Bayer Provides Crop Science Update

Bayer provided an investor update this week on progress in delivering customer-focused, sustainable agricultural innovation, particularly in fungicides and herbicides. Participating in the call were: Liam Condon, member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG and President of the Crop Science Division. Bob Reiter, Bayer Head of R&D for Crop Science Division Selected sound bites: Condon: 2021 US XtendFlex …

Senators Seek Answers on Biofuels COVID Assistance

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and several of his Senate colleagues sent a letter this week to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack asking him to explain the delay in delivering financial assistance to biofuels producers negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grassley addressed that issue during a call with reporters on Tuesday morning. (1:05) Sen. Grassley stressed the need for President …

Bayer and Luke Bryan Continue Farm Tour Partnership

After donating close to 5 million meals across the United States, Bayer will continue its partnership with five-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan in 2021 to celebrate America’s farmers and help fight hunger by encouraging use of the hashtag #HerestotheFarmer on social media to help families in need. Bryan wrapped his FARM TOUR 2021, playing six concerts between September …

2021 ASTA CSS & Seed Expo

America’s largest seed industry conference is back live and in-person at the Hyatt Regency Chicago December 6-9, 2021. The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) presents the 2021 CSS & Seed Expo with more than 2,000 seed industry professionals from 36 countries. Find out more Preview interview with ASTA president and CEO Andy LaVigne (6:56)

Farmers for Free Trade Panel

Farmers for Free Trade held a virtual roundtable last Thursday to focus on the current trade landscape, the Biden administration’s trade agenda, and how ag exports are critical to workers throughout America. On the panel was Dr. Joseph Glauber, currently Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute but well known as former chief economist at USDA from …

US and EU Seed Groups Cooperate on Plant Breeding Innovation

The U.S. and the European Union are entering a new era of transatlantic dialogue on agricultural innovation for a sustainable food system with both nations setting the ambitious objective to become carbon-neutral by 2050. The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) and Euroseeds jointly hosted a webinar Tuesday aimed at promoting dialogue between EU and U.S. stakeholders focused on how increased …

Water for Food Global Forum

The Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute this week kicked off its “Water for Food Global Forum,” a virtual series of events convening international experts, growers, and organizations to focus on achieving global water and food security. The event features both on-demand and live virtual events. Water and Food Systems Panel and Discussion Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted – Global Lead …

House Ag Committee Hearing on State of the Livestock Industry

The House Agriculture Committee held a hearing Thursday to address the current state of the livestock industry, meat processing, production and supply. Among the witnesses testifying were Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Vice President Todd Wilkinson of South Dakota, and François Léger of FPL Food, on behalf of the North American Meat …

SD Senator Speaks Out on Policy Impacting Agriculture

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) spoke out on the Senate floor this week about Democrat policies that he says are harmful to farmers and ranchers. “For starters, I’m worried that Democrats’ bill could mean the end of some family farms thanks to the bill’s expansion of the death tax,” said Thune. “Death should not be a taxable event.” Sen. Thune also …

New NCGA President Meets the Media

Chris Edgington of St. Ansgar, Iowa, became president of the Corn Board of the National Corn Growers Association as of October 1. Edgington raises corn and soybeans along with his dad, brother and son. Chris and his wife, Vanessa, have two children, Alex and Elizabeth. In addition to his row crop operation, he gains insight into livestock through a small …

Administration Plans to Press China on Trade Agreement

United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai delivered remarks Monday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) “outlining the Biden-Harris Administration’s new approach to the U.S.-China bilateral trade relationship.” Ambassador Tai said they will begin by having discussions with China about its performance under the Phase One Agreement and commitments made “that benefit certain American industries, including agriculture, that …

ZimmCast 678 – Preview of the 2021 ARC Annual Meeting

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Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. It is #InternationalPodcastDay today. A lovely day to publish a podcast. This will be the second podcast we’ve published an episode of today! In this program we’re going to get a preview of the 2021 Agricultural Relations Council Annual Meeting. Providing the details is Kristy Mach, Corner Window Communications and Executive Director of ARC. …

USDA Secretary Makes Multiple Announcements at Colorado State University

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced a comprehensive set of investments by USDA during a speech at Colorado State University’s Salazar Center’s Virtual International Symposium for Conservation Impact. Secretary Vilsack announced that USDA is preparing $3 billion in investments that will support drought resilience and response, animal disease prevention, market disruption relief, and purchase of food for school nutrition programs. …

Daugherty Water for Food podcast – Episode 10

This episode of the Daugherty Water for Food podcast features Amy Wu, an award-winning journalist, filmmaker and the creator of From Farms to Incubators. From Farms to Incubators is a multimedia platform that uses documentary, video, photography and the written word to tell the stories of women leaders and innovators in agtech. It has a mission of highlighting women in food, farming, and …

USDA Invests in Using Climate Smart Ag for Low Carbon Fuel

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest nearly $75 million for 15 partner-led projects to address natural resource concerns on private lands. The projects include a $7.5 million investment in the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE)-led Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) project to secure farmers premier access to low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) markets based on their adoption of …