BASF Introduces Sustainability Analysis Tool

Cindy Zimmerman

Sustainability has become a challenge to the agriculture industry because everyone seems to have a different definition of the word and ways to objectively measure sustainability are seriously lacking. BASF announced an Eco-Efficiency Analysis tool during the 2010 Ag Media Summit in Chicago today that examines the entire lifecycle of a crop to measure and manage sustainability. “When we look …

Audio, BASF, Sustainability, Uncategorized

BASF to Host Sustainability Summit

Cindy Zimmerman

Sustainability is the buzz word for agriculture these days, but what it really means on the ground is a matter of perspective. That’s why BASF Crop Protection is bringing agricultural thought leaders and media together in Chicago June 8-10 to discuss a grounded approach to agricultural sustainability. Participants will focus on collaboration between producers and industry stakeholders to improve agricultural …

BASF, Sustainability

Become An Urban Farmer

Chuck Zimmerman

If we can have urban cowboys then I guess we can have urban farmers. Following the astounding growth of Urban Farm magazine, and the burgeoning interest in urban farming, BowTie, Inc. announced the launch of UrbanFarmOnline.com. “The sustainable lifestyle is of interest to a growing number of people,” said June Kikuchi, Vice President Chief Content Officer. “People want to live …

Farming, Sustainability

Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizers Improve Sustainability

Chuck Zimmerman

When it comes to sustainable food production, enhanced efficiency fertilizers are starting to play a role. At the Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizer Conference Charlie Walker, Incitec Pivot Ltd., Australia was on the program to talk about how they’re using urease and nitrification inhibitors to accomplish this. If you like a good Aussie accent then you’ll enjoying listening to Charlie. He’s a …

Audio, Fertilizer, International, Sustainability

Syngenta Announces New Sustainaiblity Team

Joanna Schroeder

Syngenta made two announcements during Commodity Classic last week – a new sustainability team and that their water optimization technology is on track. I spoke with Terry Stone who is heading the new sustainability team as well as Tracy Mader, Project Marketing Head who is working with the team developing the water optimization technologies. I asked Stone to tell me …

Audio, Commodity Classic, Sustainability, Syngenta

Sustainable Definitions

Chuck Zimmerman

Can you define sustainability? Neither can I. But that was the first task of the panel discussion of commodity group leaders this morning at Commodity Classic. Moderated by Mark Mayfield, the panel discussed what sustainability means to them. Panelists included: Darrin Ihnen, President, NCGA, Rob Joslin, President, ASA, Karl Scronce, President, NAWG and Gerald Simonsen, Chairman, NSP. You’ll hear the …

Ag Groups, Audio, Commodity Classic, Corn, NCGA, sorghum, Soybean, Sustainability, Wheat

Animal Ag Sustainability Summit at Poultry Expo

Cindy Zimmerman

The sustainability of animal agriculture was the topic of a well-attended summit at the 2010 International Poultry Expo/International Feed Expo in Atlanta. C. Larry Pope, president and CEO of Smithfield Foods Inc., was keynote speaker for the two day summit and his main message was that the animal agriculture industry, both processors and farmers, need to listen to and engage …

Novus International, Poultry, Poultry Expo, Sustainability

Agrotain Talks Sustainability at AG CONNECT

Joanna Schroeder

Sustainable agriculture is a much talked about trend right now and Agrotain International has a product that can help a farmer be profitable and sustainable at the same time – the Agrotain line of products. Micheal Stegmann, President of the company, explained to me during the AG CONNECT Expo what Agrotain does and why it is both economical and sustainable. …

Audio, Precision Agriculture, Sustainability

54.9 Million Acres Irrigated, Says USDA

Amanda Nolz

As a livestock producer, I like to follow the trends as pastures are converted to cropland. In many places, pastures will always be there, as the land is too steep, hilly or rocky for modernizing or farming. However, the low profit margins in the livestock industry are pushing many farmers and ranchers to expand their crop enterprise and decrease their …

Research, Sustainability

Dirt!

Amanda Nolz

Yesterday, at the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association’s Annual Trade Show and Convention, I had the opportunity to listen to Terry Gompert, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln Educator with a speciality in grazing. His presentation was titled, “Money Saving Ideas Including Extending the Grazing Season,” and he offered up tips for producers to consider in cowherd management, improved grazing systems and evaluating …

Organic, Sustainability