Precision Ag Bytes 8/22

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  • Syngenta announced the registration of Vibrance® Trio seed treatment by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The premix of three fungicide active ingredients – mefenoxam, fludioxonil and sedaxane – is recommended for soybean growers whose main early-season concerns are strong stands and disease protection. ​​​​​​
  • The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, has opened online applications for its 2019 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. Entrepreneurs will compete for $145,000. The competition provides an opportunity for individuals to showcase ideas and business innovations in agriculture. Competitors are invited to submit for-profit business ideas related to food and agriculture online at http://fb.org/aginnovationchallenge by Sept. 24.
  • Cargill Animal Nutrition is celebrating the launch of a new line of advanced calf and heifer nutrition, HerdFirst™, with a new Facebook campaign to support The Great American Milk Drive. Cargill will donate three servings of milk — the recommended daily amount for Americans — for every person who shares how much they care for their dairy animals using the HerdFirst™ Facebook frame and hashtag #putyourherdfirst, from now until October 31.
  • Shefali Mehta is the new executive director of the Soil Health Partnership, a long-term data project that measures and quantifies the impact of farm management practices known to promote healthy soils.
  • Smart Ag Inc., an Iowa-based technology company, will conduct in late August the first-ever Farm Progress Show field demonstration of a driverless tractor system. Throughout the three-days of Farm Progress, Smart Ag will introduce to farmers AutoCart®, a software platform and aftermarket kit that fully automates an existing grain cart tractor for use during harvest.
  • Michael Stebbins, Director of External Engagement for GMO Answers, joined Kaci Creel of Dairy MAX and Allison Garriga of US Farmers & Ranchers Alliance to discuss consumer attitudes and how to reach them at the annual Agriculture Media Summit in Phoenix, Arizona. In a session entitled, “Managing Information in the Consumer Digital Space” the three panelists shared their experiences, successes, and shortcomings when sharing stories and consumer messages digitally.
  • UrtheCast Corp. and Land O’Lakes, Inc. announced they have entered a binding term sheet for the purchase of Geosys Technology Holding LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Land O’Lakes, for a purchase price of US$20 million.
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