Outstanding Young Farmers at Ag Day

Cindy Zimmerman

As part of National Ag Day, John Deere welcomed four new inductees to the Outstanding Farmers of America (OFA) Fraternity as National Outstanding Young Farmers at the OYF Awards Congress. This year Jessica Niederer spoke on behalf of the inductees. Niederer is an organic grower who sells all of her 57 varieties at farmer’s markets in New Jersey. Selling at …

Ag Day, Audio, Award, John Deere

Sugar Farmers Address Farm Bill Policy

Kelly Marshall

Galen Lee, President of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association, addressed the audience at Agri-Pulse’s Farm Bill Summit last week. The sugar industry is currently dealing with lower sugar prices than when Jimmy Carter was in office, so the importance of a strong safety net can’t be understated. “While we are smaller than other crops we still support 142,000 jobs in …

Ag Day, Ag Group, Audio, Farm Bill, Sugarbeets

#FarmBillSummit Bridges Food/Farm Gap

Kelly Marshall

The “Bridging the Gap Between Farm and Food Policy” panel hosted by Agri-Pulse during their Farm Bill Summit was moderated by Agri-Pulse Senior Editor, Phillip Brasher. The panelists were all veterans of past farm bills and familiar with wrestling issues like SNAP. “I think the alliance between farmers and people who work in the nutrition field or people who worry …

Ag Day, Audio, Farm Bill, Food

Making Conservation Work in the Farm Bill

Kelly Marshall

As part of the Agri-Pulse Farm Bill Summit, Sara Wyant moderated the panel “Conservation- What Works, What Doesn’t.” Panel participants included: Tina May, Sr. Director of Sustainability, Land O’Lakes; Eric Lindstrom, National Manager of Agriculture Policy, Ducks Unlimited; Suzy Friedman, Sr. Director of Agriculture Sustainability, Environmental Defense Fund; Dave White, Co-Founder/Partner, 9-B Group; and Anne Simmons, Democratic Staff Director, House …

Ag Day, Audio, Conservation

GROWMARK Supports National Ag Day

Kelly Marshall

GROWMARK and its FS member companies are proud to be one of the major sponsors of National Ag Day every year, according to corporate relations manager Amy Bradford who attended this year’s event. “This is one of the events that we support in a big way financially,” said Bradford. “It’s just important for us to support the farmers who are …

Ag Day, Audio, Growmark

Agri-Pulse #FarmBillSummit Hears From Duvall

Kelly Marshall

President of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Zippy Duvall addressed the participants of the Agri-Pulse Farm Bill Summit earlier this week. Using his best southern charm, Duvall addressed the issue of the upcoming farm bill, pointing out the different circumstances farmers and ranchers are in as the last bill was being written and the economic climate now. “The biggest problem with …

AFBF, Ag Day, Ag Group, Audio

.@NationalCorn New Leaders Conclude 2016 Program

Kelly Marshall

This week has been a busy one for members of the National Corn Growers Association New Leaders Program.  Twenty-six farmers from 15 states have spent the last five days learning to be strong advocates for agriculture.  This wraps up a program that began with sessions in DesMoines in January, continued at Commodity Classic and included webinars in April through July. “It …

Ag Day, NCGA

John Deere Economist Addresses Ag Day Celebration

Kelly Marshall

The annual National Ag Day Celebration of Agriculture Dinner took place at the USDA building this year and Orion Samuelson graced goers with his unforgettable voice and career-long commitment to agriculture. JB Penn, Chief Economist, John Deere was honored to serve as the evenings keynote speaker, but even more humbled to be introduced by an icon in American agriculture. “We …

Ag Day, Agribusiness, Audio, John Deere

#FarmCredit Announces 100 Fresh Perspectives

Kelly Marshall

As part of the National Ag Day festivities in Washington DC Tuesday, Farm Credit announced the top honorees of the Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives program, a nationwide search to identify and honor 100 leaders who are changing rural communities and agriculture for the better. The Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives program is the cornerstone of Farm Credit’s 100th anniversary …

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Senate Debates GMO Labeling on #AgDay

Cindy Zimmerman

After hearing debate on National Ag Day, the Senate is set to vote today on legislation proposed by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) to provide a voluntary national standard for foods containing genetically modified ingredients as well as an incentive to provide more information on biotechnology to consumers. During his floor speech on the Biotechnology Labeling Solutions bill, …

Ag Day, Audio, biotechnology, GMO, Government