Industry Ag News 5/17

Carrie Muehling

  • Charleston Orwig, a collective of independent brands comprised of C.O.nxt and Jigsaw agencies recently welcomed Meghan Ebbe to its 100% employee-owned agency. She brings extensive digital marketing experience to the collective’s robust roster of purpose-driven brands in agriculture and food & beverage, as well as service industries and considered purchases clientele.
  • Orbia Netafim, the global leader in sustainable precision irrigation solutions and agricultural projects, announces the appointment of Aubrey Bettencourt as the company’s new Global Director of Government Relations and External Affairs.
  • Plans for the 2025 Commodity Classic are well underway as America’s largest farmer-led agricultural and educational experience takes place March 2–4, 2025 in Denver, CO. The theme for the 2025 show is “Elevating Excellence in Agriculture.”
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the Congressional District Profiles and Rankings from the 2022 Census of Agriculture. This summary presents data by congressional district from the 118th Congress that includes land, farms, market value of agricultural products sold, rankings and producer characteristics.
  • The Propane Education & Research Council announces its Double Propane Farm Incentive Program will now include farmers who have experienced devastation from the recent tornado activity across the Midwest. From now through December 31, 2024, impacted producers in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, or Ohio who apply for the Propane Farm Incentive Program can earn double the incentive amount for qualifying propane-powered equipment. Eligible equipment includes irrigation engines, building/water heating systems, power generators, and flame weeding systems.
  • Mark your calendars and make plans to join the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City and Agri-Pulse for the Ag Outlook Forum September 16, 2024 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Central at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.
  • The Renewable Fuels Association is pleased to announce the addition of BKV Corporation to its esteemed roster of associate members. This partnership underscores RFA’s commitment to advancing sustainable energy solutions and its dedication to supporting the growth of the renewable fuels industry.
  • With the next Farm Bill on the horizon, two sugarbeet farmers recently took to the pages of their homestate papers to praise U.S. sugar policy for keeping our food supply secure and supporting their family farms. U.S. sugar policy must be preserved and strengthened in the next Farm Bill. Colorado farmer Paul Schlagel grows sugarbeets in Boulder County for Western Sugar Cooperative. His family farm has been in operation for more than 100 years. Paul wrote in his op-ed for the Colorado Springs Gazette that the economic pressures and significant cost increases facing farmers requires a stronger farm safety net.
  • The manufacture and discard of traditional superabsorbent materials — typically made from synthetic polymers, primarily polyacrylate-based compounds — are affecting the planet. Purdue University researchers are developing biodegradable materials that retain water in a cleaner, more sustainable way and have much less environmental impact. Senay Simsek leads a team of researchers in Purdue’s College of Agriculture using cellulose extracted from hemp and refined through a sequence of treatments to create the patent-pending, superabsorbent materials. Simsek is a professor in and the head of the Department of Food Science, and holds the Dean’s Chair in Food Science.
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