Industry News | 07-04-2022
Direct Contact, Inc. Celebrates 25th Anniverary With Job Opportunities and 2022 Farm Progress Show
“2022 is very special year for Direct Contact,” said DCI President Jackie Weldon. "We are celebrating our 25th year in business and we have the tremendous blessing of continued job opportunities for a wide variety of skill sets and interests. The beauty of the agriculture industry is that we all grow and diversify with time and technological advances. As we partner with our clients to meet new needs and industry standards, we are thrilled to be able to increase our growth and impact in the industry. We are living and working in a fascinating time in agriculture." Weldon shares that Direct Contact will be attending the 2022 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa (August 30th - September 1st). "We invite everyone to stop by our booth #VIT9123. We are going to have an awesome drawing for a Solo Yukon Smokeless Fire Pit as well as our calling card freezie pops." Recruiting Manager Cassie Tatum shares that the Farm Progress Show is a great way for folks to learn more about DCI and express their interest in contract work opportunities as well. "At the 2021 Farm Progress Show and Husker Harvest Days, we were delighted at the thousands of folks we got to say hello to and learn more about what off-the-farm work means to them, in addition to sharing with them our unique job offerings in the Ag Industry. We look forward to Farm Progress in Boone this year, the team couldn't be more excited about getting out to such a great industry event," Tatum said. She also shared that this time of year her Recruiting Team is hard at work hiring for roles across the US. "We have openings right now for such a wide array of skills and interests, as well as part-time and full-time opportunities. We encourage anyone interested in working in Ag to give our team a call - we have jobs in Sales, Crop Protection, Data Entry, Precision and Digital Farming, and Mechanical Calibrations, the sky is the limit for background and experience." Account Manager Sarah Burtch adds that the Farm Progress Show is a great opportunity for potential clients to meet the DCI team. "If you are looking for solutions for how to supplement your team and increase your impact out in the field, make sure to stop by our booth. Our Account Management team would love to introduce Direct Contact, Inc. and share how we put the right people in the right place at the right time!" As summer heats up to a full roar this Independence Day, Weldon invites everyone to check out DCI's Social Media accounts for more information and updates about the Farm Progress Show and other future announcements celebrating DCI's 25th Anniversary. "More than anything, we want to express a heart-felt thank you to our contractors, employees, and clients. Twenty five years is just getting started, we look forward to working with all of you for many more years!"
USDA Risk Management Agency Announces Greater Flexibility in Crop Insurance Reporting
Specialty crop producers now have greater flexibility to use their own records to meet crop insurance reporting requirements. The USDA is also announcing revisions to make it easier for producers and others selling through direct marketing channels to obtain insurance, report their annual production, and file a claim. “Farming and ranching are inherently complex and often challenging occupations, so anything and everything we can do to streamline processes and requirements are essential,” says Marcia Bunger, administrator of the USDA’s RMA.
BASF Signs National Sponsorship with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are proud to announce BASF Agricultural Solutions as the organization’s newest national sponsor in the precision agriculture and conservation sector. The organizations are poised to deliver new on-farm sustainability program in the Texas Panhandle. Collaborating with The Habitat Organization in the southern Great Plains, the trio is dedicated to helping farmers and ranchers achieve sustainability objectives on private lands, while supporting habitat improvements, public access, and outdoor education on a national scale. “The sustainability efforts of BASF are largely intertwined with the habitat mission of the nation’s leading upland conservation group,” said Chris Kalis, director of corporate partnerships for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever.
Emmy Award-Winning TV Series Tells Ag’s Story in a Unique Way
Facebook has opened the door for businesses to scale their connections and pocketbooks far more than any time before. One couple, Jeff and Jill Aiello, harnessed the platform’s capabilities when they stumbled upon the My Job Depends on Ag Facebook page on an afternoon at their home in California. What started as social media table talk between Jeff and Jill quickly turned into an award-winning docuseries that now airs on Valley PBS.
Down Planted Acreage Provides Market Sentiment Insight
An ag economist says total U.S. planted acreage is more than three million acres below the average from 2015 to 2018. The University of Missouri’s Ben Brown blames the drop in USDA’s recent acreage report on high input prices outweighing strong crop markets. “Even with these very strong prices, producers [are] signaling that the input costs and the run up in input prices that we’ve seen have tampered the excitment to get out and plant fence row to fence row,” he said. He tells Brownfield a driver of the low planted acreage total of 316 million acres is a loss of two million soybean acres outweiging an increase of corn acreage. “We added about 400,000 acres of corn,” Brown said. “Which, again, that’s adding supply to the balance sheet but if you’re a trader or a producer of corn, you’re – maybe – excited to see that we didn’t take all two million acres of those soybeans of those soybeans and turn them into corn.”
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