Industry Ag News 1/21

Carrie Muehling

  • Don’t miss the American Seed Trade Association‘s fastest growing and most international event – the Vegetable & Flower Seed Conference, Jan. 28 – Feb. 1 in San Diego. Virtual and in-person attendance options are available.
  • Appropriations from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which passed in 2021 with bipartisan support, will soon be funding upgrades to infrastructure projects important to corn growers. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it would allocate $2.2 billion from the infrastructure legislation to repair and update locks along the Upper Mississippi River System.
  • The American Farm Bureau Federation will host the 2022 Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, Feb. 25-28, at the Omni Louisville Hotel.
  • The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is making agriculture education resources more accessible to classrooms across the country. Thanks to generous support from Nationwide, the Ag Foundation opened applications this week for education grants that will empower educators with more accurate information about agriculture. Three hundred educators will be selected to receive educator packs that include one copy of the Ag Foundation’s 2022 Book of the Year, “How to Grow a Monster,” one copy of the accompanying educator guide, and a set of 30 school garden ag mags for educational use.
  • The National Farm Machinery Show announced attendee registration shifts from required to voluntary for the 56th annual show February 16-19, 2022. With less than 30 days until the nation’s largest indoor farm equipment show, the decision to continue with voluntary registration removes any challenge accessing the show floor to network, experience seminars and conduct business.
  • The Progressive Agriculture Foundation® announced the election of its executive committee as well as the appointment of three new members to its board of directors for 2022 during the board’s triannual meeting. Frank Dowdle with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension system was re-elected to serve as the chairperson. Jeanette Dame with TC Energy and Tyrone Gentry with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension were re-elected to serve as the vice-chairperson and secretary, respectively. Joining the Foundation’s board of directors’ executive committee is Brittany Jablonsky with Farm Credit Council elected to serve as treasurer. New board members appointed include Kayla Hinrichs, Robert Marshall, and Jose Perez.
  • Registration is now open online for the IFAJ World Congress 2022 – Smarter Farming and Food Production for Green and Sustainable Growth, hosted by the Danish Food and Agricultural Journalists. The main IFAJ 2022 Congress will take place in Denmark from June 27 to July 3 in Vingsted.
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