Zimfo Bytes 7/20

Carrie Muehling

  • The National Cotton Council has scheduled tour dates and locations for the 2018 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program. Now in its 30th year, the program has enabled more than 1,100 U.S. cotton producers to go to Cotton Belt regions different than their own where they learn about their peers’ innovative production practices.
  • Clover Chang, the longtime director of the U.S. Grains Council’s office in Taiwan, will retire effective Aug. 10, with Michael Lu hired to take on the role as of Aug. 6.
  • The IDEAg Group LLC recently announced John Hendel as director, event sales. In this sales leadership role, Hendel is responsible for leading exhibit sales, sponsorships and marketing programs for all IDEAg events including the Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show, Dakotafest, Minnesota Farmfest, Northern Illinois Farm Show and the IDEAg Trade Show at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention.
  • Save the date for the 2018 Ag Outlook Forum September 27, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. Visit the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City website for event registration.
  • The American Farm Bureau Federation has announced two staff promotions, for Dr. John Newton and Sarah Brown Dirkes. Newton has been promoted from director, market intelligence to chief economist. Dirkes has been promoted to a new role, executive director of industry relations.
  • Agri-Pulse announces the promotion of Paige Dye to Circulation Manager. Dye had been serving as Assistant Marketing Manager for the company.
  • BRANDT has opened a 42,000 square foot production facility for specialty formulations products in Visalia, CA. The new location will expand production capabilities, serve as another hub for formulation development and testing, and house BRANDT Hydrology water quality analysis.
  • Michelin and Camso join forces to create the leader in off-the-road (OTR) mobility solutions. The result of a genuine strategic partnership in the OTR segment, the new division will be managed from Quebec, Canada.
  • Syngenta announces the five finalists in its #RootedinAg contest. These finalists, who will each receive a mini touch-screen tablet, will now compete for the grand prize – $500, plus a $1,000 donation to the winner’s favorite local charity or civic organization. The competition, which began in April, invited growers and other ag professionals to describe the person who helped inspire their agricultural roots. Syngenta will feature the winning story in an upcoming issue of its Thrive magazine.
  • Kindergarten through fifth-grade educators working in schools are encouraged to apply by Aug. 15 for resource kit grants courtesy of sponsor John Deere and the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. John Deere is sponsoring the distribution of 300 kits, each containing one copy of the Foundation’s 2018 Book of the Year, “John Deere, That’s Who!,” an educator guide and a classroom set (30-pack) of Ag Innovation ag mags.
  • Conference registration and hotel block reservations for the American Seed Trade Association‘s CSS 2018 & Seed Expo are opening August 1. Make plans to attend America’s largest seed industry convention, December 3-6 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. For more information, click here.
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