The 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.
The 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.
The 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.
Shannon 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
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
South 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
If 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
Illinois-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
CropTrak 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
The 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