Industry Ag News 4/28/23

Cindy Zimmerman

  • After 26 years at Farm Progress, Willie Vogt is retiring. Vogt has served as Executive Director, Content and User Engagement, for Farm Progress and has been covering agricultural technology advancements for more than 40 years. Announcing his retirement on Facebook, Vogt said, “Bobbi and I are looking forward to what’s next. I won’t disappear, and hope to do some other work in agriculture. But for now it’s time for a change, and perhaps the opportunity to slow down a bit.”
  • Congressman Tracey Mann and Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, are joining leaders from Kansas State University and Farm Journal Foundation for a panel discussion about the role of innovation in supporting global food systems. The event takes place at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2 at Kansas State University in Manhattan. Click here to register.
  • The National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (NCERC at SIUE) recently welcomed Lucas Clayton as its newest visiting research fellow. Funded by the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, the nine-month fellowship program is intended to provide training and hands-on experience to prepare the next generation of engineers and scientists for work in mid- to high-skill jobs in the bioeconomy.
  • Apply to become a part of the third class of the NCGA Women and Mentors Program to be held in St. Louis on June 22-23. In addition to learning how to quiet their inner critic, exploring what they can learn from another woman’s leadership journey, and developing an action plan for their own mentorship journey, each participant gains a supportive group of peers committed to their success. Everyone will leave the retreat with a concrete action plan and a mentorship pairing to help each other reach their goals.
  • Stewart-Peterson Inc. is proud to announce the official launch of Grain Market Insider, a newly created grain marketing newsletter. This new service will provide grain farmers with a trusted, rules-based approach to market commentary and actionable advice. Grain Market Insider was created to provide farmers of all sizes with roughly five actionable cash grain recommendations per crop year, to allow even the best producers to improve their marketing decisions.
  • This summer and fall, UF/IFAS Extension will host the Ag Entrepreneurship Series, a program designed to help aspiring and beginning farmers sow the seeds of success. The program is open to anyone in Florida. The award-winning Ag Entrepreneurship series first launched in 2018 and has since expanded to include three workshops.
  • The Farm Credit Administration recently made three key staff selections: Zachary Lund as executive assistant to FCA Board Chairman and CEO Vincent Logan; Mike Stokke as executive assistant to FCA Board Member Glen Smith; Trevor Reuschel as director of the Office of Congressional and Public Affairs.
  • Syngenta Group announced financial results for the first quarter of 2023 were $9.2 billion, up $0.3 billion or 3 percent, compared to a strong first quarter 2022. Syngenta Crop Protection sales grew 2 percent to $4.3 billion in the first quarter 2023. Syngenta Seeds sales grew 12 percent to $1.5 billion in the first quarter 2023, as price increases covered higher costs.
  • Ag Management Solutions (AMS) was nominated for 12 National Agri-Marketing Awards (NAMA) this year and walked away from the annual conference with five, the most the Minnesota-based company has earned since its inception in 2017. AMS is an association management company that helps small and medium-sized companies with limited staff have a meaningful impact. Headquartered in Mankato, Minn., AMS is owned by the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council.
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