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Time for Play at #FPS1408/29/14
The entire ZimmComm Team was present for this year’s Farm Progress Show and as expected it was packed with interviews, press conferences, photography and of course, lots of blogging. But don’t worry it wasn’t all work and no play. Leah and I took...
GROWMARK CEO Retiring Comments
After 38 years with one company, GROWMARK chief executive officer Jeff Solberg, has announced his retirement.Solberg joined GROWMARK in 1976 and has held many leadership positions, including Senior Vice President, Finance, Vice President, Finance, and...
AgInfomatics Identying the Benefits of Insecticides
I learned a lot this week during the Farm Progress Show but one particular thing I learned about was neonicotinoids. Until I met Pete Nowak with Madison, Wisconsin-based AgInfomatics and an emeritus professor at the University of Wisconsin Madison, I...
BASF Farm Perspectives Survey
At the Farm Progress Show this week, BASF released a new Farm Perspectives Study, conducted earlier this year, comparing consumer and farmer viewpoints on agriculture-related issues based on opinions from more than 9,000 people in seven different...
Summit Group Announces Corn Ethanol Plant in Brazil
Alden, Iowa-based Summit Group announced a project to build the first modern corn ethanol plant in Brazil during the 2014 Farm Progress Show. The project will consist of a US$140 million ethanol plant near Lucas do Rio Verde in Mato Grosso, a leading...
FMC Partners with John Deere Financial
Adam Prestegord is an oilseed and cereals crop segment manager for FMC who has recently partnered with John Deere Financial to offer several offers for growers to finance key crop inputs. I learned more about this initiative from Prestegord during the...
Land Values Showing Softness Across Illinois
The Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers announced during the 2014 Farm Progress Show held this week in Boone, IA that prices being paid for farmland across Illinois have seen a “softening” from 2.0 percent to 4.1...
EPA Official Talks WOTUS at FPS
Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks held an informal press availability at the Farm Progress Show on Wednesday to mainly talk about the proposed Waters of the United States rule. He stressed the point that has been made...
FMC Capture LFR & the Zone of Protection
It’s time to talk about the Zone of Protection offered by FMC’s Capture LFR Insecticide. I first heard this term from Gail Stratman, the Midwest technical sales lead for FMC who spoke with Cindy this week. FMC was one of our sponsors for the 2014 Farm...
Corn Growers at Farm Progress Show
National Corn Growers Association officers were out in force at the 2014 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa this week. Right out of the gate on the first day I met up with NCGA chairwoman Pam Johnson of Iowa, First VP Chip Bowling of Maryland, and...
Iowa Congressman at Farm Progress Show
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) stopped in at the Farm Progress Show media tent to visit with us about the latest topics on his mind in Washington DC. King talked about the inability of Congress to get much done this year. “It’s the nature of the political...
FMC Solstice Herbicide for Corn
There is a product that has been getting great interest this year and that is FMC’s Solstice Herbicide for corn. While FMC is not onsite in Boone, IA this year, the company helped sponsor coverage of Farm Progress 2014. To learn more about Solstice, I...
Get Paid to Plant Enogen
Calling all farmers? Did you know you can get paid to plant Enogen corn from Syngenta? And did you know that for every acre of Enogen corn planted, Syngenta donates a $1 to the renewable energy industry? Well I didn’t know you could get paid until I...
Come and Play at FS STAR Energy
Visit the FS STAR Energy exhibit on lot 1302 at the Farm Progress Show and you can play some cool digital farm games, win some great prizes and learn more about nitrogen management. “Folks can learn about the best seed to plant on their acres, the...
Bill Northey Talk Corn Crops, Water Quality
During the Farm Progress Show this week, I caught up with Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey. I asked him what the corn crop was looking like in Iowa in particular, as Boone, Iowa is the host of this year’s Farm Progress. Northey said that for the most...
Governor Branstad at Farm Progress Show
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad paid a visit to the 2014 Farm Progress Show Tuesday and met with some of the show’s international visitors. “I do a lot of international travel to promote what we produce in Iowa,” said Branstad. “We are the leading corn...
Bayer Kicks Off Farm Progress Show
The 2014 Farm Progress Show kicked off this rainy Tuesday morning, but you simply can’t complain because rain is a good thing. After the opening I spoke with President and CEO for Bayer Crop Science, Jim Blome. He shared about a special donation made...
I Am Farmland
A great new campaign was launched today during Farm Progress 2014 – “I am Farmland”. Many of you may have had the opportunity to see the documentary, “Farmland” this year in theaters. Now, for those who missed it on the big screen, the film will be...
FMC Authority and Marvel for Fall
Even with this year’s crop still in the field, growers at the Farm Progress Show this week are looking ahead to next year already and planning their weed management strategy. We talked with FMC Senior Technical Manager Brent Neuberger, who handles the...
Another Successful NAMA Boot Camp
This year marked the 11th annual NAMA Boot Camp, a three day conference for professionals in the agriculture industry or in marketing positions. Event participants were able to hear from several different speakers with topics ranging from challenges...
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