Former Secretary of Agriculture John BlockWhat should we focus on today? Let’s start with African Swine Fever. ASF is the deadliest disease threatening the pork industry. It is estimated that China has lost as much as 30% of their swine. We don’t have any vaccine to protect our pigs. Fortunately, the virus does not infect humans. With the liquidation of so many animals in China, pork prices have skyrocketed. Our pork exports to China are off the chart. ASF is spreading to other countries including eastern Europe. We need to do everything we can to keep it out of the U.S. If we get African Swine Fever, other countries will shut down all our pork exports.Now that we are talking about trade let me suggest that of all the legislation that needs to be passed, perhaps the most important is USMCA.USMCA is the new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada – an improved and updated NAFTA. It should be easy to get it passed but it won’t be. Some Democrats want changes in the deal. It’s also a fact that they don’t want Trump to win anything. President Trump isn’t helping the effort since he wants to keep steel and aluminum tariffs on Mexico and Canada. Senator Grassley said, “we’ve got to get rid of the tariffs or nothing is going to happen.” He is right.Last subject – GMO’s and Gene Editing. Science is making it possible to do things that former generations never imagined. Most of the corn, soybeans and some other crops that we grow are not what they used to be. With genetic engineering, they resist root worms and other critters that can damage the plants. The plants are not affected by our weed killers either. We get a big bump in yield with less labor and energy.We have a gene editing technique called CRISPR which has given us cows born without horns. GMO technology makes it possible to move a gene from one organism to another. When scientists do gene editing they can just alter one particular gene in an animal. They are not bringing in outside genes. All this science has opened the door to the most shocking announcement. But not surprising, a Chinese scientist moved ahead with gene-editing of humans. What’s next – designer babies?If you would like to review my radio shows going back more than 20 years, just go on-line to www.johnblockreports.com.This commentary from former Secretary of Agriculture John Block is brought to you by the National Corn Growers Association, CropLife America, and Renewable Fuels Association. SHARE Guest Commentary: Swine Fever & USMCA Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Apr 7, 2019 Home Indiana Agriculture News Guest Commentary: Swine Fever & USMCA SHARE Previous articleTrump Says Trade Talks with China “Rounding the Turn”Next articleThe Indiana Ag Forecast for April 8, 2019 Hoosier Ag Today
After two years of learning about Georgia’s largest industry and developing leadership skills, the second class of the Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry (AGL) program has graduated.University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty launched the program in 2012 to educate and empower Georgia’s agricultural and natural resource industry leaders to become effective advocates for the largest economic drivers in Georgia – the state’s agricultural and forestry industries.Twenty-five industry leaders from across the state spent the last two years touring farms and processing plants, and traveling throughout the state and world. They graduated in a ceremony at The Rock Ranch in The Rock, Georgia, on March 4.”This class represented a diverse cross section of Georgia’s agriculture and forestry industries. Each participant completed six in-state institutes, as well as an individual leadership project required for graduation,” said Lauren Griffeth, leadership specialist for UGA Cooperative Extension.Projects ranged from the launch of a communications initiative for the Georgia Farmers Market Association to the start of a servant-leadership initiative within an office. “I’m so proud of these alumni’s connection to AGL. These individuals will certainly continue to positively impact their organizations, communities and industries through their influential leadership,” Griffeth said.During their time in AGL, participants engaged in over 110 interactive sessions, completed four behavioral assessments and helped one another understand and analyze issues facing their industries and challenges that may emerge in the future.The AGL program is coordinated by faculty in the UGA CAES Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication and the Office of Learning and Organizational Development.Graduates of the 2015-2017 AGL class include:Danielle Hernandez Atkins, stewardship specialist, Georgia Forestry Commission, Brunswick, GeorgiaChris Baumann, region supervisor, Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division, Rockledge, GeorgiaMallory Black, communication and public relations manager, CNI Ag Independent Retailers, Albany, GeorgiaShane Boyer, vice president for corporate lending, AgSouth Farm Credit, Madison, GeorgiaAshley Buford, owner, Braxton Farms, Cordele, GeorgiaBecca Creasy, regional product manager, Monsanto Company, Statesboro, GeorgiaMichael Cronic, broiler manager, Columbia Farms of Georgia, Braselton, GeorgiaStan Deal, farmer and technical sales representative, Verdesian Life Sciences, Donalsonville, GeorgiaAmelia Dortch, state public affairs specialist, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, Mableton, GeorgiaKyle Hagen, service manager, Kubota Tractor Company, AtlantaMike Harrell, forester, Stuckey Timberland, Eastman, GeorgiaDavid Huddleston, purchasing manager, Carroll Electric Membership Cooperative, Roopville, GeorgiaJeff Jordan, vice president for forest technology, F&W Forestry Service, Albany, GeorgiaSamantha Kilgore, communications director, Associations Services Group, Sharpsburg, GeorgiaJeff Manley, general manager and co-founder, The Rock Ranch, The Rock, GeorgiaBrent Marable, assistant director for plant licensing, UGA Innovation Gateway, Watkinsville, GeorgiaRegina Morgan, director of communications, Peeples Industries, Savannah, GeorgiaJay Murdock, director of member services, Georgia Farm Bureau, Macon, GeorgiaLanie Riner, president and head grower, Thunderwood Farms, Woodbury, GeorgiaJenna Saxon, government relations representative, Georgia EMC, AtlantaJason Sidwell, broiler technician, Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation, and owner, Sidwell Beef, Rutledge, GeorgiaBrian Stone, appraisal services manager, Forest Resource Consultants, Macon, GeorgiaAnna Strickland, UGA Archway professional for Hart County, University of Georgia, Winterville, GeorgiaNathan Tyson, account manager, CNI Ag Independent Retailers, Tifton, GeorgiaBrennan Washington, farmer, Phoenix Gardens, Lawrenceville, GeorgiaOrganizers are now accepting nominations for the upcoming AGL class that will begin in August 2017. Those seeking more information about the AGL program can visit agl.caes.uga.edu.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., (NASDAQ: GMCR), a leader in specialty coffee and coffeemakers, today announced it has completed the sale of all outstanding shares of Van Houtte USA Holdings, Inc., also known as the Van Houtte U.S. Coffee Service business or “Filterfresh” business to ARAMARK Refreshment Services, LLC (ARAMARK) for an aggregate cash purchase price of approximately $145 million, subject to adjustment.Initially announced on August 29, 2011, the transaction was completed after all of the closing conditions were satisfied, including the receipt of the required regulatory approval in the United States. The Purchase Agreement contains customary representations, warranties and covenants and, subject to certain limitations, each party has agreed to indemnify the other for breaches of said representations, warranties and covenants and other specified matters.On December 17, 2010, GMCR acquired Van Houtte through the purchase of all of the outstanding capital stock of LJVH Holdings, Inc. At the time of the acquisition, GMCR announced it would pursue a sale of a portion of the former Van Houtte business, namely Van Houtte’s U.S. Coffee Service business, also known as Filterfresh. GMCR has accounted for all the assets and liabilities relating to the Filterfresh business as held-for-sale in its most recent financial statements.About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc.As a leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) (NASDAQ: GMCR), is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative Keurig® Single-Cup brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100% of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in sustainably-grown coffee, and donating at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects.GMCR routinely posts information that may be of importance to investors in the Investor Relations section of its website, including news releases and its complete financial statements, as filed with the SEC. GMCR encourages investors to consult this section of its website regularly for important information and news. Additionally, by subscribing to GMCR’s automatic email news release delivery, individuals can receive news directly from GMCR as it is released.GMCR-C WATERBURY, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
ANSA McAl Trading under their GINSENG brand on Friday last announced that it has renewed its sponsorship of Team Evolution and will be partnering with the club for another year.This agreement will see GINSENG, a carbonated flavoured beverage with natural ginseng fruit, lending support to Guyana’s leading cycling club until March 2018.GINSENG Brand Coordinator, Sean Abel, said, “GINSENG looks forward to building a winning partnership with Team Evolution in the coming year. These cyclists make up a group that is energetic, health conscious and victorious;which makes them a perfect combination for GINSENG.“This beverage is known for its herbal benefits that enhance the performance of the human body, and for these cyclists the product helps as a fatigue fighter as well as a muscle relaxer,”Abel added.President of Team Evolution, Keith Fernandes, pointed out that the top cycling club includes a number of talented senior and veteran cyclists who are passionate about the sport.”I would like to thank GINSENG for their support and for recognising our talent and supporting our passion. We are very honoured to be able to represent GINSENG and I can assure you that we will carry the name with pride.”