Animal Ag News 9/20

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  • The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Public Lands Council condemned the Bureau of Land Management’s decision to relocate its headquarters to Washington, D.C. amid multiple, historic environmental crises in the western United States.
  • The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Public Lands Council said they are confident that the newly announced review by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will confirm what conservation groups, scientists, and ranchers across the West have already observed for years — gray wolves are not endangered.
  • The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association urged the Biden administration to maintain an open dialogue with experts in agriculture as the President today announced the Global Methane Pledge as part of an international effort to curb global methane emissions by 30 percent by 2030.
  • Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), for himself and for Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Mike Rounds, (R-S.D.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced the “American Beef Labeling Act of 2021,” which is now officially numbered as Senate Bill 2716 (S.2716). Senate Bill 2716 reinstates beef as among the numerous food commodities currently subject to the United States mandatory country-of-origin labeling (M-COOL) law that was originally passed by Congress in the 2002 Farm Bill.
  • The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) has awarded the 2021 Clean Water Award to Tyson Foods in Nashville, Arkansas, and Tyson Foods in Berryville, Arkansas. The award is presented annually to poultry facilities that go above and beyond in their commitment to sustainable wastewater treatment and water reuse. The winners were chosen by a committee of industry engineers, university personnel and industry media. An announcement of the recognition of the Clean Water Award recipients was made during USPOULTRY’s Environmental Management Seminar.
  • The National Chicken Council (NCC) unveiled the U.S. broiler chicken industry’s first-ever sustainability report, offering a comprehensive overview of the U.S. broiler chicken industry’s progress in its environmental, animal welfare and social impact journey. In fact, the report data shows the U.S. broiler chicken industry’s carbon footprint declined 18% for every kilogram of bird produced from 2010 to 2020. A central component of the new report is the Broiler Production System Life Cycle Assessment: 2020 Update (commissioned by NCC), which reveals the broiler industry achieved significant improvements across all key sustainability intensity metrics between 2010 and 2020.
  • Join Alltech for a webinar panel discussion with industry experts that will provide valuable information about trace minerals for industry professionals, producers and media. Register via this link.
  • As society wrestles with threats to the global food supply and leaders prepare to convene for the United Nations’ first-ever Food Systems Summit, the U.S. dairy community is reaffirming its commitment to be part of the solution, pledging to address its total greenhouse gas footprint and setting goals to achieve carbon neutrality, optimize water use and improve water quality by 2050. In addition, U.S. dairy is strengthening equitable access to nutritious dairy foods around the world while ensuring animal and employee welfare through a transparent production system.
  • The Cattlemen’s Beef Board will invest approximately $38.9 million into programs of beef promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing, and producer communications during fiscal 2022, subject to USDA approval.
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Syngenta Seeds Helps Farmers Address Challenges

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Increased corn rootworm pressure is being seen around the Midwest this year but hybrids with the Agrisure Duracade trait have proven effective in limiting the impact of the pests. Syngenta Seeds recently announced results from a field study on the effects of corn rootworm (CRW), In July, the Syngenta Seeds agronomy team conducted a series of root digs across Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois to inspect traited hybrids that were planted in the spring.

The average root injury score of the untreated check was 1.5 nodes damaged (higher root scores indicate more corn rootworm damage). Using that same scale, the Agrisure Duracade-traited plants had 0.35 node damaged. Qrome®, SmartStax® and Agrisure Duracade trait stacks rated similarly across locations.

At the Farm Progress Show last month, Syngenta Seeds Head of Marketing Eric Boeck discussed challenges facing growers and how Syngenta Seeds is addressing them, including CRW. He also spoke about Syngenta Artesian which is helping drive yield in drought conditions in the west.

FPS21 Interview with Eric Boeck, Syngenta Seeds (6:41)

2021 Farm Progress Show Virtual Newsroom

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Congratulations to Ted McKinney – CEO, NASDA

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NASDA Ted McKinneyWe are glad to see that our friend Ted McKinney has been selected as Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

He will lead NASDA in amplifying the voice of state departments of agriculture in Washington, D.C., seeking policy solutions for our food system and expanding and deepening NASDA’s partnerships.

“Representing a unified voice from all 50 states and four territories, NASDA is a leader and problem solver on our nation’s most important agricultural issues. I am honored to be chosen for this position, and I am delighted to continue serving our country through advocating for state departments of agriculture,” NASDA Incoming CEO Ted McKinney said. “Moving forward, I’m excited to set new horizons for NASDA and ensure agriculture thrives in our states and territories.”

McKinney most recently served as the U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. He led the development and implementation of the department’s trade policy, facilitated foreign market access and promoted opportunities for U.S. agriculture through various trade programs and high-level government negotiations. Prior to USDA, McKinney held the position of Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, and during his time as a NASDA member, he served on multiple committees for the NASDA Foundation. He also brings over 30 years of experience to NASDA from agriculture’s private industry, including 19 years of experience from NASDA’s partner Dow AgroSciences (now Corteva Agriscience) and 14 years from NASDA’s partner Elanco Animal Health. Prior to his career in agriculture, McKinney grew up on a family farm in Tipton, Indiana.

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Industry Ag News 9/17

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  • “Renewal and Rebirth” is the theme for the 2021 American Agri-Women (AAW) convention. Women in agriculture from around the country will convene in Phoenix for the AAW 47th annual convention.
  • The National Biodiesel Foundation warmly welcomes newly elected Director Todd Ellis to the NBF Board. Ellis currently is the Executive Director, North American Sales, for Renewable Energy Group, Inc.
  • More sessions have been announced for the NAMA Fall Conference, October 4-6 in St. Louis. Join NAMA to hear from industry leaders, hear about the latest agri-marketing trends and leave with a fresh perspective to finish out the year. Something’s Brewing, so sign up today!
  • National Farm Safety and Health Week has been recognized during the third week of September for seventy-seven years to help bring attention to the risks of working agriculture. This year, AgriSafe has daily webinars for agricultural health and safety professionals, healthcare providers, producers and farmworkers. Our partners at the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) coined this year’s theme “Farm Safety Yields Real Results,” reminding all of us that safety is a vital part of agriculture.
  • Dr. Roger Cryan will join the American Farm Bureau Federation on October 4th as chief economist.
  • The American Society of Agricultural Consultants (ASAC) selected Corner Window Communications (CWC), owned by Kristy Mach, to serve as its interim management company – from Sept. 1-Dec. 31, 2021. CWC, an association management/marketing firm based in New Prague, Minn., will carry out ASAC’s day-to-day management needs. Renee Brod, a member of the CWC team, will serve as the ASAC executive vice president.
  • The board of directors of the Global Farmer Network is growing with the addition of farmer members from Iowa and the United Kingdom. Mark Heckman grows corn and soybeans and raises cattle and hogs in a family partnership that places a strong focus on soil health, carbon sequestration and sustainability. Paul Temple farms in the north of England in the United Kingdom. The farm practices conservation agriculture on a mixed beef and arable family farm. Paul grows wheat for seed, barley, oilseed rape, vining peas and beans, recently adding grass leys back into the arable rotation.
  • On behalf of all of the World Food Prize Laureates and our Council of Advisors, the World Food Prize Foundation extends its deepest condolences to Janis Ruan and the entire Ruan family for the loss of John Ruan III, the Foundation’s Chairman, who passed away on September 11, 2021.
  • The Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference returns to Savannah, Ga. January 6-9, 2022 and will celebrate its 20th anniversary. In 2020, the educational event and trade show hosted more than 3,300 attendees and 290 vendor companies.
  • A new children’s book is now available for families searching for a captivating agriculture story to share. “Barn at Night,” featuring lyrical poetry and glowing watercolors, is now available from Feeding Minds Press, the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s publishing venture.
  • The Mid America CropLife Association recognized Pamela Smith, Crops Technology Editor, DTN & Progressive Farmer, with the Ruth White Media Award.
  • The Mid America CropLife Association (MACA) honored Dr. Samuel Markell of North Dakota State University with the MACA Educator of the Year Award.
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Precision Ag News 9/15

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  • Registration is open for AgGateway’s 2021 Annual Conference, November 8-10, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The in-person conference will feature an array of sessions and networking opportunities for companies seeking to realize the many benefits of digital agriculture. Details are available on the Annual Conference meeting page at
  • Indigo Ag announced the disbursement of initial payments to the inaugural cohort of Carbon by Indigo participants. The 267 paid growers are the first to implement on-farm practice changes and provide the data required to ensure the rigorous measurement and validation of resulting emissions reduction and removals according to registry protocols. In doing so, they have helped pave a path for the scaled production of carbon credits as a new income stream for farmers, demonstrating the emerging market’s potential as a real and meaningful instrument for mitigating the drivers of climate change.
  • Purdue University’s Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) undergraduate program has earned the No. 1 ranking in its category in the annual U.S. News & World Report undergraduate program rankings for the 11th consecutive year. U.S. News also ranked Purdue’s ABE graduate program No. 1 earlier this year. The department includes 382 undergraduate and 191 graduate students.
  • All segments return to the black for August in the U.S., while Canada ekes out small gains according to the latest data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). U.S. total farm tractor sales climbed 9.9 percent in August compared to 2020, while U.S. self-propelled combine sales jumped 19.8 percent, the second month in a row of growth near 20 percent for harvesters.
  • Ingredion Incorporated and S&W Seed Company announced the companies have entered into an exclusive U.S. stevia pilot production supply agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, S&W will leverage its proprietary stevia plant portfolio and production techniques to supply Ingredion and its PureCircle by Ingredion group of companies, with high-quality, U.S.-sourced stevia plants.
  • CLAAS has launched the next generation of center-delivery rakes with various models ranging from 20 feet 4 inches to 49 feet 2 inches and a completely new 13 foot 9 inch rear-mounted mower. The distinctive features of this new range include a low transport height, excellent ground-contour following and ease of handling.
  • California specialty crop growers and trusted advisers are invited to a free virtual event exploring practical and economical ways they can apply sustainability practices to address local conservation needs. The event is set for Thursday, Sept. 23, from 9 to 11 a.m. PDT, and will include growers and other experts sharing tips and insights on topics such as fire-risk management, improving water quality, irrigation efficiency and advancing nutrient management. To learn more or to register for the event, go to
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Animal Ag News 9/13

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  • Trust In Beef is a new effort to empower beef producers on their sustainability journey and provide consumers with real-life proof of the continuously improving environmental performance of American beef. The program is led by Farm Journal‘s social purpose initiative, Trust In Food, and its industry-leading beef brand, Drovers.
  • Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Mike Rounds, (R-S.D.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) jointly announced they are introducing a bill in the U.S. Senate to reestablish mandatory country-of-origin labeling (MCOOL) for beef. The legislation will reinsert “beef” and “ground beef” into the current MCOOL law that requires country-of-origin labels on many food commodities, including meat from chickens, sheep, goats, and deer.
  • In response to the severe drought conditions in the West and Great Plains, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its plans to help cover the cost of transporting feed for livestock that rely on grazing. USDA is updating the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP) to immediately cover feed transportation costs for drought impacted ranchers. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will provide more details and tools to help ranchers get ready to apply at their local USDA Service Center later this month at
  • Jim Monroe be joining Smithfield Foods on September 20 as vice president of corporate affairs. Monroe’s responsibilities will include corporate communications and working with media covering the U.S. pork industry, agriculture and food.
  • The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is celebrating the 10th year of the annual IPPE Young Leaders Under 30 Program with the launch of the 2022 program. Interested applicants must apply to the program by Oct. 1 and meet select requirements, including being a member of at least one of the following IPPE sponsor organizations: the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), North American Meat Institute (NAMI) or U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY). No more than two applicants from a single member organization may be nominated.
  • National Pork Board is launching a mythbusting campaign featuring Emmy Award-winning actor Eric Stonestreet. The new video series introduces consumers to the “Rural Dictionary,” which redefines common pig-related idioms and phrases to showcase the innovation of modern pork production. The inaugural video, When Pigs Fly, launched earlier this week online and on NPB’s social media channels.
  • As Co-Chair of the Tax Aggie Coalition, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association spearheaded a letter to House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committee leadership urging them to consider the implications that changes to federal tax policy will have on family-owned agricultural businesses. Nearly 330 trade associations representing family-owned food, agriculture and related businesses agree that, when drafting legislation to implement President Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda, it is critical that the “American Families Plan” must also support family farms and ranches.
  • The North American Meat Institute issued the following statement about inflammatory statements regarding the meat and poultry industry and the price of consumer goods during a labor shortage and a pandemic. “As with almost every industry, meat and poultry packers and processors of all sizes have been, and continue to be, affected by the global pandemic and the inflationary trends that challenge the U.S. economy,” said Mark Dopp, Chief Operating Officer for the North American Meat Institute. “American consumers of most goods and services are seeing higher costs, largely due to a persistent and widespread labor shortage. The meat and poultry industry is no different. Issuing inflammatory statements that ignore the fundamentals of how supply and demand affects markets accomplishes nothing. Meat and poultry markets are competitive and dynamic with no one sector of the industry consistently dominating the market at the expense of another.”
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ZimmCast 677 – Preview of the 2021 NAMA Fall Conference

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Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast.

In this program we’re going to learn all about the 2021 NAMA Fall Conference from the head of the conference committee, Michele Tibodeau, CHS, Inc. Michele walks us through a preview of the program which includes the presentation of the annual Professional Development Awards of Excellence, network opportunities like on and off-site receptions and great speakers and sessions. It is an in-person event that will take place October 4-6 at the St. Louis Ritz Carlton.

You can get registered here.

That’s the ZimmCast for this week. I hope you enjoy it and thank you for listening.

Listen to the ZimmCast here: ZimmCast 677 - Preview of 2021 NAMA Fall Conference (12:50)

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NK Seeds Field Forged Series™ at #FPS21

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Syngenta announced the first-ever Field Forged Series™ from NK Seeds earlier year. Now available for the 2022 growing season from retailers across the U.S., the inaugural Field Forged Series lineup features 26 total hybrids, including 10 new NK® corn hybrids and 4 new Enogen® corn hybrids, and 20 new NK soybean varieties, and farmers were definitely showing an interest at the Farm Progress Show last week.

In NK corn, Syngenta Seeds R&D has powered a portfolio of hybrids that reflect both yield and agronomic excellence. Each Field Forged hybrid had to meet a number of strict requirements to be included in the launch class, including strong root rot resistance, stalk strength, tolerance of critical diseases and broad adaptation.

“Our standards were high. To join the Field Forged Series, these NK hybrids had to outperform key competitors in their areas of adaptation not just once, but repeatedly across multiple years,” said Joe Bollman, NK corn product manager. “They’re proven winners.”

The new NK hybrids also offer industry-leading trait choice, with Agrisure Duracade®, Agrisure Viptera® and Agrisure Artesian® traits to help farmers meet a variety of needs in their fields. Similarly, the lineup of Field Forged soybean varieties features a diverse selection of the latest in-demand traits, including both proprietary Enlist E3® soybean and proprietary XtendFlex® soybean varieties.

Learn more in this interview with Bollman from Farm Progress Show.
FPS21 Interview with Joe Bollman, NK Seeds (3:12)

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US Corn, Soybean, and Cotton Production Forecast Higher

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Corn, soybean, and cotton production is up from 2020, according to the latest Crop Production report issued Friday by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

According to the report, corn production is up 6% from last year, forecast at 15.0 billion bushels; soybean growers are expected to increase their production 6% from 2020, forecast at 4.37 billion bushels; and cotton production is up 27% from 2020 at 18.5 million 480-pound bales.

The average U.S. corn yield is forecast at 176.3 bushels per acre, up 1.7 bushels from last month’s forecast and up 4.3 bushels from last year. NASS forecasts record high yields in California, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania. Acres planted to corn, at 93.3 million, are up 3% from 2020. Area to be harvested for grain is forecast at 85.1 million acres, up 1% from last month and 3% more than was harvested last year. As of Aug. 29, 60% of this year’s corn crop was reported in good or excellent condition, 2 percentage points below the same time last year.

Area for soybean harvest is forecast at 86.4 million acres, down less than 1% from last month but 5% more than was harvested last year. Planted area for the nation, estimated at 87.2 million acres, is up 5% from last year. Soybean yields are expected to average 50.6 bushels per acre, up 0.6 bushel from last month’s forecast and up 0.4 bushel from 2020. If realized, the forecasted yields in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia will be record high.

NASS forecasts all cotton area to be harvested at 9.92 million acres, 4% below last month’s forecast but 20% more acres than were harvested last season. Yield is expected to average 895 pounds per harvested acre, up 95 pounds from last month’s forecast and up 48 pounds from 2020. Area planted to all cotton is estimated at 11.2 million acres, down 7% from last year.

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Smart Glasses for the #AgNerd? Ray-Ban Stories

Chuck Zimmerman

Ray-Ban Stories FacebookOnce upon a time there was Google Glass. Remember that? I was in their Explorer program to try them out and created content that I published here on AgWired, like this post about a New Holland CR10.90 Combine. I still have my “ZimmGlass.” It’s on a shelf of older tech I’ve used that includes iPods and other items you used to be able to use with older iPhones. Actually, there is a Glass Enterprise Edition but it is targeted to companies that would develop their own applications and work force quantities.

Now we have Ray-Ban Stories, a partnership with Facebook.

Today, we’re excited to launch Ray-Ban Stories: smart glasses that give you a new way to capture photos and video, share your adventures and listen to music or take phone calls — so you can stay present with friends, family and the world around you. Built in partnership with Facebook and EssilorLuxottica, Ray-Ban Stories start at $299 USD and will be available for purchase in 20 style combinations online and in select retail stores in the US, as well as Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy and the UK.

I’ve already looked into these and priced them, including having my eyeglass prescription submitted. They’re not any more expensive than the new prescription sunglasses I just ordered. But that used my budget so I’m looking for a sponsor! Seriously. I can see on-location applications like farm shows, field days, product launches. If you are interested just let me know and I can provide great value for your investment as we do with all clients and sponsors.

So, what do you think? Do you see some applications like crop scouting and pest identification? Sure, you can do that with your mobile device but how about one that is on your face leaving your hands free?

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