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Industry Ag News 10/29

Carrie Muehling

  • Corteva, Inc.’s Board of Directors announced that it has appointed Chuck Magro as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective November 1, 2021. He will also join Corteva’s Board of Directors. Mr. Magro most recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Nutrien and brings to Corteva extensive experience leading global agriculture companies to support value creation for all stakeholders.
  • Bill Conrad of Malone, Florida, was named the overall winner of the 2021 Southeastern Hay Contest as part of the 2021 Sunbelt Ag Expo. Conrad took the top prize with a relative forage quality (RFQ) of 297 in the mixed, annual grass and other hay category. Conrad wins a choice of a Massey Ferguson DM Series disc mower or RK Series rotary rake for the 2022 hay production season, plus $1,000 cash.
  • The National Corn Growers Association is proud to announce their partnership — funded by NCGA’s Production Technology Access Action Team — with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever. This new collaboration will focus on increasing pollinator and wildlife habitat in corn-producing states. Initially, the partnership will focus on corn producers in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.
  • PMA and United Fresh leaders provided a series of updates for the new association named International Fresh Produce Association. Co-CEOs of the new association Cathy Burns and Tom Stenzel were joined by executive committee members to share details, including the board of directors.
  • The Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation and the Soil Health Institute announced a founding grant to launch the Institute’s U.S. Regenerative Cotton Fund, a unique, farmer-facing, science-based initiative that will support long-term, sustainable cotton production in the United States, with the goal of eliminating one million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) from the atmosphere by 2026.
  • Bushel announced the addition of Michael Sharov as Chief Growth Officer. Sharov will lead product and strategy efforts designed to build on Bushel’s vision of a robust digital infrastructure to the grain supply chain.
  • After 25 years as the Executive Director of the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, Charles Hall will be stepping down to move into a semi-retirement role. Chris Butts, currently the GFVGA Director of Public Affairs, has been named the association’s next Executive Vice President effective December 1, 2021.
  • ‘Farm to Market: Opportunity Knocks’ is the seventh Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference hosted by Farmer Veteran Coalition. This year the event takes place in two regional locations rather than one national gathering – Knoxville, Tenn. on Nov. 18th and Tacoma, Wash. on Dec. 10th. The Tennessee and Washington state chapters of Farmer Veteran Coalition will serve as hosts.
  • Agriculture leaders from across major food and ag associations announced the formation of the Agriculture Trade Education Council (ATEC), a 501 c (3) non-profit that will be a resource for education on the value of agricultural trade policies, practices, and structures.
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