During an appearance at the National Farmers Union (NFU) convention today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced new and expanded efforts to connect smaller farmers and ranchers with USDA resources that can “help them build stronger businesses, expand to reach new and larger markets, and grow their operations.”
Vilsack held a press conference from the NFU convention following his remarks, joined by NFU president Roger Johnson and National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Policy Director Ferd Hoefner.
Listen to or download press conference here: USDA Support for Smaller Farmers
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today hosted a media conference call to discuss President Obama’s FY15 budget for the USDA.
“The President’s 2015 USDA budget proposal achieves reform and results for the American taxpayer; fosters opportunity for the men and women living, working and raising families in rural America; and supports innovation through strategic, future-focused investments,” said Vilsack.
Listen to or download here: Vilsack USDA Budget comments
Food Nutrition & Science a leading trade publication for the food industry, today announced the launch of the first Social Media Farmer of the Year Award.
The new award recognizes farmers who have incorporated social media, digital media and internet strategies to achieve their business objectives including growing revenue, sharing information for more effective farming practices, and promoting positive awareness of the industry.
Nominations for the award are now being accepted. Farmers can nominate themselves or a colleague http://www.foodnutritionscience.com/2014award/. The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2014. The winner will be presented with a trophy and other prizes at the FMI Connect show in Chicago on June 11, 2014. Continue reading
Last week, Chuck attended his first ever Mid-South Farm & Gin Show in Memphis, TN. In case you were wondering…no, it isn’t the kind of gin you drink. The family affair welcomed nearly 20,000 attendees and 400 exhibitors.
A special thanks to FMC for sponsoring our media coverage for the event. Here you can find links to all of Chuck’s photos, videos and audio. And as always, we encourage you to download and share!
Find photos from the event here: 2014 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show Photo Album
Mid-South Farm & Gin Show
FMC Investing in Farming’s Future – Interview with Tim Thompson
Farm & Gin Show Puppy Giveaway 2-Time Winner – Interview with puppy winner, Louanna Garrett
Interview with Jimmy McMahan, Sur-Shot Retrievers
Interview with Past Puppy Winner
Mid-South Farm & Gin Show Manager – Interview with Tim Price, Manager Mid-South Farm & Gin Show and Executive Director of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association
The 2014 Commodity Classic is in San Antonio, Texas Feb. 27-March 1, 2014.
Presented annually by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention, and trade show.
Links to photos and audio from the event can be found here.
2014 Commodity Classic Photos
Vilsack Thanks Farmers for Security, Farm Bill – Secretary Vilsack at Commodity Classic
Vilsack Classic Press Conference
Commodity Classic Presidents -
Bing von Bergen, NAWG
Martin Barbre, NCGA
Ray Gaesser, ASA
J.B. Stewart, NSP
Another Record Setting Classic – Interview with Rob Elliott, Classic Co-Chair
National Anthem by FMC Contest Winner – Noelle Goodson sings at Commodity Classic
Interview with 2013 FMC Anthem Winner, Noelle Goodson
Corn Growers Talk Priorities at Commodity Classic – NCGA Press Conference with Martin Barbre
Soybean Growers Glad for Farm Bill, Upset Over EPA -
ASA Chairman Danny Murphy
ASA News Conference at Commodity Classic
Ag Leader AgFiniti Now Available – Interview with Luke James, Ag Leader
Ag Leader OptRx in Focus at Classic -
Interview with Greg Kneubuhler and John McGuire on Crop Sensors
Interview with Chad Fick, Ag Leader
CTIC at Commodity Classic – Interview with Chad Watts, CTIC
Clean Fields, High Yields: Acceptance & Planning – Bryan Young, Purdue
Ethanol’s Voice Heard at Commodity Classic – Robert White, RFA
Arming for a Fact-Based Fight Over Ethanol –
Jack Bernens, Syngenta
Brian Jennings, American Coalition for Ethanol
James Doxtad, Iowa farmer
Biodiesel Finds Allies at Commodity Classic – Joe Jobe, CEO of NBB at Commodity Classic
Soil Health Partnership Update at Classic -
Soil Health Partnership Press Conference
Bill and Tim Couser Interview
Seed Treatment Stewardship Promoted at Classic – Press conference with Jane DeMarchi, ASTA
2014 Commodity Classic Ribbon Cutting –
ZimmGlass Through the Classic Trade Show –
This 8th annual BASF Crop Protection Science Behind media event was held prior to the kickoff of the Commodity Classic and this year the theme is The Advanced Acre. The event featured stories from growers on how BASF innovation specialists have helped them get the most out of every acre.
As a major supporter of the Commodity Classic, BASF also has a major presence at the trade show, presents scholarships for students in agricultural careers, sponsors the National Corn Yield Contest, and more. This page provides links to BASF photos and audio interviews from the Commodity Classic.
BASF at the 2014 Commodity Classic Photos
BASF Shares Science Behind the Advanced Acre –
Interview with Scott Kay, BASF
BASF Science Behind with Scott Kay
BASF Helps Growers Plan for Success -
Interview with AJ Woodyard, BASF
AJ Woodyard, BASF Science Behind presentation
BASF Growing Today for Tomorrow – Interview with Gary Fellows, BASF
Meet the BASF NCGA Scholarship Winners – Interview with NCGA Scholarship Winners
Meet the BASF SOY Scholarship Winner – Interview with BASF SOY Scholarship Winner
Meet the Jerry Minore Scholarship Winners – Interview with BASF Wheat Scholarship Winners
BASF Spotlights Future of Farming
BASF Agronomist and Central Illinois Farming -
Interview with Jeremy Hogan, BASF
Interview with TJ Shambaugh, Central IL Farmer
BASF Helps Farmers Increase Production -
Interview with Matt Miles, Arkansas Farmer
Interview with Alex Rock, Colorado Farmer
Living Without Regrets: Managing Weed Resistance – Bryan Young, Purdue
Bayer CropScience held its annual Ag Issues Forum prior to the start of the 2014 Commodity Classic in San Antonio.
With the theme “What the World Needs”, the forum hit on some of the most trending agricultural topics today – from biotechnology to bees and beyond.
Audio and photos from the event will be posted on this page.
Bayer CropScience 2014 Ag Issues Forum Photos
Julie Borlaug Corrects Biotech Misunderstandings – Julie Borlaug Remarks
Exciting Opportunities in Agriculture -
David Hollinrake Remarks
Interview with David Hollinrake, Bayer CropScience
Agribusiness Needs More Young People – Inci Dannenberg, Bayer CropScience
Bayer Panel Addresses Water Security -
Bayer Ag Issues Water Security Panel
Interview with Dr. Marco Ugarte, MillerCoors
Bayer Develops Seed Treatment for SDS -
Interview with Dave Byrum and Jennifer Riggs, Bayer CropScience
Bayer CropScience ILeVO press conference
Bayer Session on Year of Food and Farmers -
Interview with Dennis Dimick, National Geographic
Bayer Ag Issues panel with National Geographic and USFRA
2014 Bayer Sustainability Award -
Interview with Bryan Boll, Bayer 2014 sustainability award winner
Interview with Jeremy Jack, Bayer 2013 sustainability award winner
Bayer Panel Buzzes About Bees -
Interview with Laurie Adams, Pollinator Partnership
Interview with Don Parker, National Cotton Council
Bayer Ag Issues Pollinator Update Panel
Bayer Brings in Bloggers for Panel – Interview with Farmer blogger Brian Scott
Bayer CropScience CEO on What the World Needs – Interview with Bayer CropScience CEO Jim Blome
The 19th annual National Ethanol Conference, presented by the Renewable Fuels Association, was held February 17-19, 2014 at the J.W. Marriott in Orlando, Florida.
With the theme of “Falling Walls, Rising Tides,” the conference had a big focus on the EPA proposal for 2014 volume obligations under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). Presentations addressed the state of the ethanol industry, the impact of the RFS on the industry, breaking down the blend wall, the global ethanol industry, perspective from the oil industry and auto manufacturers, an address by the Environmental Protection Agency official in charge of the RFS proposal, and much more.
Audio, video and photos from the event are compiled here.
2014 National Ethanol Conference Photo Album
Video of State of Ethanol Industry Speech –
Video streaming by Ustream
Ethanol Industry – Rising Tides, Falling Walls – RFA's Bob Dinneen state of ethanol industry address
Marathon Exec Keynotes Ethanol Conference – NEC Address by Dave Whikehart, Marathon Petroleum
A Word from the Chairman of RFA -
NEC Welcome by Neill McInstray, RFA Chairman
Interview with Neill McInstray, The Andersons, RFA Chairman
Impact of RFS on Ethanol Industry -
Comments by Bruce Babcock, Iowa State University
Comments by Steffen Mueller, University of Illinois-Chicago
Dazed & Confused at National Ethanol Conference – Interview with Paul Kamp, Led Zep 2
EPA Director Addresses Ethanol Conference –
Comments by Chris Grundler, EPA
Press Avail Chris Grundler, EPA
NEC Breaking Down Blend Wall Panel – NEC Blend Wall Panel
Abengoa Honored With RFA Award -
2014 RFS Industry Award
Interview with Chris Standlee, Abengoa
Corn Growers Vow to Protect the RFS -
NEC Washington Insiders Panel
Interview with Jon Doggett, NCGA
19th National Ethanol Conference is a Wrap – Interview with RFA's Bob Dinneen at close of NEC14
Ethanol Report on New Economic Study – Interview with economist John Urbanchuk
Engine Experts Talk Ethanol –
Comments by Bobby Likis, radio host and automotive expert
Comments by Andrew Randolf, Earnhardt Childress
Comments by Brian West, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Comments by Bryan O'Neill, motorcycle expert and advocate
NEC Global Ethanol Conversation – Growing Global Ethanol Industry Panel Discussion
Video – Growing Global Ethanol Industry Video
Students Interested in Ethanol – Interview with student Gavin Kenney
Interview with student Aaron Walsh
Interview with student Tyler Machado
SST Software, an industry leader in precision agriculture, is now offering a precision ag certification program. The SST Precision Ag Certification Program is an intensive, 10-week training course for preparing precision ag technology specialists. The program covers data management, service provider offerings, emerging products, and analysis reports.
Bill Richardson, Director of Training & Education at SST Software, states, “It all starts with understanding how the key elements of spatial data management are essential for building a successful precision ag program. That’s the foundation. Then, the precision ag specialist needs to become proficient on various hardware and software components. Finally, they need to be competent to manage and oversee a precision ag program. This entails knowing how to effectively evaluate and implement technologies in such a way that value is created for both the service organization and the grower.”
Since the 1990s, Richardson has been overseeing SST’s training classes. The company’s clients have often asked for a more formalized training program through which they could send or acquire new hires. SST has designed the precision ag certification program to meet this growing need. Companies may send a person of their choosing for certification training or sponsor a scholarship.
Advanced Biological Marketing (ABM) has purchased the assets of BioSolutions, an importer of innovative technologies for the agricultural sector in Southern Africa. The acquisition was finalized in December of 2013. Included is the office in Litchenburg South Africa, a manufacturing facility and a distributor network. ABM branded products will be produced, formulated and packaged there. This facility will manufacture products for the entire African Continent, South East Asia and Australia.
The previous staff from BioSolutions will now be employed by ABM. As market penetration grows and the distributor network is built, staff will be added. Josey Hendriks will serve as general manager and Dr. Ronel Hendriks will be the lead science officer and oversee testing, quality control and research of new products.
“This is an excellent opportunity for ABM to expand its global reach,” said Dan Custis, President and CEO. “As our market penetration continues to grow both domestically and internationally, we saw the need to expand and diversify our production facilities. With this acquisition and future expansion of the facility, we’ll be able to provide our products and reach additional growers more efficiently than what we are currently doing. In addition, having this facility closer to the actual point of contact with the stakeholders is a plus for the farmers in that part of the world”.
Custis states that equipment purchases are moving forward and manufacturing should be fully operational in time to supply products for the 2015 growing season. In the meantime, goods will be shipped from the Van Wert location to meet the demand for this growing season.
The 2014 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky is four days of exploring the latest farm trends, technology and tools, in addition to five great Championship Tractor Pulls.
Dates for the 49th annual show and 46th annual tractor pull are Feb. 12-15, 2014. Eight interconnected exhibit halls totaling more than 1.2 million square feet of indoor exhibit space and containing more than 850 agricultural displays.
Links to photos, audio and video from the show available here.
National Farm Machinery Show Photo Album
John Deere 2014 NFMS Photo Album
NFMS One Year Shy of Big 5-0 – Interview with Show Manager Corinne Fetter
On The Floor with New Holland – Interview with Mark Hooper
John Deere Reveals ExactEmerge™ Planter -
Walk Along a New Holland CR8090 Combine-
#NFMS14 Media Room by FMC - Interview with Paul Redhage
FMC Anthem Provides Greater Flexibility – Interview with Nick Hustedde
Fellowship of Christian Farmers at NFMS – Interview with Jeff Mings, FCFI volunteer
John Deere Introduces SeedStar™ Mobile – Interview with Mike Brandert, John Deere
Classic is Next Show for John Deere ExactEmerge – Interview with Kelby Krueger, John Deere
Ag Interest in UAVs Really Taking Off – Interview with Suzanne Smith, University of Kentucky
Case IH Talks “Photo Copy” Plants at NFMS – Interview with Bill Hoeg, Case IH
Climate Corporation Offers Climate Information – Interview with Jeff Hamlin, The Climate Corporation
New Holland Smart Hay & Forage Tools – Interview with Robert Hendrix
FMC Watch & Win Winner – Interview with Dan Bender
Get Maxx Authority from FMC – Interview with Nick Hustedde
Championship Tractor Pull Brings in Best in Business – Interview with Mike Wilhite
A Tradition of Healthy Competition at NFMS – Interview with Butch Krieger
New Holland Compact Tractors
United Soybean Board Director at NFMS – Interview with Doug Winter, United Soybean Board
New Holland Brand Marketing Manager – New Holland Dawn Pelon
Meet Anna Leigh from Alabama – Interview with Anna Leigh Peek, Auburn graduating senior
Crop Pro Insurance, LLC (“Crop Pro”), a crop insurance Managing General Agency focused on Midwestern crop producers, announced today that it will, in partnership with Technology Insurance Company, Inc. (“TIC”), a subsidiary of AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE:AFSI), offer crop insurance through the Federal MPCI program beginning immediately. TIC and Crop Pro have received approval from the Risk Management Agency, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide crop insurance policies in conjunction with the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation. This public program provides premium subsidies for qualified farmers as well as reinsurance protection for Approved Insurance Providers, including TIC. The companies will offer named peril, crop hail and other private insurance solutions that are specifically tailored to meet the needs of Midwest crop producers. TIC is rated “A” (Excellent) (Financial Size X) by A.M. Best Company.
Headquartered in Grimes, Iowa, Crop Pro is dedicated to working with farmers and agencies across the Midwest to help maximize farmers’ profitability by providing innovative crop insurance products, opportunities, technology, tools and most importantly excellent service. Crop Pro, which is a subsidiary of TIC, has over 150 years of combined crop insurance expertise to meet the farmers’ and agent’s needs.
“Our roots in risk management run deep. The Crop Pro team understands that developing a risk management plan is not as simple as buying a policy every year, it requires a thorough understanding of each farmer’s unique needs. Crop Pro is on the cutting edge of innovation within the crop insurance industry, developing software that simplifies the analysis of crop insurance plans and enabling farmers and agents to take into consideration marketing plans, market conditions and estimated yields to allow farmers to better utilize their crop insurance policy with their operation” said Billy Rose, Crop Pro’s CEO. Mr. Rose added that “Crop Pro has the financial support of TIC and AmTrust, which have the financial strength, expertise in niche markets and a track record of innovation to support our technology-driven and customer-based approach.”
Crop Pro will begin offering MPCI and named peril products to crop producers in the Midwestern United States immediately.
MapShots held its annual Customer Conference February 7-8 at the Georgia Tech Learning Center in Atlanta. This event brings in MapShots customers as well as third party partners for an intensive couple of days of training sessions and presentations.
MapShots is a software development company that provides crop management applications for the agriculture industry, including AgStudio software for managing large amounts of agronomic crop production data.
Links to photos, stories and audio interviews from the conference can be found below.
AgNerds Love MapShots Customer Conference Interview with Keith Baker
AgStudio Driving a Growing MapShots MapShots and AgStudio
Veris Brings More Truth to MapShots Products Interview with Eric Lund with Veris
Customer Support Top Priority for MapShots Interview with Shauna Ingram
John Deere, MapShots Work for Product Integration Interview with Brian Holt, John Deere
MapShots Provides Knowledge, Info and Direction Interview with Phil Howard, Southern States Cooperative
MapShots, Raven Work Together for Proof of Success Interview with Josh Skanderup, Raven
Geovantage Has Birds-Eye View of MapShots Info Interview with Nick Morrow, Geovantage
SatShot, MapShots Integrate for Better Imagery Interview with Lanny Faleide, President/CEO of SatShot
MapShots Integrates Irrigation into Precision Ag Interview with Andrew Willis with AgSense
MapShots’ Customers Show the Love Interview with Brian and Myles Vulgamore
Easy Integration with MapShots & AgIntegrated Interview with Mike Santostefano, AgIntegrated
MapShots Review: Happy Customers & Good Ideas Interview with Tim Taylor, MapShots
2014 MapShots Customer Conference Photo Album
Just as President Obama was preparing to sign the Agricultural Act of 2014 into law, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) held a media conference call Friday to highlight expansion of the Farm Bill’s energy programs to renewable companies and discuss next steps for the industry to achieve parity with other renewable technologies.
Participating in the call were:
Matt Carr, BIO Industrial and Environmental Director
Agriculture Energy Coalition co-director Lloyd Ritter
DSM North America president Hugh Welsh
Renmatix Senior VP Mark Schweiker
Listen to or download the call here: BIO farm bill call