Industry Ag News 11/11

Carrie Muehling

  • Veteran strategic communications professional Mace Thornton has joined Stratovation Group as partner and COO to lead integrated client services, Cameron Camfield, founder and CEO of the Stratovation Group announced.
  • Syngenta team members received Honorary American FFA Degrees during the 95th Annual National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. The 2022 honorees from Syngenta are Head of Global Seeds Strategy and Portfolio Head David Hollinrake, Head of North America Seeds Sales Service Operations Dawn Dietz, and East Heartland Commercial Unit District Manager Tim Hoberty.
  • The average price of diesel is $5.32 per gallon, more than $1.50 above the same time last year. While prices are below the $5.81 peak in June, the high cost of fuel is hitting farmers hard as they navigate the fall harvest season. American Farm Bureau Federation economists analyzed the factors driving up fuel prices in the latest Market Intel report.
  • Conservation Technology Innovation Center welcomes Ryan Heiniger as its new Executive Director. Heiniger is a fourth-generation Iowa farmer, wildlife biologist, and non-profit leader. CTIC board president Mark White of Syngenta says Heiniger’s combination of on-the-ground conservation experience and history of leadership in conservation-oriented organizations made him the perfect choice for the role.
  • Skye Root, founder of Root Agricultural Advisory in Boise, Idaho, was named the 2022 Professional Farm Manager of the Year. The award, co-sponsored by Syngenta, Farm Journal’s The Scoop magazine, and the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA), recognizes farm managers who display excellence in client service and a commitment to agriculture.
  • Farm Foundation, an accelerator of practical solutions for agriculture, will host its next virtual Forum, What to Expect From the 2023 Farm Bill, on Tuesday, December 6, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. CDT.
  • AMVAC, an American Vanguard Company, announced the fourth annual Cotton Industry Advancement Scholarship winners. A total of seven students were selected from applications received across the country. Each scholarship recipient was awarded $2,000.
  • American Agri-Women (AAW) recently elected its national officers at its 2022 national convention in Bozeman, Mont. AAW, a national coalition of farm, ranch, and agri-business women, is in its 48th year of advocating for agriculture. Arlene Kovash of Oregon Women for Agriculture; is the new secretary. Jean Goslin of Kansas Agri-Women; is VP of Education. These women will serve two-year terms. Continuing on the national board for the second year of their two-year term is Heather Hampton+Knodle, Illinois Agri-Women, who serves as president. Rose Tryon VanCott, California Women for Agriculture, first vice president; Laura Hart, Texas Agri-Women, vice president of communications; Kathy Goodyke, Minnesota Agri-Women, treasurer; and Karolyn Zurn will continue her role as past president.
  • The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture announced ‘I LOVE Strawberries’ was named as a winner in the inaugural 2022 Good Housekeeping’s Best Kids’ Book Awards.
  • Jim Prevor has suddenly passed away from heart failure after being stricken by a heart attack and stroke. On this earth for merely 61 years, Jim was a force of boundless energy and enthusiasm for the perishable food and fresh produce industry in which he was born and carried a rich family legacy. Jim is survived by his wife Debbie, sons William and Matthew, and loving extended family and friends. Founder of PRODUCE BUSINESS magazine in 1985, just a couple years after his education at Cornell University, Jim saw the need for a publication to inform and educate the buying segments of the fruit and vegetable industry.
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