Agweek Wire Reports
INDIANAPOLIS – Next week, the city of Indianapolis will transform into a sea of blue jackets when the National FFA Convention & Expo kicks off for the ninety-first time. This time-honored tradition, where innovators and leaders of tomorrow come together, will be held in the Circle City Oct. 24-27, 2018. More than 65,000 FFA members and guests from across the U.S., representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, are expected to attend the event.
In honor of National Farmer's Day , tickets for Cultivate are buy-one-get-one-free.
The Dakota Goat Association will hold their annual conference on Friday, Oct. 12 at the USDA-ARS Lab just south of Mandan, N.D., on Highway 6 beginning at 9:30 a.m. The keynote presentation is “A Goat’s View of Nutrition” by Dr. Steve Hart, Langston University Goat Extension Specialist. He’s conducted research on forages for goats and nutrient requirements. Dr. Hart was recently awarded a grant to work with controlling red cedar with goat grazing.
RALEIGH, N.C. – Initial estimates for crop damage and livestock losses to North Carolina’s agriculture industry are expected to be over $1.1 billion, based on assessments following Hurricane Florence. That number easily tops the $400 million seen following Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
BROOKINGS, S.D. - Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new South Dakota State University Raven Precision Agriculture Center will take place on the SDSU campus in Brookings on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 1:30 p.m. The event will be held on the future building site, just south of the Animal Science Complex on the corner of Medary Avenue and North Campus Drive. In honor of the occasion, SDSU will be hosting the first-ever Precision Agriculture Bowl football game vs. Indiana State following the groundbreaking event.
Red River Farm Network President Don Wick is one of two inductees for the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Wick will participate in the induction ceremony at the NAFB Night of Honors Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Kansas City. Mike Adams is the other honoree for 2018. Adams hosts Adams on Agriculture and is the former host of AgriTalk.
ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is issuing an advisory to farmers who have conducted business with the Ashby Farmers Cooperative Elevator of Ashby, Minn. With the closure of the elevator, the MDA is encouraging anyone who has not received payment or who had grain stored at the elevator to submit a bond claim with the Department.
WASHINGTON - Today, the National Corn Growers Association Corn Board has named Jon Doggett as the organization’s new chief executive officer. Doggett is the fifth CEO in the organization’s 61-year history. The change is effective immediately. Doggett has served in the capacity of NCGA interim CEO since Aug.1 and as NCGA executive vice president since late 2014. Prior to that, he served as vice president of public policy, and has continuously managed the organization’s 11-person Washington, DC office and led its public policy efforts since joining NCGA in July 2002.
EAGAN, Minn. — Bob Zelenka, executive director of the Minnesota Grain and Feed Association, has announced his plan to retire on March 31, 2019. Zalenka began his career as executive director in 1981, when the association was known as the Farmers’ Elevator Association of Minnesota.
St. Paul, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has placed Wright County under an emergency quarantine, effective Thursday, Sept. 13, after emerald ash borer was found along the I-94 corridor in the city of Clearwater.