Bayer Announces New President of Crop Science

Cindy Zimmerman

Liam Condon

After more than 30 years with Bayer, Liam Condon has decided to pursue a new career challenge as of the end of this year.

Bayer announced today that Rodrigo Santos will succeed Condon on the company’s Board of Management and as President of the Crop Science division, effective January 1, 2022. Santos is currently Chief Operating Officer of the Crop Science Division of Bayer and responsible for the global commercial operations of the company’s agriculture business.

Rodrigo Santos

Santos has been Chief Operating Officer of Bayer’s Crop Science division since June 2021. After the acquisition of Monsanto in 2018, he led the Crop Science business in Latin America. A Brazilian national, Santos has spent 23 years with the company in sales, marketing, strategy, and business development roles located in Brazil, the United States and Eastern Europe. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering from Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz – ESALQ/USP and holds a Master of Business Administration from FGV/Ohio University. Santos is married with three children.

“I’d like to sincerely thank Liam for the many years of trustful collaboration we have shared. He has been of great service to Bayer, and we’ll give him an appropriate send-off at the end of the year,” said Werner Baumann, Bayer Chairman of the Board of Management.

Bayer Chairman Werner Baumann re: Condon and Santos (1:17)

Agribusiness, Audio, Bayer

Animal Ag News 11/8

Carrie Muehling

  • Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative announced the hiring of Travis Senn to help drive the company’s social media strategy and public relations development.
  • A letter seeking signatures from a wide-range of organizations supporting the recently introduced American Beef Labeling Act of 2021 (S.2716) is now being circulated among organizations representing farm, ranch, rural, faith, environmental, farm/food worker, manufacturing, and cattle/farm industry support businesses. R-CALF USA is among the participating groups circulating the letter in an effort to secure swift passage of S.2716. Senate Bill 2716 would reinstate mandatory country-of-origin labeling (M-COOL) for beef within 12 months of enactment.
  • For the first time, the sustainability of the full U.S. chicken, turkey and egg supply chains will be measured through a scalable and independent tool developed by all poultry stakeholders — the US-RSPE Sustainability Framework. US-RSPE announced the successful completion of key development milestones and the launch is set for early 2022.
  • The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) announced the formation of a Supply Chain Task Force to develop policy recommendations to address severe supply chain disruptions affecting the U.S. dairy industry.
  • Wisconsin Cheese is on a nationwide hunt for the most creative holiday cheese boards. Their six-week competition is open, and any aspiring cheese board aficionado could be named champion, winning a year’s supply of cheese for themselves and a friend, plus a cheese donation to the food pantry of their choice. Enter now at
  • Emerging leaders in agriculture now have a new opportunity to gain next-level leadership and professional development training specifically focused on the animal agriculture segment of the industry. Advanced Training for Animal Agriculture Leaders, a new leadership development program created and sponsored by the United Soybean Board and National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA), will empower professionals in the early or middle part of their careers to build on previous leadership development experiences and collaborate with peers across the industry.
  • Cumberland, a manufacturer of poultry production solutions, unveiled an updated brand identity and website. The changes reflect the brand’s commitment to helping their customers raise their best birds by delivering the highest quality solutions and real support when they need it. The refreshed identity includes a modernized logo that has evolved from the original. As one of the five main brands in AGCO’s Grain & Protein business unit, Cumberland helps poultry producers increase both animal welfare and farm productivity with innovative climate control, housing, bio-security, feeding and watering.
AgWired Animal, Animal Agriculture, Animal Bites

New Podcast Compares Corn Ethanol with Carbon Markets

Cindy Zimmerman

“Corn Saves America” is the captivating title of the second installation of the podcast series from AEI Premium, the online community for agricultural decision makers.

The new podcast explores agriculture’s role in environmental solutions, comparing and contrasting the rise of corn ethanol with today’s carbon markets.

This season, hosts Sarah Mock, Brent Gloy, and David Widmar are back, along with a team of carbon and ethanol experts, investors, and farmers. Together, they will unpack how corn-based fuel united farmers, energy companies, and environmentalists to transform markets and eventually became a political flashpoint. And do their best to answer a big question: are carbon markets on a similar trajectory?

“The old adage ‘history doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes’ is useful to consider during times of uncertainty, including today,” said AEI Premium co-founder and “Escaping 1980” co-host David Widmar. ”Our podcast shares lessons learned from the corn ethanol boom era to help strategic agriculture professionals better navigate what lies ahead for carbon markets in 2021.”

“Corn Saves America” builds on themes from AEI’s first podcast, “Escaping 1980.” Episodes are available to stream now at and, along with additional reading about the topics discussed on the show. “Corn Saves America” is available for download on iTunes, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Listeners can connect with AEI Premium on Twitter and Facebook to provide feedback.

carbon, Corn, Ethanol, Podcasts

USDA Secretary Vilsack from COP26

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack had a busy week at COP26 last week, participating in numerous events to underscore the administration’s commitment to climate action.

Vilsack held a media call Friday afternoon from COP26 in Glasgow, UK. He discussed COP26 events, the recently-announced partnership with the EU and the Agriculture Innovation Mission (AIM) for Climate.

Taking questions from reporters, Vilsack also commented on trade issues, importance of the Build Back Better act, “climate smart commodities,” methane emissions and livestock, biofuels talk at COP26, CSAF timeline now that comment period has ended, and where USDA is on federal vaccine mandate with upcoming deadlines this month. Today is the second dose deadline for Moderna and Pfizer vaccine and first (only) dose deadline for Johnson and Johnson, and federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated by November 22.

Vilsack media call from COP26 (25:33)

Audio, Environment, International, Trade, USDA

Industry Ag News 11/5

Carrie Muehling

  • A new report, funded by the United Soybean Board and conducted by the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society, revealed that providing U.S. farmers and ranchers access to fast, affordable and reliable broadband will increase sustainability. It will also allow more reliable and efficient food production for a growing population and strengthen America’s rural communities.
  • The National Corn Growers Association joined four other agricultural groups in encouraging the U.S. Court of International Trade to overturn an earlier decision by the International Trade Commission, which imposed tariffs on imported phosphate fertilizers from Morocco.
  • The National FFA Organization awarded Kathy Eichlin, head of Internal Communications for Syngenta Crop Protection in North America, and Robin Thomas, Early Talent Acquisition manager for Syngenta in North America, Honorary American FFA Degrees at the 94th National FFA Convention and Expo on Oct. 29 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Kyle Walker, director of asset management at Peoples Company in Indianola, Iowa, was named the 2021 Professional Farm Manager of the Year. The award, co-sponsored by Syngenta, Farm Journal’s The Scoop magazine and the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA), recognizes farm managers who display excellence in client service and a commitment to agriculture.
  • Beck Ag, Inc. is accelerating its focus on enabling execution excellence within client organizations. This approach addresses critical business initiatives for clients that will improve the performance of their organizations.
  • On the sidelines of the Group of 20 Summit, European Union officials and the Biden administration brokered a deal that will ease tariffs on E.U. steel and aluminum imports into the U.S. while eliminating retaliatory duties from the E.U. on several U.S. goods, including U.S. Corn.
  • European Union Commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowski and United States Secretary of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued a statement on a newly created transatlantic collaboration platform on agriculture designed to take on the global challenges of sustainability and climate change.
  • On November 2, at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), the United States and United Arab Emirates officially launched the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate) alongside 31 countries and over 48 non-government partners. In remarks at the World Leaders Summit, President Biden announced that the United States intends to mobilize $1 billion in investment in climate-smart agriculture and food systems innovation over five years (2021-2025).
  • GROWMARK, Inc. is honored to have received the Corporate Innovation Award during Plug and Play’s 2021 Fall Summit. Plug and Play is a global innovation platform that connects startups with their corporate partner network. The Corporate Innovation Award is presented to its most active and engaged partners who embrace Plug and Play’s mission of open innovation and cross-collaboration.
  • A National Corn Growers Association staff member was recently elected to a national organization focused on the inland waterways system. Anne Thompson, who has served as director of PAC and political strategy at NCGA since January of 2020, was elected as a trustee for the National Waterways Foundation. Her three-year term will begin immediately.
  • The ASA Soy Scholarship is a $5,000 one-time award presented to a high school senior who plans to pursue agriculture as an area of study at any accredited college or university in the 2022-23 academic year. The scholarship is made possible through a grant by BASF Corporation. High school seniors may apply online Oct. 27-Dec. 31, 2021. Click here to apply.
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NAFB Announces Passing of Jim Coyle

Cindy Zimmerman

Former KRES Radio farm broadcaster Jim Coyle passed away October 31 in Moberly, Missouri, according to the National Association of Farm Broadcasting.

Jim Coyle arrived at KRES Radio in 1972 and began his career as sports director. He made the change to farm broadcasting in 1982, and his membership in NAFB began in 1983. Even though he didn’t have a background in farming, Jim quickly learned the players and immersed himself in the job.

While he never served as an officer, Jim was involved with NAFB, winning an Oscar in Agriculture Merit Award in 1989 and the DuPont Environmental Respect award in 1991. Additionally, he was recognized multiple times by state and national commodity groups and organizations; he received his Honorary FFA Degree in 1990.

Those who knew Jim remember his jovial conversations, his willingness to connect to those at whatever event he was covering, and his love for listeners. Those who shared a room with Jim during travels share stories about what a good roommate he was and how his wife, Arlene, always packed a pig in his luggage that he proudly added to his collection.

According to his obituary, Jim retired in 2000 and played golf nearly every day until 2010 when he suffered a stroke. Listen to an interview with Jim by Mike Adams from earlier this year.

The family suggests donations in Jim’s memory to the NAFB Foundation.


Precision Ag News 11/4

Carrie Muehling

  • The National Wheat Foundation is announcing the state winners for the 2021 Contest which includes 64 growers from 21 states.
  • Bayer signals its commitment to delivering high quality cucumber, melon, pepper and eggplant seeds faster to growers around the world with the announced expansion of its Vegetable Seeds R&D Product Design Center in San Nicolás, Spain. The San Nicolás site supports Bayer’s global vegetable seeds R&D pipeline for varieties sold to customers in more than 130 countries and territories under the Seminis® and De Ruiter® brands, both united under Vegetables by Bayer.
  • Indigo Agriculture announced a deepened commitment to advancing discovery in soil carbon science, enabled by the acquisition of Soil Metrics — an industry-leading technology for comprehensive soil carbon and greenhouse gas (ghg) assessment in agricultural soils.
  • AgGateway has announced that President and CEO Wendy Smith is retiring effective December 31, 2021, and that current Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Brent Kemp will move into the role of AgGateway President and CEO beginning January 1, 2022.
  • Elizabeth Escobar has joined Nichino America, Inc. as Manager of Strategic Planning and Business Development, effective November 1, 2021.
  • Change of leadership at the top of Novihum Technologies: Alexa Hergenröther, member of Novihum Technologies’ Advisory Board, was elected its new Chairperson as of September 23, 2021. Former Chairperson Dr. Rolf Nagel will act as her deputy. He was one of Novihum Technologies GmbH’s first investors and played a significant role in the successful development of the company during its founding years.
  • JLG Industries, Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company and leading global manufacturer of mobile elevating work platforms and telehandlers, announced that Cody Rainer has been named as Director of Channel Development to lead the company’s expanding initiatives within the agricultural sector.
AgWired Precision, Precision Ag Bytes, Precision Agriculture

Interview with New Alltech Crop Science CEO

Chuck Zimmerman

Andrew Thomas, AlltechThe newly created CEO position for Alltech Crop Science has been filled by Andrew Thomas. He has been appointed to lead the global team and further cultivate the strategic growth of the business.

I spoke with Andrew to get to know him and what his mission is in this new position. I know we’ll be hearing a lot more from him in the future.

“Alltech has a long history of providing sustainable solutions to the agriculture industry through scientific excellence and visionary innovation,” said Thomas. “I am thrilled to join the Alltech Crop Science team as we continue our commitment to helping producers optimize crop health and performance while protecting the environment.”

Supporting Thomas will be Steve Borst, vice president of Alltech Crop Science. Borst played a central role in the launch of a new partnership between Alltech Crop Science and HELM Agro in the U.S. and will continue collaborating with the HELM team to activate the commercial potential of the partnership. Borst and Thomas will work closely together with the Alltech Crop Science global team to advance a new era of sustainable growth.

Listen to my interview with Andrew here: Andrew Thomas, CEO, Alltech Crop Science (4:23)

Agribusiness, Alltech, Audio, Crop Science

Field Notes from Koch Agronomic Services – Episode 15

Chuck Zimmerman

The Field Notes podcast series from Koch Agronomic Services (Koch) breaks down the science and technology behind agronomy to help growers do more with less.

The experts we’ve heard from on our previous episodes have covered topics ranging from how different crops use nitrogen to the 4R’s of Nutrient Stewardship and how growers and retailers work together to choose the best input for an operation. If you haven’t checked out the previous episodes, you can find them on your favorite podcast platform.

Fall Nutrient Management Plans and Soil Sampling

In this episode, our experts will focus on the key components in developing a fall nutrient management plan, including the role played by soil sample results. Koch’s technical agronomist Derek Rapp and senior agronomist Edwin Suarez talk through the important steps growers need to make after harvest to prepare for the next planting season and the difference in taking soil samples in fall compared to collecting them in the spring.

You can listen to the program here: Fall Nutrient Management Plans and Soil Sampling (14:30)

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Audio, Koch Agronomic Services, Podcasts, Soil

Novihum Technologies Appoints New Chairperson

Cindy Zimmerman

Novihum Technologies has announced that Alexa Hergenröther was elected its new Chairperson of its advisory board.

The business administration graduate, who has been a member of the Advisory Board since 2020, began her career in 1997 at Deloitte Germany and joined the K+S Group in 2002. Until recently she was the managing director of K+S Minerals and Agriculture GmbH, the largest potash producer in Western Europe and among the five largest in the world. She will support the management team of Novihum Technologies with her deep expertise and broad network in the fertilizer industry, accelerating the successful scaling of the company.

“Farmers are demanding answers to the increasing challenges posed by climate change, the need to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions and new fertilizer regulations,” said Hergenröther, “The fertilizer industry must now offer farmers innovations that go beyond traditional nutrient management systems. I look forward to scaling Novihum Technologies’ world-class innovation to improve soil health and nutrient efficiency.”

Novihum Technologies produces and markets NOVIHUM® soil enhancement products which increase soil fertility by adding high-value organic matter to the soil

AgWired Precision, Precision Agriculture, Soil, Technology