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Industry Ag News 6/28

Carrie Muehling

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a new state-of-the-art USDA grape research facility on the Cornell AgriTech campus.
  • America’s Largest Seed Industry Convention is now open for attendee registration and hotel reservations. Join the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) this December 10-13 in Orlando for the Field Crop Seed Convention, an unparalleled seed business networking and educational opportunity.
  • The 2024 Sunbelt Ag Expo Field Research Days are scheduled for July 10-24, and farmers are invited to join us at their convenience during this two week period to learn practical information about the newest technologies that they can use to improve their operations. The Sunbelt team looks forward to welcoming farmers and professionals in the ag industry to a self-guided driving tour of the Darrell Williams Research Farm located at the Expo show site at Spence Field in Moultrie, Ga.
  • The American Cotton Shippers Association (ACSA) joined the Brazilian Cotton Shippers Association (ANEA) and the Australian Cotton Shippers Association by signing a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This agreement focuses our organizations on collectively addressing matters of efficiency in the global supply chain, collaboration to enhance security within the cotton trade, and recognition of cotton’s comparative sustainability to manmade fiber.
  • Register now for the Southern Peanut Growers Conference on July 17-19 at Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa in Savannah, Georgia. View the full conference schedule here.
  • Jawbone Holler, the debut novel of veteran agricultural communicator Mace Thornton, is officially being released for retail sales on July 9. The compelling historical fiction tale recounts the adventures of Perry Adams, an ambitious, flawed and misunderstood young pioneer.
  • On Tuesday, June 25, 2024, the National Wheat Foundation and Maryland wheat grower Eric Spates, hosted a wheat farm tour for congressional staff and USDA employees. The attendees had the opportunity to explore the farm, witness the wheat harvesting process, and listen to speakers who specialize in the agriculture industry. The discussions centered around crucial topics such as risk management, conservation, pesticide programs, environmental issues, and what happens to the wheat when it leaves Eric’s farm.
  • Curious Plot, a Minneapolis-based marketing, communications and consulting agency serving the food, agriculture and companion animal care markets, won the Agricultural Relations Council’s (ARC) 2024 Golden ARC de Excellence Award. This award recognizes the best all-around entry in ARC’s Communications Contest Campaigns Division. Curious Plot’s “Curious Plot Food Thought Leadership Campaign” organization and corporate reputation campaign entry achieved this top honor. All Golden ARC Award winners were announced during ARC’s Annual Meeting, held June 18-20, in Cincinnati. The Golden ARC Awards contest has recognized exceptional work created by public relations professionals in the agricultural industry since 1990.
  • In a deal that closed Thursday, June 27, with COFCO International, GROWMARK became the sole owner of one of the most influential grain warehouses in the state of Illinois due to its connection with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME). The purchase also marks the first time the facility will be owned by an American agricultural cooperative.
  • As Americans prepare to celebrate Independence Day with family gatherings and festive cookouts, National Farmers Union (NFU) released the updated “Farmer’s Share of the Food Dollar” for items typically enjoyed during a Fourth of July cookout. These figures reveal how much family farmers earn compared to the amount consumers pay at the grocery store.
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