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Podcast: The ultimate fundraising lesson

The most important thing you can learn about fundraising -- the one thing that can make the difference between mediocrity and big-time success -- it's this: It's not about you. It's about your donor! It's so easy to talk about how great our organization is... Show More Summary

You Don’t Build a Culture of Continuous Improvement by Waiting Until Your Culture is Totally Ready for Continuous Improvement

When I talk to organizations about Kaizen, or continuous improvement, there's far too much self-defeating talk, where people say things like: "We're not going to try this Kaizen process because our culture isn't ready yet."

12 Years of Blogging for Biodiesel

AgWired is on location this week in San Diego for the 14th National Biodiesel Conference, which marks our 12th year blogging for the biodiesel industry. The Biodiesel Conference Blog is a perfect example of what we do best as a company – gathering photos and audio from an event and making it available online quickly for anyone who might want... Read More

Podcast #272 – Steve Thompson, Lean Supply Chain Lessons from Automotive to Healthcare

My guest for Episode #272 is Steve Thompson, Director of Patient Driven Supply Network initiatives for Cardinal Health, a global, integrated healthcare services and products company. He is also a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, dating back to his time spent working in the automotive industry. In today’s episode, we talk about his lessons learned from […]

New Offerings for Specialty Crops from John Deere

John Deere has something new up its sleeve again. Carl Weidemeier attended the Potato Expo in San Fransisco to show growers the latest offering for specialty crops. Beginning in the spring of 2017 growers will be able to connect their third party yield monitors to the My John Deere platform. A harness converts the message from the third party monitor... Read More

2nd Post for the Deming Institute Blog: The Failed “Livonia Philosophy”

Yesterday, the W. Edwards Deming Institute published the second in my series of three posts for them: "The Failure of "The Livonia Philosophy" at my GM Plant." Read more...

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Nufarm Seeing Results in Citrus Greening

The Potato Expo in San Fansisco earlier this month gave Chuck Zimmerman a chance to talk to Nufarm Manager of Tech Services, Alan Haack about an issue affecting the home state of AgWired’s world headquarters. Citrus greening has devastated the citrus industry of Florida, affecting half of the state’s fruit production. Show More Summary

#AFBF17 Looks at Immigration Reform

A panel recently addressed the issue of immigration reform at the American Farm Bureau Federation‘s 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show. Tom Hertz, an economist from the Department of Agriculture and Mark Delich, director of congressional...Show More Summary


One of the new exhibitors at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show in Phoenix this week was the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), a groups that AFBF was instrumental in creating five years ago. Show More Summary

GROWMARK’s New Nationwide Scholarship Program

GROWMARK is announcing a new scholarship program, according to Youth and Cooperative Education Specialist Karen Jones. “The GROWMARK Foundation was looking for ways to support education in agriculture for students. We decided a scholarship...Show More Summary

NASDA and @FarmBureau Presidents Town Hall

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall held a town hall meeting with National Association of State Departments of Agriculture President and Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain this week at the 2017 Annual Convention...Show More Summary

U.S. & Cuba Trade Workshop at #AFBF17

Cuba has become a near and dear topic for me since visiting the country a few months ago with fellow ag media. The people of Cuba are eager to normalize relations with their big neighbor to the North opening trade and opportunities for U.S. agriculture. During the 2017 American Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show experts gathered... Read More

Farm Bill Talk at #AFBF17

There was a lot of interest in the development of the next farm bill at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting this week in Phoenix. A session on the topic featuring a couple of top agriculture committee staffers was standing room only. AFBF Senior Director of Congressional Relations Mary Kay Thatcher, who moderated the session, says Congress has a... Read More

#AFBF17 is a Wrap

The 98th American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting came to a close yesterday after the voting delegate session where members set policy for the coming year. Delegates approved policy resolutions on a number of issues including crop...Show More Summary

We All Want Safe Food – Food Safety Rule Challenges

Bob Ehart, senior policy and science advisor with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), spoke to farmers and ranchers during the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show on the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Show More Summary

#AFBF17 Panel Discusses Sustainability

One of agriculture’s biggest frustrations is sustainability; not because we aren’t doing it, but because others are defining it for us, says Katie Heger, a farmer serving on American Farm Bureau Federation‘s Dirt on Sustainability panel. Show More Summary

Podcast #271 – Isaac Mitchell, Lean Design in Healthcare

Joining me for Episode #271 is Isaac Mitchell (@IssacMitchell), talking about Lean Design for healthcare, the Society for Health Systems, and more. Isaac is a full-time lean practitioner at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, a lecturer at the University of Tennessee’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and an instructor for the Institute of Industrial and […]

#AFBF17 Young Farmer and Rancher Awards

Young farmers and ranchers from across the nation competed in three categories: the Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award, Discussion Meet and Excellence in Agriculture.  Winners were announced during the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show. Show More Summary

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