Farm Bill Priorities Discussed at Commodity Classic

Cindy Zimmerman

The biggest topic of discussion at the 2012 Commodity Classic last week was the farm bill – what should be in it and whether we will even see one this year. It was the main question that the presidents of the four farm organizations that participate in Classic answered during their time on stage during the general session with emcee …

Ag Group, Audio, Commodity Classic, Corn, Soybeans, wheat

Doing Precision Conservation In Illinois

Chuck Zimmerman

This week I participated in the Conservation Technology Information Center’s Indian Creek Watershed Project field tour. Several bus loads of participants visited Livingston County, IL area farms to see and hear how they are implementing best management practices for things like nutrient management. One of the people working on the project with CTIC and a presenter is Harold Reetz. I …

Ag Group, AGROTAIN, Audio, Conservation, CTIC, Education, Fertilizer

CAST Honors Two for Ag, Science and Technology

Cindy Zimmerman

During the recent National Ag Day festivities in Washington DC, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) Executive VP/CEO Dr. John Bonner presented Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE) and Representative Collin Peterson (D-MN) with the President’s Award which recognizes those individuals who have furthered the cause of agriculture, science, and technology. Senator Johanns grew up on a farm and eventually …

Ag Group, Events

Ag Drainage Mgmt Coalition Names Reetz Exec Director

Kurt Lawton

The Agricultural Drainage Management Coalition (ADMC) has named Dr. Harold F. Reetz, Jr. its new executive director. ADMC is dedicated to educating farm, drainage, conservation, and regulatory groups about the latest drainage water management system technologies, which can help benefit crops and reduce nutrient enrichment of surface water. Its members include equipment manufacturers, drainage contractors, and state commodity associations. The …

Ag Group, Company Announcement, Conservation, Irrigation, sustainability

United Voice for Agriculture

Cindy Zimmerman

More than 60 representatives from more 20 national food and agricultural organizations have agreed to form the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) to focus on working together to enhance U.S. consumer trust in modern food production that ensures the abundance of affordable, safe food. Rick Tolman, CEO of the National Corn Growers Association and chair of the USFRA Steering …

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Take Command of Planting With SureStop

Chuck Zimmerman

Another Ag Leader Technology helpful representative I met at the Farm Progress Show was Chad Huedepohl. He was showing growers their new SureStop Electric Row Clutch. The product was in limited release a year ago but now they’ve done a full release and Chad says the product has generated a lot of interest. He says the SureStop basically shuts down …

Ag Group, Audio, seed

Is COOL For Fuel Cool?

Chuck Zimmerman

Many of you corn growers using precision technology are very aware of the challenges we’ve had in the ethanol business, especially battling groups with an agenda to distort facts and misinform the public. Growth Energy is a group that was formed to battle that problem on Capitol Hill. Here at the Farm Progress Show, Gen. Wesley Clark, Growth Energy, announced …

Ag Group, Ag Leader, Audio, Corn, Ethanol, Events, Farm Progress Show

Your Comments On GM Ethanol Corn Requested

Kurt Lawton

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is seeking comments until July 6 on the proposed petition to deregulate genetically modified (GM) corn that improves ethanol production. The petition for deregulation, submitted by Syngenta Seeds Inc., is in accordance with APHIS’ regulations concerning the introduction of genetically-engineered organisms and products and is available for the public’s review and …

Ag Group, Corn, Ethanol, Farmers, sustainability

Precision Crop Technology Proves Sustainability

Kurt Lawton

While anti-agriculture naysayers continue to blast away at GM crops as the end of the world, it’s our duty to offer sound science to the discussion. To this end, a recent study by the British-based PG Economics offers some statistics on the value of biotech crops…as discussed in a recent Nebraska Corn Kernels blog post. Biotech crops help reduce greenhouse …

Ag Group, Conservation, Corn, Education, Research, sustainability