YieldMaster Solutions Continues Partnership with Azotic in US

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YieldMaster Solutions (YMS) is pleased to continue its partnership with Azotic for at least another three years.

With this partnership, farmers will continue to have access to the nitrogen-fixing biological, Envita® through YMS Distribution channels. Envita is a nitrogen-fixing solution that fundamentally changes the nitrogen equation on your farm. Applied in-furrow or as a foliar spray, Envita enables cells throughout the plant – including foliage and roots – to fix their nitrogen (N) and fill the gap between crop available N and crop accessible N.

Growers can learn more about how Envita has performed in their area through the YMS Proof-of-Concept (POC) trials. To learn more about how Envita visit: yieldmastersolutions.com

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Animal Ag News 10/3

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  • Attendee registration and housing is now for the Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show, including any educational programs, business meetings, social events, and access to the Trade Show floor.
  • As of Sept. 1, there were 73.8 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, down 1% from September 2021 but up 2% from June 1, 2022, according to the latest USDA-NASS Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report.
  • The following statement can be attributed to the National Pork Producers Council: “We are pleased that the federal judge upheld the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) New Swine Inspection System (NSIS) that incentivizes investment in new technologies while ensuring a safe supply of wholesome American pork. Pork producers use science-based approaches to continuously improve and modernize their practices to ensure product quality and consistency and their workforce’s health and safety.”
  • At the recent 2022 R-CALF USA national convention, R-CALF USA celebrated a strong 2021-2022 rollover calf sale fundraiser season and highlighted the increased interest and support gained from the fundraisers.
  • The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) is now accepting nominations for the second cohort of the Advanced Training for Animal Agriculture Leaders program. Nominations are due November 1.
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DWFI Podcast 18 Renata Rimšaitė, National Drought Mitigation Center

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Renata Rimšaitė is a senior program manager with DWFI and the National Drought Mitigation Center. Renata studies incentive-based water management, including tools designed to motivate or incentivize water using or managing parties to modify the way they use water, not only because it is sustainable, but also because it’s in their financial interest. Water markets is an example of incentive-based water management and can be used to provide flexibility and lower drought risk to crop growers.

In this episode, DWFI Communications Specialist Arianna Elnes interviews Renata to help us learn more about interesting aspects of groundwater management policy. She explains how sustainability can be an economic win-win and how incentive-based water management tools are used in Nebraska and elsewhere.

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DWFI Podcast 18 - Renata Rimšaitė, National Drought Mitigation Center 14:48

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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Industry Ag News 9/30

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  • The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) are celebrating 50 years of working together to provide timely, accurate and useful statistics in service to U.S. agriculture.
  • Start making your plans to attend the 2022 NAFB Convention today. Join more than 650 agricultural industry leaders November 16-18 in Kansas City for three days of learning, newsmaker sessions, networking, and more.
  • The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) and other Illinois commodity groups signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Taiwan that will enable closer cooperation in global trade facilitation.
  • The Mid America CropLife Association (MACA) presented the Industry Vision of the Year award on Thursday, September 8, during the Annual Meeting held in St. Louis, Missouri. This year’s recipient is Susanne Wasson, Corteva Agriscience (retired), of Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Those planning to attend the 2023 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, set for January 10-12 (Tuesday-Thursday) at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel in New Orleans, LA can now register at https://www.cotton.org/beltwide/index.cfm?page=registration. The last day for discounted meeting pre-registration fees is Wednesday, December 14.
  • The National FFA Organization has received $3 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help strengthen Indiana FFA chapters.
  • NASCAR Cup Series rookie, Todd Gilliland, and his No. 38 Georgia Peanuts team head back to the Superspeedway racing Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, at the Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race begins at 2:00 p.m. ET on NBC.
  • The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) announced that eight Research Ambassadors have been selected for 2022-2023 academic year. Developed and funded by NCGA’s Sustainable Ag Research Action Team, the objective is to build a network of future leaders in the agricultural sector; ambassadors must demonstrate academic excellence, leadership potential, and be involved in research relevant to corn production.
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ZimmCast 699 – Preview of the 2022 NAMA Fall Conference

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ZimmCastHello and welcome to the ZimmCast.

This week’s program will be a preview interview on the NAMA Fall Conference coming up very soon in Minneapolis. To get the details I talked with GROWMARK’s Chris Grogan who is the vice chair of the NAMA committee that has worked with staff to plan this year’s event. We’ll talk about the program and speakers, registration, the hotel and more.

The conference will be held at the Loews in Minneapolis on October 10-12. You can find the link to register on the NAMA website if you haven’t already done so.

Listen to the ZimmCast here:
ZimmCast 699 - NAMA Fall Conference Preview (10:54)

So, that’s the ZimmCast for this week. I hope you enjoyed it and thank you for listening.

Want to sponsor the ZimmCast? Just let me know and we can talk through ideas for your company. I’m AgriBlogger on Twitter or just email me at chuck@zimmcomm.biz.

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NCBA CEO Represents Beef Producers at White House

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National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) CEO Colin Woodall this week attended the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health to represent the nation’s beef cattle producers.

“The White House has prioritized ending hunger and increasing access to nutritious food and America’s cattle producers are ready to help by providing safe, sustainable, and nutritious protein to the world,” said NCBA CEO Colin Woodall. “We will continue to highlight beef’s role as an excellent source of protein for all ages, especially for those Americans lacking iron and other essential beef nutrients.”

The White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health, held for the first time in over 50 years, provided an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss solutions to end hunger and reduce the risk of diet-related diseases by 2030. Agricultural producers have a central role in this conversation as providers of our nation’s food. NCBA has previously highlighted the importance of beef in a balanced diet and will continue to showcase the innovative, sustainable production practices employed by cattle producers that ensure safe, wholesome, nutritious beef is accessible to all.

NCBA Director of Policy Communications Hunter Ihrman interviewed Woodall about the conference.
NCBA interview on White House conference (6:08)

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Carbon A List and Partners Receive USDA Climate-Smart Grant

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Carbon A List, partnering with Danone North America and others, has been awarded $70 million by the USDA Partnership for Climate Smart Commodities initiative.

As one of the 14 high-investment projects, the partners will use the awarded funds to transform the farmer-to-consumer supply chain with implementation of climate-smart projects and infrastructure investments. The five-year collaborative program allows project partners to create end-to-end supply chain partnerships to optimize the value of climate-smart commodities through improving feed management for dairy cows, enhancing food grade commodities for human consumption and better managing nutrients and manure on farm operations. It will also help farmers identify best practices for their acres. To optimize climate-smart farm practices, farmers will receive agronomic and business support for their agricultural systems. This will drive economic growth in rural communities.

The initiative will involve more than 350 participating farms across 18 states. This will include over 32,000 farm
acres, as well as 48,000 head of cattle across 57 managed dairy projects. Partners expect implemented project
practices to remove 57,000 tons of carbon dioxide over the 5-year period. Along with Danone North America, other major partners include Becks Hybrids, Scoular, Sustainable Environmental Consultants and others.

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Precision Ag News 9/28

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  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the Biden-Harris Administration is making $500 million in grants available to increase American-made fertilizer production to spur competition and combat price hikes on U.S. farmers caused by the war in Ukraine.
  • The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing its withdrawal of all remaining portions of the interim registration review decision for glyphosate. Pesticide products containing glyphosate continue to remain on the market and be used according to the product label and are unaffected by this action.
  • The Conservation Technology Information Center, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and Houston Engineering, will lead development of a new online tool, the Climate Smart Agriculture Connector, as a key element of a new project selected last week for funding by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Partnerships for Climate Smart Commodities program.
  • AMVAC® Chemical Corp., an American Vanguard® Company, announced a Farm Journal-managed, coalition-driven initiative called the Climate-Smart Connected Ag Project – in which AMVAC/SIMPAS® is a partner – has been named a USDA Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities project.
  • The Soil Health Institute (SHI) congratulates all recently announced USDA Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities Grant recipients. As an implementing partner across five selected projects, SHI will work alongside a wide variety of organizations to assist farmers, ranchers, and landowners on their journey toward improved soil health and climate resiliency.
  • GUSS™ Automation has introduced the first and only autonomous herbicide orchard sprayer – Herbicide GUSS, available at select John Deere dealers. This high-tech herbicide sprayer removes the driver from the vehicle to eliminate exposure to the chemical being sprayed. A single operator can monitor any combination of up to eight GUSS, mini GUSS or Herbicide GUSS sprayers on a laptop computer from the safety of their vehicle.
  • Developing a uniform industry adjuvant educational program for the agricultural retail industry is the focus of a webinar the Council of Producers and Distributors of Agrotechnology (CPDA) is sponsoring in partnership with the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) starting at 1:00 p.m. EST on Nov. 1.
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Farm Journal Foundation Series to Discuss Food Waste

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The Farm Journal Foundation Speaker Series will focus on Food Waste: Access, Affordability and Acceptability during a webinar Thursday, September 29, at 4 pm Eastern.

In developing countries, 40 percent of food losses occur at post-harvest and processing levels. In industrialized countries, more than 40 percent of losses happen at retail and consumer levels. Creating solutions for food waste is a challenge that requires navigating complex landscapes of income disparities, cultural and societal practices, and matters of distribution and availability. This panel will examine the ways in which issues of access, affordability and acceptability contribute to food waste, and how next generation leaders are creating a more inclusive food system.

Register on-line.

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Syngenta Seeds Research Shows Benefits of Enogen Corn

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Syngenta Seeds has unveiled new research on the benefits of using Enogen® corn for livestock feed in dairy operations. The research found that when comparing Enogen corn to traditional feed products, a U.S. dairy farm operation could potentially yield a financial savings of $132 to $208 per milking cow.

The financial value assessment, conducted in partnership with model developers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Animal and Dairy Sciences and Agronomy Departments and Rock River Laboratory, evaluated factors such as milk content, expected milk revenue, and associated corn silage costs, resulting in a final metric of Income Over Feed Cost (IOFC).

In addition to the financial value assessment, Syngenta Seeds conducted a life cycle assessment (LCA) for the dairy industry and unveiled a similar LCA for the beef industry in 2021, which demonstrated the potential for reducing the environmental footprint of livestock production by switching to Enogen corn in feed rations. The dairy-specific LCA, completed by sustainability firm Sustainable Solutions Corporation, highlights potential reductions in environmental impacts, including lower emissions of greenhouse gases and lower use of land, energy and water.

Syngenta Head of Enogen Marketing and Stewardship Duane Martin talked about some of the advantages of Enogen corn for livestock during an interview at the recent Farm Progress Show.
FPS22 Interview with Duane Martin, Enogen (3:35)

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