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Connecting with the Future of Ag

Connecting with the future of the agricultural industry is what brings the New Holland crew to the National FFA Convention each year. Mark Lowery works in marketing for New Holland and he shared with me what students swarming their booth can get out of the experience. “Visitors to the New Holland booth will be able to take advantage of some... Read More

National FFA Officers #AmplifyFFA

The 88th National FFA Convention & Expo is in full swing and the streets of Louisville, KY are flooded with corduroy jackets. This week the life of the National FFA Officers is crazy to say the least, but I had a chance to chat with two of them this morning before the organized chaos got too deep. Nearly 365 days... Read More

Total Factor Productivity Can Increase with Precision Ag

Total Factor Productivity (TFP) is a way to measure outputs versus inputs and the key tool of the annual GAP Report produced by the Global Harvest Initiative. This year’s report, “Global Agricultural Productivity Report: Building Sustainable...Show More Summary

Ag Biologicals Can Play Starring Role in Productivity

Colin Bletsky, Vice President of BioAg, Novozymes was a participate in the panel discussion following the 2015 Gap Report release during World Food Prize. In an interview, he says that Novozymes came on board with Global Harvest Initiative because the company has a mission to help develop sustainable technologies. Show More Summary

Podcast: Endorsements

Martin and I discuss the STB endorsement process, and where the editorial board netted out with various candidates.  For reference: Seattle endorsements Measures Suburban races Lisa Herbold on SF zoning Martin’s rebuttal How Seattle’s housing mix stacks up

John Deere Int’l Mobile Training Unit Sees Success

During the during the World Food Prize I had the opportunity to learn about a new mobile training unit pilot program from Geoff Andersen,  director, Global Citizenship and Strategic Planning with John Deere. The unit was first used in Ghana and Kenya to help more than 60,000 farmers learn how to increase productivity. Andersen was in country to work with... Read More

New Zealand’s Trade Minister at #IFAJ2015

One of the hard news highlights of the 2015 IFAJ Congress was hearing from the man who was responsible for holding up the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement to get New Zealand’s dairy industry more access to other markets. “The fundamental reason why New Zealand agriculture is so strong is we don’t have a choice, it’s export or die for us,”... Read More

Hillary Drops Mic & Flips Bat - Frum-Alter Review HRC & GOP Prospects

LISTEN HERE: By Mark Green The 2016 race probably saw a inflection point this week when Hillary imitated Ginger Rogers dancing backwards in heels better than Astaire. Frum-Alter debate if there's any way she can be stopped, will Biden run, and who's on her short-list as VP (yeah, too soon). Show More Summary

No Second Chances

Listen to Episode 28 of Slate’s Amicus: Subscribe in iTunes ? RSS feed ? Download ? Play in another tab If prosecution for witchcraft has been deemed unconstitutional, what should courts do about people already imprisoned for that offense? That was a hypothetical posed by Justice Stephen Breyer this week during arguments in Montgomery v. Show More Summary

New Zealand’s Minister of Primary Industries

The Honorable Nathan Guy, Minister of Primary Industries for New Zealand, is basically the counterpart of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in this country and he was delighted to welcome the 2015 International Federation of Agricultural...Show More Summary

#GAPReport2015: Productivity, Sustainability Must Be Priority

The global productivity of agriculture has stagnated for the second year in a row and productive, sustainable agriculture must be a priority. This was one of the main findings of the 6th annual Global Agricultural Productivity Report:...Show More Summary

Greetings from IFAJ in New Zealand

We have seen the future and it is in New Zealand – 18 hours ahead of central time in the United States! The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) 2015 Congress is being held in Hamilton, New Zealand where we are learning a lot about this small, two island, South Pacific nation that is home to 30 million sheep, seven... Read More

Podcast #233 – Katie Anderson, A Lean Thinker Living in Japan

Today’s guest is Katie Anderson, and we’re talking about her experiences living in Tokyo for 18 months and what she’s learning about Lean culture, Japanese culture, and how those aren’t always one and the same. I first met Katie through the Healthcare Value Network and our participation in that collaborative. She’s an experienced Lean healthcare practitioner, […]

Vote to End Hunger Launched at #FoodPrize15

The Iowa Food Summit took place today in Des Moines, IA leading up to the opening of this year’s World Food Prize. Following the Summit, several national nonprofits launched a new campaign, Vote to End Hunger (VTEH), an effort to urge 2016 presidential candidates to focus on ending hunger, alleviating poverty and creating global opportunity. Show More Summary

Seeking Common Ground

Kim Bremmer has spent her lifetime working in agriculture and lending her voice to share the special message about the food we eat with consumers across the country. One way is through CommonGround, a group of farmers having conversations about the food we grow and how we produce it. Jamie spoke with Kim during the 2015 World Dairy Expo to... Read More

Amicus: The Machinery of Death

Listen to Episode 27 of Slate’s Amicus: Subscribe in iTunes ? RSS feed ? Download ? Play in another tab The new Supreme Court term opened this week and included arguments in the first of several death penalty cases already on the docket. Show More Summary

First Chairwoman of CropLife America

At the recent annual meeting of Croplife America some newly elected board leaders were announced. One of those is the first ever chairwoman, Diane Allemang, director of North America business development and global portfolio at FMC Corporation. Diane was elected to a two-year term and is the 46th chair of the board. I spoke to Diane this morning to get... Read More

RFS is Hurting Farm Income, Rural Communities

The uncertainties around the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) are threatening farm income and hurting the economic stability of rural economies. A new white paper from the National Farmers Union (NFU) and the National Corn Growers Association...Show More Summary

KBOO Bike Show: Disaster!

 Listen to the show (mp3, 27.4MB) Tori and Jocelyn talk with disaster preparedness professional Joe Partridge about “the big one” and other disasters we should be prepared for. Will cargo bikes rescue us? Mike Cobb describes the Disaster Relief Trials. The post KBOO Bike Show: Disaster! appeared first on Portland Transport.

Case IH Supporting Canadian Ag Journalists

My online coverage of the 2015 Canadian Farm Writers Federation Annual Meeting was sponsored by Case IH. Attending for the company was Dan Danford. We had a great time, especially supper at Fort Calgary. Sponsored by Case IH! Before the end of the conference I visited with Dan to find out why Case IH supports CFWF. We also talked about... Read More

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