New Ag International will host 3rd Biostimulants World Congress in Miami, 27-30 November 2017

The 3rd World Congress on Biostimulants in Agriculture is an international scientific and technical congress to review the latest knowledge on these products, which are increasingly used in crop production around the world. A panel of prestigious international speakers will discuss the impact of Biostimulants on Plant Nutrition, Abiotic Stresses, Plant Growth and Development, as well as the various aspects …

Agricultural Export Coalition Calls for Increased Federal Funding for Export Programs

More than 120 members of the Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports are urging leaders of the House Committee on Agriculture to increase funding for USDA export programs in the new farm bill to generate additional demand for U.S. farm products in an increasingly competitive global market. In a Sept. 19, 2017 letter to Committee Chairman Michael Conaway (R-TX), and …

SMART Farmer Emily Buck

Emily Buck farms with her husband and daughter near Columbus, Ohio where they raise soybeans, corn and wheat and also have a small sheep operation. Her main role on the farm, beyond helping with crops, is to manage the 40 ewes. Off the farm, Emily is a university researcher and professor of agricultural communication at Ohio State University, which gives …

2017 NAMA Fall Conference

The National Agri-Marketing Association held its 2017 NAMA Fall Conference September 19-21 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The theme of the conference was “Full Throttle” in honor of the home of Harley Davidson, and the program was filled with speakers and sessions focused on marketing with social media. This virtual ag newsroom includes links to photos and audio content available free of …

Statement by Agricultural Export Coalitions in Support of the Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Agricultural Trade and Exports (CREAATE) Act in the U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of the Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports and the Agribusiness Coalition for Foreign Market Development welcome and strongly support passage of S. 1839, the Cultivating Revitalization by Expanding American Agricultural Trade and Exports (CREAATE) Act, introduced Tuesday by Sen. Angus King (I-ME), Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME). …

2017 Bayer Future of Farming Dialog

The 2017 Bayer Future of Farming Dialog takes place in Monheim, Germany this week. Welcoming everyone to the first panel discussion in this photo is Beth Roden, Head of Communication, Crop Science, a division of Bayer. During the week you will find a growing amount of digital content for your use that includes panel discussions, one-on-one interviews, video and of …

Ag Secretary Heads Home to Survey Irma Damage

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black asked Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to see first-hand the damage the Hurricane Irma caused to crops in his home state on September 15. The secretary will also travel to Florida and Texas next week to survey agricultural damage from both hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Perdue’s Georgia tour will take in damage to the state’s …

Ethanol Report on E15 Hurricane Help

In this edition of the Ethanol Report podcast, Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen talks about how an early end to the summer restriction on sales of E15 (15% ethanol fuel) has helped offset gasoline supply shortfalls and limit fuel price spikes from the hurricanes. He also discusses his recent testimony to the EPA that high-octane ethanol blends …

Bayer Arkansas Showcase Day

Bayer hosted growers at the recently opened Soybean Breeding and Trait Development Station in Marion, Arkansas on September 13 for a Showcase Day highlighting new varieties and seed treatments for soybeans and cotton in the Mid South. Photos provided by Bayer: Bayer Arkansas Showcase Day Photos While weather kept the field day indoors, growers learned about: New Credenz® varieties that …

GROWMARK Hosts FS Simulator Media Event

GROWMARK’s new FS applicator simulator was showcased for media this week in Bloomington, IL. The simulator was created as a training module for FS System operators to practice, study, and enhance their ability, knowledge, and safety skills. This virtual ag newsroom includes links to photos and audio content available free of charge for digital or print publication or broadcast.

Florida Citrus Starting to Assess Irma Damage

Flooded citrus groves in Hardee and DeSoto counties – Adam Putnam As Floridians continue to dig out from the damage and debris caused by Hurricane Irma, the extent of damage to agriculture is starting to be assessed. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam took an aerial tour yesterday to survey areas impacted by Hurricane Irma, including citrus groves in Central …

Biostimulants World Congress Coming to Miami

The use of biostimulants in agriculture has grown dramatically over recent years and could reach $2 billion by next year, but there is still much that needs to be learned about the diverse formulations on the market and being developed that are applied to plants or soils to regulate and enhance the crop’s physiological processes. The 3rd Biostimulants World Congress …

Arkansas Urged to Consider Impact of Dicamba Ban

The Arkansas State Plant Board is considering recommendations for dicamba use in the 2018 growing season that Monsanto calls “unwarranted” and BASF considers to be a “rush to judgement.” On August 24, the state’s Dicamba Task Force voted to recommend a cutoff date of April 15 next year for the use of all dicamba products, including Monsanto’s XtendiMax and BASF’s …

John Deere Acquires Blue River Technology

Deere & Company has signed an agreement to acquire Blue River Technology, a leader in applying machine learning to agriculture based in Sunnyvale, California. As an innovation leader, Blue River Technology has successfully applied machine learning to agricultural spraying equipment and Deere is confident that similar technology can be used in the future on a wider range of products, May …

SMART Farmer Robb Fraley

Robb Fraley isn’t our typical SMART Farmer, but after growing up on a small Illinois farm, his work has helped farmers around the world produce food more sustainably with science and technology that has helped increase yields by decreasing threats to crops. That technology is genetic modification of plants, creating GMO crops that are resistance to insects and disease, able …