Industry Ag News 9/23

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  • Virtual registration is still available for the Ag Outlook Forum on September 26 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm CDT. The annual Ag Outlook Forum is a great opportunity to get a comprehensive preview of what lies ahead from leading experts. Presented by the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City and Agri-Pulse, this “must attend” event brings together USDA’s Chief Economist and other industry experts to share key insights on existing and new market opportunities.
  • The Mid America CropLife Association (MACA) Educator of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Todd Gaines, Colorado State University. The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated significant contributions to American agriculture, especially in the MACA region. The Ruth White Media Award is presented to an individual who’s demonstrated an evidence of consistent, objective, and accurate reporting on American agriculture and the myriad of issues involved in modern agriculture, including the CropLife industry. This year’s winner is Mike Adams, formerly with American Ag Network.
  • Plans for the 2023 Commodity Classic are well underway as America’s largest farmer-led agricultural and educational experience returns to Orlando March 9-11, 2023. The theme for the 2023 show is “Preparing for the Next Generation.”
  • Clean Fuels Alliance America has appointed Jonathan Martin of Ottawa Hills, Ohio, as its first Director of Economic and Market Analytics. Martin, most recently an economist with Marathon Petroleum Co., brings ten years of experience in oil and gas corporate economics to this newly created role. He will be based in Ohio.
  • The American Farm Bureau and Farm Bureau members across the country will have a seat at the table advising the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission with the appointment of Nebraska Farm Bureau President Mark McHargue to serve on the Agricultural Advisory Committee.
  • Alltech has appointed Tara McCarthy as its global vice president of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG). McCarthy will support the advancement of Alltech’s vision of Working Together for a Planet of Plenty™, which underscores the ability of the agri-food sector to provide enough nutritious food for all while revitalizing local communities and replenishing the Earth’s natural resources.
  • Potato retail sales increased in dollar sales but decreased in volume sales from July 2021 – June 2022, compared to the same timeframe a year ago. As consumer prices increased by 10.5 percent, retail dollar sales increased by 5.7 percent. The total volume sales decreased 4.4 percent from the same time a year ago, but they remained above volume sales prior to the pandemic. Dollar sales have continuously increased over the last five years. Volume sales have ranged between 6.7 to 7 billion pounds of potatoes sold at retail.
  • The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) announced that the organization has hired Alison Gerzina to serve as coordinator of government affairs and communications. In this role, she will support the efforts of the organization in representing the policy and business interests of farmer co-ops in the nation’s capital.
  • The 2022-2023 season of Feed Your Future virtual career fairs will continue to connect agri-food employers and job seekers across the United States. Organizations require qualified talent to fill workforce gaps in agriculture and food.
  • Farm Credit and Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) announced a new partnership to expand Farm Credit’s Launching Leaders internship program. Interested students may find current internship and career opportunities at Farm Credit institutions across the country at
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