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Kroger names new president for Dillons Stores

Marlene Stewart is the new president of Dillons Stores, succeeding Joe Grieshaber who was recently named president of the Columbus, Ohio, division of The Kroger Co.

Rating the Chances of Success for a 1st-Generation Farmer or Rancher

By Wyatt Fraas on April 8, 2015 - 12:09pm "Based on your experience, what are the chances of a first generation farmer/rancher succeeding? I keep hearing people say that I am likely to fail within the first year." That question came in an email. Show More Summary

Organically Grown Company notes progress in sustainability report

The Organically Grown Co.’s 11th annual sustainability report describes progress in several of the company’s environmental and social initiatives.

Nebraska’s Health Care System Can Handle LB 472

By Jon Bailey on April 8, 2015 - 12:00am One of the arguments used against providing access to health insurance for modest-income, working Nebraskans through LB 472, the Medicaid Redesign Act, is that those newly eligible for health insurance would swamp our health care system. Show More Summary

Western hay growers face challenges - AgMinute for April 8, 2015

Western hay growers see challenges ahead for this year's crop. Early spring and water concerns in some areas are making the season hard to predict. Click here for the full story

Hoverson Elected to Lead United States Potato Board

Carl Hoverson of Larimore, ND, was elected Chairman of the United States Potato Board (USPB) March 12, 2015, at the organization’s 43rd Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, CO. In 2014, he served as a Co-Chairman of the USPB International Marketing Committee. Show More Summary

What would British withdrawal from the EU imply for British farm policy?

Farmers are uncertain what impact a British exit from the European Union would have on their businesses. This is not surprising as so far there has been little systematic exploration of these issues, says the Farmer-Scientist Network which has been set up by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. Show More Summary

Seed laws that criminalise farmers: resistance and fightback

Seeds are under attack everywhere. Under corporate pressure, laws in many countries increasingly put limitations on what farmers can do with their seeds and with the seeds they buy. Seed saving, a thousand-year-old practice which forms the basis of farming, is fast becoming criminalised. What can we do about this?

Russia: Processing locusts for compound feed

The first trial production line for processing locusts into raw material for compound feed production has been launched in Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia, by the group of scientists from the country’s Agricultural Engineering Academy.

Turbana wins award from Internet Advertising Competition

Turbana and THR33FOLD’s social media campaign “Win $25K For Your Cause” won the 2015 Web Marketing Association’s Internet Advertising Competition Award for Best Social Network Social Media Campaign. Turbana is the first brand withinShow More Summary

Mann Packing hires sales manager, promotes executive

Salinas, Calif.-based Mann Packing has hired Julie Bowman as the company’s Eastern regional sales manager, said Kim St. George, director of marketing and communications.

Grimmway executive becomes organic consultant

Todd Linsky has formed his own consulting firm after leaving as Grimmway Farms/Cal Organic vice president of organic sales.

New president named for Dole Food Co.

Dole Food Co. has a new president and chief operating officer, Johan Linden, who succeeds C. Michael Carter.

Agri-Marketing Conference Preview

In just a week agricultural marketers and students from around the country will be gathering in Kansas City, MO for the 2015 Agri-Marketing Conference. The ZimmComm team of Cindy, Jamie and Taylor and myself will be there bringing you all the play by play action. I spoke with the Chair of this year’s conference, Christine Hart-Nieland, Brighton Agency, about what... Read More

Alltech Young Scientist Competition Narrowed to Eight

Eight finalists will move on to the next level in the 10th annual Alltech Young Scientist program, the largest global university contest of its kind that rewards scientific genius and experimental application in agri-science. A panel...Show More Summary

Brian Kocher resigns from Chiquita’s top job

Interim president and CEO Brian Kocher has resigned from Chiquita Brands International Inc., triggering a $7.6 million termination agreement that includes $1.8 million in cash severance.

Remembering Russell Pierson

Farm broadcasting pioneer and former NAFB president Russell Pierson passed away last week at the age of 103 and he was remembered at an Oklahoma City funeral service Monday by many friends and fans. “He hired me in 1974 and trained me to be a farm broadcaster,” said another former NAFB president, Ken Root, who delivered a eulogy at the... Read More

Idaho farmers and Ag industry leaders will soon meet finalists - AgMinute for April 7, 2015

Idaho farmers and Ag industry leaders will soon have a chance to meet the finalists for the dean position at the University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. For more information visit

FarmLink Names Gebhardt as Chief Strategy Officer

FarmLink announced that Dave Gebhardt, Ph.D., has joined the company as Chief Strategy Officer – Data Products and Agronomy. Formerly the Director of Agronomic Data & Technology for WinField, a Land O’Lakes company, Gebhardt will lead...Show More Summary

France: Feed companies finance pig farmers

Feed companies in Brittany, France, are increasingly giving financial support to their main customers, the pig and poultry farmers. Last year, feed producers together offered some €60 million in the shape of later or even non-payment of invoices or direct support for investments.

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