Seeds in Space Benefit Ag on Earth

kelly marshall

There’s a good bet that the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) annual meeting of 30 years ago looked remarkably different than the event that took place last week in Minneapolis, MN. And it’s a good bet that the science and technology making an impact on the industry in another 30 years may not have even been thought of yet, but …

4-H Challenges Students to Tackle Soil Health

kelly marshall

Students in the midwest are tackling the challenges of healthy soils as part of the 2017 4-H Ag Innovators Experience (4-H AIE) activity. Sponsored by Monsanto, the two-part challenge was developed by The Ohio State University and focuses on soil composition, impacts of tillage, and new ways to farm. Teams of students in 4-H clubs, camps, after school programs, and enrichment …

GROWMARK Focuses on Young Leaders

Kelly Marshall

Fifteen agriculture students have been selected as the first class of recipients of the GROWMARK Foundation scholarship. More than 125 students from across the United States and Ontario, Canada, applied for the award. Applications were evaluated by a panel of agribusiness professionals, and the funds are available for the fall 2018 semester. “We are pleased to provide financial support to …

Rice U. Team Cultivates Indoor Garden

Kelly Marshall

A team at Rice University, cleverly named Lettuce Turnip the Beet, has designed a produce cultivation machine— a hydroponic garden that grows plants without soil. Instead a pump recirculates 55 gallons of water through tiers of PVC pipe, using little energy and no waste to grow lettuce, garlic and other vegetables. Sanjiv Gopalkrishnan, Schaefer Pipps, Jared Broadman, and George Dawson …

Pioneer Provides Proprietary Tech to Purdue

Kelly Marshall

DuPont Pioneer has announced it will grant access of their proprietary phenotyping and ear photometry technology to Purdue University as part of a collaboration to support students in agriculture-related majors and plant science research. In addition, DuPont will sponsor the Henry Wallace Chair in Plant Sciences in the Purdue University College of Agriculture. “We could not be more excited to …

Cultivating Master Farmers Seeks Applicants

Kelly Marshall

Polish up that resume– the Cultivating Master Farmers (CMF) program is seeking Illinois applicants for the class of 2019. Approximately 10 young farmers (ages 21 to 35years old) will be selected to participate in the two-year program that features learning from expert farm and family members who have been there and done that. Now on its twelfth class, CMF offers …

New Scholarship Opportunity from GROWMARK

Kelly Marshall

GROWMARK is announcing a new scholarship program, according to Youth and Cooperative Education Specialist Karen Jones. “The GROWMARK Foundation was looking for ways to support education in agriculture for students. We decided a scholarship would be a great way to support students studying agriculture, those who become our future employees or future customers or members,” Jones says. Fifteen students will …

Chicago Ag HS Planting #Seeds for Future

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Seed Trade Association Future Seed Executives (FuSE) had the opportunity to hear about an agricultural high school right in Chicago that is growing the next generation for the industry. The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) is located just about a half hour south of the Hyatt Regency where the ASTA CSS & Seed Expo is held …

GROWMARK Supports Pollinators in the Classroom

Cindy Zimmerman

Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) programs are buzzing with an increased emphasis on pollinators, thanks to GROWMARK and its FS member cooperatives. At the Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) annual meeting this week, GROWMARK Corporate Relations and Foundation Manager Amy Bradford announced new collaborative efforts focused on activities and education related to the importance of pollinators. “We place a high …

BRANDT Sponsors Agriculture Scholarships

Kelly Marshall

BRANDT, retailer and manufacturer of specialty ag products, is sponsoring the first John & Carol Salmonson Scholarships for Excellence in Agriculture.  Two students at Cal Poly received $10,000 to study in agriculture fields.  Omar Alexander Gonzalez Benitez is majoring in Agricultural and Environmental Plant Sciences and Kristen Fernandez is studying Environmental Plant Sciences. “Carol and I are thrilled to be …