Industry Ag News 8/13

Carrie Muehling

  • Syngenta will combine efforts in Seeds Global Communications with the North America Seeds marketing communications team. Leading this new role for Global Seeds and NA Seeds Communications will be Linda Arnold Whaley as Head of Communications, Global Seeds and Seeds North America.
  • Mark your calendars and make plans to join the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City and Agri-Pulse for the Ag Outlook Forum on Sept. 26 at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.
  • Pro Farmer scouts will fan out across the Corn Belt to measure this year’s corn and soybean yield potential during the 30th annual Pro Farmer Crop Tour, set for Aug. 22-25. The tour is an August ritual covering seven Midwestern states and capturing the attention of the industry and national media.
  • Key EPA officials will visit South Georgia cotton farms on August 15-17 to hear firsthand how producers are tackling weed and other cotton pest management challenges that threaten their viability. The National Cotton Council is coordinating the farm visits as part of The Cotton Foundation’s 2022 Educational Outreach Program.
  • Delayed planting in many states may cause high moisture corn to be a common challenge this harvest, requiring longer periods of grain drying than average. Due to increased uncertainty, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) recommends participating in early tank fill programs before peak harvest demand. PERC’s Grain Drying Calculator tool helps plan ahead for propane supply needs. Available for free online, farmers can simply enter the number of acres, estimated bushels per acre, and optimal moisture percentages to determine gallons needed.
  • Michael Torrey Associates welcomes Caroline Snell to the policy team. The Washington, D.C.-based firm offers effective government relations, strategic communications, and issue advocacy as well as full-service association management to a growing number of clients in the food, agriculture, and forestry sector.
  • The Western Growers Family of Companies is mourning the passing of Hank Giclas. Giclas served the Western fresh produce industry in various capacities with Western Growers over three decades from 1990 until he retired as Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, Science & Technology in 2020.
  • A national leader in food and agriculture consulting, KCoe Isom, is writing a new chapter. With roots dating back to 1932, this ‘U.S. Top 100’ accounting firm is rebranding as Pinion to encompass a more forward-thinking, proactive and global approach to business.
  • Valent U.S.A. LLC has appointed Dave Poling as vice president, Marketing, effective August 1, 2022. Poling succeeds Geoff Quick, who has transitioned to a new role as the global lead, business development for Sumitomo Chemical’s AgroSolutions Division International (ASDI).
  • The Center for Food Integrity (CFI), with support from the United Soybean Board (USB), is hosting a free webinar, Tues. Aug. 30, from 1 to 1:45 p.m. CT, to detail how biodiesel can fuel food company sustainability efforts.
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