Minnesota Water Topic of Dialogue

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MN Water DialoguesThe latest installment of the Food Dialogues, held this week in Minneapolis as part of a joint effort from the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) and the Farm and Food Alliance of Minnesota, kept the focus on water sustainability. The diverse panel of professionals highlighted the many ways that water conservation is present in their professions and the companies they represent, and engaged in a productive dialogue that focused on ways to find applicable, real solutions to the problems facing our nation’s water quality.

Food Dialogues: Minneapolis Photo Album

The Corporate Commitment to Sustainability
Interview with Becky Kenow, Land O Lakes

Keeping Farmers in the Sustainability Dialogue
Interview with Nathan Collins, MN Farmer

Working Together On Water Conservation
Interview with Rebecca Flood, MPCA

Grad Student Talks Community Approach to Sustainability
Interview with Vanessa Perry, University of Minnesota


Arch Provides the Backdrop for #AgMedia 2016

Joanna Schroeder

Ag Media SummitThe 18th annual Ag Media Summit has kicked off in St. Louis, Missouri. The event is the largest gathering of crop and livestock media professionals in the U.S. The Ag Media Summit is a joint meeting of the American Agricultural Editors’ Association, the Livestock Publications Council and the American Business Media Agri-Council. This industry-wide gathering of agricultural communicators offers one of the best opportunities for professional improvement and industry networking. This year’s event included more than 600 attendees and the InfoExpo, where exhibitors showcase their products, exceeded 75 booths.

2016 AMS Photo Album

Visiting with ACT at #AgMedia
Taylor Kennedy, ACT President

#AgMedia Recognizes Scholarship Award Winners
Interview with Ann Hess, Alltech

From #AgMedia- FMC Grows Corn Division
Chris Reat, FMC

Meet New ACT President, Kelsey Litchfield
Kelsey Litchfield, ACT President

LPC Elects New Leadership
Scarlett Hagins, LPC President

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#2016SPGC Back on the Gulf Coast

Joanna Schroeder

spgc-themeThe 18th annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference was held July 21-23 at the Sandestin Resort in Miramar Beach, Florida. The annual event is a combined meeting of the Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi peanut producers associations and features industry updates on marketing, production, research, and legislation.

2016 Southern Peanut Growers Conference Photo Album

Welcome Back to Florida #2016SPGC
Interview with Ken Barton, FL Peanut Producers Interview with Malcolm Broome, Mississippi Peanut Producers

House Ag Chairman Addresses #2016SPGC
Rep. Mike Conaway addresses SPGC Rep. Conaway press conference

How BASF Helps #Peanut Farmers Survive
Interview with William Reed, BASF

Happy 75th to M&Ms!
Interview with Anne-Marie DeLorenzo, Mars Chocolate

Ag Colleges Helping #Peanut Farmers Survive
Land Grants’ Role in Survival

Surviving Production Uncertainty Panel
Surviving Production Uncertainty panel

Bayer Welcome Dinner Sets Mood for #2016SPGC
Interview with John Hand, Bayer

Marketing Peanuts to Millennials
Interview with Ryan Lepicier, National Peanut Board Interview with Leslie Wagner, Southern Peanut Growers

Valent Valor Award Goes to Fletcher
Interview with Dr. Stanley Fletcher, Center for Peanut Competitiveness

#2016SPGC Screens New Ice Cream Flavors
Interview with Brooke Goff of Eat Y’all

#Peanut Oil – Fuel for Survival
Dr. Marshall Lamb, National Peanut Research Lab Ronnie Davis, USDA Rural Development Ed Coppola, Applied Research Associates

New Company Joins #2016SPGC Family
Josh Carnley, Vantage South

Focus on Surviving Another Farm Bill at #2016SPGC
Interview with Bob Redding, The Redding Group

Verdesian Primo Power for #Peanuts
Interview with Stan Deal, Verdesian

Koehler Honored by Congress
Interview with Don Koehler, GA Peanut Commission

Alabama Peanut Exec Survives #2016SPGC
Interview with Caleb Bristow, Alabama Peanut Producers

Syngenta Helps #Peanut Growers Celebrate Survival
Interview with Lyle Stewart, Syngenta

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@ACEEthanol Conference Preview from Shannon Gustafson

Joanna Schroeder

Shannon GustfasonShannon Gustafson is really jazzed for this year’s American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) annual conference and after speaking with her so am I. The theme is “Power. Passion. Performance.” and Gustafson says it embodies everything that makes American made ethanol great. “The passion of our producers, the power of the American industry and top notch performance of a high octane fuel.” The conference is taking place August 8-10, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Gustafson says the conference will kickoff with a market and association update from ACE Executive Vice President Brian Jennings. Other sessions will cover ethanol and dried distillers grains exports, carbon intensity, E15’s progress at the pump, Food Safety Modernization Act Compliance and ethanol plant profits. The first day’s keynote speaker is Tom Kloza with OPIS who will be giving attendees a market update. And a fun session is sure to be the “Advocate’s Arsenal: Making web resources work for you”.

Registration is still open and anyone from ethanol producers to academics, economists to consumers can attend and Gustafson says there will be something for everyone.

To get an in-depth preview of this year’s Annual Ethanol Conference, listen to my interview with Shannon Gustafson here: Interview with Shannon Gustafson, ACE

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JNHE Draws Over 900 Members

Joanna Schroeder

JNHE-official-logo Nearly 900 members of the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) were in Madison, Wisconsin, last week to participate in the annual Junior National Hereford Exposition (JNHE). The expo’s cattle show brought in over 1,600 entries vying for over $50,000 in prize money.

Amy Cowan, Director of Youth Activities and Foundation for the American Hereford Association and Director of the Hereford Youth Foundation of America, was on hand for an interview during the expo, which she played a major role in organizing. “The youth are the future of the agriculture industry, and for sure of the Hereford breed, and we’re really proud of what our youth accomplish as junior members, and it’s great to watch them to go on to be successful adults and members of the industry,” she said.

To learn more, listen to the interview with Amy Cowan here: Interview with Amy Cowan, American Hereford Association

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I AM @USFRA – @FarmBureau VP Scott VanderWal

Joanna Schroeder

vanderwahlSouth Dakota crop and livestock farmer Scott VanderWal was elected Vice President of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) earlier this year and in that role now serves on the board of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA). VanderWal is featured in this week’s episode of I AM USFRA.

VanderWal is pleased with how USFRA has brought so many agricultural organizations together under one big tent to address consumer concerns about food production. “We start out with the idea that we all have one thing in common and that’s an interest in food security and making sure we retain the ability to feed ourselves in this country,” he said. “As consumers get farther away from agriculture, they don’t realize why we do the things we do.”

Learn more in my interview with Scott here: Interview with AFBF VP Scott VanderWal, South Dakota

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#FoodDialogues to Celebrate MN #Water

Joanna Schroeder

FR_MN Food Dialogues Header Image v2If there is one issue that impacts everyone on the planet, it is water. That’s why the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) in collaboration with the Farm and Food Alliance of Minnesota, will host a Food Dialogues next week in Minneapolis called “A Celebration of Minnesota’s Waters.

“We’re addressing this as a celebration of water but also working to try to communicate to a new audience,” said USFRA CEO Randy Krotz. “We’re really focused on young people this time.” Krotz says they feel there is a real need to communicate with high school and college age people because each generation becomes a little further removed from food production.

A Celebration of Minnesota’s Waters” will be held July 26 from 2:00-4:00 pm with registration and networking beginning at 1:00 pm at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis.

Learn more in this interview: Interview with Randy Krotz, USFRA

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#Ethanol Report on E15 at Fuel Terminals

Joanna Schroeder

ethanol-report-adIllinois-based HWRT Oil Company will soon be the first company in the United States to offer pre-blended 15% ethanol at the terminal level, something the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is calling a “game-changer” for increasing access to E15.

RFA Vice President of Industry Relations Robert White talks about why this is such a big deal in this edition of the “Ethanol Report.”

Listen to the Ethanol Report: Ethanol Report on E15 at Fuel Terminals

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The 411 on CropTrak’s New Look, New Product

Joanna Schroeder

CropTrakCropTrak is getting ready for the InfoAg Conference with a slightly new name and the introduction of a new product. Chuck Zimmerman spoke with Jonathan Sherrill, Central Business Lead at CropTrak / Cogent3D, Inc., to find out what the company has been up to lately. Sherrill told him we’re going to have to wait for the event to hear about the new product, but he did give insights into the company’s single-minded focus: its customers.

One area of focus for the company has been to create a solution to the never ending forms growers have to fill out.

To learn more, listen to Chuck’s  interview with Jonathan Sherrill here: Jonathan Sherrill, CropTrak

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Owen Roberts, New IFAJ President Featured in ZimmCast

Joanna Schroeder

ZimmCast 517The Urban Cowboy himself is the newly elected President of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists. He’s Owen Roberts, Director, Research Communications at University of Guelph and he is featured in this week’s ZimmCast.

When asked what he hopes to accomplish as president he said, his job is to keep IFAJ going.

Learn more about Owen’s plans and the IFAJ in this week’s program: ZimmCast with Owen Roberts, IFAJ

2016 IFAJ Congress Photo Album

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