Precision Ag Will Play Key Role in Ag Productivity

Joanna Schroeder

Cory Reed, vice president of John Deere’s Intelligent Solutions Group, participated in the recent GAP Report 2015 launch during World Food Prize as a panelist discussing some of the key findings of the study. One area emerged that was highly discussed – the need to improve Total Factor Productivity (TFP) in all countries, including the U.S. John Deere has been …

Agribusiness, Audio, John Deere, World Food

The Importance of TFP

Joanna Schroeder

John Deere’s Kelly Winquist provided a preview of how countries are doing with Total Factor Productivity (TFP) as a means to reach the goal of feeding 9.7 billion people by 2050 as part of the 2015 Gap Report release during World Food Prize. The 6th annual Global Agricultural Productivity Report: Building Sustainable Breadbaskets focused on the U.S. and Zambia. Winquist …

Agribusiness, Audio, Food, John Deere, Research, World Food

John Deere Brings Precision Ag to Small-Holder Farmers

Joanna Schroeder

John Deere is bringing agricultural training to thousands of small-holder farmers with their new pilot mobile education unit. According to Geoff Andersen, director, Global Citizenship and Strategic Planning with John Deere, who I spoke with this morning during the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, the unit was first used in Ghana and Kenya to help more than 60,000 …

Audio, Education, Food, International, John Deere, Precision in Practice, World Food

Global Food Security Focus of 2015 Borlaug Dialogues

Joanna Schroeder

To celebrate the 101st anniversary of the birth Dr. Norman Borlaug, the 2015 Borlaug Dialogue has gathered an outstanding “faculty” of international leaders, experts and scientists for Borlaug 101 a 3-day “course” on The Fundamentals of Global Food Security. The Borlaug Dialogue is being held October 14-16 as part of the World Food Prize taking place this week at the …

Agribusiness, Food, John Deere, World Food

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Wins World Food Prize

Kelly Marshall

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed of Bangladesh has been awarded the 2015 winner of the World Food Prize, the most prominent award for individuals whose achievements alleviate hunger and promote global food security.  The announcement was by Tom Vilsack who made remarks at an event by the U.S. State Department. “I offer my sincerest congratulations to Sir Fazle and appreciation for the progress …

Award, Food, USDA, World Food

Study Finds No Problems With GMO Feed

Cindy Zimmerman

A new scientific review from the University of California-Davis has found no adverse impact on the performance and health of livestock and poultry consuming genetically engineered feed in the time since it was first introduced 18 years ago. The review, led by UC Davis animal scientist Alison Van Eenennaam, examined nearly 30 years of livestock-feeding studies that represent more than …

Animal Science, biotechnology, USFRA, World Food

2014 Borlaug Field Award Honors Scientist Under 40

Jamie Johansen

The World Food Prize announced that the winner of its award for agricultural leaders under 40 goes to Dr. Bram Govaerts, a native of Belgium now working from Mexico, for his work developing leading-edge, sustainable programs that are transforming subsistence agriculture and unsustainable farming systems in Mexico and other regions of the world into productive and sustainable production operations. Dr. …

Ag Group, Award, World Food

Precision Pays Podcast: Why biotechnology is the answer

Meghan Grebner

Global food security is a huge concern. But what is the answer to feeding that growing population?  During the American Seed Trade Association’s annual meeting in June, World Food Prize Laureate Dr. Gebisa Ejeta, professor of plant breeding at Purdue, told attendees that biotechnology is part of that solution to feeding a hungry world. In this Precision Pays Podcast, sponsored …

Education, GMO, Precision Pays Podcast, sustainability, technology, World Food

Wheat Breeder Honored by World Food Prize

Cindy Zimmerman

The selection of wheat breeder Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram as the 2014 World Food Prize Laureate was announced last week during a ceremony at the State Department where Secretary Kerry gave keynote remarks. “This is the time for a second green revolution,” Kerry said. “That’s why Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram is being honored with the World Food Prize. We are grateful for …

Award, biotechnology, International, wheat, World Food