Precision Ag News 7/7

Carrie Muehling

  • Koch Ag & Energy Solutions (KAES), a global provider of value-added solutions for the agriculture, energy and chemical markets, and OCP, the world’s largest phosphate mining and leading global fertilizer group, are pleased to announce they have successfully completed the acquisition announced March 2, 2022. KAES, through an affiliate, acquired a 50% interest in Jorf Fertilizers Com-pany III (JFC III) from OCP, establishing a 50/50 Joint-Venture between the two companies. The trans-action closed on June 30, 2022. JFC III owns and operates a cutting-edge industrial facility producing up to 1.1 million metric tons annually of phosphate-based fertilizers. Through its advantaged location within the Jorf Fertilizer Complex, the world’s largest phosphate fertilizer production platform, JFC III benefits from a unique relationship with OCP’s broader industrial operations at the Complex.
  • In 2019, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System brought the world of farming to the palm of a farmer’s hand with an app. The Farming Basics app opened a gateway of information for small and beginning farmers. Fast forward to 2022—this app has gotten a facelift, providing even more information to farmers. The Farming Basics app is available as a free download on iOS and Android devices.
  • In a recent election at the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST), Dr. J. Alex Thomasson — head of the Mississippi State University Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and William B. and Sherry Berry Endowed Chairholder — was chosen as the President-Elect for 2022-2023.
  • Green Lands Blue Waters is excited to announce the launch of the Next Gen Ag and Conservation Professionals Mentorship Program. This program is funded by a 2022 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Equity Conservation Agreement and is hosted in partnership with the Mississippi River Network.
  • NCGA has a new tool for growers: the Corn Rootworm Risk Tool. This calculator allows farmers to enter historical and current management data—along with corn rootworm intensity—to determine the potential risk of developing resistance to valuable Bt traits.
  • The North American Equipment Dealers Association (NAEDA) announced that the transition period is complete, and the new organization has successfully unified three regional equipment dealer associations with the Equipment Dealers Association. NAEDA is one of the most well-respected and fastest-growing equipment dealer associations in North America and has represented equipment dealers in North America since 1889. NAEDA will be hosting its first board meeting July 25-26, 2022, and will refine its strategic plan for the future at that meeting.
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