Industry Ag News 5/26/23

Cindy Zimmerman

  • In 2019, Alltech committed its team to a single, shared purpose of Working Together for a Planet of Plenty™, viewing it even more broadly as a vision for the global agri-food sector. As collaboration is essential for the achievement of shared goals, Alltech is inviting the global agriculture and agri-food industry to participate in the company’s inaugural Sustainability Insights Survey to gather insights on the issues that matter most to the agri-food value chain’s stakeholders.
  • Agri-Pulse, the nation’s leading ag and rural policy news outlet, is pleased to welcome Jana Rose Schleis to its dynamic team for the upcoming summer. Schleis will contribute across all facets of Agri-Pulse coverage, including the company’s weekly newsletter, daily online coverage and frequent multimedia updates. Schleis joins Agri-Pulse from the University of Missouri, where she recently completed her master’s in journalism. She studied investigative reporting and public policy.
  • Bangladesh has lifted fumigation requirements on U.S. cotton following a Cotton Council International (CCI)-sponsored Bangladesh Ministry of Agriculture Delegation’s U.S. visit. This shift will remove a significant export barrier for U.S. cotton to Bangladesh, as well as saving Bangladeshi mills time and money as they look to the U.S. to fill their cotton fiber import needs. Bangladesh presently ranks as the No. 2 global importer of cotton, according to the USDA FAS’s global market analysis in May 2023.
  • Nicole Hasheider has been selected as the vice president of Marketing and Communications at the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA). Hasheider, who previously served as NCGA’s director of Crop Inputs and Investor Relations, will manage the organization’s marketing and communications functions, member services and relationships with checkoff and industry investor partners.
  • The USDA National Agricultural Statistic Service (NASS) has published the 2022 estimated peanut production for Alabama. NASS has estimated that Alabama peanut growers produced 559 million pounds of peanuts in 2022. That makes Alabama 2nd in the nation in peanut production, with Georgia ranking first. The U.S. produced 5.57 billion pounds of peanuts in 2022.
  • The National Wheat Foundation is pleased to join the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion as a MyPlate National Strategic Partner. The partnership presents a wealth of resources and collaborative opportunities, aimed to enlighten individuals about the advantages of incorporating wheat into their dietary choices.
  • The American Farm Bureau Federation recently hosted a national competition to recognize top professionals from state Farm Bureau organizations for their exceptional work in communications. New York, Illinois and Utah Farm Bureaus received the most awards overall, earning honors in several categories including writing, media relations, social media and video production. This year’s contest included 177 submissions for work produced in 2022 by state Farm Bureaus across the country.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) officials celebrated the dedication and ribbon-cutting of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF). This facility, which offers the highest level of biocontainment laboratories and safety protocols, is the first of its kind in the United States and will allow scientists to study and diagnose critical animal diseases.
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