An open arms approach to membership

National FFA Officer candidate and Illinois state FFA President Sam Detweiler wasn’t your typical FFA member. In fact, Detwiler was more your typical teenage young man, hoping athletics would pay off in the long run. But, in an instant, that all changed. “In my Junior year, when I tore my ACL – that really put… Read more »

Growing ag leaders

Monsanto president Brett Begemann says there’s no better place to see the future of agriculture than the National FFA convention. In front of more than 60,000 FFA members, Begemann announced Monsanto’s new America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders program.  “The Ag Leaders program is about helping these young people here become leaders in the community and… Read more »

GMO advocate: Science always wins in the end

GMO labeling initiatives will be on ballots next week in two states—Colorado and Oregon. They are just the latest efforts by anti-GMO activists to require the labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients. Bill Horan, a farmer from Rockwell City, Iowa and chairman of the organization Truth About Trade and Technology, says although the anti-GMO… Read more »

NACD expresses concerns with WOTUS rule

The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) has joined the long list of organizations asking the EPA to withdraw its proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule. In comments filed with the EPA, NACD says the proposed rule would “substantially expand” Clean Water Act jurisdiction, granting EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers “broad authority and… Read more »

OH Soybean Council Foundation scholarships

The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation (OSCF) will be awarding undergraduate and graduate scholarships totaling $36,000 for the 2015-2016 academic year. “The OSCF scholarship program helps offset the cost of education for those who are strengthening Ohio’s soybean industry,” said Kevin Flax, OSCF scholarship selection committee member and soybean farmer from Clark county. “In order to… Read more »

ISDA names Local Foods Program Manager

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture has named David King as the Local Foods Program Manager. ISDA Director Ted McKinney says King’s extensive experience in the marketing and management industries is invaluable to the department and will aide in catapulting ISDA programs to the next level. In his role, he will lead the Local foods… Read more »

NCBA files WOTUS comments with EPA

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has filed its official comments on the proposed “waters of the U.S.” rule, calling on the EPA to withdraw the rule and start over. “There are so many issues, both substantively and procedurally, that the agency must withdraw the rule and start the process over,” says Ashley McDonald (pictured),… Read more »

Some progress in TPP negotiations

Officials report some progress was made in recent negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.  But they say there are still significant areas of disagreement, including the United States’ insistence that Japan lower its barriers to agricultural imports. Following a recent TPP negotiating session in Australia, Japan’s economic minister said that while there is “no prospect… Read more »

Slowing ag economy impacts equipment makers

More signs of a slowing ag economy. AGCO reports net sales of its farm equipment in the third quarter were down 12 percent compared to the third quarter of last year. For the first nine months of the year, AGCO’s net sales were down eight percent from the same period in 2013. And the Racine… Read more »

Immigration and trade up next for NMPF

The leadership of the National Milk Producers Federation says immigration reform and further opening of foreign markets are the top priorities for 2015.  Speaking the group’s annual meeting in Texas on Tuesday: NMPF board chair Randy Mooney and president and CEO Jim Mulhern said while they will continue to work with USDA if fine-tuning the… Read more »