Regional Conservation Legacy Awards Announced

Kelly Marshall

The American Soybean Association offers congratulations to Andy Bendsend of Dallas, Wisconsin (Midwest Region), Keith Masser from Sacramento, Pennsylvania (Northeast Region) and Matt Griggs hailing from Humboldt, Tennessee (South Region) as regional winners of this year’s Conservation Legacy Awards. The three winners will be honored at the ASA Awards Banquet at Commodity Classic on March 3. At that time one …

Ag Group, ASA, Award, Soybeans

ASTA Announces Educational Website

Kelly Marshall

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) has announced a new, educational website, The organization hopes to provide answers to consumer questions like: What is plant breeding innovation? What do plant breeders do? And what could the latest breeding techniques like gene editing mean for the future of agriculture and our society? The new site offers informational videos, blog posts, …

Ag Group, ASTA, Website

US Grains Council Welcomes Communications Manager

Kelly Marshall

Julia Debes has joined the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) as their Communications Manager. She has served as communications director for the National Sorghum Producers, assistant director of communications at U.S. Wheat Associates, and in her own communications company. “Having known Julia professionally for several years, I am confident she will be an immediate asset to the Council and a friendly …

Ag Group, Grain

Challenges and Opportunities for #CIRB2017

Kelly Marshall

The 53rd annual meeting of the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau is officially underway with the theme of Change-Challenge-Opportunity and record attendance, according to Executive Vice President Michael Torrey. “I think it reflects the theme,” said Torrey. “Obviously a transition is going on, there’s going to be a lot of new people, and we’re going to have a lot of …

Ag Group, Audio, Crop Insurance

Soil Health Partnership Adds New Leadership

Kelly Marshall

Jack Cornell, a plant scientist recently from Monsanto, will be moving into a new position at the Soil Health Partnership. Cornell’s new role in the organization is to lead the ambitious on-farm data collection efforts as operations manager. He and his team will manage the collected data, provide strategic direction for SHP and act as a conduit of information to …

Ag Group, Soil Health Partnership

Van Dyke Assumes Head of NACD

Kelly Marshall

Brent Van Dyke was sworn into the position of president of the National Association of Conservation Districts at their recent annual meeting. Van Dyke was elected to serve one year as president-elect in 2016 and now begins his two year term as president. “Brent knows conservation – he comes from the farm and understands how important sustainable agriculture is to …

Ag Group, Conservation

Competitive Advantage of #USsoy

Kelly Marshall

Iowa no-till corn and soybean farmer, Rolland Schnell, was one of the many farmers from states throughout the Midwest who trekked south to Panama for the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and Soy Aquaculture Alliance (SAA) Aquaculture Educational Opportunity. During the event, AgWired’s Jamie Johansen spent a day at the Panama Canal getting a full glimpse of the important role infrastructure plays …

Ag Group, Soybeans, USSEC

Iowa Pest Resistance Management Plan Unveiled

Kelly Marshall

The Iowa Pest Resistance Management Plan has been released at, thanks to the collaboration of a broad cross-section of the Iowa agriculture industry. The plan offers farmers information about technology and tools like pesticides, seed treatments and biotech products and native traits to provide holistic, integrated management solutions for insects, weeds and disease. “This plan brought together a broad …

Ag Group, Insect Control, Pesticides, Weed control