Industry Ag News 5/17/23

Cindy Zimmerman

  • LEARFIELD News & Ag has launched a 24/7 online streaming farm news channel designed for America’s farmers and ranchers. AgriAmerica combines the latest in ag information with top country music. AgriAmerica features agricultural programming from land grant institutions, such as Iowa State University. It also airs premier ag programming farmers have grown to love and depend on such as Agri-Pulse, Ag PhD, Brownfield Ag News, DTN and Your Ag Network. AgriAmerica is available on Amazon Alexa, iHeart Radio, TuneIn, and online at The AgriAmerica mobile app is also available for download in the App Store (iOS) and Google Play Store (Android) for ag news and country music at your fingertips.
  • Torrey Advisory Group (TAG) is proud to welcome Olivia Lucanie to the policy team. The Washington, D.C.-based firm offers effective government relations, strategic communications, and issue advocacy as well as full-service association management to a growing number of clients in the food, agriculture, and forestry sectors. In addition, the Torrey Advisory Group has promoted Dr. Julie McClure to Vice President. Formerly, McClure served as Director. Ashley (Willits) Smith, who previously served as Policy Manger, has been promoted to Director.
  • The Sugar Association, Inc. announced the appointment of Stephanie Addison as the organization’s Head of Communications. In her new role, Addison will develop and execute the organization’s communications strategy with an emphasis on telling the Real Sugar story, promoting industry-leading research and supporting the Association’s effort to advocate for the adoption of evidence-based public policies.
  • Dan Riley has been named the chief financial officer of the National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation. In this role, he will be responsible for the financial standing, performance and reporting of the National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation.
  • Registration is now open for the Southern Peanut Growers Conference, July 27-29 at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, Miramar Beach, Florida. The three-day event provides farmers with information about peanut production, legislative issues, marketing and promotions.
  • Biofuel producer POET has signed an exclusive partnership agreement with Midwest Commodities in Detroit, Michigan. As part of the agreement, Midwest Commodities will provide DDGS truck-to-container transload services solely to POET so that POET can more efficiently serve its global customer base.
  • The Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ (AEM) Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for the 2023 induction ceremony, especially individuals that reflect the diverse and inclusive nature of the modern construction and agriculture equipment manufacturing industry. Since its inception in 1993, the Hall of Fame has inducted 67 individuals who have broken ground, literally and figuratively, on the jobsites and farm fields of the world.
  • The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) has announced the 2023 Borlaug CAST Communication Award goes to Dr. Alison Bentley, Director of the Global Wheat Programme at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). The official presentation of the award will take place at a special side event during the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue event in Des Moines, Iowa, in October.
  • In conjunction with World Trade Month this May, the American Soybean Association has announced two new members have been appointed to its World Initiative for Soy in Human Health program committee. Soybean growers Heather Feuerstein of Belding, Michigan, and Daniel Adams of Eddyville, Kentucky, join WISHH in support of its work connecting trade and development through global food security. ASA also confirmed past WISHH Chair Gerry Hayden as an ex-officio member
  • A committee of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) grower leaders announced the finalists for the 2023 NCGA Scholarship Programs. Twelve students will be awarded scholarships for the fall 2023 semester. NCGA is proud to support these programs in partnership with BASF Corporation. Click here to learn more about the program winners.
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