NAMA Fall Conference

Industry Ag News 3/18

Carrie Muehling

  • The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) is deeply concerned for the personal safety of our friends and colleagues in Ukraine, and all the journalists and communicators who are under threat of bodily harm and professional suppression in both Ukraine and Russia as a result of the current invasion.
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  • Adding $10 billion to its total impact since 2015, Florida’s nursery and landscape industry generates $31.4 billion in total output sales and provides more than 266,000 jobs statewide, according to a new economic impact study released jointly by the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA) and Farm Credit of Central Florida.
  • American Farmland Trust New York Regional Director Erica Goodman has been named director of the Farms for a New Generation program, where she will play a critical role to usher in a diverse new generation of farmers and ranchers to access land and help to transform agriculture.
  • As part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s commitment to expanding and diversifying global market opportunities for U.S. agriculture, the Department will sponsor four additional international trade missions in 2022, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced at the Commodity Classic in New Orleans. While final dates are subject to confirmation, the remaining trade missions scheduled for 2022 are: London, United Kingdom: June 20-23; Manila, Philippines: July 18-21; Nairobi, Kenya (including buyers from across East Africa): Oct. 31-Nov. 3; and Madrid, Spain (including buyers from Portugal): Nov. 29-Dec. 3.
  • In February, Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute Executive Director Peter McCornick visited the United Arab Emirates and Jordan as part of a trade mission organized by the Nebraska Secretary of State. McCornick was joined by 25 other delegates from the University of Nebraska, Nebraska commodity groups, state government and private industry.
  • Nicole Berg was elected as the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President. Nicole is a 4th generation farmer from Paterson, Washington, where she farms alongside her dad and two brothers.
  • The American Soybean Association (ASA) recognized John Gordley with its top honor during a ceremony in New Orleans at Commodity Classic. The Pinnacle Award is an industry-wide recognition of a lifetime of work that demonstrates the highest level of contribution and leadership within the soybean family and industry. ASA also recognized Nancy Johnson, North Dakota, with its Distinguished Leadership Award.
  • The National Sorghum Foundation (NSF) and BASF announced NSF/BASF joint scholarships were awarded to Zoe Schultz from Kansas State University and Luke Arthaud from Oklahoma State University. Each winner will be awarded $2,500 to be applied during the 2021-2022 academic year.
  • The National Wheat Foundation welcomes Joe Kejr as its new Chair. Joe farms with his son, brother and nephew west of Salina, Kansas where they raise wheat, corn, soybeans and milo. Joe has been President of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and served as a legislator on the Kansas House of Representatives for three terms.
  • The United States Peanut Federation (USPF) combined advocacy with service during their Spring 2022 Washington D.C. Fly-in. The Georgia Peanut Commission in conjunction with USPF proudly partnered with Peanut Proud, the peanut industry’s humanitarian relief organization, to donate 10,080 jars of peanut butter to serve the Nation’s Capital and surrounding area. The delivery of this donation was made possible by SouthernAG Carriers who graciously donated their truck carrier service to transport the peanut butter.
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