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Agrimarketing : February 2009
FARMINGIS FUNDAMENTAL CHANNEL BIO’S LEADERSHIP EVENT Despite the gathering of a column of tanks, a farmer plants potatoes on a farmnearAshdod, Israel. An ancient city dating back to the 17th Century B.C. andmentioned 13 times in the Bible,Ashdod has seen its share of strife but today has a population ofmore than 200,000.Ashdod is Israel’s largest seaport and amajor regional industrial center. The photowas provided by a U.S. executive of Israeli- basedMakhteshimAgan Industrieswhich has facilities in Ashdod.He noted the irony of the essential optimismand orderliness of agriculture juxtaposed against the hardware ofwar. AG SECRETARIESGATHER More than 600Midwestern ag producers attended Channel Bio’sAg Leadership Symposiumheld lastmonth in Omaha,NE. Here Channel’s (L to R)WayneHoerner, JimZimmer and BradDamery (2nd fromR) visitwith some of the ag producers in attendance. The company holds the event each year for its dealers and larger customers. In an instant-response survey,34% of the ag producers reported they are planning to buy a combine in the next 12months and 65%expect corn prices will be $4/bushel or above over the next ninemonths. Channel is one ofMonsanto’sASI companies and markets Crow’s,Midwest Seed Genetics andNC+ brand seed. PURDUE’S AGRIBUSINESS CONFERENCE Seven former U.S. Secretaries ofAgriculture offered advice to the newleadership of USDAand perspectives on the challenges facing agriculture at the “Food andAgriculture Policy Summit” held inWashington D.C., lastmonth. The Summitwas a collaboration of FarmJournal and the Farm Foundation. Shown (L to R) are FarmJournal’s Steve Custer, Charlene Finck, Roger Bernard and the Secretaries includingMichael Johanns, Ann Veneman,DanielGlick- man,Mike Espy, Clayton Yeutter, and John Block. Robert Bergland joined via video conference. The former secretaries also discussed the top chal- lenges facing U.S. agriculture, including energy,market volatility, food safety the tightening. 10 AgriMarketing s January/February 2009 Speakers at Purdue University’sNational Conference forAgribusinesswhichwas held last fall on campus gather. Shown (L to R) are BillMedley, FarmCredit ServicesMid-America;Dave Crosby, JBS United; Tom Warner, Crop Production Services;Dave Rock, John Deere; and Purdue’sDr.DavidDowney. Highlighting the eventwas the release of Purdue’s “2008 LargeCommercial Producer Survey.” The survey examines general attitudes and perceptions, price and how it affects decisions, brand loyalty and the importance of dealers and salespeople in buying decisions of ag produc- erswho havemore than $500,000 in annual sales. For a copy of the survey, contact Purdue’sMegan Sheridan at 765/494-8151or e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org.
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