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Farmers Insurance Federal Credit Union Engages Xtensifi for Strategic Consulting Services

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 23 febbraio 2019

Xtensifi, a digital consulting firm that enables financial institutions to create and execute their mobile and online strategies, announced today that it was recently selected by Farmers Insurance Federal Credit Union to provide strategic consulting services to help accelerate digital transformation of member services. Xtensifi applied its expertise in digital banking services and technology to assist Farmers Insurance Federal Credit Union in defining innovation priorities, clarifying a vision and creating a roadmap to achieve the institution’s strategic goals. Additionally, Xtensifi worked closely with credit union executives to formulate and assess innovation opportunities and develop actionable plans. “Our number one goal is to provide superior member service,” said Laura Campbell, CEO of Farmers Insurance Federal Credit Union. “Xtensifi has been instrumental in helping us define our digital strategy which will enable us to deliver extraordinary service through non-traditional/remote channels.” “Each new partnership is important to us, and we are excited to help Farmers Insurance Federal Credit Union with its strategic goals,” said George Kelley, CEO of Xtensifi. “As consumer expectations continue to evolve, it can be overwhelming for financial institutions to keep up the pace of change that new technologies enable. At Xtensifi, we remain committed to providing highly-customized consulting services, to improve not only internal processes, but also enhance the member’s digital experience.”

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Niman Ranch Raises Nearly $100,000 to Aid National Young Farmers Coalition to Support Young Farmers

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 febbraio 2018

Niman RanchNiman Ranch, a leader in sustainable agriculture and humane livestock practices, today announced they raised nearly $100,000 to help The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC). The partnership included both a product specific goal for the sale of ham and sausage that secured $60,000 and a social media awareness campaign that generated $39,129. The effort helped to introduce Niman Ranch to new young farmers while supporting NYFC’s important advocacy work. For every farm photo shared through social media, Niman Ranch contributed $1.00 to NYFC. In the first month of the campaign the effort went viral on Twitter and Facebook with over 800,000 viewings after 21,476 shares and retweets and 17,653 likes.“Niman Ranch has a special focus on family farming, young farmers and preserving America’s farmland and is looking to reach out to younger farmers who are interested in raising pigs, cattle or lamb for Niman Ranch,” said founding Niman Ranch hog farmer, Paul Willis. “The partnership with the well-respected National Young Farmers Coalition supports youth and sustainable farming and will help Niman Ranch continue our mission and provide mentors for new young farmers.” The National Young Farmers Coalition is a grassroots network of young farmers, ranchers, and consumers fighting for the future of farming. A survey released by NYFC in November showed a resurgence of young people choosing agricultural careers. The majority of these young farmers are not coming from farm families, they are growing vegetables and livestock on diversified farms, and they face many challenges in getting started.Supporting these young farmers is especially important as the average age of farmers in the United States reaches 58. Niman Ranch farmers, on the other hand, average 47 years old, more than 11 years younger than the national average.“Millennials are motivated to farm in a way they feel good about. Our latest survey found that young farmers are committed to sustainable and conservation-minded farming practices,” said Lindsey Lusher Shute, executive director of the National Young Farmers Coalition. “Niman Ranch’s model with important environmental and humane standards provides a structure and market for someone who wants to do the right thing for the animals and land. We’re finding that once a young farmer gets started they want to find a network like Niman Ranch where it is possible to grow gradually and move into wholesale.”Niman Ranch began the partnership to expand beyond their family farmer network of more than 729 farmers, many from generational family farms, to include the growing segment of new young farmers across the country. In conjunction with the NYFC effort, Niman Ranch created a Young Farmer Advisory Committee and announced a new multi-tiered initiative focused on ensuring a fair wage with steady, predictable and meaningful farm income; extended contracts for financial stability and confidence to ensure better lending terms for young farmers; co-signing loans to allow new and young farmers to afford to grow and invest in the farms; educational programs and “how to” videos to aid farmers on best practices; scholarships for students attending college; financial incentives for a quality production; and, a mentor program led by experienced farmers to help pass on knowledge to the next generation and be available to help with questions and on-farm issues. (photo: Niman Ranch)

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Farmers Edge and Planet Partner to Change Global Agriculture Using Daily Satellite Imagery and Real-Time Big Data Insights

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 13 ottobre 2017

Planet Earth - North AmericaFarmers Edge™, a global leader in decision agriculture, announced today a strategic partnership to bring Planet’s best-in-class global monitoring data and platform capabilities to the Farmers Edge precision agriculture product suite. Planet is an integrated aerospace and data platform company that operates the world’s largest fleet of earth imaging satellites, collecting the largest quantity of earth imagery. Farmers Edge is now a sole distributor for Planet in key agricultural regions, with the right to use and distribute high-resolution, high-frequency imagery from Planet’s three flagship satellite constellations.
Through this multimillion-dollar, multi-year global distribution agreement, Farmers Edge and Planet are significantly expanding their existing partnership. The companies will deliver the vanguard of remote sensing driven and analytics-based agronomy services to growers worldwide. Farmers Edge customers will be among the first to take advantage of field-centric, consistent, and accurate insights from satellite imagery. While traditional imagery products provide only a partial, delayed, or inconsistent view of fields, this partnership equips Farmers Edge growers with comprehensive, high-quality field imagery more frequently updated than any other company in the industry.“Until now, the challenge with satellite imagery was the data was simply not frequent enough to react to crop stress in a timely manner,” said Wade Barnes, President and CEO of Farmers Edge. “At Farmers Edge, providing our customers with the most concise, comprehensive, and consistent data is at the core of what we do. We understand the need for more image frequency, that’s why we are partnering with Planet. Daily imagery is a game-changer in the digital ag space.”The combination of Planet’s unprecedented data set and Farmers Edge state-of-the-art image processing technology allows for early crop monitoring and gives growers the best opportunity to correct factors that could limit crop performance and compromise yield potential. Growers will now have a wealth of field-centric data updated throughout the growing season, including early monitoring of crop stand, detection of pest and weed pressure, drainage issues, hail damage, herbicide injuries, nutrient deficiencies, yield prediction and more.“Farmers Edge is consistently at the cutting edge of innovation in agricultural technology, and we’re proud to expand our partnership with them as we work to improve profitability, sustainability, and efficiency for the world’s producers,” said Will Marshall, CEO of Planet. “The challenges faced by the agriculture industry are complex in nature and global in scale, and we believe our data is uniquely positioned to solve agricultural challenges.”“Retailers, co-ops, equipment dealers, agronomists, and all other important advisors to the farmer can now partner with Farmers Edge and leverage this industry changing capability within their business,” said Ron Osborne, Chief Strategy Officer of Farmers Edge. “We’re pleased to be able to help so many in our industry manage risks, in near real-time. This is great for our customers, our partners, and agriculture.”In 2016, Planet awarded Farmers Edge its Agriculture Award, recognizing the company’s pioneering work with ag-based analytics, Variable Rate Technology and field-centric data management. (photo: Planet’s global)

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Youth Ag-Summit: Feeding a Hungry Planet

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 24 gennaio 2015

cibo2Bayer CropScience insieme a Future Farmers Network Australia (FFN) organizza il secondo Youth Ag-Summit a Canberra dal 24 al 28 agosto 2015.
Circa 100 giovani provenienti da tutto il mondo sono invitati a partecipare all’evento. Per candidarsi è necessario presentare un saggio che illustri il proprio punto di vista relativamente al problema della mancanza di cibo e alle conseguenze sulla popolazione mondiale.
Jacqueline Applegate, Managing Director of Bayer CropScience in Australia e Nuova Zelanda, dichiara: “Si stima che la popolazione mondiale arriverà a oltre 9 miliardi nel 2050. Per contro, diminuiranno sempre più i terreni coltivabili e le risorse. Il Summit lancia una sfida ai giovani, chiedendo loro di affrontare uno dei più grandi problemi mondiali della nostra epoca: come nutrire il pianeta?”
“Il Summit è un grande forum, che ispira i giovani leader a condividere idee e proposte innovative: una grande piattaforma globale che offre loro l’opportunità di confrontarsi con i leader del settore di oggi e di domani”, aggiunge Applegate.Bayer CropScience ha sostenuto l’iniziativa Youth Ag-Summit in Canada nel 2013, durante il quale più di 100 partecipanti provenienti da tutto il mondo hanno condiviso le loro idee in un dialogo aperto sul futuro dell’agricoltura.Georgie Aley, Chair of FFN afferma: “Future Farmers Network ritiene fondamentale coltivare nuovi talenti per affrontare al meglio le sfide che l’agricoltura comporta, sia locale che globale. Siamo orgogliosi di collaborare con Bayer CropScience nel lancio e nella realizzazione del Youth Ag-Summit 2015”.I saggi devono essere inviati entro il 31 gennaio 2015 all’
Future Farmers Network (FFN) is Australia’s only national youth agricultural network that connects and supports young Australians involved in rural industries. Operating since 2002, FFN connects youth involved in all facets of agriculture and provides members with access to the latest news, events, scholarships, awards and information from across all aspects of the Australian agricultural sector. To learn more about FFN visit:
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 8,819 million (2013) and is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad portfolio of products and services to control pests from home and garden to forestry applications. The company has a global workforce of 22,400 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at:

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Fallout Continues from FTA Delays

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 21 novembre 2011

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While the United States has finally approved the Colombia, Panama and South Korea free trade agreements (FTAs), the long delay in achieving U.S. ratification continues to produce fallout.In South Korea, critics say the pact could threaten South Korea’s national interests, and opposition party members are attempting to block a vote in the parliament. Opposition is coming from South Korea’s auto industry and farmers, who fear a flood of U.S. farm exports.South Korea’s president said he will seek to renegotiate a provision that gives foreign investors the right to have international arbitrators hear a dispute in South Korea, and he has made a rare trip to parliament this week to argue for a vote.Meanwhile, Kurt Shultz, U.S. Grains Council regional director, reported U.S. market share in the Caribbean Basin continues to suffer as South American exports’ growing advantage in Colombia spilled over to a number of other markets in the region.“The primary destinations for South American corn in order of volume are Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and now Panama,” Shultz said. “In 2010, corn imports from South America totaled 4 million metric tons (157 million bushels) in the region, and we expect their sales to be the same or stronger this year.“A tremendous amount of work still needs to be done as our market share in the region is still under attack.”As an example, Shultz noted that Panama had its first shipment of South American corn at the end of 2010 and has continued importing from South America this year.“Colombia is the primary driver in this situation,” Shultz commented. “All of this highlights the need for the United States to work urgently to implement the Colombia FTA. If the process takes more than a year, U.S. farmers and exporters will continue to suffer market losses in the region.”To facilitate the implementation of this legislation, Wendell Shauman, USGC Chairman, Bart Schott, Chairman of the National Corn Grower’s Association, and Council directors Chris Corry and Floyd Gaibler will be traveling to Columbia on Nov. 27.

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Food security

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 20 luglio 2010

Rome – the European Commission has agreed to finance the project “Emergency support to vulnerable communities affected by the floods in January 2010, in Cusco and Puno Regions (Peru)”. The project is funded  by the European Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) from a donation of 1.100.000 euro over a period of 11 months to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), which will implement the action. The overall objective of the project is to increase food security of the subsistence farmers affected by the floods in Cusco and Puno through the re-establishment of the productive capacity of subsistence farmers and through the guarantee of the community resilience against natural disasters in coordination with the local authorities.

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U.S. Farmers Respond to World Demand

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 3 aprile 2010

Washington, D.C. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released its 2010 Prospective Plantings report showing U.S. corn acreage at 88.8 million, up 3 percent from both 2009 and 2008. According to the U.S. Grains Council, this increase shows the U.S. farmers’ commitment to meet the increased demand for corn around the world. “U.S. farmers step up to the plate every year,” said Tim Burrack, Iowa Corn Promotion Board chairman. “U.S. farmers use top-of-the-line technology and modern farming techniques to ensure a high quality product. We meet the domestic needs of the livestock industry and the ethanol industry and are able to meet the needs of our trading partners and customers around the world.”  Ron Gray, Illinois corn farmer and former president of Illinois Corn Marketing Board, said “We continue to hear our Administration’s empasis to expand U.S. agricultural exports. This acreage increase reflects America’s capacity to meet the domestic market demand as well as sustain U.S. market share around the world at a competitive price. Exports are a crucial component to the U.S. economy. They are good for our economy, they are good for the rest of the world.”

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Eu Food

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 28 maggio 2009

Small-scale farmers in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sierra Leone are soon to  receive  a  productivity boost, thanks to innovative projects of the UN World  Food Programme (WFP) funded with a 39-million euro donation from the European Union (EU). The  projects are aimed at helping poor farmers – most of them women – more efficiently  produce  food  through  programs  such  as group farming, crop diversification  and kitchen gardens. In some communities, WFP will provide food  in  exchange  for  work on projects aimed at improving irrigation and flood resistance, or planting trees. These  WFP  food security projects come under the first allocation from the new  1-billion  euro  EU  Food  Facility,  to  respond  to the growing food security  problems  faced  by many developing countries. About 1.5 million people will benefit from the first four WFP programmes. Sheeran  said  the  EU’s  commitment  to the world’s poorest farmers was an important  signal  that at a time of financial crisis in the industrialized world,  the organisation had not forgotten the needs of the most vulnerable people in developing countries. The allocations include the following: Bangladesh,  20  million  euro  to provide food and cash in exchange for
work  on  flood control, irrigation projects and raised seed beds, training in  on-farm entrepreneurship such as group farming and crop diversification and other income generation projects; Pakistan,  14  million  euro  to increase crop production, plant kitchen gardens,  provide food in exchange for work on water & sanitation projects, the  production  of 35 million tree saplings and the planting of 10 million trees; Sierra  Leone,  5.4 million euro to provide food in exchange for work on rehabilitation  of  inland  valley  swamps  and smallholder plantations and improvement of feeder roads to help farmers bring their produce to market.
WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency and the UN’s frontline agency for hunger solutions. In 2009, WFP aims to feed around 100 million people in 77 countries:

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