READ the NAFB’s National Ag News for Tuesday, October 13th

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U.S. Dairy Advances Journey to Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy Monday unveiled the Net Zero Initiative. The industry-wide effort will help U.S. dairy farms of all sizes and geographies implement new technologies and adopt economically viable practices. The initiative is a critical component of U.S. dairy’s environmental stewardship goals. The plan is endorsed by dairy industry leaders and farmers to achieve carbon neutrality, optimized water usage and improved water quality by 2050. The organization also announced a key milestone on its journey toward carbon neutrality, an up to $10 million commitment and multi-year partnership with Nestlé to support the initiative and scale access to environmental practices and resources on U.S. farms. The goals include becoming carbon neutral or better, optimize water use while maximizing recycling, and improve water quality by optimizing utilization of manure and nutrients. Officials say dairy companies and farms are already contributing to the goals in individual ways, and the dairy community will continue those efforts through the U.S. Dairy Stewardship Commitment. 

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AEM Announces Sustainability Council

The Association of Equipment Monday announced a Sustainability Council. The council is comprised of leaders from AEM member companies. The council will help advance AEM member-efforts in addressing issues of sustainability and provide a framework for the adoption of best practices and innovation. Curt Blades, senior vice president of Ag Services at AEM, says, “The Sustainability Council will work to spark ideas for establishing sustainability priorities for the equipment manufacturing industry and provide a framework that supports best practices for a more viable world.” The association has worked to address societal and safety issues on behalf of the industry for more than a century. Those efforts include the health and well-being of the industry, economic growth and security and industry innovation. The announcement states, “We recognize our industry’s connection to the natural environment and are dedicated to minimizing our operational impact, adding, “our future as an industry depends on the responsible use of natural resources.”

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Study: COVID-19 Present Opportunity for Online Agricultural Retailers

COVID-19 is having a huge impact on farmers’ purchasing practices, according to new research by leading global consultancy, McKinsey & Company. The survey of financial decision-makers at farms across Europe reveals that 95 percent of farms are considering adjusting purchasing behavior to minimize physical interactions in response to the pandemic. Digital purchasing may provide the answer, with McKinsey uncovering an increase in both farmers’ desire to use digital channels to make product-purchase decisions, up from 51 percent in 2019 to 87 percent post-COVID-19, and their desire to use digital channels to make actual purchases reaching 69 percent. However, researchers say only 22 percent of farmers surveyed have made an online purchase over the past 12 months as of May. As attitudes shift in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, companies in the agriculture industry have an opportunity to accelerate their online presence, work out omnichannel strategies, and perhaps even change their business models to better meet farmers’ needs.

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2021 National Biodiesel Conference and Expo Goes Virtual

The National Biodiesel Conference and Expo is going virtual for the 2021 event January 18-21. The event is going online to share the latest biodiesel and renewable diesel industry news, highlight key speakers, and showcase industry sponsor companies. The virtual event will be accessible to everyone, sharing the industry’s message from coast to coast through a new, safe format that will rise to meet the needs of all attendees. The event is one of many in early 2021 pivoting to a virtual platform due to COVID-19 concerns. NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen says, “we can’t wait to kick off a new year in 2021 with our members and key industry partners during our first-ever virtual conference.” The conference includes topics on low-carbon fuels, bioheat, the Renewable Fuel Standard, and the changing landscape for diesel vehicles, among many others. Registration is open for the 2021 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo online at biodieselconference.org.

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No Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo in 2021

The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo’s executive committee voted unanimously last week to cancel the 2021 Show scheduled for January 15 through February 6. Event leadership says, “the challenges we face to create practical and enforceable protocols and procedures to comply with COVID-19 guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are extremely daunting.” More than 30,000 animals are typically exhibited, in addition to approximately 2,300 participants in the competitions and exhibitions. Daily Stock Show attendance can exceed 140,000 people that crowd into buildings at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. Consultations with infectious disease professionals and public health professionals indicate the Stock Show would rank as a “very high risk” for spread of COVID-19, potentially impacting populations and healthcare systems. In a statement, organizers say, “We feel a responsibility to be proactive.” The only other time a Stock Show was canceled was 1943, near the height of World War II.

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October 13 is Global Fertilizer Day

Today, Tuesday, October 13, is Global Fertilizer Day, as proclaimed by The Fertilizer Institute. TFI describes the day as an annual event seeking to educate people about the fertilizer industry and its contribution to feeding the global population. TFI President and CEO Corey Rosenbusch says, “We feed the world, we do it sustainably, and we are proud of the women and men working in our industry to make it all happen.” In years past, facilities have opened their doors to local school students, elected officials and the public for facility tours and presentations. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 celebrations have gone mostly virtual. TFI and the Nutrients for Life Foundation are jointly hosting a virtual learning event Today (Tuesday) focused on workforce development by highlighting available career pathways in the fertilizer industry. TFI is also helping the industry spread the word through social media channels. Learn more about the effort online at tfi.org.

SOURCE: NAFB News Service

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.