Better Seed, Better Life Video Contest

Kelly Marshall

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB), and the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America (Tri-Societies) are sponsoring the Better Seed, Better Life video contest. All graduate and undergraduate students in a plant-science discipline are invited to submit a video focusing on plant breeding innovations and …

Ag Group, ASTA, Contest, Video

ASTA Hosts Meeting to Discuss Weed Issues

Kelly Marshall

Earlier this week members of grower groups, seed companies, and state officials were hosted by the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) at a meeting to find solutions for troublesome weeds like Palmer amaranth. Attendees exchanged ideas for both short- and long-term fixes and stressed the importance of following seed regulations when purchasing. “Weeds like Palmer amaranth move through many different …

Ag Group, ASTA, Weed control

Soil Health Institute to Unveil National Plan

Kelly Marshall

The Soil Health Institute (SHI), a leading resource for science-based soil health information, is unveiling a National Soil Health Action Plan they’ve been developing with the help of experts, including those in agriculture, for the past four years. The announcement will take place on May 18 at 9:00 a.m. a the First Amendment Lounge, National Press Club in Washington D.C. …

Ag Group, Soil, Soil Health Partnership

AgGateway Hosting eConnectivity Seminar

Kelly Marshall

AgGateway’s Mid-Year meeting is coming up next month on June 12-15. This year’s event in Altoona, Iowa will feature an Ag Retail eConnectivity Seminar on Tuesday, June 13 from 10:00 to 3:00 pm. Ag retailers and service providers are encouraged to come and learn about the benefits of electronic connectivity in their businesses. “This seminar is an excellent opportunity for …

Ag Group, AgGateway, Events

ASTA Sets Sail in June

Kelly Marshall

With the theme “Voyage of Better Seed,” the 2017 American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) Annual Convention June 21-24 in Minneapolis will focus on science and policy issues related to the development and free movement of quality seed worldwide. ASTA president and CEO Andy LaVigne says a number of special sessions and tours are planned for the week, including an Opening …

Ag Group, ASTA, Audio, Events, seed

ASA, Valent Host Soy Leaders of the Future

Kelly Marshall

The American Soybean Association (ASA) and Valent USA have created the Soy Leaders of the Future program to provide an understanding of agriculture policy and tools to advocate effectivly. Classes begin this summer on July 10-13 in Washington D.C., in association with the ASA Board Meeting and Soy Issues Briefing. The new Soy Leaders of the Future program, sponsored by …

Ag Group, ASA, Government, Policy

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