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Industry Ag News 7/30

Carrie Muehling

  • The inaugural episode of the Grower Talks podcast features Drew Echols, President of the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association and owner of Jaemor Farms. Join with Drew as we discuss Georgia’s thriving fruit and vegetable industry and how Jaemor, now five generations strong, provides a wide variety of Georgia-grown produce to consumers.
  • The National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) is accepting entries for its 2022 NAFB Membership Directory cover photo contest. The winning entry will receive $100, and the photo will be featured on the cover of the 2022 NAFB Membership Directory. To review contest information or to enter your photo(s), please click here.
  • Zen-Noh Grain Corporation has closed on its acquisition of approved assets from Bunge. Originally announced in spring of 2020, the initial agreement between ZGC and Bunge included 35 operating assets. To help secure regulatory approval, certain Bunge assets and Consolidated Grain and Barge Co., ZGC’s affiliate, assets were selected for divestiture and sold to Viserion Grain, LLC.
  • The summer of 2021 marks an important milestone in the history of technological advancement in American agriculture. One hundred years ago, on Aug. 3, 1921, an aerial crop dusting experiment spawned the birth of the agricultural aviation industry. Watch (and share) the video on the industry’s legacy after a century of agricultural aviation.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the launch of its first ever Alexa skill, a digital tool for parents and caregivers of infants and toddlers between four and 24 months old. Families who use the MyPlate Alexa skill receive nutrition information on what and how to feed their child based on their age.
  • In April 2019, Mike Builta, a GROWMARK vice president and long-time employee, passed away unexpectedly. To honor his memory, the GROWMARK Foundation will be providing 100 FFA jackets to FFA members in Illinois. The application is available at and is due September 10 at midnight.
  • Kubota Tractor Corporation announced its first-ever sponsorship with the leader in western sports, PBR (Professional Bull Riders), making them the Official Tractor of the Unleash The Beast, Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour, and Global Cup USA. Kubota will have an exclusive equipment presence at PBR’s top two U.S. tours as well as the five-nation tournament known as “the Olympics of bull riding.” The company also announced it will become the official tractor partner of the WCRA (World Champions Rodeo Alliance) Triple Crown and Women’s Rodeo World Championship for the 2022 season, both of which are aligned with PBR.
  • CLUTCH, a hybrid consultancy and agency with a roster of clients across the agriculture and food value chain, continues to grow its senior leadership team with the addition of agriculture industry veteran Jeff Caldwell.
  • Mark your calendars and make plans to join the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City and Agri-Pulse for the Ag Outlook Forum. Early bird pricing ends August 20. Register here.
  • The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) announced Gaylen Holloway joined NCGA as the Grassroots and Leadership Development Manager on July 5. Holloway will foster grower activism, execute grassroots advocacy campaigns, and oversee NCGA’s slate of leadership development programs.
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