Perdue Officially Confirmed as Secretary of Ag

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The U.S. Senate has formally confirmed the nomination of George Ervin “Sonny” Perdue III to serve as the 31st Secretary of Agriculture with a final vote of 87 to 11. Perdue is an agribusinessman, veterinarian, state legislator, and former governor of Georgia.  He grew up working on his family farm in central Georgia, making him the fourth agriculture secretary who …

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GROWMARK Offers Advice to Protect Crops this Season

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It’s been a warmer, dryer winter than normal, says Tim Laatsch with the Agronomy Division at GROWMARK.  Combining that with the wet conditions many growers are experiencing this spring puts crops at risk.  The dry windows have provided opportunity to plant some early season corn, but corn isn’t the only thing growing in the field. Winter annuals are also thriving, which …

Agribusiness, Audio, Growmark, Herbicides, Insect Control, Insecticide, Planting, Scouting

Mammoth Trading Presents Lesson in Water Markets

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Mammoth Trading’s President, Richael Young sat on a panel during the 2017 Water for Food Global Conference called, “Drought, Water Risk and the Context for Water Markets.” Drought risk management was positioned as a focal point as panelists discussed the water transaction outlook, water policy trends and the role of public versus private investment in water markets. Mammoth Trading develops …

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Irrigation Pumps Move Africans Out of Poverty

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Now founder and CEO of KickStart International, Martin Fisher went to Africa for one year.  Seventeen years later he was still in Kenya, finding ways for technology and engineering to make a difference.  Martin presented what he’s learned at the 2017 Water for Food Global Conference where Jamie was able to sit down with him to hear his story of the …

Ag Group, Audio, Food, Irrigation, water

ASTA Weighs in on New Phytosanitary Measures

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Last week the seed industry announced good news in the form of the International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM), a world wide attempt to put seed regulations on the same page. Ric Dunkle, Senior Director of Seed Health and Trade for the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) was at the International Plant Protection Convention in Korea when the standards were …

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Expanding Ag Technology in Africa

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The “Upscaling Solutions: Expanding access to irrigation for smallholders in sub­-Saharan Africa” session at the 2017 Water for Food Global Conference explored how public and private sector investors can support smallholder-irrigated agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa. The presentation included a whitepaper synthesis of case studies relevant to this topic. One case study was from International Development Enterprise (iDE), a global effort that spans …

Audio, Food, International, Security, technology, water

Bertram Presents On Global Food Security

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One of the plenary speakers at the 2017 Water for Food Conference was Robert Bertram, Chief Scientist, Bureau for Food Security, U.S. Agency for International Development. Bertram has served as a key adviser on a range of technical and programmatic issues to advance global food security and nutrition. He leads U.S. Agency for International Development’s evidence-based efforts to advance research, …

Ag Group, Audio, Food, Security, water

New Fluency Agent Advanced from Bayer

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The Bayer CARE initiative has been encouraging growers to be good stewards of the land, but now Bayer is making that goal more attainable with Fluency Agent Advanced. The CARE acronym stands for: Communicate planting activities to neighboring beekeepers Be Aware of wind speed and direction during your planting Reduce the amount of dust potentially released during planting Ensure seed …

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Jeff Raikes Honored at Water for Food

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Jeff Raikes was honored at this week’s 2017 Water for Food Conference.  As a co-founder of the Raikes Foundation and Daughterly Water for Food Foundation & Board Chair, he is credited with being the inspiration for the event with his concerns for finding local solutions to global challenges.  Raikes is stepping down from the board this year, but he is still committed …

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Water for Food Improving Sub-Saharan Security

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The 2017 Water for Food Global Conference took place this week at at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.  More than 400 experts attended the event to focus on ways to grow more food with less water.  One of the major topics of concern at the conference was finding new ways to increase sustainable irrigation in sub-Saharan Africa for increased water …

Audio, Food, International, Irrigation, Video, water