ASFMRA Award Winner

Jamie Johansen

The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) recognized Gary Thien, AFM, ARA, Thien Farm Management, Inc., with the 2013 D. Howard Doane Award during the 2013 ASFMRA Annual Meeting in Reno, NV. The D. Howard Doane Award is held in great esteem in the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. It is given annually to …

Ag Group, Audio, Video

USFRA Update on Farmland Movie

Jamie Johansen

Consumers want to see a face of where their food comes from and that is one thing the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) has tried to provide. USFRA was on-hand during NAFB’s Trade Talk and Cindy spoke with them about their desire to continually start the conversations about food and farming across the country. Lisa Lunz, USFRA Board Member, …

Ag Group, Audio, Farmers, NAFB, USFRA, Video

Commodity Groups Optimistic About Farm Bill

Cindy Zimmerman

Despite reports that high hopes are fading for a farm bill yet this year, agriculture industry representatives at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting last week were cautiously optimistic that the end is yet in sight. “I think progress is being made and I’m still confident that we’re going to get something before the end of the year,” said Mary …

AFBF, Ag Group, Audio, Farm Bill, NCGA

State Ag Directors Visit NAFB 2013

Jamie Johansen

Five State Ag Directors took part in a panel discussion with farm broadcasters Friday in Kansas City at the 70th Annual National Association of Farm Broadcasting Convention.  California Secretary Karen Ross, Kansas Secretary Dale Rodman, Louisiana Commissioner Michael Strain, Nebraska Director Greg Ibach and North Dakota Commissioner Doug Goehring spent about an hour and a half discussing the differing issues …

Ag Group, Audio, Government, NAFB

USDA’s Drive in Support of Rural Communities

Jamie Johansen

USDA Rural Development was on hand during last week’s NAFB Trade Talk to share their work with rural communities across the United States and promote the use of #MyFarmBill. I spoke with Colleen Callahan, Illinois State Director for Rural Development, during the event and she was eager to express their commitment to rural communities and their passion for brining value …

Ag Group, Audio, Farm Bill, Government, NAFB, USDA

NAFB Night of Honors

Jamie Johansen

The National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) bestowed honors on many deserving individuals last week – the best of the best. We’ll start with the new members of the NAFB Hall of Fame. Johnnie Hood was one of our very first friends in NAFB, back in the day when he served as president in 1985 at the midpoint of his …

Ag Group, Audio, NAFB

2013 PrecisionAg Awards of Excellence

Chuck Zimmerman

During the InfoAg Conference the 2013 PrecisionAg Awards of Excellence were presented, sponsored by the PrecisionAg Institute. Announcing the awards was Paul Schrimpf, Group Editor, Croplife Media Group and posing with each of the winners is K. Elliott Nowels, Meister Media Group. First up: Crop Adviser/Entrepreneur Award Laserplane Arkansas, Inc. The next award: Educator/Researcher Award Dr. John Fulton, Auburn University …

Ag Group, Audio, InfoAg

John Deere Shows Work in Key Trends at InfoAg

John Davis

Keeping up with new trends in precision agriculture can be a little easier with the right partner company. Just before one of the sponsors innovation showcases at the 2013 InfoAg Conference, Chuck caught up with Patrick Sikora from John Deere (on the left in the picture), who said his company is highlighting some of the key trends in precision agriculture …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Audio, InfoAg, John Deere

GEOSYS: Good Decisions from Good Information

John Davis

Making good decisions on the farm has a lot to do with knowledge and hard work. But the best knowledge and the hardest work can be undone if you’re starting with bad information. To help farmers get the best information Geosys has just announced the Field Profit Planner, a comprehensive tool for farmers and their advisors who pursue high efficiency …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, agronomy, Audio, computers, InfoAg

Monsanto: Precision Farming Part of Conservation

John Davis

Monsanto was one of the sponsors on the recent Conservation Technology Information Center tour in Livingston County, Ill., and Chuck caught up with the company’s Emilio Oyarzabal, who said the CTIC’s work is very important to Monsanto and its customers. “We need agriculture more than ever,” Emilio said, but he added that farmers are being accused of doing environmental damage. …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Audio, Conservation, CTIC, Monsanto