Weather Outlook from #NFMS17

Kelly Marshall

Bryce Anderson, Senior Ag Meteorologist at DTN/The Progressive Farmer, spoke to attendees of the recent National Farm Machinery Show about his predictions for the coming growing season. On the weather side of things he says the corn belt is looking good. The Pacific Ocean has moved from a weak La Nina weather pattern to more average temperatures, and may even …

climate, National Farm Machinery Show, weather

Agriculture Joins Together for Climate Change

Kelly Marshall

One year ago Monsanto announced its plans to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by making their operation carbon neutral by 2021.  Now the company is coming together with other agriculture group in the Carbon-Neutral Collaborative, a consortium of experts on agriculture greenhouse gases.  The team will focus their efforts on helping Monsanto reach their goal through an accounting framework. “Since last year, we’ve …

Agribusiness, climate, Monsanto

CNH Named to Climate A List

Kelly Marshall

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has named CNH Industrial to its Climate A List. The CDP is the only global disclosure system for companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts, also providing investors and organizations with access to environmental information. Thousands of companies submit annual climate disclosures to CDP for independent assessment against its scoring methodology. CNH …

Agribusiness, Case IH, climate, environment, New Holland

NCGA Carbon Research Gets $1.6 Million from Monsanto

Kelly Marshall

Monsanto has announced they will be supporting the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and its Soil Health Partnership (SHP)‘s efforts with a $1.6 million investment.  NCGA was recently awarded $1 million dollars from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) to help farmers find better solutions for reducing climate change.  Monsanto’s contribution will provide expertise, tools and resources …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, climate, environment, Monsanto, NCGA

Manito Transit Joins @EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership

Joanna Schroeder

Manito Transit has become a partner in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay Transport Partnership program. A subsidiary of GROWMARK, Manito Transit transports fuels, fertilizers, crop protection products and more via tank trucks throughout the Midwest. The SMARTWAY registrants work with the EPA and adopt tools and approaches to track and reduce emissions and fuel use. “This partnership reinforces …

climate, Energy, environment, Growmark, sustainability

Climate Smart Agriculture at #CTUC16

Kelly Marshall

Fred Yoder is an Ohio corn farmer who believes sustainability is more than a buzz word. At the Corn Utilization and Technology Conference Yoder told AgWired about his involvement with Climate Smart Agriculture, a term coined to describe just what it is growers will have to do to feed 9 billion people while working with what we’ve got. Working with …

Agribusiness, Audio, climate, Conservation, environment, sustainability

Iteris Announces Partnership with SST Software

Lizzy Schultz

Iteris, Inc. recently announced that they have entered into a content partnership agreement with SST Software in order to to deliver ClearAg agronomic information to SST users and integrate real-time weather insights to help SST users improve operational performance and decision-making. “The integration of Iteris’ ClearAg Platform content into the SST system will provide our customers with the precision weather-based …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, climate, Company Announcement, computers, Software, technology, weather

One Year Results for Building Blocks for Climate Smart Ag

Kelly Marshall

One year after the unveiling of the Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is sharing the results.   He also announced an additional $72.3 million investment in carbon storage in healthy soils. “American farmers, ranchers, and forestland owners are global leaders in conserving rural America’s natural resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Vilsack. …

climate, Conservation, environment, Government, USDA

First Phytobiomes Roadmap Published

Joanna Schroeder

The Phytobiomes Roadmap has been published by a team (the Phytobiomes organization) led by Iowa State University. The Roadmap lays out the vision for agriculture to increase health, productivity, and sustainability of current cropping and forest systems and outlines a strategic plan to acquire the knowledge needed for the vision to become reality. The Roadmap calls for better understanding of …

agronomy, climate, Plant Science, Soil

USDA Awards $30.1 Million in Food Security Projects

Kelly Marshall

The USDA and the Food Research Initiative (AFRI) have made possible $30.1 million to fund research projects pertaining to food safety, antibiotic resistance, and resilience of plants facing climate change.  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and President Obama’s Science and Technology Advisor and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Dr. John P. Holdren recently announced that, after …

climate, Food, Government, USDA