Iowa Conservation Action Network Launches

Jamie Johansen

The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA), the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) and the Iowa Land Improvement Contractors Association (LICA) have launched a unique private sector initiative to demonstrate technology-based conservation practice planning, called the Iowa Conservation Action Network (IACAN). “What we currently use in the public sector for conservation technical assistance isn’t keeping up today,” said Roger Zylstra, a farmer …

Ag Group, Conservation, Corn, Soybeans

BASF/NAAA Partnership Supports Future of Ag Pilots

Jamie Johansen

Three up-and-coming agricultural pilots were awarded scholarships sponsored by BASF and the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) to help them turn their dreams of becoming professional agricultural pilots into reality. Kole Pederson of Crookston, MN; Richard Conrad of Kiel, WI and Heidi Stoeppler of Bakersfield, CA were awarded the NAAA/BASF Agricultural Aviation Scholarships of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 during the …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, BASF, Education, NAAA

Conservation Highlighted on World Soil Day

Chuck Zimmerman

Hey farmers. The NRCS and FAO are urging you to adopt soil conservation practices like no-till on this World Soil Day. Here’s a message from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service on how important healthy soil is and how using conservation practices like no-till can help farmers take better care of their land. When soil is heavily tilled, the stalks from …

Ag Group, Conservation, Government, International, Soil, Tillage

Vilsack Announces Report on Benefits of Conservation

Jamie Johansen

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will visit Silver Ridge Farm on Thursday, Dec. 5th to announce the release of a new report that outlines the impact of voluntary incentive-based conservation practices across the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The Conservation Effects Assessment Project report demonstrates the need for a new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill that will invest in conservation partnerships with our …

Ag Group, Conservation, Farm Bill, Government

Biotech Crops Alliance Names Secretariat

Jamie Johansen

An alliance of organizations supporting biotech crops has named a leader to help “spearhead collaborative efforts to improve the environment for technology innovation and the market for U.S. crops produced through modern biotechnology.” Dr. Michael J. Phillips has been selected as the first secretariat for the U.S. Biotech Crops Alliance (USBCA), which was established by several organizations under a memorandum …

AFBF, Ag Group, ASTA, NCGA

The Chicago Farmers Rebrands Farmland Fair

Jamie Johansen

The Chicago Farmers annual Farmland Investment Fair has been rebranded for 2014 as simply “The Farmland Fair” with a continued focus on the connection of social media and farmland investment. The Chicago Farmers 2014 Farmland Fair – “Where People Come To Learn, Connect and Understand Farmland” – will be held on February 1, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. …

Ag Group, Audio, Events, Farmers, Video

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