AEM Represented in NAMA Leadership

Jamie Johansen

The National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) has elected John Rozum, director of ag events for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), to the NAMA Executive Committee. Rozum was elected a vice president of the executive committee and is president of the NAMA Badger chapter who received the Outstanding Professional Chapter Award from the Student NAMA organization during the 2017 Agri-Marketing Conference. …

AEM, Ag Group, NAMA

NACD Applauds Appropriations Bill for Conservation

Kelly Marshall

A bill in front of Congress this week would provide support for voluntary conservation programs for landowners to protect and improve soil quality, soil health, and wildlife habitat. “NACD (National Association of Conservation Districts) is very pleased that House and Senate appropriators have finally reached an agreement that will support funding for critical conservation programs,” NACD President Brent Van Dyke …

Ag Group, Conservation

DOC Announces Action Over Mexican Sugar

Kelly Marshall

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has announced they will end the current antidumping and countervailing duty suspension agreements with Mexico and impose duties on imported sugar unless the two countries reach an agreement to end Mexico’s unfair trade practices by June 5. Previously the DOC and Mexico had negotiated agreements, but after two years the DOC recognizes the agreements are …

Ag Group, Government, trade

Register for ASTA Now

Kelly Marshall

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) has announced their 134th Annual Convention. The conference is scheduled for June 21-24 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The theme will be “Voyage of Better Seed” with a focus on policy development and free movement of quality seed worldwide. Sessions include: Consumer Food Trends Panel, featuring member of major food companies; International and Domestic Policy Outlook, …

Ag Group, ASTA, Events

Ag Groups Host Field Day for Government Officials

Kelly Marshall

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) hosted a field day for officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pesticide Programs. Participants got to observe seed treatments, planting practices, equipment innovations and product demonstrations– all using the most cutting-edge technology available. …

AEM, Ag Group, ASTA, EPA, NCGA, USDA

Food, Conservation Groups Invest in Soil

Kelly Marshall

Some major consumer and conservation organizations are working together to help create better soil health and enhance farm sustainability. A $2 million investment from General Mills will provide tools and resources for The Nature Conservancy, Soil Health Institute, and Soil Health Partnership to use in working with farmers, landowners, and supply chain leaders to create healthier soil while providing food …

Ag Group, Conservation, Soil, Soil Health Partnership

Mammoth Trading Presents Lesson in Water Markets

Kelly Marshall

Mammoth Trading’s President, Richael Young sat on a panel during the 2017 Water for Food Global Conference called, “Drought, Water Risk and the Context for Water Markets.” Drought risk management was positioned as a focal point as panelists discussed the water transaction outlook, water policy trends and the role of public versus private investment in water markets. Mammoth Trading develops …

Ag Group, Audio, water

Irrigation Pumps Move Africans Out of Poverty

Kelly Marshall

Now founder and CEO of KickStart International, Martin Fisher went to Africa for one year.  Seventeen years later he was still in Kenya, finding ways for technology and engineering to make a difference.  Martin presented what he’s learned at the 2017 Water for Food Global Conference where Jamie was able to sit down with him to hear his story of the …

Ag Group, Audio, Food, Irrigation, water

ASTA Weighs in on New Phytosanitary Measures

Kelly Marshall

Last week the seed industry announced good news in the form of the International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM), a world wide attempt to put seed regulations on the same page. Ric Dunkle, Senior Director of Seed Health and Trade for the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) was at the International Plant Protection Convention in Korea when the standards were …

Ag Group, ASTA, Audio, Regulation, seed, trade

Non-GMO High Oleic Soybeans Expand to Missouri

Kelly Marshall

The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council has signed an agreement to bring non-GMO high oleic soybean technology to growers in the state. Schillinger Genetics, Inc. (SGI) is now licensed to commercialize high oleic soybean traits and to breed soybean varieties that combine high oleic with low linolenic beans. The partnership is the first of its kind. “We believe strongly in the …

Ag Group, Soybeans, Traits