Marketing Corn in Canada

In Audio, International by Chuck

The 2011 IFAJ Congress is the annual meeting of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists. The program includes multiple farm stops to learn more about agriculture in the host country which this year was Canada. One of our stops was the Hensall District Co-operative. We were welcomed by CEO, Earl Wagner, who gave us an overview of the various business …

Sweet Corn Canada

In Audio, International, Sweet Corn by Chuck

Getting $7/dozen for sweet corn in Canada is a pretty sweet deal for Channing Strom, owner along with his wife Amy, of Strom’s Farm. Especially if you sell an average of 10-12 thousand dozen/year. This is a picture of Channing, who is outstanding in his field, during a visit to the farm by members of the International Federation of Agricultural …

Unemployed? Feeling Broke? Urge Congress to Pass Pending Free Trade Agreements

In Administration, Current News, Exports, General, International, Legislation, Politics, Trade by Cathryn

The majority of average Americans are still painfully cognizant of the recession’s impact upon their lives.  With high levels of unemployment and little disposable income, regular Americans wonder what the government has done to bail them out.  Right now, Congress has a chance to improve the lives of 22,500 people while improving the economy as a whole simply by passing …

High Productivity Agriculture Necessary For Sustainability

In Audio, Biotechnology, Environmental, Farming, International, Sustainability by Chuck

The emcee for the Global Farmer to Farmer Roundtable conducted by Truth About Trade & Technology was Bob Thomson. He says the participating farmers were looking at what it’s going to take to thrive in the next several years. High on their list is modern technology. He says they realize that to feed the projected population equivalent of two more …

Portugese Farmer Receives Award

In Audio, Events, International by Chuck

When you listen to my interview with Gabriela Cruz, Portugal, below you’ll understand why she was chosen to receive the Kleckner Trade and Technology Advancement Award during the TATT Global Farmer to Farmer Roundtable. The program was sponsored by the NCGA. Gabriela was presented the award by Dean Kleckner, Chairman, Truth About Trade & Technology. Gabriela Cruz is passionate about …

Growing Corn, Feeding Cattle and Producing Ethanol

In Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Events, Farming, feed, Food, Food vs Fuel, International, Production, Video by Chuck

We often hear about friction between the producers of corn and livestock over the growth in the production of ethanol. One Iowa farmer had an idea to diversify his operation and do both! Judging by the tour that the TATT Global Farmer to Farmer Roundtable participants received at his farm, Couser Cattle Company, he’s doing it very successfully. Our host …

NCGA Board Member Talks Global Farming

In Audio, Biotechnology, Events, Farming, International, Sustainability, Trade by Chuck

NCGA board member, Pam Johnson, is a northern Iowa corn and soybean grower. She farms with her husband and sons and is one of the participants in the Truth About Trade & Technology, Global Farmer to Farmer Roundtable. She is not only participating in the roundtable discussions but was also on the panel of this morning’s Biodiversity World Tour town …

Putting Global Farmers Together

In Audio, International, Sustainability by Chuck

The participants in the Truth About Trade and Technology Global Farmer To Farmer Roundtable started their day at the Biodiversity World Tour town hall meeting with Sec. of Agriculture Vilsack. Before we departed for the meeting on the campus of Iowa State University I spoke with Chairman, Dean Kleckner. He says that there are 16 farmers here this year from …

Global Farmer To Farmer Roundtable

In Biotechnology, Events, Food, International, Trade by Chuck

It’s World Food Prize week in Des Moines, IA and there are a variety of activities taking place surrounding this annual event. The National Corn Growers Association is sponsoring one of them – the Global Farmer To Farmer Roundtable which is organized by Truth About Trade & Technology. Believing that farmers must work together on a global table to expand …