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Planted Acreage Update From USDA

USDA is forecasting the third largest corn crop and the second largest soybean crop on record in a new planted acreage update released today. U.S. growers are forecast to produce 13.7 billion bushels of corn this year, according to the report from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Show More Summary

Press Publish 12: Jesse Holcomb of Pew Research on what they’re watching for in this election cycle

It’s Episode 12 of Press Publish, the Nieman Lab podcast! My guest in today’s episode is Jesse Holcomb, an associate director of research at the Pew Research Center. Jesse is one of Pew’s lead researchers on journalism, which means he’s been part of a lot of interesting projects — analyzing issues like how local news...

When Warnings Aren’t Given or Heeded, People Die: Planes, Ice Cream & Hospitals

In healthcare, it’s a well-known problem that people often don’t speak up to point out risks or to report near misses. It’s an organizational culture problem… people are afraid of being blamed, punished, or retaliated against for speaking up. A 2012 “report released…  by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human […]

West Central New to #AgMedia Expo

New to the Ag Media Summit (AMS) Info Expo this year was West Central Distribution of Willmar, Minnesota. “We’re a wholesale distributor of farm inputs,” said Jesse Cler, Focus Product Marketing Manager for the company. “So we stock the shelves for retailer and create a business partnership with them and help to grow their business.” Cler says they came to... Read More

Podcast: ST3 Options

Martin and I took some time to record a podcast this week.  Topics include: SDOT’s preferred alignment for Ballard (3:10) Generally terrible land use patterns and how they affect transit (13:00) How to build affordable market-rate family housing in Brooklyn (27:30) LRT vs BRT for West Seattle (30:15) Moving from incremental ST measures to a single […]

New from KaiNexus: Blog Posts, Podcasts, and Upcoming Webinar (and Some Tunes)

I’m proud of the work that the team at KaiNexus has done in the four years that I’ve been involved with the company in some way. We’re gaining momentum and adding new customers in different industries, bringing us to about 30 (up from zero paying customers in early 2011). Our customers have implemented and documented […]

Copyright 2.0 Show – Episode 364 – Smoking Guns

Happy Birthday plaintiffs claim to find their smoking gun, Ray Charles Foundation can challenge termination claim and Pandora suffers royalty setback.

“Ahead of the Curve” Theme for @GROWMARK Annual

As one of the nation’s largest, oldest, most profitable and most respected farmer cooperatives, GROWMARK has always been ahead of the curve, so it is an appropriate theme for this year’s annual meeting, coming up August 27-28 at the Hilton Chicago. “We do think that GROWMARK and the FS System are ahead of the curve,” says GROWMARK Corporate Relations Manager... Read More

Cheminova Products Add to FMC Portfolio

FMC Corporation just completed its acquisition of Cheminova earlier this year and at the Ag Media Summit we talked with FMC business solutions manager David Wheeler about what new crop protection solutions that adds to the FMC portfolio for growers. Show More Summary

Using Lean to Organize Hospital Closets… NPR Commenters Are Not Impressed

I saw this story when it originally appeared online as part of a local public radio station in California. It was now picked up nationally by NPR and a number of you emailed me about this Lean healthcare piece about UCLA Medical Center: Hospitals Turn To Toyota To Make Care Safer And Swifter It’s a generally […]

Let’s Play Match Game ’15 – Suggestion Box Edition

I guess this counts as a “Flashback Friday,” as I was reminded of an old game show that I loved as a kid: Match Game. I was too young to fully appreciate the show, I guess, but I remember it fondly and love watching old reruns (you can find episodes on YouTube). Last week, I […]

FMC Talks Anthem Maxx at #AgMedia

Anthem® Maxx herbicide due out this fall from FMC is a new, concentrated version of Anthem herbicide that offers growers a dramatically lower use-rate. “We like taking Anthem to corn,” said Matt Hancock, FMC Corn Segment Manager, during an interview at last week’s Ag Media Summit. “This is a four ounce per acre use rate to get pre- and post-emergent... Read More

KBOO Bike Show: City Single Track

 Listen to the show (mp3, 24.9MB) Jocelyn talks with Kelsey Cardwell of the NW Trail Alliance and Michelle Kunec-North of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability about the Portland Off-road Cycling Master Plan which is now under development. Show More Summary

Throwback Thursday: How My Blog Rant Helped Keep an Office 5S Initiative from Being “L.A.M.E.”

It’s time for another Throwback Thursday where I revisit a blog post from the past. To the left, that’s a baby Mark Graban… probably not actually thinking about Lean. I referenced this post in my recent Keith Olber-Lean parody video… the post goes all the way back to 2007, the early days of Lean Blog: […]

Passing of the AAEA Gavel

It was out with the old and in with the new presidents for the American Agricultural Editors’ Association at the Ag Media Summit last week. Kurt Lawton, Corn and Soybean Digest editor, retired his gavel and Elaine Shein, Associate managing editor for DTN/The Progressive Farmer, picked it up. “It’s been an amazing year,” said Lawton. “We set out to really... Read More

The Yield Lab Solution

During the InfoAg Conference I met Thad Simons and Matt Plummer of The Yield Lab. This relatively new venture was created with a vision to “Accelerate, mentor, and cultivate AgTech innovation that builds a sustainable, food secure future...Show More Summary

Press Publish 11: Cory Haik on how The Washington Post is rethinking its strategy for mobile

It’s Episode 11 of Press Publish, the Nieman Lab podcast! Hey, did you not know we have a podcast? That’s fair — Press Publish debuted back in January 2013 and, like many podcasts, it lost steam after a while. But we’re ready to jump back in! I hope you’ll join us as we interview some...

Bob & Chez Show Podcast: Trump Will Dominate the Debates, Plus Planned Parenthood Exonerated of Wrongdoing in Two States

Today's topics include: Trump Will Rule the Debates; Chris Christie Made Us Feel Barfy; Bobby Jindal is a Dumbstupid; Two States Exonerate Planned Parenthood; CNN Treats Fake Sting Videos Like They're Real; Jeb Bush is Not Smart; A Tomato with a Feather Sticking Out of It; Ted Cruz Makes Machine Gun Bacon; The Fox News Debate Lineup; and much more. Show More Summary

Alltech invests in #AgMedia

It seems that the minds behind Alltech are under the belief that the leaders of tomorrow are worth investing in today, as they celebrated their third consecutive sponsorship of the Livestock Publications Council (LPC) Forrest Bassford Student Award at the 2015 Ag Media Summit. Show More Summary

Moving from “Visuals” to “Visual Management” and to Broader Lean Thinking

I’ve been studying and working with Lean for 20 years now and I love Lean because I’m still learning and getting better at this craft. I love seeing other people get excited about Lean when it’s new to them, when they see the potential for improvement and the power of Lean. But, sometimes people get […]

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