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Top Issues for @Better_Seed Annual Meeting

Registration is now open for the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) 133rd annual convention, to be held June 18-22 in Portland, Oregon. At the recent Commodity Classic, we got a preview of some issues that will be top of mind for seed trade executives at the meeting from ASTA CEO Andy LaVigne. For one, ASTA is currently working with the... Read More

Podcast #246 – Steve Montague, #Lean, Checklists & #PatientSafety

Episode #246 is my second episode in recognition of Patient Safety Awareness Week. My guest is Steve Montague, who talked about Lean and Crew Resource Management with me in episode #195 in 2014. He’s a retired Navy fighter pilot, a commercial pilot, and a consultant for hospitals and health systems… and a fellow Texan and a […]

Thirsty Land Needs Support for Debut

These days you can find Conrad Weaver hunkered down in his editing room, frantically putting the final touches on a project a long time in the making.  His documentary, Thirsty Land, is scheduled to debut at the Water for Food global conference on April 24th.  Its impact is sure to reach across the nation. The project tells the story of the importance... Read More

National Ag Day Meet & Mingle

The National Ag Day Meet & Mingle Lunch took place in Washington D.C. drawing attendees to the Dirksen Senate Building for lunch and to once again hear from the legendary Orion Samuelson, WGN, who served as the events emcee. Chad Garone took to the mic representing the Outstanding Farmers Association (OFA) and the 2015 class of Outstanding Young Farmers. OFA... Read More

The Bob & Chez Show Podcast: Trump and Palin Don't Understand the Constitution, Plus Bernie v Hillary

Today's topics include: Super Tuesday 2: Electric Boogaloo; Democrats Denying Reality; Palin and Trump Don't Understand the Constitution; Mark Halperin Praises Trump; Here Comes the Trump Army; The Trump Loyalty Oath; Trump Broke the Law for Ben Carson's Endorsement; and more. Show More Summary

#Propane Power from @GROWMARK

Propane power is on a roll these days, going far beyond it’s traditional uses of home heating and grain drying, moving into areas such as fleet vehicles and irrigation engines. For this edition of the ZimmCast, I talked with Becky Hornblower,...Show More Summary

StollerUSA Asks Producers to Farm Different

One of the most popular learning sessions at the 2016 Commodity Classic was StollerUSA’s “Farm Different to Break Through Yield Barriers” roundtable discussion, where a panel of growers who have seen continually increasing yields discussed specific cultural and management practices they use to increase yields. Show More Summary

Agri-Pulse: Farm to Fork Panel

To kick off National Ag Day, Agri-Pulse hosted a panel discussion on Capitol Hill tackling “Farm to Fork Politics: How Sustainability is Reframing Food Production and Marketing.” Agri-Pulse Editor, Sara Wyant, moderated the discussion...Show More Summary

Agri-Pulse Presents 2016 Doane Award

Yesterday during the Agri-Pulse Farm to Fork Politics discussion and reception the annual Doane Award was presented to Ben Nuelle, Iowa Agribusiness Farm Network. The award is sponsored by Agri-Pulse and was presented by Senator Pat Roberts from Kansas and Greg Akagi current National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) president. Show More Summary

Podcast #245 – Dr. Tom Evans, Improving Healthcare Quality in Iowa

Today is the first of two episodes that I’ll post here during Patient Safety Awareness Week. I agree with the National Patient Safety Foundation that every day should be patient safety day. I’m sure my guest for episode #245 would agree with that. He is Tom Evans, MD, FAAFP, the President and CEO of the Iowa Healthcare […]

There’s a Yuuuge Problem with Donald Trump’s Outdated Definition of Leadership

I generally avoid politics here on the blog… In October, I broached the subject when I blogged about a company that uses Lean principles to make Donald Trump hats in New Jersey (and interviewed the owner of the company), but that was during a time when Trump seemed like a novelty or fringe candidate. It might […]

Podcast #244 – @DanMarkovitz, “Building the Fit Organization,” Part 2

Joining me again for Episode #244 is Dan Markovitz (@DanMarkovitz on Twitter). Today’s episode is part 2 of our discussion about his most recent book Building the Fit Organization: Six Core Principles for Making Your Company Stronger, Faster, and More Competitive, a recipient of the Shingo Research Award. You can hear Part 1 in Episode #241. Dan was also a […]

Early Days of Lean in Veterinary Medicine?

Last Friday morning, I partnered with Chip Ponsford, DVM, a doctor of veterinary medicine, to give an introductory Lean continuing education presentation at the annual conference of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association.

CTIC Hosting Summer Tour In Idaho

The team at the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) was on hand during the 2016 Commodity Classic, using the event as an opportunity to spread the word about their search for a new Executive Director, as well as their upcoming Conservation in Action Tour. The CTIC board of directors is searching for a new executive director, as former director Karen... Read More

GMO Answers Stands Up For Science

The use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the controversial legislation surrounding GMO labeling were hot discussion topics at the 2016 Commodity Classic, with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack addressing the issue during the event, as well as several commodity groups. Show More Summary


We’re starting a new series here on AgWired and we’re calling it “I AM USFRA.” Most of you have probably heard about the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, which was started in 2010 with the goal of engaging in dialogue with consumers who have questions about how today’s food is grown and raised. USFRA consists of nearly 100 agricultural organizations... Read More

InfoAg Conference is Gearing Up for 2016

It might be their off-season, but the people behind the InfoAg Conference aren’t taking it easy.  Harold Reetz, the original founder of the event, recently traveled to the 2016 Commodity Classic.  His goal in attending the event was to share more about the opportunities available at InfoAg with the great group of farmers who come to Commodity Classic. Since 1995... Read More

Bayer Partnerships Invest in New Tech

Searching for the latest in agricultural innovation, Bayer has formed strategic innovation partnerships with two leading venture capital firms in the past year. “Bayer is 150 years old and has a long and rich history of product development for agricultural uses,” said Geoff Kneen, Bayer R&D Licensing and New Ventures Manager for North America. Show More Summary

#RealYield Game Was a Winner

There were lots of winners in the Bayer LibertyLink® Real Yield Game that you might recall us promoting at the end of last year. Among them were five farmers who were instant winners, receiving 500 acres of LibertyLink soybean seed and Liberty herbicide, and one grand prize winner who gets a year’s lease on a John Deere 8320R tractor. Even... Read More

Farm Credit Celebrates Centennial at #Classic16

Farm Credit was celebrating 100 years of serving farmers and ranchers across the nation at Commodity Classic last week by serving up personalized tee shirts. “We wanted to celebrate the resiliency of the farm family,” said Sarah Cortese, Director of Communications at Capital Farm Credit in Lubbock, Texas. Show More Summary

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