Merial Stands Behind Cattle Gain with IVOMEC Plus Challenge

Chuck Zimmerman

MerialDULUTH, Ga., April 18, 2006 (AgNewsWire) – Merial announces the return of a program that encourages producers to put a spring deworming program to the test. The IVOMEC Plus (ivermectin/clorsulon) Challenge gives producers in eight states a firsthand look at the benefits of treating cattle for parasites in the spring, including liver flukes, this spring.

Producers in Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington are eligible for the IVOMEC Plus Challenge, which gives them an opportunity to see the added benefits of treating against liver flukes early in the year.

Veterinarian Dr. James Hawkins says liver flukes have been identified by the National Beef Quality Audit as one of the top 10 issues facing the cattle industry. “Most of the time with liver flukes there’s no obvious clinical sign. The cattle do not look like they’re sick. The only thing that’s different about the herd is that their production is not as good as it could be. So, if you treat for flukes you can see increased weaning weights of the calves, you can see better body condition in the cows, you’ll see higher pregnancy rates.” (Full Release)

Animal Health, audio

Steak Sundae is a Cool Surprise for Kids

Chuck Zimmerman

Missouri Beef Industry CouncilColumbia, MO (AgNewsWire) April is the “Month of the Young Child” and anyone who has children knows how difficult it can be to get them to eat nutritious foods. To make it a little easier, the Missouri Beef Industry Council (MBIC) offers a fun idea for even the pickiest eaters – the Steak Sundae. According to MBIC marketing director Dawn Thurnau, the treat can be made by alternating layers of mashed potatoes and chunks of steak with warm barbeque sauce or gravy in a sundae dish.

“Then on the top you put your chunks of steak with another little dollop of mashed potatoes and then a cherry tomato on the very top with some green onions. So it looks just like a chocolate sundae, but tastes like an open-face roast beef sandwich,” said Thurnau. (Full Release)

Beef

JEFF SIMMONS NAMED RAHAL LETTERMAN TEAM ETHANOL DRIVER

Chuck Zimmerman

Ethanol Promotion and Information CouncilOmaha, Neb. (April 4, 2006-AgNewsWire) – Rahal Letterman Racing (RLR), one of the leading open-wheel race teams in North America, along with Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC) today announced the selection of Jeff Simmons as the driver for No. 17 Team Ethanol Honda/Panoz/Firestone.

Simmons will replace the late Paul Dana who lost his life in a practice accident March 26 and EPIC Executive Director Tom Slunecka says this will carry on the mission that Paul began to demonstrate the performance of ethanol to consumers and mechanics through racing.

“By continuing our presence here at the Indy Racing League (IRL) we are communicating the value of ethanol to all drivers across the United States.” (Full Release)

audio, EPIC, Ethanol

Massey Ferguson® Adds to Compact Tractor Line

Chuck Zimmerman

Massey FergusonDULUTH, GA –March 30, 2006 (AgNewsWire) —Massey Ferguson has expanded its line-up of compact tractors with the new Massey Ferguson 1560, a 59.1 rated engine hp tractor with expanded work capabilities. The 1560 features a larger chassis, heavier rear end and expanded 3-point hitch capacities. “The new 1560 gives buyers increased job capabilities, with more horsepower than any other compact tractor on the market,” says Stephen Barcuch, marketing manager for Massey Ferguson compact tractors. “The 1560’s compact design makes it one of the most versatile, hard-working compact tractors available today.”
The 1560 is available in 4WD platform and 4WD factory-installed cab configurations. The 4WD platform version comes with Massey Ferguson’s 12×12 power shuttle transmission, with factory installed joystick and mid-mount couplers. Cab models come with a choice of 12×12 power shuttle transmission or Massey Ferguson’s exclusive DynaQPS™ (4 speed clutchless shift) transmission, with 12 forward and 12 reverse speeds. Both transmission options feature multi-disc wet clutch operation for longer life under heavy use conditions. Both cab options come with 2 hydraulic rear remotes, factory installed joystick and mid couplers. (Full Release)

Equipment, Tractors

Classic iPod Keepsake Winner Announced

Chuck Zimmerman

New Holland Welcome to National Agriculture Day on AgNewsWire. Thank you farmers for providing us with the most abundant and safe food supply in the world. This is the day for the announcement of the winner of the New Holland “Down on the Farm” Classic iPod Keepsake Contest. Thanks to all the people who entered online or at the New Holland booth at Commodity Classic. The random drawing has taken place and . . .

The winner is Marcus Spotts, a corn/soybean farmer from Nora Springs, IA. Congratulations to Marcus.

I caught Marcus on his mobile phone at lunch time to give him the news. You can listen to a portion of my conversation with him here: Listen To MP3 Telling Marcus He Won (3 min MP3)

I want to thank New Holland and Michael Peterson for working with us on this project. It has been fun and we are looking forward to doing it again soon.

AgNewsWire Announcement

The Context Network Names New Partners

Chuck Zimmerman

The Context NetworkDES MOINES, IA – March 17, 2006 – (AgNewsWire) Four new partners have been named at The Context Network as part of an overall business expansion effort to enhance and deepen the firm’s ability to deliver strategic management solutions and business management consulting services to leading agricultural and biotechnology companies. “The addition of four new partners and their combined 95 years of experience greatly enhance The Context Network’s ability to offer deeper industry and business expertise,” said founding partner Tray Thomas. “It also allows us to work more closely with our clients to improve their performance.”

Named as new partners are Steve M. Hawkins, Blake Sieker, Mike J. Borel and Alex Fink.

Steve M. Hawkins will serve as a partner and managing director of the firm. Hawkins brings more than 30 years of seed and biotechnology experience to Context. He has served as president and COO of D&PL (Delta and Pine Land Company), the world’s largest private cotton seed breeding company. Hawkins has more than 30 years of senior management experience in the agricultural and biotechnology industries and most recently served as chairman and CEO of Apomyx, a biotechnology company based in Utah. (Full Release)

Consultants, Management

FMC introduces Capture® LFR™ insecticide for corn

Chuck Zimmerman

FMCAnaheim, California, March 7, 2006 (AgNewsWire) – During the 2006 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, California last week, FMC Corporation (NYSE:FMC) announced the launch of Capture® LFR™ insecticide for corn. According to FMC Midwest technical support manager Robert Hooten, this unique insecticide is ideal for use with liquid pop-up fertilizers, allowing growers to maintain yields and protect their investment in seed.

“LFR stands for Liquid Fertilizer Ready and Capture is an old product that we have that’s very, very long lasting in soil, does a very good job in controlling corn insects. But a lot of growers are going to starter fertilizers and they need a product that will mix – just like their old ECs did in water – they need it to mix with the fertilizer so it makes it very easy to apply. This LFR technology allows it to go into the fertilizer and stay suspended so they have a very easy application method.” (Full Release)

ag chem, Corn, FMC

Monsanto Launches Roundup Ready® Alfalfa

Chuck Zimmerman

MonsantoST. LOUIS (February 28, 2006) – Monsanto recently announced the launch of new Roundup Ready® Alfalfa during the World Ag Expo in Tulare, California. Monsanto Marketing Manager for Roundup Ready Alfalfa Chris Peterson says benefits of the new system can help create greater profit opportunities for growers.

“With Roundup Ready Alfalfa system, growers will become familiar with a system that will allow them to produce cleaner, more yield, higher-quality alfalfa, and should realize an incremental earning opportunity compared to the way that they grow alfalfa today.” (Full Release)

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New Holland “Classic” Video iPod Contest

Chuck Zimmerman

(New Holland, PA – February 24, 2006 – AgNewsWire) It seems like everyone is giving away Apple iPods these days, but New Holland has a new twist on their video iPod contest at this year’s Commodity Classic in Anaheim, CA. It will be loaded with pictures, audio and video from the corn and soybean convention – as well as the new CD from country music star Michael Peterson.

Peterson, who was country music’s top selling new male artist in both 1997 and 1998 and is best known for his hits “From Here to Eternity” and “Drink, Swear, Steal and Lie,” will be performing sets during the Classic trade show. His new CD features the title song “Down on the Farm” which includes the lyrics “she even suggested painting New Holland Blue on the barn.”

“It’s a great song,” said New Holland’s Gene Hemphill, Manager of Industry Affairs for the company’s North American Agricultural Business. “But those who see Michael Peterson during the Commodity Classic’s General Session on Friday morning, March 3, will learn to appreciate his contributions much more clearly.” (Full Release)

Equipment, Podcasting, Tractors

COLLEGE STUDENTS TO BLOG COMMODITY CLASSIC

Chuck Zimmerman

MonsantoST. LOUIS (February 24, 2006 – AgNewsWire) – Two college students pursuing careers in agricultural communications will receive some on-the-job “new media” training at next week’s Commodity Classic, March 1-4 in Anaheim, Calif. The Monsanto Company is sponsoring the students’ trip as a part of its Future Ag Journalist Fellowship.

Margy Fischer, a senior at the University of Missouri, and Mary Irelan, a sophomore at the University of Illinois, will be attending Commodity Classic for the first time. They will be blogging their experiences at the combined corn and soybean growers annual meeting on AgWired.com, a ZimmComm New Media weblog devoted to what’s new in the world of agribusiness.

Monsanto Public Affairs Manager Mica DeLong says the opportunity will provide the students with a unique real-world media experience. Monsanto has a long- standing commitment to promoting youth involvement in agriculture by supporting programs such as Future Farmers of America, 4-H, Agriculture Future of America, Ag in the Classroom and other notable agriculture youth and leader development organizations. (Full Release)

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