March 24, 2017

ASA DuPont Young Leaders Explore Issues, Marketing During Training

The 33rd class of American Soybean Association (ASA) DuPont Young Leaders completed their training, Feb. 28 – March 3, 2017 in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas.  DuPont Young Leaders“For more than 30 years, the ASA DuPont Young Leader program has identified new and emerging leaders for the soybean industry. The program provides training that strengthens their voices while networking opportunities create a connected and more collaborative organization,” said ASA President Ron Moore. “We’re grateful to DuPont Pioneer and DuPont for their commitment to this program and for helping secure the future of the soybean industry.” 

While in San Antonio, the Young Leaders participated in leadership and marketing training, issues updates and discussion and were recognized at ASA’s annual awards banquet.

The 2017 Class of Young Leaders includes: Cade Grace (AL); Layne & Ryane Miles (AR); Brock Willard (IL); Jonathan & Derika Spaetti (IN); Alex Brownlee (IA); Casey Schlichting (IA); Brandon & Blair Geiger (KS); Brett Neibling (KS); Kyle Bugg (KY); Mike & Lindsey Gaspard (LA); Angela & Wenceslaus Provost (LA); Andrew Crawford (MI); Matthew & Jessica Swoish (MI); Trevore Brekken (MN); Chad & Monica McCollough (MO); Blake Hokamp (NE); Leslie Hamilton & Dan Stein (NY); Greg Manning & Jessica Harris (NC); Kasey Bitz (ND); Trish Levering (OH); Jean Lam (OK); Jeff & Janie Harrison (Ontario, Canada); Justin & Jessica Rivers (SC); Nick & Shelly Lorang (SD); Rob Holman (TN); Doug & Britni Singleteary (TN); Grayson Kirby & Cindy Dykes (VA); Wes & Amanda Marshall (VA) and Tony & Katie Mellenthin (WI).

“This year’s class is a remarkable group of young leaders,” said Steve Reno, DuPont Pioneer vice president, business director — U.S. & Canada. Reno spent time with the growers when they were in Johnston earlier this year and then again at Commodity Classic. “This year’s class has focused significant energy into taking on the challenges facing our industry. I’m proud of our continued commitment to this program and impressed by the leadership skills being demonstrated already by these young leaders.”

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China Bans Brazilian Beef In Wake of JBS, Meatpacking Scandal

beef-carcassesIn the wake of news last week that Brazilian authorities had raided JBS and other large meat packers on charges of government bribery and sale of adulterated meat product, China’s Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine has announced that all clearance of Brazilian meat products will be put on hold.  The declaration includes product already in warehouses and in transit, with approximately 3400 tons estimated to be on ships alone.  No word just yet on how many tons are in estimated to be in Chinese warehouses.

The raids came after reports surfaced that JBS SA as well as competitor BRF SA and several smaller regional companies had bribed government officials to overlook sanitation violations.  In particular, the raids surfaced on the question of whether or not the companies had processed rotten meat, shipped salmonella tainted cargoes, and forged certificates on Chinese, EU and Middle Eastern bound containers.

So far, the EU has not slapped any restrictions on Brazil’s products, although analysts say there is a high possibility of that happening in the near future.  The raids have also resulted in the arrests of 5 employees; 3 from BRF and 2 from JBS, as well as 20 government officials.  One BRF plant has been ordered temporarily closed as well as two operated by a smaller company Grupo Peccin.


Farmer Takes the Wheel in New Firestone Campaign – #FARMHARD – Commodity Classic ’17

With its roots firmly planted in the agriculture industry, Firestone Ag, a leading brand of agricultural tires is launching a campaign that proves just how deep its respect for farmers runs.

Firestone Ag officially unveiled its Farm Hard campaign at Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas.  Farm Hard celebrates the intensity with which most farmers live — working long hours, problem-solving on the go, and getting the job done well.

“Our research tells us that farmers don’t think about tires unless there is a problem,” says Tony Orlando, president, Firestone Ag, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “They are busy making decisions on seed purchases, fertilizer costs and marketing their grain, and they need tires they can rely on to get the job done. This year, we celebrate the 85th year of Firestone providing dependable, durable tires for the farm. We’re a brand that understands our customers, and one that they can trust.”

We visited with Tony on the Trade Show Floor at Commodity Classic in San Antonio.

Take A Listen — Firestone Ag Commodity Classic Tony Orlando

Keeping the farmer front and center in the Farm Hard campaign, Firestone Ag creates a connection with a product that may be forgotten once the purchase is made. The campaign doesn’t stop there, though. Because tires impact common issues on the farm – from soil compaction to fuel efficiency – Farm Hard will include education and information to help Firestone Ag customers be better farmers.

To further its support for farmers facing challenges every day, Firestone Ag is introducing four new products specific to planting and harvest time that can help manage today’s need for larger equipment while keeping soil health top of mind:

  • The Firestone IF210/70R15 DestinationTM Farm tire is a new size for tillage and planting implements that features Advanced Deflection Design (AD2TM) technology, allowing higher carrying loads at the same inflation pressure while reducing soil compaction.
  • The Firestone IF480/80R46 tractor tire has also been updated with AD2 technology, helping farmers maneuver larger equipment in the field while reducing the impact on soil compaction.
  • The Firestone 900/65R32 R2 harvest tire features a 45-degree, extra-deep tread for added traction in wet-to-muddy soil conditions. The tire’s updated tread pattern provides the cleaning farmers require in these specific soils.
  • The Firestone IF900/60R32CFO harvest tire is equipped with AD2 technology. Engineered for extreme load cycles, it has increased load carrying capacity for grain carts and combines, but can reduce soil compaction due to the AD2 technology construction.

To get the scoop on the new specs, we visited with Brad Harris of Firestone Ag at Commodity Classic.

Take A Listen — Firestone Ag Commodity Classic Brad Harris

As part of the Farm Hard campaign, Firestone also is emphasizing its industry-leading 9-year limited warranty, and the dependability that comes with every purchase. Relying on a durable product and having a strong warranty to offer further protection are solid assurances that farmers can Farm Hard with Firestone tires.

To learn more about the campaign and the four new products introduced, visit: HERE

Bridgestone Americas Communications Department