Expanding Ag Technology in Africa

Kelly Marshall

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

Water for Food Improving Sub-Saharan Security

Kelly Marshall

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

John Deere Receives SIMA Award for Prototype Electric Tractor

Chuck Zimmerman

In advance of the Paris International Farm Show (SIMA) in France John Deere has unveiled what it says is the “First fully battery-electric high-hp tractor.” This photo is from the SIMA new products website page. Here is information from the company news release about the SIMA award winning product. Citation Award: SESAM: the first all-electric tractor With its SESAM Tractor …

Equipment, International, John Deere, Tractor

No Progress on US-China Biotech Issues

Cindy Zimmerman

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack were among those who participated in a Thanksgiving week session of the US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) in Washington last week, the last one for the Obama Administration. The talks resulted in some progress in the areas of intellectual property protection, pharmaceutical and medical devices, and information …

International, trade, USDA

Field to Market Offers Measurable Sustainability

Kelly Marshall

Addressing the issue of sustainability with international buyers of U.S. grains at the Export Exchange 2016 was Field to Market data and technology director Paul Hishmeh. Field to Market focuses on quantifiable sustainability in agriculture and Hishmeh brought an overview of what that looks like to the conference, which is co-sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the Renewable Fuels …

Ag Group, Audio, Energy, environment, Exports, Grain, International, sustainability

Congress Ratifies Plant Genetics Treaty

Cindy Zimmerman

Congress this week finally passing a broadly-supported international treaty to strengthen American agriculture and enhance global food security, an action endorsed by the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA). First signed by President George W. Bush, and pending for nearly 15 years, the now ratified International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (“The Treaty”) will ensure U.S. public …

ASTA, Government, International, seed

Marketing Study on the Modern Global Foodie

Jamie Johansen

Sopexa is the only international marketing agency that focuses entirely on the food and beverage community making their relationship with agriculture essential. Pauline Oudin, managing director, conducted the first ever study on the global foodie. She shared her findings during the U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange and highlighted key elements to engaging the modern foodie around the world. The multi-country …

Agribusiness, Food, International, Soybeans, USSEC

NCGA Meets with Chinese Delegates

Kelly Marshall

Two regulators from the Ministry of Agriculture in China visited the National Corn Growers Association yesterday.  The group discussed ways to better synchronize the regulatory systems, and talked about the importance of technology and data to growers in the U.S.  Paul Bertels, VP of Production and Stewardship, and Nathan Fields, Director of Biotechnology and Crop Inputs participated on behalf of …

Ag Group, International, NCGA

AgWired Editors Travel to Vietnam

Kelly Marshall

Missouri Agricultural Leadership of Tomorrow (ALOT) has nearly completed their two year program.  As a wrap-up of their study of agriculture the group recently visited Vietnam to gain a global understanding of the industry.  The 20 member participants include two of AgWired’s editors, Jamie Johansen and Kelly Marshall. The trip lasted two weeks and included three major cities in Vietnam.  In …

International, ZimmComm