Precisely Seeding from High Above

John Davis

One of the “high”lights of the recent Conservation Technology Information Center tour in Livingston County, Ill., was a demonstration of using a crop duster to seed ground cover on a field still growing corn. Eric Smith with Pontiac Flying Service explained shortly after one of his pilots (in fact, Scott Petersen, the company’s owner/operations manager) flew over the field and …

Aerial Application, Ag Group, Agribusiness, Audio, Conservation, CTIC

GROWMARK Shows Good Stewardship on CTIC

John Davis

The Conservation Technology Information Center tour just completed with a theme of “Community 4 Conservation” this year. Dan Maggart with GROWMARK (pictured to the right, talking to bus load on the tour about what GROWMARK offers in way of agronomic services) explained why his company sees itself as such a good fit as a sponsor for the tour and its …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Audio, Conservation, CTIC, Growmark

EPA Says Best Problem Solving Will Occur Locally

Chuck Zimmerman

During the CTIC Conservation in Action Tour I got this photo of EPA’s Denise Keehner, Director, Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds and Acting Chief Jason Weller, USDA-NRCS. They were attending the CTIC Conservation in Action Tour and met after luncheon remarks by Denise. I spoke with Denise after her remarks and on the subject of inter-agency cooperation she says …

Ag Group, Audio, Conservation, CTIC, Government

The Importance of Conservation

Chuck Zimmerman

This week I’m attending the Conservation in Action Tour put on by the Conservation Technology Information Center. We’re in Illinois and will be touring farms in the Indian Creek Watershed where CTIC has been partnered with multiple entities in a project since 2010. To kick things off I met our Acting Chief of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Jason …

Ag Group, Audio, Conservation, CTIC, Farm Bill

Brennan New Farm Foundation Dir. of Development

John Davis

Our friends at Farm Foundation, a group that has work in agriculture, food systems and rural communities, has tapped Tim Brennan as their new Director of Development. “We are excited to welcome Tim to the Foundation staff,” says Jay Armstrong of Armstrong Farms, Muscotah, KS, Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. “This is a dynamic time for the Foundation …

Ag Group

Ag Aviators Meeting in Georgia

Chuck Zimmerman

The 2012 National Agricultural Aviation Association convention and trade show is underway in Savannah, GA. I’m here covering the meeting on AgWired.com. However, I’ll be getting some great interviews to share with you here as well. Let’s start with this one. Here’s Andrew Moore (left), Executive Director, NAAA and the opening breakfast keynote speaker Story Musgrave. Story’s story was filled …

Aerial Application, Ag Group, NAAA

Ag Groups Tell Senate to Reject House Disaster Bill

John Davis

A coalition of about a dozen agriculture groups, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, the American Soybean Association, the National Association of Wheat Growers, the National Corn Growers Association, the National Farmers Union, and the National Milk Producers Federation has urged Senate leaders to “refrain from supporting” any legislation resembling the House-passed disaster bill should it come up in the …

AFBF, Ag Group, Farm Bill, Government

Coalition Urges Congress to Pass a Farm Bill Now

John Davis

A coalition of 39 farm groups, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Corn Growers Association, and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, is calling on Congress to pass a new farm bill before the old one expires at the end of September. The group, Farm Bill Now, has an interactive web portal at www.FarmBillNow.com, that lets you connect with …

AFBF, Ag Group, Farm Bill, Farm Progress Show, Government

Precision.AgWired.com Podcast: The Ag Gateway into the future

Meghan Grebner

 AgGateway is focused on promoting and expanding e-commerce in the agriculture industry.  The non-profit organization helps companies address current and future challenges within the industry.  Jeff Kaiser with John Deere is the chair of Ag Gateway’s Precision Ag Council.  He says in the council’s short time – they’ve been focused on the basics and working with both the trading partners and their customers. …

Ag Group, Ag Leader, Precision Pays Podcast, technology