Precision Ag News 4/26/23

Cindy Zimmerman

  • GROWERS and Koch Agronomic Services (KAS) have joined forces to leverage the GROWERS’ platform to introduce farmers to KAS’s product portfolio. KAS will utilize the unique functionality of The GROWERS App to promote companion and alternative products to farmers as they research inputs to purchase and conduct comparisons of different brands. Farmers can learn more about those products and add them to a product request to be sent directly to their retail partners through The GROWERS App.
  • The CropLife Ag Tech Awards Of Excellence program is seeking nominations for the Precision Farmer of the Year Award. This award is to recognize an individual who has embraced precision technology and techniques in his or her farming operation with demonstrated impacts on their production systems through improved yield, input use efficiency, and/or profitability as well as improvements in land stewardship through resource conservation and environmental enhancement. Nominations must be received by May 1.
  • To help turf and ornamental (T&O) professionals deliver the climate-resilient turf, ornamental plants and trees their customers expect, DPH Biologicals™ announced global distribution of RootXCell™, a unique biostimulant combining living biologicals with a powerful, well-known plant growth hormone.
  • A growing number of property owners of every type are looking for ways to manage their equipment and the work it does. Because of this, John Deere has created John Deere Property Center™, a mobile-friendly web-based tool that allows you to plan and track maintenance for your equipment, buy parts, and learn how to do key jobs around your yard or acreage.
  • Valent BioSciences announces the retirement of President and CEO Ted Melnik, effective July 2023. In addition, Salman Mir, currently Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, has been named President and CEO, also effective July 2023.
  • USDA announced an investment of more than $46 million in the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. These 10-year awards are being made by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to the University of Minnesota, University of Vermont, University of Georgia, Montana State University, and University of Maryland. In addition, USDA announced the appointment of Manjit K. Misra as the new Director of NIFA, effective May 8.
  • The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is inducting two scientists into its Science Hall of Fame this year. George F. Fanta and Timothy P.L. Smith will be honored in a ceremony at the ARS National Agricultural Library in Beltsville, Maryland. ARS established the Hall of Fame program in 1986 to honor senior agency researchers for outstanding, lifelong achievements in agricultural science and technology. Fanta led the development of industrial and consumer-health products derived from agricultural commodities, particularly corn starch and wheat flour. Smith, a research chemist with the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center’s Genetics and Animal Breeding Research unit in Clay Center, Nebraska, was among the first to shape the direction and evolution of ARS’s animal genomics program.
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