NAFB Names Gardner Hatch as Executive Director

Cindy Zimmerman

The new executive director of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) is a name well-known in the agricultural marketing world – Gardner Hatch. Hatch brings 30-plus years of experience in public relations, agriculture marketing, and strategic communications to the role, having worked with some of the ag industry’s leading companies. Most recently, he was strategic marketing lead at Woodruff, …


Vilsack Explains SAF Tax Credit for Farm Broadcasters

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spent the majority of his time meeting with members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Tuesday talking about the 40B sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) tax credit guidance and modified GREET model released that day by the Biden Administration. “You need to understand this because you’re the folks who have to explain that it’s a point …

Audio, Biofuels, Corn, cover crops, Ethanol, NAFB, USDA

Spencer Chase Moves to Corn Refiners Association

Cindy Zimmerman

Spencer Chase has spent the last decade helping farmers and ranchers better understand the policy process as one of the lead journalists with Agri-Pulse Communications. Now he is moving on to a new challenge as Senior Director of Communications for the Corn Refiners Association (CRA). In his new position, Chase will also lead the external communications and media relations efforts …

Ag Groups, Agri-Pulse, Agribusiness, NAFB

ZimmCast 722 – Interviews from NAFB Trade Talk

Chuck Zimmerman

Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. During this year’s NAFB Trade Talk I interviewed a lot of company representatives and am taking this opportunity to share some of them. These folks had a lot more than just the Golden ZimmComm Microphone in their face! But they are now members of the Golden Mic Club. Here’s who you can listen to …

Agribusiness, AMVAC, Audio, NAFB, ZimmCast

CattleCon24 is Onward to Orlando

Cindy Zimmerman

CattleCon, the cattle industry’s largest event of the year, will bring producers and their families to Orlando, Florida, Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2024, for education, networking and business, along with family fun. “We’re looking forward to our convention in Orlando, it’s always a crowd pleaser,” said National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President-elect Mark Eisele from Wyoming during a recent interview. CattleCon24 …

Audio, Beef, Cattle Industry Conference, NAFB, NCBA

Get to Know Pivot Bio

Cindy Zimmerman

Pivot Bio visited the NAFB Convention Trade Talk earlier this month in Kansas City to talk about its unique offerings for farmers and companies. As a sustainable agriculture company, Pivot Bio delivers farmers patented crop nutrition technologies to deliver nitrogen to plants without the negative impacts of synthetic fertilizer. “Pivot Bio provides growers a technology opportunity to deliver a better …

AgWired Precision, Audio, Corn, Fertilizer, NAFB, Sustainability

Seed Industry Conference Starts Next Week

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Seed Trade Association‘s newly-branded Field Crop Seed Convention kicks off its first year next week in Orlando. The convention will host seed industry professionals from over 30 countries for educational sessions, networking and the Seed Expo. “We’re excited about it,” said ASTA president and CEO Andy LaVigne during an interview at the recent NAFB Trade Talk. “We’ve got …

ASTA, Audio, NAFB, Seed

Farm Bill Extension and Funding Reaction

Cindy Zimmerman

Congress this week passed a continuing resolution that includes an extension of the 2018 Farm Bill until Sept. 30, 2024. Agriculture groups and companies at the NAFB Convention gave their reactions to the move and what it will mean for negotiations next year. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) praised the government funding package that also extends the Livestock Mandatory …

Audio, Farm Bill, Farm Policy, NAFB, NCBA, Syngenta

Land O’Lakes CEO Beth Ford on First TIME100 Climate List

Cindy Zimmerman

Land O’Lakes, Inc. President and CEO Beth Ford was included on the inaugural TIME100 Climate list announced this week, recognizing the 100 most innovative leaders driving business climate action. The list was curated from nominations and recommendations made by industry leaders and partner organizations, assessing the candidates on a variety of factors, including recency of action, measurable results, and influence. …

AgWired Precision, Audio, carbon, NAFB, regenerative ag