AgVoice4Choice Supports Neonics

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ag-voiceLast month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report on the “Benefits of Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments to Soybean Production” concluding that “these seed treatments provide little or no overall benefits to soybean production in most situations.” Upon release of the report, a 60-day comment period was opened which concludes on December 22.

So far, the comment website reports just over 100 comments with the majority of those posted supporting the use of neonicontinoid seed treatments and asking EPA to review the data used to compile the report. Industry advocates for the use of neonics have created a website offering information and encouraging growers who use this important class of insecticides to make their voices heard. urges the agricultural community to ACT now –
Advocate for growers to have choices in production practices
Communicate the benefits of pest management
Tell EPA to review new information on seed treatments

A new study conducted by Ag Infomatics
provides objective evidence of the benefits these products bring to modern pest management systems, which industry advocates can use to help make their case.

Agribusiness, Crop Protection, Government, Insecticide, Soybeans

Watch FARMLAND On Demand for Thanksgiving

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farmlandlogo4The feature film Farmland is now available for rent and purchase via On Demand platforms – providing more people with the opportunity to view the film from their own homes and digital devices. The film’s move to digital platforms takes place this month, following a successful four-week run on and Hulu Plus.

Farmland is available for digital download via iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, Sony PlayStation,, Xbox and YouTube. The cost to download and own the film ranges from $14.99 to $19.99 for high definition and $12.99 to $14.99 for standard definition format. Online rental will cost approximately $4.99 to $7.99 for high definition and $3.99 to $6.99 for standard definition format.

Farmland will also be available to traditional satellite and cable television subscribers via their respective Video-on-Demand or Pay-per-View platforms in December 2014. DirecTV and DISH subscribers will have access to Farmland through their Video-on-Demand or Pay-per-View channels beginning on December 2. The film is also being made available to companies that deliver Video-on-Demand (VOD) or Pay-per-View (PPV) content to ATT U-Verse, Verizon Fios, Comcast, Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable. Viewers are encouraged to check their local VOD/PPV channels on their respective cable and satellite television providers for details.

It’s the perfect film to watch at a time when we are giving thanks for our bountiful supply of food in the United States – and the great people who produce it!

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NCGA Calls for Pollinator Health Dialogue

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NCGA-Logo-3The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is calling on agriculture industry stakeholders to facilitate partnership and dialogue for improving pollinator health.

“Although corn does not rely on bees or other pollinators, we recognize their importance to agriculture,” said Don Glenn, chairman of NCGA’s Production and Stewardship Action Team, who spoke at the recent Pollinator Health Task Force’s public listening session. “It’s important for us to be at the table, as a voice for farmers, and engaging in a productive conservation about how to solve this challenge.”

The listening session was the latest in a series of activities from the task force, which was created by a presidential initiative in June and is jointly run by the USDA and EPA. Glenn said NCGA is eager to partner with Task Force members on grower education efforts and to continue dialogue.

“Farmers, beekeepers, conservationists, industry, government – we are all partners. NCGA is committed to finding and implementing solutions that will improve pollinator health and ensure a thriving population that are economically viable and practical for farmers.”

Earlier this year, NCGA joined the newly-formed Honey Bee Health Coalition, a diverse group comprised of more than 30 agricultural organizations and agribusinesses, researchers, beekeepers and conservation groups. The coalition’s mission is to help achieve a healthy population of honey bees and to support healthy populations of pollinators in the context of productive agricultural systems and thriving ecosystems.

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WOTUS Tops AFBF Policy Issues List

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nafb14-afbf-mooreNew congress, WOTUS, second beef checkoff, and what to do about COOL were a few of the topics that American Farm Bureau Federation executive director for public policy Dale Moore discusses at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting last week.

“We are excited that we have a lot of new leaders – seasoned leaders – coming in,” said Moore of the new Congress, mentioning Mike Conaway from Texas as the new chair of the House Agriculture Committee, just officially named yesterday. “What we’re looking for is those friends of Farm Bureau outside the ag committees that can work on issues like Waters of the U.S., immigration reform, tax reform…these issues are the kinds of things that can put farmers and ranchers out of business.”

When it comes to WOTUS, Moore says he does not expect any further action from Congress in the lame duck session, but he also does not expect EPA to back off on the proposed rule. “It’s going to take legislation to push them back, it may take litigation,” he said. “They don’t ditch the rule on their own, we’re going figure out a way to help them do it.”

Listen to my interview with Dale here: Interview with Dale Moore, AFBF
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AyrMesh Bridge Wireless Point-to-Point Bridge

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ZimmCast 456How about an ethernet cable without the wires on your farm network? Yes, it’s possible. That is, with the Ayrstone Productivity AyrMesh Bridge!

Ayrmesh BridgeDuring the National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention I spoke with company president Bill Moffitt about their newest product. The Bridge joins a growing family of products from Ayrstone like their AyrMesh Hub, Receiver and a Hub that mounts in your cab.

You AgNerds will want some specific information, so here it is:

The AyrMesh Bridge is a wireless 5 GHz. point-to-point bridge. It is transparent to the network, behaving just like an Ethernet cable, but without the wires. The Bridge consists of two radios, which are mounted facing each other, with clear line-of-sight between them. Just like an Ethernet cable, one radio is connected to your network, the other end is connected to a device you want connected to the network. They are connected to power supplies (provided) with Ethernet cables, and Ethernet ports on the power supplies serve as the ends of the virtual Ethernet cable. The radios can be up to 5 miles apart, although the throughput (data speed) of the link will be reduced as the distance between the radios increases. Throughput at a few hundred yards may be as high as 30 Mbps; at 5 miles it will be about 6 Mbps (with no interference and clear line-of-sight). NOTE: The AyrMesh Bridge does not use or provide WiFi – it uses a special narrow-band signal in the 5 GHz band which may interfere or be interfered with by 5 GHz WiFi signals (802.11a, dual-band n, or ac).

Have you got all that? If not, listen to this week’s program to hear Bill explain things: New AyrMesh Bridge

You can find a press release here.

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ASTA CSS & Seed Expo Returns to Chicago

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15780475251_1292a426f4_mI had a chance to catch up with American Seed Trade Association president and CEO Andy LaVigne at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention last week and talk about the upcoming CSS 2014 & Seed Expo coming up just around the corner.

The event, being held December 8-12 in Chicago, is America’s largest seed industry conference. Over 2,600 attendees representing the U.S. and 20 countries come to CSS for a week of collaboration and networking. The CSS schedule has been expanded and includes programming to fit any interest, offering more focused educational opportunities. Andy tells me that seed treatment will dominate this year’s conference and attendees can check out new products and equipment in the seed expo.

If you can’t make it to the event, no worries – Cindy and I will be there to bring it to you!

You can listen to my interview with Andy here: Interview with Andy LaVigne, ASTA President and CEO

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Partnership for Sustainable Ag Standardizing

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fieldtomarketsustainabilityTwo sustainable agriculture groups are joining forces to make sure measuring and reporting of information is better standardized. Field to Market and The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) say their new partnership will ensure there’s harmonized science-based approach to measure and communicate sustainability in agriculture.

In a memorandum of understanding signed last week, TSC and Field to Market have agreed to work toward greater harmonization of metrics in overlapping product categories, encourage data platform interoperability and collaborate together on innovation projects. This partnership will enable Field to Market’s metrics and benchmarks developed through a multi-stakeholder process to be utilized in reporting against TSC’s key performance indicators on continuous improvement in corn, cotton, rice, potatoes, soybeans and other crops related to a number of sustainability indicators.

“The partnership with The Sustainability Consortium is an important step in Field to Market’s efforts to create a common framework to measure the sustainability of U.S. agriculture. This move toward alignment will help the agriculture value chain communicate more clearly to consumers while creating a foundation to advance sustainable outcomes in U.S. crop production,” said Rod Snyder, president of Field to Market.

“The Sustainability Consortium is built on a foundation of collaboration and alignment. A strong partnership between TSC and Field to Market will allow us to openly share information and harmonize our approaches to measuring the sustainability of key agricultural crops. We are pleased to have Field to Market as a partner and look forward to working with them as we help companies all across the supply chain capture the big opportunities sustainability has to offer.” said Sheila Bonini, CEO of TSC.

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Update on Valent Products from Trade Talk

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nafb-valentValent was out in full force during the National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s Trade Talk to talk about their seed protection programs, plant growth regulators and everything residual herbicides.

Matt Kirkpatrick, market development specialist works with growers to find their needs and decides what products Valent can bring to the marketplace to solve their problems. Fierce XLT is an example of one of these products. It provides premium broadleaf and grass control in soybeans. Learn more about the Fierce line of products and other residual herbicides in my complete interview with Matt here: Interview with Matt Kirkpatrick, Valent

Seed protection marketing manager, Thad Haes, shared more about Valent’s soybean seed protection product known as Intego Suite protecting against Pythium and Phytophthora and also offers broad spectrum insect control. Intego Suite launches this fall. Listen to or download my interview with Thad here: Interview with Thad Haes, Valent

Jim Wargo, bio-rational specialist and works with Valent’s plant growth regulators and microbial insecticides. At Trade Talk he touched on RyzUp SmartGrass®, which stimulates growth and maximizes yield in field corn, silage, pastures and hay for both organic and conventional production systems. Find more about this Valent product here: Interview with Jim Wargo, Valent

You can find photos from the event here:
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Big Data Coalition May Ease Privacy Concerns

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New Holland ZimmPollOur latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Do you think the new coalition agreement addresses ag data privacy concerns?”

Time will tell if the big data coalition will ease the minds of concerned growers when it comes to privacy and security issues. However, the majority of those polled feel that the agreement addresses these ag data issues. We for sure will keep you posted.

Here are the poll results:

  • Yes – 47%
  • No – 26%
  • Maybe – 7%
  • I don’t know – 20%

Our new ZimmPoll is now live and asks the question, What’s your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?

In year’s past we have asked your favorite Thanksgiving protein. Does your family go for the traditional turkey or maybe a ham? Or do you have your own traditional meat of choice? This year in honor of Thanksgiving, we want to know your favorite side dish. Do you prefer dressing, mashed potatoes or do you love something different? At my family’s table gravy is a side all it’s own. It covers everything but the salad.


Hick Chick Chat: 2015 NAFB Executive Officer Team

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execThe 71st Annual Meeting of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting wrapped up last week with a new slate of officers for 2015.

The president-elect is Brian Winnekins of Reel Country AM1430 in Wisconsin, whose job for the coming year will be to plan the next convention. The new NAFB president is Susan Littlefield of KZEN in Nebraska – pictured here to the right of Brian. Susan will soon start her new role representing the organization across the country and speaking at various farm industry meetings. To Brian’s left is our now immediate past president Janet Adkison, who will be able to relax a little more in the new year when not on the air with RFD-TV as their Washington DC reporter.

15176777854_f81e582a0b_mJoining the new officer team is vice president Tony St. James of All Ag, All Day (900AM Lubbock-Floydada, TX & 800AM Amarillo-Dumas, TX).

While at convention this past week, Cindy, intern Taylor, and I caught up with each of the officers to get their take on convention, what they have enjoyed and are looking forward to in their new roles and how being a part of the organization has affected their careers.

You can listen to my chat here: Hick Chick Chat: NAFB Executive Officer Team

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