Precision Ag News 4/12/23

Cindy Zimmerman

  • The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) recently updated its guide assisting farmers, land owners and others to easily locate and contact professional seed suppliers for quality environmental, conservation, and cover crop seed. The interactive Conservation, Environmental, and Cover Crop Seed Resource Guide helps buyers find lists of dealers for specific seed types by geographic location to support production and sustainability goals.
  • The first official meeting for the newly formed Women in Ag Tech will be held at Tech Hub LIVE on July 24, 2023 from 2-5 pm at the Hilton Des Moines Downtown. Join the first meeting by registering to attend Tech Hub LIVE.
  • The Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) will be hosting its 16th annual Conservation in Action Tour in Frankenmuth, Michigan, July 10-11, 2023. This year’s tour theme, Experiencing Conservation in Supply Chains, will help connect the circle from farmer to consumer. The $225 early registration fee includes all tour activities, bus transportation and meals. Early registration ends on April 21.
  • Bayer announced its 2023 cohort of Grants4Ag grant recipients who have been selected to research promising sustainability and biotechnology subjects in agriculture with support from Bayer. This year’s program addressed three innovation themes integral to Bayer’s R&D efforts in its Crop Science division: sustainability traits, plant transformation technologies, and the gene editing potential of local plant varieties.
  • Valent U.S.A. announced that Kenny Seebold will be the new senior director of Field Research & Development, effective April 3, replacing Mike Riffle, who announced his plan retire at the end of June, after more than 35 years of dedicated service. Seebold will serve as Valent’s Field R&D executive responsible for all technical programs that drive field development of the company’s agricultural crop protection and enhancement portfolio for North America.
  • AGCO Corporation, together with Bosch BASF Smart Farming, will integrate and commercialize Smart Spraying technology on Fendt Rogator sprayers, and jointly develop additional, new features. AGCO will offer the system in the Americas and Europe starting in 2024. Supported crops currently include corn, soy, cotton, canola, sunflower, and sugarbeet, with capabilities for more crops such as small grains being added over time.
  • The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and a coalition of agriculture and conservation organizations sent a letter to congressional appropriations leaders requesting at least $1.2 billion for NRCS Conservation Operations and full authorized funding for farm bill conservation programs in Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24). More than 50 organizations signed the letter to support the requests.
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