Wheat Genome Sequencing Gets Major Boost

Joanna Schroeder

The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) has announced the production of a whole genome assembly of bread wheat. Based on Illumina short sequence reads assembled with NRGene’s DeNovoMAGICTM software, the project goal was to produce a whole genome assembly of the bread wheat variety Chinese Spring. The most widely grown cereal in the world, IWGSC says the project will …

Agribusiness, Genetics, wheat

Why Crisis Plans are Good for Business

Joanna Schroeder

Thirty-nine percent of respondents to a recent ZimmComm poll said they did not have a crisis communications plan and believe they don’t need one. Yikes! As a former public relations person, I was surprised and a bit disturbed by this finding. Especially in light of the rise in undercover videos, avian flu outbreaks, meatless Mondays, (cow farts causing) climate change, …

Agribusiness, Audio

Ag Industry Commits to Reducing Climate Impact

Joanna Schroeder

The precision agriculture industry has made a public commitment to reduce their environmental impacts – especially those related to climate change effects. While not news from an industry who is committed to developing more sustainable technologies and practices, 81 companies have gone a step further and pledged to reduce climate emissions through the American Business Act on Climate Pledge. The …

Agribusiness, climate, environment, sustainability

Precision Ag Will Play Key Role in Ag Productivity

Joanna Schroeder

Cory Reed, vice president of John Deere’s Intelligent Solutions Group, participated in the recent GAP Report 2015 launch during World Food Prize as a panelist discussing some of the key findings of the study. One area emerged that was highly discussed – the need to improve Total Factor Productivity (TFP) in all countries, including the U.S. John Deere has been …

Agribusiness, Audio, John Deere, World Food

The Importance of TFP

Joanna Schroeder

John Deere’s Kelly Winquist provided a preview of how countries are doing with Total Factor Productivity (TFP) as a means to reach the goal of feeding 9.7 billion people by 2050 as part of the 2015 Gap Report release during World Food Prize. The 6th annual Global Agricultural Productivity Report: Building Sustainable Breadbaskets focused on the U.S. and Zambia. Winquist …

Agribusiness, Audio, Food, John Deere, Research, World Food

My New Holland Hits Smartphones

Joanna Schroeder

One of the tremendous values of precision agriculture is instant availability of our information through tools such as the cloud and our cell phones. New Holland customers may now access information through their cellphones via the MyNewHolland app. Its a personalized space where the user can a access instructional videos, operating and maintenance tips from New Holland product experts, educational …

Agribusiness, Apps, New Holland

John Deere Brings Precision Ag to Small-Holder Farmers

Joanna Schroeder

John Deere is bringing agricultural training to thousands of small-holder farmers with their new pilot mobile education unit. According to Geoff Andersen, director, Global Citizenship and Strategic Planning with John Deere, who I spoke with this morning during the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, the unit was first used in Ghana and Kenya to help more than 60,000 …

Audio, Education, Food, International, John Deere, Precision in Practice, World Food

Global Food Security Focus of 2015 Borlaug Dialogues

Joanna Schroeder

To celebrate the 101st anniversary of the birth Dr. Norman Borlaug, the 2015 Borlaug Dialogue has gathered an outstanding “faculty” of international leaders, experts and scientists for Borlaug 101 a 3-day “course” on The Fundamentals of Global Food Security. The Borlaug Dialogue is being held October 14-16 as part of the World Food Prize taking place this week at the …

Agribusiness, Food, John Deere, World Food

Farmers Need RFS Certainty to Remain Profitable

Joanna Schroeder

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to announce final rules for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) this November after months of delay and push back from the agriculture and biofuels industries. As it currently stands, the volume levels set for 2015 and 2016 are lower than the law mandates. As a result, a new white paper finds that American farmers …

Agribusiness, Audio, Cotton, Energy, Ethanol, NCGA, NFU

Verdesian Focuses on Farmer Profitability

Joanna Schroeder

In an effort to proactively strengthen profit-driven technologies and products, Verdesian Life Sciences has expanded its team. Jake Underwood has been hired as the new executive vice president of nutritionals and John “Sam” Wilson, Ph.D. will now be serving in the role of vice president of technology development. “Global agriculture provides a unique challenge because there are so many variables,” …

Agribusiness, Company Announcement, Plant Science