Miler G152 and G652 tires will now use soybean oil to displace petroleum while delivering the same performance benefits. The announcement marks the fifth commercially available soy-biobased tires resulting from the United Soybean Board’s soy checkoff research investment with Goodyear.
  • IFAJ members can enjoy a 15% discount on registration fees for the 2022 Women in Food and Agriculture Summit in Frankfurt on June 14-15. The summit promotes inclusion and diversity in the food and agriculture industry. Sessions cover management, data analytics, sustainability and innovation, and the program includes networking opportunities with more than 300 industry leaders from around the world. Contact the IFAJ Global Office at for the discount code you will need when you register.
  • Farmers, ranchers, and agribusiness in territories across the U.S. will have a stronger partner to help them build their operations for the future, with Farm Credit of New Mexico announcing its intent to merge into American AgCredit.
  • Farmer Veteran Coalition announced $470,000 given in awards and equipment to veterans across the country through the Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund. It’s the largest amount awarded in program history. The Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund provides direct assistance to veterans involved in agriculture by awarding them equipment and small grants in the amount of $1,000 to $5,000 to purchase items they have identified will make a crucial difference in the launch of their farm business.
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Second Tech Hub LIVE Scheduled for July

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Meister Media Worldwide is holding the second Tech Hub LIVE Conference and Expo this summer with an even more expansive range of features encompassing all segments of precision agriculture.

“Building on the success of the inaugural event, the 2022 Tech Hub LIVE Conference and Expo, July 19-21 in Indianapolis at the newly renovated Indiana Convention Center, will deliver more – more attendees, more sponsors, more supporting organizations, more exhibitors, more educational offerings and fresh formats, more trade show space, more networking, and more entertainment options”, says Tony Stein, Group Business Director, CropLife Media Group and Tech Hub LIVE Commercial Chair. “Tech Hub LIVE is the must-attend event this summer for the precision agtech industry with expanded size, scope, and format, delivering enhanced competitive value for attendees and commercial clients to join the movement advancing their business,” says Stein.

In-person education and networking has been diminished with the Covid-19 travel restrictions. So, 2022 Tech Hub LIVE Conference and Expo program is rich in engaging and interactive content addressing a broad range of topics with CEUs for CCA to make the most out of our time back together in-person. Attendees will experience a full range of diverse opportunities over 2 1/2 days to connect, engage, have fun, and advance their business. Two-day multi-track conference, small discussion groups, innovative Tech Talks and fireside chats are enhanced with robust commercial support with trade show, sponsorship, meeting rooms, and other programs integrated with year-round CropLife and PrecisionAg Professional products and services.

“The breadth of timely precision content, leveraging the CropLife Media Group and PrecisionAg Professional decades of market engagement with the precision ag movement, in collaboration with an industry leading Program Committee, is another key reason 2022 Tech Hub LIVE Conference and Expo is the must-attend event,” says Lara Sowinski, Group Editor, CropLife Media Group and Tech Hub LIVE Program Chair. “The key pillars of content centering on – Leveraging Agtech for Better Profitability – Latest Agtech Hardware/Software Solutions – Meeting Sustainability’s Evolving Demands – and Breaking Agtech Barriers – will provide actionable insights to advance their precision business in the here and now,” says Sowinski.

In collaboration with returning Supporting Organizations Agricultural Retailers Association and AgGateway, and Industry-leading Advisory Board including Ernie Chappell, Founder and President, EFC Systems by EverAg; Scott Cogdill, Ag Solutions Commercial Product Manager, Proagrica; Daren Coppock, President and CEO, Agricultural Retailers Association; Brant Gilbert, Marketing Director, WinField United; Hylon Kaufmann, Director of Business Development, Ranch Systems; Brent Kemp, CEO, AgGateway.

Click to get all the 2022 Tech Hub LIVE details.

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