Case IH wishes to congratulate the 50 young men and women selected to participate in the National FFA’s 2011 New Century Farmer Program, an exclusive and highly competitive program to prepare young people for careers in production agriculture. The National FFA Organization announced the 2011 winners last week.
As if a late start to planting your crops wasn’t enough of a challenge for you, the delay also gives weeds ample opportunity to take root and choke out planted seedlings, making weed management an even more crucial task this summer.
Brian Hefty, a farmer and co-host of RFD-TV’s AgPhD, provided insights on weed resistance, weed tolerance, and weed management practices during his presentation, “Weed Resistance – Will You Be Ready?” as part of Case IH’s Be Ready Discussion at the 2011 Ag Connect Expo. (more…)
Check out Case IH’s behind-the-scenes interview with Dawn Geske of Diesel Progress International
As a panelist for the Case IH Be Ready VIP Discussion: Engine Emissions Technology – Fact vs. Fiction, Dawn Geske, Editor-In-Chief of Diesel Progress International, explained that Diesel Progress has been following the emissions mandates and the development of new emission technologies since the beginning. “Engine manufacturers really put a significant amount of investment and research and development into meeting these requirements,” said Geske. “They’ve been working on this for many years to make sure they’re giving producers the best technology that meets Tier 4A mandates.”
Tom Dorr, together with Dan Basse, headlined the BE READY Discussion on Global Markets in the Case IH booth at Ag Connect Expo. Dorr is CEO of the U.S. Grains Council, an organization that develops export markets for U.S. corn, barley, and sorghum. In his remarks, he addressed trade relations with China, including the current anti-dumping claim that China filed against U.S. dried distillers grain producers. “The Chinese have to be willing to sit down with us and send solid signals that give us the assurance that we can invest in the infrastructure to provide what they need,” said Dorr.
Case IH is committed to helping farmers “Be Ready” and embrace the challenges and opportunities of agriculture. We also recognize that there are new generations of farmers entering the industry every day, and we want to encourage their involvement and leadership within the industry.
One way Case IH is demonstrating our commitment to preparing young people for careers in production agriculture is by sponsoring the National FFA’s New Century Farmer Conference. This conference is an intensive, five-day event held in Des Moines, Iowa, where youths’ entrepreneurial spirit and professional growth is nurtured. Participants have the opportunity to network with industry experts, including some of our Case IH team, while increasing their practical knowledge, global perspective, and personal growth.
Check out Case IH’s one-on-one, behind-the-scenes interview with Rep. Jim Nussle
As a panelist for the Case IH Be Ready VIP Discussion at Ag Connect Expo, Jim Nussle, former U.S. House of Representatives, contributed his insights on a range of topics influencing farmers’ decision-making, including public policy, global market influences, and the future of ethanol. In his comments, Nussle emphasized the importance of farmers connecting with policy makers to explain how long-term policies will impact agriculture operations and their bottom lines: “Engagement in the process is probably the most important factor that producers can take advantage of now more than ever before.”
Dan Basse, together with Tom Dorr, headlined the BE READY Discussion on Global Markets in the Case IH booth at Ag Connect Expo. Basse is President of AgResource Company, a domestic and international agricultural research firm that forecasts domestic and world agricultural price trends. In his remarks, he expressed the need for farmers to understand how political concerns and food safety issues, both in the U.S. and abroad, influence trade relationships, in order to make sound marketing decisions and control how agricultural commodities compete in the global marketplace. “All of a sudden you all have to be embroiled in this world market and understand relationships of grain prices, not only at your local elevator, but what they’re trading in Dalian, Australia, Europe, and Russia,” Basse explained. “These are all big factors that will drive your profitability.”
General Wesley K. Clark drew a record crowd in the Case IH booth at Ag Connect Expo. General Clark’s comments focused on the national security implications of the United States’ foreign oil dependence and agriculture’s role for providing alternative energy sources, such as ethanol. “In the agricultural business, you are the most productive sector of America. You’re the sector that made America great,” he declared. “Now we’ve got to take that productivity out of agriculture and move it to the next level. And that is to produce a liquid fuel that will free us from dependence on imported oil in the near term.”
As part of Case IH’s commitment to help farmers embrace the everyday challenges and opportunities of agriculture and encourage involvement and leadership within the industry, we presented brand new Farmall tractors to four American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Young Farmer & Rancher 2011 Achievement Awards finalists.
The four finalists include:
- Steven and Richelle Bach, Mount Sterling, Ky.
- Matt and Kim DeBlock, Aledo, Ill.
- Brian Flowers, Lynnville, Tenn.
- Brent and Susan Leggett, Nashville, N.C.
With today’s farmers facing new challenges and opportunities – from feeding an expanding global population while meeting strict new emissions requirements, to producing more food on fewer acres while minimizing their environmental footprint, Case IH is committed to helping farmers meet those challenges.
Case IH took it to the streets at the Ag Connect Expo in Atlanta, Ga., January 8-10, and asked farmers in the Case IH booth to reflect on their experiences at Ag Connect and what they learned while visiting the Case IH booth. Check out what these farmers had to say.
Speaking of learning…Case IH wants to hear from our faithful blog followers! Tell us what you’ve learned from visiting the Be Ready blog.