This Week in Agriculture, 2.1.2018
Welcome to This Week in Agriculture. We will bring you interesting, out-of-the-ordinary finds going on in agriculture. Not the big headlines, but the curious, funny, and inspiring stories across the land.
In this week’s installment, we share the agriculture related highlights from Tuesday's State of the Union address. Believe it or not, the upcoming Super Bowl has a few ties to agriculture as well.
1. Agriculture Secretary Appointed ‘Designated Survivor’
Politico and NPR reported Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue was the “Designated Survivor” during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address. That means rather than attending the speech with many other government officials, he was taken to a safe and undisclosed location in case a mass catastrophe struck the site of the President’s speech. The practice of selecting a designated survivor began when fears of a nuclear attack were high during the Cold War. Perdue’s reaction to the speech can be found here.
2. No Mention of Agriculture in Trump’s First STOU
Despite a large base of rural Americans, there was no talk of agriculture, farmers, or ranchers in President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address, reported Politico. Much of Trump’s speech was dedicated to national security and his immigration agenda. Special guests including first responders, and military heroes were recognized throughout the night.
3. Highlights from Alltech’s 2018 Global Feed Survey
- For the second year in a row, world feed production is estimated in excess of 1 billion metric tons.
- 144 countries and 30,000 feed mills were surveyed as part of the seventh annual Global Feed Survey.
- One-third of the global feed supply is produced in China and the United States.
- North America leads the world in global beef production and produces one-third of beef feed worldwide.
- The largest growth in broiler feed production occurred in Africa with a 10% increase.
4. Four Midwesterners Honored for Soil Health Practices
The Soil Health Partnership presented awards to four Midwest agriculturists at their 2018 Summit in Chicago. Read more about this year’s Super Sprout, Champion Communicator, Ace Agronomist, and Data Digger in this news release.
5. Farm Bowl Kicks Off Football Filled Weekend
As anticipation for Super Bowl LII builds across the country, enthusiasts tuned in for the Land O’ Lakes Farm Bowl Thursday afternoon. Football stars Luke Kuechy, Stefon Diggs, Kyle Rudolph, Jason Brown, Jerome Bettis, and Greg Jennings competed alongside their farmer teammate in a series of farm related tasks. Watch the video below for further explanation of the competition. The event was streamed live on Land O’ Lakes’ Facebook page.
6. Tom Brady’s Connection to the Farm
Eight-time Super Bowl quarterback Tom Brady has ties to agriculture, reports New York Daily News. Brady’s mother grew up on a farm near Browerville, Minnesota. Until he was in high school, the NFL star would visit his grandparents on the farm. Check out the full article for details.
7. Iowa Farmer Nominations Sought for Conservation Award
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Iowa Farm Bureau are seeking nominations of deserving Iowa farmers for their 2018 Conservation Farmer of the Year Award. Nominations are due to your Soil and Water Conservation office by June 1, 2018. The winner of the award receives a John Deere 6E Utility Tractor for one year. More information can be found at the Iowa Farm Bureau website.
8. Agriculture is Changing
With headlines of new technology and evolving businesses every day, it's no secret our world is changing. Agriculture is no different. A recent blog post by Bayer’s Global Head of Research and Development for Crop Science Adrian Percy outlined five ways times in agriculture are changing.
1. Continued digitalization
2. Changing demographics
3. Focus on soil health
4. Innovative plant breeding
5. Collaboration and transparency
9. More Mergers in 2018
Mergers across the agriculture made headlines in 2017. They’re continuing into 2018 the launch of Agtegra Cooperative. South Dakota Wheat Growers and North Central Farmers Elevator officially launched the new farmer-owned cooperative out of Aberdeen, South Dakota on February 1, 2018. Check out their new website for more details.
10. Celebrity Chef to Visit Iowa
Foodbank for the Heartland has invited Celebrity Chef Curtis Stone to Iowa on March 1 for the organization’s annual fundraising event. While enjoying Stone’s talents, guests will celebrate food and the meaning of it in everyday life. Learn more, or purchase tickets for the event at Foodbank for the Heartland’s website.