MN Soy Teams with USFRA for Teacher Education

The Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) has partnered with U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) to start a program to help urban teachers learn more about agriculture so they can teach it to their students. To kick it off, educators in Minneapolis August 29 and Sacramento August 31 are invited to take a farm tour at the end of August to engage with farmers and others who work in the agriculture industry.

Teachers who take part in the program will learn more about USFRA’s Discovering Farmland curriculum and receive an iPod Touch and virtual reality headsets to help incorporate agricultural videos into their curriculum and classrooms.

MSR&PC CEO Tom Slunecka explains the purpose of the program in this interview: Interview with Tom Slunecka, MSR&PC CEO

19th Southern Peanut Growers Conference

The theme for the 19th annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference was Navigating the Marketplace and farmers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi once again met together on Florida’s Emerald Coast to learn and network.

The three-day event provides farmers with information about peanut production, legislative issues, marketing and promotions and includes members of the Alabama Peanut Producers Association, the Florida Peanut Producers Association, the Georgia Peanut Commission, and the Mississippi Peanut Growers Association.

Reps. Mike Rogers (R-AL) and Austin Scott (R-GA) attended the event to talk to peanut producers about the 2018 farm bill.

This virtual newsroom includes links to photos, audio, and video from the conference. All content posted here is available free of charge for digital or print publication or broadcast. Credit may be given to AgNewsWire.

Southern Peanut Growers Conference Photo Album

Check out the SPGC Blog for full coverage

Peanut Growers Navigating the Marketplace
Interview with Ken Barton, Florida Peanut Producers

National Peanut Board Honored
Interview with Bob Parker, National Peanut Board

Reps. Rogers and Scott at 2017 SPGC
Reps. Mike Rogers (R-AL) and Austin Scott (R-GA address southern peanut farmers
Interview with Reps. Rogers and Scott

Updates on Alabama and Mississippi Peanuts
Interview with Caleb Bristow, Alabama Peanut Producers
Interview with Malcolm Broome, Mississippi Peanut Growers
Valent Valor Fights for Peanuts
Interview with John Altom, Valent
Setting Peanut Priorities for the Farm Bill
Interview with Bob Redding, The Redding Firm Georgia Farmers Have Friend at USDA
Interview with Don Koehler, GA Peanut Commission
Opening Night Nut Show
Interview with John Hand, Bayer

Additional audio links:

Interview with Dr. Marshall Lamb, National Peanut Research Lab
Interview with Curry Parker, Alabama peanut grower
Interview with Rees Bridges, Informed Ag

Interview with Alexis Benge, UPI Agricultural Products
Interview with Travis Kelly, Vantage Southeast

Historic Chinese Agreement to Help U.S. Rice

History was made this week when an agreement permitting US rice exports to China was signed during bi-lateral trade meetings held in Washington DC. An inspection of US rice mills and packaging facilities by the Chinese phytosanitary authorities is the next step to take place. The first exports to China will take several months but will provide a boost to new crop sales.

The U.S. Rice Producers Association (USRPA) said the process began in 2006 when they applied for funding under the Department’s Emerging Markets Program. The grant from USDA allowed USRPA to travel to China and determine that in fact there was a market for U.S. rice.

USPRA Director of Emerging Markets Greg Yielding was able to show that Chinese consumers did want to buy U.S. rice and he belives we could see exports heading to China before the end of the year: Interview with Greg Yielding, U.S. Rice Producers Association

Cattle Producers Fight Buzzard Predators

Cattle producers are seeking a depredation order from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife service allowing producers to control the Black Headed Vulture, an invasive vulture species stalking and killing livestock.

Adam McClung, Executive Vice President, Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association (ACA), said, “The Black Headed Vultures and the depredation loss cattlemen are seeing has been an ongoing discussion inside the ACA with policy for a number of years. Over the last few years, the stories and testimonies we get from cattlemen give evidence of the birds moving from a migratory to predatory.” Interview with Adam McClung, Arkansas Cattlemen's Association

Bayer Showcase Plot Tour 2017 – Illinois

Farmers and retailers gathered near Dekalb, Illinois on Tuesday for the Bayer Innovation Plus Tour. The event focused on corn and soybeans and included presentations on disease observations, selective corn herbicide trials, Balance GT demonstration, ILeVO Seed treatment & PPO Herbicides, Liberty weed control, new Credenz products and more. Below are one on one interviews with the presenters.

You can find lots of photos from the event here: Bayer Showcase Plot Tour 2017 – Illinois

Daren Bohannan, Field Tech, provides overview of Illinois Showcase Plot Tour Daren Bohannan, Overview of Plot Tour

Daren Bohannan, Fungicide & Herbicide Portfolio Daren Bohannan, Fungicide/Herbicide Portfolio

Leslie Lloyd, Regional Agronomist, talks about Credenz
Leslie Lloyd, Credenz Lineup

Dr. Nick Tinsley, Seed Growth Technical Representative, talks about Seed Treatments
Dr. Nick Tinsley, Seed Treatments

Dr. Nick Tinsley, Pancho Votivo 2.0
Nick Tinsley, Pancho Votivo 2.0

Dr. Carl Bradley, Plant Pathologist, University of Kentucky, talks about fungicide key takeaways
Dr. Carl Bradley, Key Takeaways

Dr. Carl Bradley, Fungicide Research Presentation
Dr. Carl Bradley, Presentation

SMART Farmer Carla Wardin

Our SMART Farmer in this episode comes from Michigan where she and her husband have a dairy operation that has been in her family for over a century.

Carla Wardin is dedicated to telling the real story of dairy farming through her blog Truth or Dairy, and in 2014 was chosen to represent agriculture as one of the USFRA Faces of Farming and Ranching. Jamie Johansen had the pleasure of sitting down with Carla to find out why smart farming is so important to her.

Listen to this episode here and subscribe below – SMART Farmer Podcast with Carla Wardin, Michigan dairy farmer

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Monsanto Call Provides Perspective on Dicamba Developments

Monsanto held a media briefing today to provide perspective on recent Dicamba developments.

Monsanto spent years developing XtendiMax® with VaporGrip® Technology to minimize the potential for off-site movement. We are committed to remaining actively engaged in this conversation, doing our part to help farmers use the Roundup Ready® Xtend® Crop System successfully and ensure farmers have access to this important crop protection tool.

Like many others in the agriculture community, we are concerned about the reports of potential crop injury. Assessing the causes of this situation can be complex. It’s important we not jump to conclusions – we need to make decisions based on facts, not speculation. We’re doing our part to understand what is truly happening.

Please join Dr. Robb Fraley, Monsanto chief technology officer, and Lisa Safarian, vice president of Monsanto North America, to hear about how the company is working with farmers to investigate the situation.

Journalists participating were able to ask questions following opening remarks.

You can listen to or download the briefing here: Monsanto Media Briefing

House Ag Hearing on Specialty Crop Innovations

The House Agriculture Committee heard testimony Wednesday on technology and innovation in specialty crops as input toward the making of the 2018 farm bill.

ASTA’s Andy LaVigne testifies at House ag committee hearing

Among those who testified was American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) President & CEO Andy LaVigne, who stressed that Farm Bill research programs and policies based on sound science are critical to the development of new technologies for plant breeding.

Listen to LaVigne’s opening remarks and answers to questions from Reps. Neal Dunn (R-FL) and Austin Scott (R-GA) – ASTA CEO Andy LaVigne testifies at House ag hearing

Other witnesses at the hearing included California Farm Bureau President Paul Wenger; Paul Heller with Wonderful Citrus; Gary Wishnatzki, owner of Wish Farms in Plant City, Florida; and Driscoll’s CEO Kevin Murphy. Listen to their opening remarks and those of Chairman Conaway and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN) – House Ag Innovation in Specialty Crops Hearing

Building Numbers and Demand for Bison

Increased demand for sustainable meat has the bison industry poised to grow significantly this year, and the industry has announced the “Bison One Million” campaign, which sets sights on helping the North American bison population grow to one million strong this year.

National Bison Association executive director Dave Carter says the industry is also working to increase consumer demand for bison products with a “Bison Hump Day” campaign in an effort to incorporate bison into dinner menus across America every Wednesday.

Learn more in this interview:
Interview with Dave Carter, National Bison Association

Bayer Showcase Plot Tour – North Dakota

A special Bayer Showcase Plot Tour was held Monday just west of Minot, ND with a focus on cereal crops as well as products for soybeans, canola and corn.

This virtual newsroom includes links to photos, audio, and video from this event. All content posted here is available free of charge for digital or print publication or broadcast.

Bayer Showcase Plot Tour – North Dakota Photo Album

Audio interviews:

Pete Neal, Technical Sales Specialist, Bayer:
Showcase Plot Tour with Bayer in North Dakota –
Tour Interview with Pete Neal, Bayer
Interview with Pete Neal, Bayer, Credenz soybeans
Interview with Pete Neal, Bayer, Raxil PRO Shield

Kristie Sundeen, North Central Sales Lead, Bayer InVigor Canola –
Interview with Kristie Sundeen, Bayer, InVigor Canola

Kevin Thorsness, Technical Services Representative, Bayer Cereals portfolio –
Interview with Kevin Thorsness, Bayer, Cereals portfolio

Attendee Jeff Volk –
Interview with Jeff Volk, Renville Elevator, Agronomy & Fertilizer

Attendee Rick Marsh –
Interview with Rick Marsh, Sales, CHS