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  • The World Food Prize Foundation announced that it will send 14 students abroad for the Borlaug-Ruan International Internship program at renowned international research centers and NGOs this summer. These exceptional students hail from Iowa, 10 other U.S. states and China. The 2024 Borlaug-Ruan interns will delve into issues related to global food security, sustainability and development during eight-week internships at leading international research centers and development organizations in Costa Rica, India, Kenya, Mexico, Peru and Taiwan.
  • For more than 50 years, thousands of FFA members from across the country have converged in our nation’s capital each summer to engage with legislators, hone civic engagement and leadership skills, and create community impact projects to take back to their cities and towns. The National FFA Organization’s Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) will take place from June 4-July 20 at the Omni Shoreham, with six, week-long sessions for FFA members to choose from. More than 1,700 FFA members from across the country are expected to attend the 2024 conference, the second-largest student experience that the National FFA Organization hosts each year, only behind the National FFA Convention & Expo which draws more than 70,000 attendees.
  • Agri-Pulse is pleased to announce that Lydia Johnson has joined the Agri-Pulse team in Washington as a writer and broadcaster. Johnson recently graduated from Iowa State University, where she studied Agricultural Communications, International Agriculture and Journalism. She previously interned for Agri-Pulse, Torrey Advisory Group, and the National Pork Producers Council.
  • Agritecture and CEAg World, a business venture of Meister Media Worldwide, are thrilled to announce their partnership on the world’s largest Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Census. This highly anticipated initiative, now in its fourth year, is an opportunity for growers across the globe to contribute to the most accurate and comprehensive census available in the industry. The findings will be shared through a keynote presentation by Henry Gordon-Smith, CEO of Agritecture, at the inaugural CEAg World Conference & Expo in Raleigh, N.C., August 26-28, 2024.
  • U.S. farmers’ outlook improved in May as the Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer index rose to 108, marking a 9-point increase from April.
  • Rodney Johnson has been named associate dean for research and director of the Illinois Agricultural Experiment Station in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His appointment will begin on June 16, 2024, pending approval by the Board of Trustees.
  • The Kansas Legislature recently awarded Kansas State University a $25 million matching award for the university’s Agriculture Innovation Initiative. In January, the state Legislature challenged the university with a one-to-one matching opportunity: If K-State raised $25 million in private donations for the initiative, then the state would match that amount with a $25 million award. Earlier this year, K-State met the threshold, and the award was granted in May. To date, the university has raised $176 million out of its $210 million goal for agricultural infrastructure improvements.
  • America’s Cultivation Corridor is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a series of events and promotions recognizing a decade of significant innovation in Iowa’s agriculture, food and bioscience industries. Leaders of America’s Cultivation Corridor kicked off the anniversary celebration with a reception in the Iowa Pork Producers Hospitality tent at the World Pork Expo in Des Moines on Thursday, June 6.
  • Representatives from AgGateway and the International Committee on Animal Recording (ICAR) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) designed to allow both organizations to better utilize existing resources and more rapidly develop projects that improve digital interoperability in animal agriculture applications. ICAR is a leader in livestock identification and associated data exchange.
  • Join the Agribusiness Council of Kansas City for a Summer Social Hour on Thursday, July 9, 2024 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Lidia’s Kansas City.
  • Biswanath Dari, Ph.D., assistant professor and natural resource specialist for the Cooperative Extension at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, has received the American Society of Agronomy Environmental Quality Section 2023 Inspiring Early Career Scientist Award. The award celebrates his early career and research achievements.
  • The National Cotton Council (NCC) has scheduled tour dates and locations for the 2024 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program, sponsored by BASF through a grant to The Cotton Foundation. During the week of July 28-August 2, producers from the Mid-South and Southeast will see farming operations in California. The second tour, set for August 4-9, will enable Southwest and West producers to travel to the Southeast and observe farming operations in Georgia.
  • U.S. potato exports remained steady in the nine-month period from July 2023 to March 2024, with volume down just 1 percent from the same period last year. Export values increased 5 percent to $1.7 billion.
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