Industry News | 09-20-2021

BASF Realigns its Field Team from Innovation Specialists to Agronomic Solutions Advisors

BASF Realigns its Field Team from Innovation Specialists to Agronomic Solutions AdvisorsTo help lay the groundwork for a successful season, BASF is reaffirming its commitment to growers and retailers through the realignment of its field team from Innovation Specialists to Agronomic Solutions Advisors (ASAs), who can help make recommendations from seed selection and seed treatments to crop protection and beyond. These ASAs aren't just seed specialists or chemistry experts; they can assist with providing a system or full-program approach that helps farmers meet or exceed their goals. "As BASF has transformed from a crop protection company into a provider of agriculture solutions, we wanted to make sure we reflected that in our day-to-day interactions with growers and retailers," said Scott Kay, Vice President, U.S. Crop, BASF Agricultural Solutions.
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Growers Edge Announces Partnership with Farmers Cooperative Society to Launch Innovative Sustainability-Based Crop Plan

Growers Edge, a provider of data-driven financial technology (fintech) solutions for the agricultural industry, today announced a new warranty-backed Crop Plan that helps manage uncertainty for farmers adopting sustainable agricultural practices that benefit soil health, water quality, and long-term profitability. The first sustainability-focused Crop Plan will be offered in partnership with Sioux Center, Iowa-based Farmers Cooperative Society (FCS). As a part of its commitment to help farmers adopt sustainable practices, The Nature Conservancy is contributing support to the Crop Plan offerings that include the establishment of cover crops.
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Minnesota Soybean Council Donates Sustainable Soy Tires to Youth Nonprofit

Soybean oil is a component in a myriad of products, from food to fuel to crayons. But Christina Heineken Woodlee of The Bridge for Youth nonprofit had no idea this commodity could also be converted into sustainable tires. At least she didn’t until she received notice that the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council elected to donate a set to soy-based tires to her organization. The Bridge for Youth is a Minneapolis-based organization that helps connect with the thousands of minors and young adults facing homelessness and home-instability throughout Minnesota.
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New Equipment Highlights from Summer Farm Shows

Many farmers and ag companies gathered in person for the first time in more than a year for the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois, recently. Several companies launched new products while others publicly displayed equipment introduced virtually last year for the first time. Read on for what farmers in attendance had the opportunity to see.
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Congressional Members Push for More ASF Funding

In July, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed the presence of African swine fever in samples collected from hogs in the Dominican Republic, raising concerns that an outbreak could reach the United States. To improve vigilance in protecting U.S. herds, legislators are calling for $75 million to increase surveillance and protection efforts.
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