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IFAJ in Good Hands

Recently the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists retained the services of Qu’Anglo Communications & Consulting for global office management services. During the Canadian Farm Writers Federation Annual Meeting I spoke with Hugh Maynard, President, Qu’Anglo. Show More Summary

Lots of Reaction to TPP

Seems like everyone has something to say about the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement reached by negotiators meeting in Atlanta for more than five days, even though few details have been released. U.S. Trade Ambassador Michael Froman does say that agriculture is a big winner under the agreement. Show More Summary

Meet the 2016 Alice in Dairyland

In an effort to educate audiences across Wisconsin about the importance and global impact of agriculture, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection(DATCP) has created a secret weapon: they call her Alice, and the role she holds as an agricultural industry professional is making an incredible impact on Wisconsin youth. Show More Summary

Keep an Eye on Ceva Animal Health

Ceva Animal Health is set on becoming a major player in the swine industry within the next five years. The global company was just created in 2000 in France, and the North American operations started in only 2005, but already Ceva has experienced a five fold growth increase. Craig Wallace, Ceva CEO and North American Zone Director, says growth in... Read More

Dairy Policy Talks at #WDE15

Policies concerning our nation’s dairy industry were just a few of the topics Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection, Ben Brancel, discussed while attending the 2015 World Dairy Expo. “Today I think price in most all commodities are issues whether you are talking milk or grain prices. Show More Summary

This Dairy Focuses on Genomics

When you think of a dairy farm you think milk. Or, as in the case of Rocky Mountain Holsteins, you think genomics. Rod Churchill is the manager for the business, pictured with his wife during a Canadian Farm Writers Federation tour stop near Calgary, Alberta. Ron describes the business as an “elite breeding genetics farm.” They raise very expensive breeding... Read More

Foundation Helps @GROWMARK to Give Back

Investing in the future of agriculture and feeding the hungry are the main goals of the GROWMARK Foundation, which supports a variety of causes and organizations dedicated to those aims. Foundation manager Amy Bradford says they focus on five key areas. Show More Summary

New Holland Increases Support for WDE

The New Holland team is making a huge presence at this year’s World Dairy Expo, which is being held for the second year in the state of the art New Holland Pavillon at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI. The new facilities make it much easier for exhibitors to house the 2100 cows that attend the show by consolidating... Read More

EPA Updates Farmworker Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released updated farmworker standards to provide health protections under the law similar to those already afforded to workers in other industries. “We depend on farmworkers every day to...Show More Summary

New Holland Hero from France

Representing France in the New Holland “Seeds of Life Series” at the Expo Milano is Xavier De Rozières from Portel-des-Corbières. Xavier has 850 hectares (2,100 acres) including 100 hectares of vineyards and 10 hectares of olive groves and produces both red and rosé wines that are among Languedoc’s most renowned. He says he was surprised to be chosen as one... Read More

New Verdesian Seed Treatments

Verdesian is taking seed treatment to the next level with the latest, tweak if you will, of Take Off ST and Tuxedo. To learn more, I visited with Jim Pullens during the Farm Progress Show. He explained they have adapted Take Off ST to fit their seed treatment philosophy by getting the rates down so low that it doesn’t overload... Read More

New Holland Hero from Russia

Representing Russia in the New Holland “Seeds of Life Series” at the Expo Milano is Iliyas Ganiev from Kildurazovo. Iliyas manages 7,000 hectares (17.297 acres) of wheat, rye, barley, oat and forage crops. “We cultivate grain and other cereals and have 2,000 cows and produce milk,” said Iliyas through an interpreter. “I work with New Holland and buy my machines... Read More

Alberta Farm Writers Get Together

This week’s program comes to you from Calgary, Alberta where I have been attending the 2015 Canadian Farm Writers Federation Annual Conference. Alberta is new territory for me and on Friday we started out with a day of farm tours. I’ve got videos from each of my tour stops to share this coming week. Things got down to business on... Read More

New Holland Hero from South Africa

Gerry Manuel from Harare, Zimbabwe truly embodies the “Feeding the Planet” theme of Expo Milano 2015 and the New Holland “Seeds of Life Series” at the Sustainable Farm Pavilion. Born and raised in a family of farmers in Zimbabwe Gerry runs the Juggler Investments P/L Farm, founded and owned by his younger brother, in Harare. The 22 acre farm produces... Read More

New Holland Hero From Italy

Since Expo Milano 2015 was held in Italy and the vast majority of the thousands who have been visiting are Italian, it made sense for New Holland to choose two farmers from Italy as “Seeds of Life Series” Heroes. One of those is Francesco Condello, a grape grower and wine producer from Fiumana, with his Conde’ family farm is devoted... Read More

The Prevention vs. Treatment Game

Evaluating the performance of a pig is a key element in good health management. Enteric Technical Manager for Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedia, Inc. (BIVI), Jessica Seate, said the best thing a producer can do is become an investigator. Finding a diagnosis with your vet before you make changes to your protocol should be the first thing producers do. I sat down... Read More

New Holland Hero From Germany

The German representative in the New Holland “Seeds of Life Series” Heroes at Expo Milano is Elke Pelz-Thaller of Reichertshofen, Germany who works 44.5 hectares (110 acres) of barley, grain, rye, wheat, asparagus and potatoes together with her husband. “Twenty years ago I married my husband and my profession was a nurse,” said Elke at the New Holland Heroes and... Read More

Pig Performance in New Antibiotic World

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. hosted media in St. Paul, MN this weekend to talk about how proven prevention drives the use of less antibiotics. Dr. Mike Eisenmenger, Swine Vet Center, spoke on how to drive pig performance in today’s world of antibiotic usage. “Instead of just saying our overall goal is to use less antibiotics at all costs, we are... Read More

New Holland Hero from UK

Representing the United Kingdom in the New Holland “Seeds of Life Series” Heroes at Expo Milano is David Moore who grows 2,400 hectares (5,930 acres) of potatoes, lettuce, spinach, wheat, peas, barley, oats and herbs in southeast England. Moore says he has no idea why he was chosen by New Holland but he has greatly enjoyed the experience of interacting... Read More

New Holland Hero from Brazil

Representing South America in the New Holland “Seeds of Life Series” Heroes at Expo Milano is Victor Campanelli who runs a 14,973 hectare (37,000 acres) corn, sugarcane and cattle operation in Southern Brazil. The Campanelli family farm started in 1982 with production of coffee, moving into citrus, and finally in the present form since 2002. “We build a model with... Read More

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