Beck Honored by American Seed Trade Association

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Beck Honored by American Seed Trade Association Previous articleISDA Names Interim Director of SoilsNext articleMarket Review Week Ending 6/28/2012 With Gary Wilhemi Andy Eubank Facebook Twitter The American Seed Trade Association presented Sonny Beck with its Honorary Member Award during the 129th Annual Convention in Maryland last week. Honorary Members have distinguished themselves in many ways, through leadership, vision and service.“Honorary Members truly represent the best of the best,” said Mike Gumina, ASTA chairman and vice president of production, safety, health and environment/risk management for Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business. “My choice this year is no exception.“Sonny has become a much-beloved living legend in this business. As president of Beck’s Superior Hybrids, his business philosophy emphasizes quality, service and the importance of agronomic research to the future well-being of the American farmer. Most importantly, Sonny is a farmer. He wears boots, blue jeans and a collared shirt every day to work.”Sonny would much rather be on a tractor than in a boardroom, Gumina said.Beck has been supportive of ASTA and a key player in the organization. He has served in numerous ways including Soybean Seed Division chair, Central Regional vice president, ASTA president from 2002-2003 and as First-the Seed Foundation Board of Directors member.He told HAT, “I was humbled by the honor because of all the people who have gone before me that have been in that class. But I’m just absolutely thrilled by it. I’ve enjoyed working with ASTA and other teammates there and other seed companies.”[audio:|titles=Sonny Beck on ASTA honor]During the past 30 years, Beck and his family have conducted practical farm research studies in an effort to help farmers grow better crops. He was one of the first to establish long term no-till studies on corn and soybeans in Indiana, and his lifelong goal as a farmer is to be able to raise a “fence row” crop on all his fields.Although Beck’s Hybrids only markets in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky, they have become the sixth largest U.S. seed company and the largest family-owned retail seed business in the United States.Source: ASTAAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: RSS Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Beck Honored by American Seed Trade Association By Andy Eubank – Jun 28, 2012 last_img read more

Indiana Farm Bureau Statement on Senate Judiciary Committee Immigration Reform Language

first_img Indiana Farm Bureau members have clearly supported through policy that “We believe it is important to maintain a legal guest worker population for agriculture” and that “immigration issues should be handled on the federal and not state level.”That is why we are pleased that the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has passed a balanced immigration reform bill that includes a fair and workable farm labor provision that sets the stage for Senate action beginning next month.The success of many Indiana farms and processors depends on the guest workers who show up every day and toil in partnership with Hoosier farm families to tend our crops and livestock. We believe this bill will help ensure an adequate supply of guest farm labor.As important, the committee language provides an increased level of surveillance for high-risk areas along our national borders. We know that one of the best ways to improve border security is to create a legal, workable way for farm workers to enter our country.This is turning out to be a significant year for agriculture policy, and Indiana Farm Bureau will continue to represent Indiana farmers on the important federal efforts to win farm labor reform, craft and pass a new farm bill and upgrade our nation’s waterway shipping system.Source: Indiana Farm Bureau Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Farm Bureau Statement on Senate Judiciary Committee Immigration Reform Language SHARE Indiana Farm Bureau Statement on Senate Judiciary Committee Immigration Reform Language Facebook Twitter Previous articleEPA Proposes RFS AmendmentsNext articleSeed Consultants 5/23/2013 Market Closing with Gary Wilhelmi Andy Eubank By Andy Eubank – May 22, 2013 SHARElast_img read more

Privacy, an Emerging Issue for Farmers

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Privacy, an Emerging Issue for Farmers Previous articleRemembering Gary WilhelmiNext articleFarmers Need to Speak Up on CWA Proposal Gary Truitt Privacy, an Emerging Issue for Farmers Facebook Twitter Privacy is also an issue when it comes to the data about farming operations. A new section in the AFBF policy book is being developed to deal with data collected by farm equipment or by drones flying over farm fields.  The ownership of that data and who can profit from it is being discussed and debated by farmers.  AFBF has also taken legal action against the EPA for the release of confidential farmer information to activist groups in 2013. It is a delicate balance with which farmers and their families will need to deal. Privacy, an Emerging Issue for Farmers Villwock says consumers today want to know how their food is produced and that agriculture needs to be transparent, but not at the expense of farmers’ personal privacy, “We have a great story to tell about how we produce food or treat our animals. We like to have guests on our farms, but feel it is only common courtesy to have permission to be on our land.”center_img Privacy is becoming an issue for Indiana farmers, and farm groups are struggling with policies and practices that are appropriate. Privacy of data was discussed at the AFBF policy meeting in San Antonio on Tuesday. Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock says a farm property privacy bill is also moving through the Indiana General Assembly, “Trespass is one of the biggest legislative priorities for Indiana Farm Bureau this session.” Villwock told HAT that, in recent years, trespassing has become a more serious issue for Indiana famers, from pickup trucks driving across fields, to hunting without permission, to unauthorized photos and videotaping in livestock barns. He added state statutes need to be strengthened when it comes to trespassing on farmland. SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE By Gary Truitt – Jan 14, 2014 last_img read more

Farmers and Motorists Must Share the Road and Be Safe

first_imgHome News Feed Farmers and Motorists Must Share the Road and Be Safe Farmers and Motorists Must Share the Road and Be Safe SHARE Farmers and Motorists Must Share the Road and Be Safe SHARE A scene described in Craig Morgan’s song “International Harvester” is being played out across the Midwest on rural roads:3 miles of cars layin on their horns Fallin on deaf ears of cornLined up behind me like a big parade Off late to work, road raged jerksShoutin obscene words, flippin me the birdWith planting season getting started, farm equipment can be found on local, county, and state highways almost any time of the day and night.Sixty percent of traffic fatalities occur on rural roads, so it is time for farmers and drivers to be careful.  Mark Seib, a soybean farmer from Poseyville, IN, asks drivers to be patient when they come upon farm equipment on the road, “We don’t want to be on the road any longer than we need to be, to move from field to field. If we pay attention to drivers and they pay attention to us, we should be able to make this a much less hazardous season.”With 5.1 million acres of soybeans to plant in Indiana, farmers face a daunting task to get the crop in with Mother Nature being less than  cooperative.  Seib warns drivers to slow down when approaching farm equipment on the road, “Top speed on some of this equipment is 30 mph, and drivers are traveling in cars at 50 to 60 mph. That is a big speed adjustment that has to be made.”  Seib warns that farm equipment may be on the road at any time of day as farmers are working long hours to get the crop planted, “Our window of opportunity is very narrow during planting season because of changing weather patterns, so that’s why you see farmers out working late at night.” He warns motorists, “Be especially careful when approaching a tractor at night because we’re slower moving than highway traffic.” In addition, he warns that farm equipment may be wider than anticipated or may be towing other pieces of equipment behind it, “Stay as far away from the equipment as you can; this might mean you have to pull off the road to let the equipment pass.”Seib, who is also a director on the United Soybean Board, urges farmers to also be aware of what is going on around them and be courteous to other drivers, “As farmers, we need to respect drivers; and, if we see we have a long line of cars behind us, we need to find a place to pull over and let traffic get around us.” He said both parties have a responsibility to be safe and courteous —  a sentiment also conveyed in Morgan’s song, “So just smile and wave and tip your hat to the man up on the tractor.”center_img Previous articleMeat Myths, Fact or FictionNext articleFarmer Testifies About Proposed EPA Water Rule Gary Truitt By Gary Truitt – Apr 27, 2014 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Indiana Lt. Governor Ellspermann to Lead Ag Trade Mission to China

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Lt. Governor Ellspermann to Lead Ag Trade Mission to China Indiana Lt. Governor Ellspermann to Lead Ag Trade Mission to China Indiana Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann will lead a delegation of 18 representatives from Indiana agri-businesses and State agriculture and rural affairs agencies on a twelve-day agricultural trade mission to China. The group will depart on June 22 and return on July 3.Lt. Governor Ellspermann explained the goals of the trip, “Based on our successful trade mission to Asia last summer, we know that there is a vast market for Indiana agricultural and food products to feed the billions of people living in this part of the world. Through personal visits with government and industry officials, our delegation will build the relationships that will lead to increased agricultural trade in the years to come.”She added, “Indiana’s $25 billion agriculture industry leads the nation in the production of food products ranging from ducks to popcorn and is in the top five states in corn, soybeans, pork, turkeys and chicken.  Our agriculture labs and pharmaceutical companies also provide medicines and products that protect crop and animal health and improve productivity across all of segments of the agriculture industry.  We are eager to share this information and show how we can serve the expanding Chinese market.”The itinerary will include stops in Shanghai, Beijing, and Chengdu, as well as visits to Zhejiang Province, sister state to Indiana and Tianjin, the maritime gateway to Beijing.The cost of the state delegation is being covered through private donations. In addition to Lt. Governor Ellspermann, the state will be represented by State Department of Agriculture Director Ted McKinney and Office of Community and Rural Affairs Director Bill Konyha.This will be Ellspermann’s second international trade mission as Lt. Governor. In 2013, she led a   delegation to Asia with stops in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.The Lt. Governor’s trade mission comes on the heels of Governor Mike Pence’s jobs and economic development mission to China in May. There, the Governor shared Indiana’s strengths during a number of meetings with prominent Chinese companies and multiple government leaders. China is Indiana’s fifth largest export partner, with Hoosier companies exporting $1.4 billion in goods to the country in 2014. SHARE Facebook Twitter Name Sym Last Change Live Cattle LEM21 (JUN 21) 118.70 1.13 How Indiana Crops are Faring Versus Other States Soybean ZSN21 (JUL 21) 1508.50 -35.50 Wheat ZWN21 (JUL 21) 680.75 -3.00 Previous articleUSDA Says Biobaed Products Contribute 4 Million Jobs to the EconomyNext articlePurdue Offers Help on Assessing Crop Loss Gary Truitt RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARE Feeder Cattle GFQ21 (AUG 21) 151.18 2.78 Corn ZCN21 (JUL 21) 684.50 -14.50 Battle Resistance With the Soy Checkoff ‘Take Action’ Program Facebook Twitter Minor Changes in June WASDE Report By Gary Truitt – Jun 17, 2015 STAY CONNECTED5,545FansLike3,961FollowersFollow187SubscribersSubscribe All quotes are delayed snapshots Lean Hogs HEM21 (JUN 21) 122.68 0.22 last_img read more

Report Projects Global Beef Demand Up Through 2020

first_img The global beef market is projected to reach $2.1 trillion by 2020. That number is in a new study just released by Grand View Research of San Francisco. Beef is the third-most consumed meat around the globe. More and more consumers around the globe are turning to meat as a major source of protein, and that will drive increasing demand for beef over the next several years. Increasing disposable incomes in expanding markets around the globe are also driving demand for more beef, especially compared to pork and poultry. Ground beef is the most in-demand product, with demand exceeding 29.5 million tons in 2013. The fastest growing segment of beef demand is expected to be for beef steaks, as markets like North America are demanding more high-quality beef products. Global beef demand was 67.4 million tons in 2012 and is predicted to reach 72.9 million tons in 2020.The Asian-Pacific region is expected to be the largest regional market for beef. Growing disposable incomes in China and increasing demand for beef should be a key driver in that market during the next several years.Source: NAFB News Service Home Indiana Agriculture News Report Projects Global Beef Demand Up Through 2020 By Hoosier Ag Today – Dec 28, 2016 SHARE Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleNet Farm Income Down for Third Straight Year Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitter Report Projects Global Beef Demand Up Through 2020 SHARE Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Organizations Remind President of Rural Infrastructure Needs

first_img Facebook Twitter In advance of his first speech to a joint session of Congress, more than 200 organizations remind President Donald J. Trump that the need to #RebuildRural has never been more important. American agriculture creates millions of jobs for U.S. workers and remaining competitive will require reliable infrastructure linking rural communities to global markets.Those infrastructure needs range from roads, bridges and dams to expanding broadband and ensuring a secure supply of clean water and reliable power.In a letter sent to the White House last week, the coalition encouraged the Administration to think outside of the box: “The scope of the investment needed is staggering. Clearly the federal government must continue to play an important role in providing funding and those federal investments should increase. However, federal resources, likely cannot fill the need entirely. Creative solutions that pair federal investment with state/local government investment and private sources of capital hold promise for raising a portion of the funds necessary to do the job.”The 200-plus organizations represent U.S. agricultural producers, rural businesses, rural communities and rural families. By Gary Truitt – Feb 27, 2017 Home Indiana Agriculture News Organizations Remind President of Rural Infrastructure Needs SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE Organizations Remind President of Rural Infrastructure Needs Previous articleRancher, Farmer, Fisherman Will Screen at Commodity ClassicNext articlePromoting Pork with Pork Patties Will Continue Gary Truittlast_img read more

Dow DuPont Merger to Close This Month

first_img Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleCooler Weather Slowing Spread of Southern Rust Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Aug 8, 2017 SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Dow DuPont Merger to Close This Month DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company have announced that all required regulatory approvals and clearances have been received to close on a merger of the two companies. The merger will close August 31, and shares of Dow and DuPont will cease trading at the close of the New York Stock Exchange that day. Shares of DowDuPont will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the stock ticker symbol “DWDP” on September 1, 2017. The companies continue to expect the intended spin-offs to occur within 18 months of closing.Dow and DuPont announced the merger in December of 2015. Upon closure, the combined company is estimated to be worth $130 billion.Source: NAFB News Service Dow DuPont Merger to Close This Month SHARElast_img read more

Mexico Begins Process to Ratify USMCA

first_img Facebook Twitter Mexico Begins Process to Ratify USMCA Mexico plans for quick ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, setting the process in motion following action by Canada earlier this week. That leaves the U.S. behind both in the process as the Trump administration has yet to formally introduce the agreement to Congress. However, the administration was reported to be sending a draft version to Congress Thursday. Vice President Mike Pence visited Canada Thursday to discuss moving the deal forward as Canada formally introduced the agreement to lawmakers earlier this week. Mexico’s President reported the documents were sent to Mexico’s Senate Thursday, and officials from Mexico were hopeful the U.S. would ratify the deal by July, according to the Associated Press.Mexico’s Senate is in recess, but officials say they will seek a special session to consider the agreement. With the move by the Trump administration Thursday, the U.S. can send the formal agreement to Congress in 30 days. The House must vote on the agreement first, with no amendments, per Trade Promotion Authority. Democrats in the House have questioned provision in the agreement regarding labor and enforcement. SHARE By NAFB News Service – May 30, 2019 SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Mexico Begins Process to Ratify USMCA Previous articlePurdue Startup Creating Autonomous Robots for Ag Receives FundingNext articleMaking Changes for Late Planted Soybeans NAFB News Service Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Legislation Introduced to Help Support Rural Hospitals

first_img New legislation in the Senate would support rural health care providers to deliver high-quality care.Introduced by Kansas Republican Pat Roberts and Nevada Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto, the Rural ACO Improvement Act would fix a glitch in the program, according to the lawmakers.The legislation would change the accountable care organizations, or ACO, reimbursement formula which inadvertently punishes rural health care providers when they reduce costs.The bill would put rural providers on a level playing field with their urban counterparts and ensure that all providers are rewarded equally for their work to deliver value in health care.ACOs are made up of groups of health care providers that share responsibility for providing coordinated care to patients to improve health care quality and reduce unnecessary spending.When ACO providers work together to improve care and lower costs below what Medicare expected to spend, Medicare saves money.The health care providers in ACOs are then able to receive a share of those savings. SHARE SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Legislation Introduced to Help Support Rural Hospitals Facebook Twitter By NAFB News Service – Oct 22, 2019 Facebook Twitter Legislation Introduced to Help Support Rural Hospitals Previous articleEPA Finalizes Rule to Repeal WOTUSNext articleEPA Unveils Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in Detroit NAFB News Servicelast_img read more