03-31-16 Syngenta seeks to award students rooted in ag through scholarship program…


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  • $20,000 in total awards available
  • Applications now being accepted until May 26, 2016

GREENSBORO, N.C., USA, March 31, 2016 Syngenta invites eligible university students to apply to its annual Syngenta Agricultural Scholarship program. Applicants are asked to share how they have been inspired by someone to be rooted in agriculture, how this inspiration has motivated them to pursue a degree and ultimately a career in the industry, and how they plan to pay it forward and encourage others to be rooted in ag.

“The future of agriculture is dependent on these future leaders, so we’re excited to hear what inspires them and how they plan to inspire others to establish roots in the ag industry,” said Vern Hawkins, President, Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC. “These types of leaders help propel agriculture forward, leaving a lasting impact on our industry.” Continue reading

03-31-16 US Senator Bennet: Colorado Receives $10.2 Million in Emergency Watershed Funds…

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Funding Will Help Restore Watersheds in El Paso County Following July 2015 Floods on Waldo Canyon Burn Scar

Colorado Springs, CO – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet today announced that Colorado will receive $10,240,800 from the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program for recovery work related to flooding in Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs. Continue reading

03-31-16 CAWG News: Stripe Rust Discovered in Colorado…

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March 31, 2016, Fort Collins, Colo. – Rust diseases are among the most widespread and devastating economically diseases of cereal crops worldwide. The fungi that cause these diseases are notorious for their ability to increase rapidly and overcome the resistance of wheat or barley varieties. The potential yield loss caused by these diseases depends on host susceptibility and weather conditions, but the loss also is influenced by the timing and severity of disease outbreaks relative to crop growth stage.
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03-31-16 *USDA-NASS News* The latest Prospective Plantings Report…

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As of March 1, Colorado growers intend to plant 1.25 million acres of corn for all purposes in 2016, up 150,000 acres, or 14 percent from last year’s plantings, according to the March 1 Agricultural Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Sorghum intentions total 360,000 acres, down 80,000 acres from plantings last year. The area expected to be seeded to oats, at 30,000 acres, is down 15,000 acres from a year ago. Most of the oat acreage in Colorado is harvested for hay. Growers intend to plant 78,000 acres of barley in 2016, up 13,000 acres from last year’s actual plantings.

All wheat acreage is expected to total 2.21 million acres for 2016. Winter wheat seeded last fall for harvest in 2016 is estimated at 2.20 million acres, down 200,000 acres from the 2015 crop. Growers intend to seed 6,000 acres of spring wheat this year, down 2,000 acres from last year.

Hay producers in the State intend to harvest 1.40 million acres this year. This is down 50,000 acres from the acreage cut for hay in 2015.

Growers intend to plant 49,000 acres of sunflowers this year, down 24,000 acres from what they planted in 2015. The acreage of oil varieties is expected to total 40,000 acres, down 20,000 acres from last year’s plantings. The area for non-oil varieties is expected to be down 4,000 acres to 9,000 acres this year.

The area planted to sugarbeets is expected to be up 5,300 acres from last year’s actual plantings to 32,800 acres.

Dry edible bean acreage is expected to total 55,000 acres, up 10 percent from the 50,000 acres planted in 2015. As of March 29, mountain snowpack was 96 percent of average, statewide.

Final acreages actually planted for several crops will be determined by irrigation water prospects, soil moisture levels at planting time, and changes in economic conditions between now and actual planting.

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03-31-16 NPC to Offer Scholarship for Graduate Student Advancing the Potato Industry…

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NPC to Offer Scholarship for Graduate Student Advancing the Potato Industry

Washington, DC—The National Potato Council (NPC) will award one $10,000 academic scholarship to honor a graduate student (Master’s degree or higher) working to improve the future of the U.S. potato industry. The deadline for the scholarship is June 15, 2016 and it will be awarded in August 2016 towards the 2016-2017 academic year. Continue reading

03-31-16 USDA-NASS-CO Grain Stocks Report…

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Off-farm corn stocks in Arizona on March 1, 2016 were 3.54 million bushels, up 42 percent from March 1, 2015, according to the March 1 Agricultural Survey and March Grain Stocks Report conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Off-farm all wheat stocks in Arizona on March 1, 2016 were 4.48 million bushels, up 32 percent from March 1, 2015. Off-farm barley stocks totaled 22,000 bushels, down 93 percent from last year. Other Arizona grain stocks were not published separately to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.


All corn stocks in Colorado on March 1, 2016 were 61.99 million bushels, down 2 percent from March 1, 2015, according to the March 1 Agricultural Survey and March Grain Stocks Report conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. All corn stocks stored on farms amounted to 33.00 million bushels, down 9 percent from a year ago. All corn stored off farms amounted to 28.99 million bushels, up 6 percent from a year ago. Off-farm sorghum stocks were 3.33 million bushels, up from 761,000 bushels stored on March 1, 2015. Off-farm oat stocks in Colorado were estimated at 108,000 bushels, up 71 percent from last year.

All wheat stocks in Colorado on March 1, 2016 were 41.66 million bushels, up 34 percent from March 1, 2015. All wheat stocks stored on farms amounted to 10.50 million bushels, up 22 percent from a year ago. All wheat stored off farms amounted to 31.16 million bushels, up 38 percent from a year ago. Off-farm barley stocks totaled 3.60 million bushels, down 41 percent from last year. Other Colorado grain stocks were not published separately to avoid disclosing data for individual operations.

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03-31-16 NCGA News: USDA-More Corn Acres Expected to Be Planted in 2016…

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USDA: More Corn Acres Expected to Be Planted in 2016

American farmers expect to plant 5.6 million more acres of corn in 2016, a six percent increase from 2015, according the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Prospective Plantings report released today.   If realized, total corn plantings in the United States would total 93.6 million acres for the highest planted acreage since 2013. Notably, it would also be the third-largest U.S. corn acreage planted since 1944.

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03-31-16 Morgan County REA Awards Scholarships…

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FORT MORGAN, CO – Morgan County Rural Electric Association is pleased to announce that ten recipients have been selected for post-secondary college or vocational scholarships for 2016.  This year Morgan County REA awarded five $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors and one $1,000 scholarship to a current post-secondary student that will be returning to college or trade school, with Tri-State Generation and Transmission offering two $500 scholarships and Basin Electric Power Cooperative sponsoring two $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors.

The recipients of the scholarships were selected or recommended by a panel comprised of MCREA members, directors and employees. The criteria for selection is based on a number of factors, including academics, ACT scores, school and community participation, work experiences, a student statement and a letter of recommendation. The electric cooperatives award the college scholarships to students whose families are members of Morgan County REA, with the exception of the Basin Cooperative Employee Scholarship, which is awarded to dependents of employees who work for electric cooperatives.

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03-31-16 USDA: Federal, Philanthropic Partners Join to Strengthen Local Food Supply Chains…

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Federal, Philanthropic Partners Join to Strengthen Local Food Supply Chains

“Food LINC” to Boost Farm Sales, Grow Local Foods Sector in Ten Selected Regions

Includes: Pueblo/Colorado Springs Region: Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, host; Gates Family Foundation, partner & Albuquerque and New Mexico Region: La Montañita Co-op, host; Thornburg Foundation, partner. (Look Below for more)

ATLANTA, March 31, 2016 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials today joined 15 national and regional philanthropic partners to announce a new initiative to bolster the supply chain for local food systems around ten key U.S. cities. The project, dubbed ‘Food LINC’, will connect demand for local food in ten urban areas with supply from farmers and ranchers, strengthening each region’s local food business sector and also increasing consumer access to healthy, local food. The announcement was made at the Wallace Center’s National Food Hub Conference in Atlanta. Continue reading

03-31-16 CCA: Finalists Named in Colorado Leopold Conservation Award® Program…

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Finalists Named in Colorado Leopold Conservation Award® Program

Arvada, CO – (March 30, 2016)  Finalists for the 2016 Leopold Conservation Award in Colorado have been announced. Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the Leopold Conservation Award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. It inspires other landowners through these examples and provides a visible forum where farmers, ranchers and other private landowners are recognized as conservation leaders.

The finalists for the 2016 award are:
The Draper Ranch – a cow/calf ranch owned and managed by Buddy and Jerry Draper in Wetmore.

The Stacked Lazy 3 Ranch – a cow/calf ranch and dryland wheat farm near Deer Trail,  the Turecek family has ranched in the area since 1910.

The Frasier Family – several cattle ranches managed by the Frasier family on the eastern Colorado high plains near Woodrow.

“The Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust is proud of the conservation accomplishments of the 2016 Leopold Conservation Award finalists,” said Erik Glenn, Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust executive director. “The three finalists showcase an inspiring dedication and commitment to the land and are outstanding representatives of private working land conservation and the critical role it plays in ensuring that Colorado continues to be defined by its natural beauty and family ranching heritage.” Continue reading

03-31-16 BLM-CO: BLM Announces Second Webinar on Initiative to Make Land-use Planning more Collaborative, Transparent, and Effective…

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The Bureau of Land Management Announces Second Webinar on Initiative to Make Land-use Planning more Collaborative, Transparent, and Effective

WASHINGTON –The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today that it will host a second informational webinar on its proposed planning rule, which is part of the ongoing Planning 2.0 initiative aimed at improving the planning process.

Continuing the BLM’s longstanding tradition of working with communities and local partners, the proposed rule would create increased opportunities for public involvement and transparency in the management of the 245 million acres of public lands that the BLM administers. Continue reading

03-31-16 Historic Agreement Bolsters CSU’s Partnership with Colorado Wheat Growers…

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CSU logos combinedMarch 31, 2016, Fort Collins, Colo. – Across the High Plains of Colorado stretch 2.3 million acres of wheat fields – plains gold, they call it. Nearly 70 percent of Colorado-grown wheat varieties, with characteristics ranging from drought resistance to herbicide tolerance, were developed in the labs and greenhouses of Colorado State University.

Those innovations didn’t happen by accident. Since 1963, a strong partnership between CSU’s wheat breeding and genetics program and the vast network of Colorado wheat growers has netted the development of 38 unique wheat varieties, 12 in the last 10 years. Among them, Snowmass – a hard-white, drought-resistant variety that melds the nutritional benefits of whole grains with the softer, more appealing taste and texture of white breads. Snowmass has seen unprecedented commercial success since its 2009 debut.

In recent weeks, this research, extension, training, commercialization and educational partnership was enriched: the Colorado Wheat Research Foundation (CWRF), Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee (CWAC), and CSU signed a historic, 10-year collaborative research and commercialization agreement.

The agreement will bring critical funding to CSU for new research, outreach and education, and program support. It also underscores an iconic example of CSU’s land-grant tradition of service and extension. Continue reading

03-31-16 Colorado Weekly Hay Report…


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Colorado Hay Report

Compared to the last week, prices steady to weak on slow trade.  According to
the U.S. Drought Monitor, the D0 Drought Category expanded in the south central
part of the state and the D1 Drought Category grew to encompass Baca and Prowers
County.  The NRCS SNOTEL reports the basin index percentages for the Gunnison
River Basin at 95 percent, the Upper Colorado River Basin at 99 percent, the
South Platte River Basin at 109 percent, the Laramie and North Platte River
Basins at 108 percent, the Yampa and White River Basins at 96 percent, the
Arkansas River Basins at 89 percent, the Upper Rio Grande Basin at 85 percent,
and the San Miguel, Dolores, Animas, and San Juan River Basins at 96 percent.
All prices reported are FOB at the stack or barn unless otherwise noted.  Prices
reflect load lots of hay.

If you have hay for sale or need hay, use the services of the Colorado
Department of Agriculture website: www.coloradoagriculture.com.

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03-31-16 USDA Invests $103 Million in Vital Watershed Projects, including CO…

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USDA Invests $103 Million in Vital Watershed Projects
Programs to Protect Public Safety, Improve Critical Infrastructure in 19 States
WASHINGTON, March 31, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing up to $103 million in post-disaster recovery and the rehabilitation of aging dams in 19 States.

“The Emergency Watershed Protection program is vital to communities repairing damage and making improvements to reduce future damage from natural disasters,” Vilsack said. “Since 2009, USDA has invested more than $647 million to help local governments restore watersheds and protect communities from the aftermath of devastating natural disasters like Hurricanes Irene and Sandy and fires and flooding in the Southwestern United States.” Continue reading

03-31-16 RFA: Outdoor Power Equipment Institute Poll on Higher Ethanol Blend Awareness Insulting to Consumers…

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Outdoor Power Equipment Institute Poll on Higher Ethanol Blend Awareness Insulting to Consumers

WASHINGTON — Today, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) released a national poll finding that awareness and knowledge of how to use higher ethanol fuel blends remains relatively unchanged among consumers over the last few years, and that consumers do not pay attention to the fuels they use.

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READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Thursday, March 31st…

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China Policy Change Threatens Global Feed Trade

Grain traders told Reuters that China’s policy change to end corn stockpiling brings the risk of lesser demand from China. The Chinese government confirmed this week the nation will end its corn stockpiling program at a time of high global supplies. Importers in China are likely to reduce purchases of farm products for livestock feed, including sorghum and dried distillers grains, or DDG’s. The policy shift aims to bring China’s domestic corn prices more in line with foreign supplies. China has become a significant importer of corn from the U.S. and other counties in recent years as the county has accumulated an estimated 250 million metric tons of corn in reserves, more than the country can consume in a single year. Some economists predict it will take China years to eat through its massive stockpiles. However, the country may need to keep importing feed grains if the quality of the reserves is poor or domestic prices remain too high, according to the U.S. Grains Council.


WTO Sides with Argentina in Biodiesel Anti-Dumping Case

The World Trade Organization this week sided with Argentina in a biodiesel anti-dumping duties trade dispute. The dispute between Argentina and the European Union started in 2013 and the WTO called on the EU to bring its measures into compliance, however noted the EU regulation did not violate WTO rules, according to Reuters. Both sides have 60 days to file an appeal. Argentina is a major exporter of biodiesel and called EU measures “protectionist” while the EU argued Argentina was “dumping” or selling biodiesel at below the cost of production and harming local producers. Argentina’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement welcoming the ruling, saying being blocked by the EU had cost the country near $1.6 billion in lost sales.


South America Boosting Beef Exports

Beef exports from South America are expected to increase 11 percent this year. Meatingplace reports that’s because of favorable currency values, improved access to importing countries and increased beef availability. Cattle producers in Brazil have been encouraged to hold cows from slaughter to deal with high calf prices driven by low calf availability, increasing domestic prices. Meanwhile, weaker currency has made Brazilian beef more competitive on international markets. Also helping boost South American beef exports, China continues to import more beef this year while another exporter, Australia, expects beef production to remain low. Last month’s USDA forecast suggested U.S. beef imports will also drop by 24 percent this year, making room for more Brazilian exports.


China Delaying Import Policy Changes for Canadian Canola

Talks between China and Canada regarding China’s new, tougher standards for Canadian canola shipments have yielded results. Pro Farmer’s First Thing Today reports China has delayed implementing the new standards that would lower the amount of foreign material allowed in Canadian canola shipments to no more than one percent per shipment from 2.5 percent from April first to September first. The new policy is officially aimed at addressing concerns about a possible transmission of blackleg disease, which is caused by fungus, but it is also thought to be an effort on China’s behalf to slow imports. Canola Council President Pattie Miller says that the next five months will be spent on research to confirm there is no significant risk of spreading the disease via foreign material.


Kansas Farm Groups Collecting Donations for Kansas Ranchers

Kansas farm groups are collecting donations for ranchers affected by the massive fires in southern Kansas. The fires have burned more than 300,000 acres of rangeland near the Kansas-Oklahoma border southwest of Wichita, Kansas. Currently, the Kansas Livestock Association says cash is the best donation while ranchers work to assess the damages. The Livestock Association is also coordinating hay donations as many ranchers affected by the fire may need to feed hay all summer long to their livestock. The Kansas Farm Bureau organized a meeting Wednesday between groups to find the needs of producers in the area. Kansas Farm Bureau has launched a fire relief website to connect those willing to donate supplies or offer labor. That website is www dot kfb dot org slash fire relief (www.kfb.org/firerelief).


USDA Announces $5.2 Million for Nanotechnology Research

USDA Wednesday announced 11 universities will receive funding for nanotechnology research. The universities will split more than $5.2 million dollars to research ways nanotechnology can be used to improve food safety, enhance renewable fuels, increase crop yields and manage agricultural pests. The awards were made through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. Secretary Tom Vilsack says nanoscale science, engineering, and technology are key pieces of USDA investment in innovation to ensure an adequate and safe food supply. Since creating the program, USDA has awarded more than $22 dedicated to nanotechnology research.

Universities receiving funding include Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama; Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven, Connecticut; University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida; University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia; Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa; University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts; Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi; Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri; Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia; and University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service


03-30-16 National Search Underway for CDA Conservation Services (federal lands) Division Director…

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National Search Underway for Colorado Department of Agriculture Conservation Services (federal lands) Division Director

The Colorado Department of Agriculture has posted a job announcement for a Division Director position that will focus the Division’s efforts on coordinating, collaborating and cooperating with federal and state agencies in order to develop and implement positive relationships with Colorado farmers and ranchers particularly in public land use and range management.  The Division also assists private landowners in conservation practices.

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03-30-16 Culver’s Raises Nearly $20,000 for FFA Jackets…

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Culver’s Raises Nearly $20,000 for FFA Jackets

153 Students to Receive Their Own Prestigious FFA Jacket

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. – March 30, 2016 – In 2012, the average age of a farmer was 58.3 years old, continuing a 30-year trend of an increasingly older demographic in agriculture. Recognizing the need to support young farmers, the latest Thank You Farmers initiative from Culver’s encourages franchisees and the Culver’s Support Center in Prairie Du Sac, Wis., to sponsor the cost of purchasing FFA jackets for members who otherwise wouldn’t be able to own this special attire. Continue reading

READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Wednesday, March 31st…

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States Gaining Interest in GMO Labeling Laws

As food companies are preparing to comply with the Vermont GMO labeling law, many other states are now considering their own GMO labeling laws. Politico reports Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island are looking to implement their own GMO labeling statutes. Those bills largely mirror the Vermont law. Meanwhile, lawmakers in Maine passed a bill through the state’s House of Representatives that would ask voters to repeal a trigger clause in the state’s GMO labeling law, allowing the measure to go into effect. Legislators in Tennessee, Florida, Hawaii, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Oregon have also considered labeling laws this spring. Lawmakers in Alaska and Mississippi have considered restrictions on the sale and cultivation of GMO salmon. On the other side of the GMO battle, Kansas, Missouri and Wyoming lawmakers have looked at resolutions that would urge the U.S. Congress to block labeling.


China Confirms Plans to End Corn Stockpiling

China’s State Administration of Grain in a statement this week confirmed the country plans to end its corn stockpiling program. Pro Farmers First Thing Today reports China will move towards a program that will subsidize corn growers and encourage commercial firms to buy grain from farmers at market prices. This effort is aimed at improving efficiency on farms and bringing domestic prices more in line with international prices, slowing imports. Chinese corn prices are typically 30 percent to 50 percent above the international market. The new policy will take effect at the start of the 2016-2017 marketing year in October. China has already ended stockpiling programs for cotton and soybeans and the government says it will look into reforming its two remaining such programs for wheat and rice.


Two-Thirds of Consumers Thinks Food Companies are Transparent

A new study shows two-thirds of consumers say they believe agriculture and food companies are transparent. The study by Sullivan, Higdon and Sink’s Food Think initiative found consumers also want to know more about where their food comes from. The study found consumer perceptions of transparency in the industry are growing as more consumers turn to food companies and grocers for information regarding their food. Researchers found 65 percent of consumers think it is important to know how their food is produced while 60 percent think farmers and ranchers are trustworthy, making them one of the most trusted sources for information on food production. The research was conducted earlier this year from the responses from more than 2,000 U.S. consumers.


Syngenta Contends ChemChina Takeover Poses no Security Threat

Responding to concerns by U.S. lawmakers, Syngenta says the takeover by ChemChina of Syngenta poses no food or national security issues. Ag Professional reports Syngenta made the response following the concerns in a letter by four senators requesting the Committee on Foreign Investment review the $43 billion deal’s potential impact on the U.S. food system. The senators feared that increased foreign control over important parts of US food production could create threats to domestic food security. A Syngenta spokesperson responded by saying while the company would welcome a full review, it believes the proposed takeover would not pose any security or food safety issues. The company says the takeover would be beneficial to farmers and customers in the United States. Syngenta generates 27 percent of its sales in North America.


Deere Acquires Majority Ownership of Hagie Manufacturing

John Deere has acquired the majority ownership of Hagie (HAG-gee) Manufacturing, the U.S. market leader in high-clearance sprayers. Deere announced the joint venture Tuesday while saying Hagie will continue to produce sprayers at its Iowa facility. Equipment made by the joint venture will continue to carry the Hagie brand. However, the sales and service of Hagie equipment will be integrated into John Deere over the next 15 months. A John Deere company official says the agreement allows John Deere to provide a broader range of sprayer options and integrate Deere’s precision technology into the Hagie equipment.


French Delegation Meets with NCGA Leaders

A group of French delegates visited with the National Corn Growers Association this week to further understand U.S. corn farming. The delegation was visiting the United States to learn more about low carbon technology. The meetings were designed to inform the delegates on U.S. corn farming practices and ethanol. The delegation, organized by the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, examined how U.S. agriculture reduces output of greenhouse gas emissions and examined U.S. perspectives on promoting a low-carbon economy. Through discussion, NCGA says the group looked at how growers are becoming more aware of how their continuous improvement translates into shrinking the carbon footprint of corn. Additionally, they discussed soil health and how modern agriculture practices can allow corn production to become a significant carbon sink.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service