Vilsack to Address Commodity Classic

John Davis

The growers of the Nation’s biggest crops will once again host the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture for their biggest meeting of the year. For the fifth time in a row, Tom Vilsack will deliver the keynote address to Commodity Classic, the annual convention and trade show for corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum growers. This news releases says Vilsack speaks to …

Agribusiness, ASA, Commodity Classic, Corn, Events, NCGA, sorghum, Soybean, USDA

What’s New Sessions at Commodity Classic

Jamie Johansen

Agriculture’s newest, most innovative products and services will be showcased at the What’s New sessions at the 2014 Commodity Classic. The 19th Annual Commodity Classic is Feb. 27-March 1, along the banks of the famous River Walk in San Antonio, TX. “If you’re coming to Commodity Classic hoping to learn and gain some new ideas to take back to your …

Ag Groups, Commodity Classic, Corn, Cotton, Grains, sorghum, Soybean

Farm Bill Top Topic at NAFB Trade Talk

Cindy Zimmerman

For the third year in a row now, the main topic of discussion at the NAFB Trade Talk was farm bill, or lack thereof. Despite reports that high hopes are fading for a farm bill yet this year, the ag group representatives we talked to were still cautiously optimistic. “I think progress is being made and I’m still confident that …

AFBF, Ag Groups, ASA, Audio, Corn, Farm Bill, NAFB, NSP, sorghum, Soybean

Commodity Classic Launches App

Jamie Johansen

The 18th Annual Commodity Classic has launched their first-ever mobile app for this year’s event in Kissimmee, Fl. The app will allow attendees to access information, receive messages and engage in social media from their smart phones and tablets. You can even make your own schedules, take notes, lookup session and event times and navigate with maps. Visit to …

Apps, Commodity Classic, Corn, Events, Grains, Social Media, sorghum, Soybean, Wheat

US and China Seed Groups Sign MOU

Cindy Zimmerman

Leaders from the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) and the China National Seed Association (CNSA) signed an historic Memo of Understanding today to promote cooperation relating to innovation in the seed industry, said ASTA president Andrew W. LaVigne. “This agreement achieves two extremely important goals,” said LaVigne. “First, it is an important first step in providing new business opportunities for …

ASTA, Audio, Corn, International, Seed, sorghum, Soybean, Trade, Video

Fund Established for Injured Kansas Grains Exec

Cindy Zimmerman

A farmer, friend and colleague of the agriculture industry is in critical condition at a Springfield, Missouri hospital and a fund has now been set up to help his family with related expenses. Kansas Corn and Sorghum Growers executive director Jere White was involved in a motorcycle accident on September 28 in northwest Arkansas. Jere is an avid motorcyclist and …

Corn, Grains, sorghum

“Fuels America” Campaign Launched

Cindy Zimmerman

In the face of increasing calls to waive the nation’s Renewable Fuel Standard, biofuel industry stakeholders today announced a major new communications campaign to educate consumers and policy makers about the benefits of renewable fuel to America’s economy, energy security and environment. The new coalition – Fuels America – includes several agricultural organizations in addition to ethanol companies and groups …

Audio, Corn, Ethanol, NAWG, NCGA, RFA, sorghum, Wheat

Important Issues to Sorghum Producers

Chuck Zimmerman

During Commodity Classic I got to visit with Terry Swanson, Chairman, National Sorghum Producers. I asked him what his message is to not only sorghum producers but all the farmers belonging to the four commodity groups at Classic and he says, “We have to be unified.” He says that altogether they’re still a small group of people that need to …

Ag Groups, Audio, Biofuels, Commodity Classic, Ethanol, NSP, sorghum

Commodity Classic to Feature Night at the Opry

Cindy Zimmerman

Some of Nashville’s top talent will take the stage at the Grand Ole Opry for the 2012 Commodity Classic Evening of Entertainment on March 3, sponsored by Monsanto. Entertainers in the lineup for the evening include Darryl Worley, John Conlee, Sarah Darling, Mike Snider, and Joey+Rory. (We just saw Joey+Rory, best known for their hit “Cheater, Cheater, last week in …

Commodity Classic, Corn, NCGA, sorghum, Soybean, Wheat

Sorghum Checkoff Chooses McCormick as Agency

Cindy Zimmerman

McCormick Company has been chosen as the agency of record for the United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP). According to McCormick, they will serve USCP from the company’s Amarillo, Texas, location with assistance from staff in the Kansas City office. USCP is headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, and is a producer-funded organization with focus on crop improvement, high-value markets and renewable fuel …

Agencies, sorghum