Hoosiers honored for going ‘Beyond the Fence’
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Indiana corn and soybean farmers recently honored a group of deserving Hoosiers for their outstanding support and promotion of Indiana agriculture with Beck’s Hybrids Beyond the Fence awards.
The awards, which are sponsored by Beck’s Hybrids of Atlanta, Ind., in conjunction with the Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) and the Indiana Corn Growers Assoc. (ICGA), were presented at the Indiana Livestock, Forage and Grain Forum Feb. 11 in Indianapolis.
The four recipients honored for their outstanding contributions to Indiana agriculture are:
•John G. Baugh of West Lafayette received the Friend of Indiana Agriculture award for outstanding contributions to agriculture by a non-farmer. Baugh is director of agricultural services and regulation for Purdue University’s College of Agriculture.
•Tom Bechman of Franklin received the Ag Media award for excellence in reporting about Indiana agriculture. Bechman is the editor of The Indiana Prairie Farmer and has been with the company since 1981.
•Robert W. Bishop of Leesburg received the Community Betterment award, which recognizes a farmer for outstanding contributions to the community through philanthropic, service, volunteerism, donations and/or leadership projects. He is a farmer in Kosciusko County.
•Randy Warren of North Webster received the Ag Education Outreach award for his outstanding contribution to Indiana agricultural education. Warren recently retired from Wawasee High School after teaching agricultural education for nearly 40 years.
NAMA second-in-command takes over as chair
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The North American Millers’ Assoc. (NAMA) announced former NAMA Vice Chair Jim Meyer took over as NAMA’s chair. The announcement was made as the immediate past chair, Greg Schlafer, moved to a position in the potato business with ConAgra Foods and departed the milling business.
Meyer was elected NAMA vice chair and to a three-year term on the executive committee in October 2012. He has been on the NAMA board since 2005 and served on numerous NAMA committees. He will serve as chair for a two-year term, 2013-14.
Meyer is the president of Italgrani USA, a family-owned company and one of the country’s largest durum millers. He graduated from the University of Missouri–St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Following college, Jim worked for nine years at Arthur Andersen in the accounting and audit area before joining Italgrani USA in 1988 as chief financial officer.
National advisory board plans Women in Ag initiatives
BOSTON, Mass. — Bringing deep industry perspective and knowledge across the value chain of agribusiness and the food sectors, a notable group of more than 20 women professionals are working together on the national advisory board for a series of Women in Agribusiness Initiatives, brought to the sector by HighQuest Partners.
The initiatives include the second annual Women in Agribusiness Summit in Minneapolis, Minn., Oct. 22-24; a first-of-its-kind research study on women in the sector; and mentorship and sponsorship opportunities designed to assist the next generation of women in ag in reaching their full potential in the field. For a complete list of advisory board companies and members, visit www.womeninag.com
Attendees at the 2013 Women in Agribusiness Summit will enjoy an added day’s worth of programming to allow for additional breakout sessions, and extended time for in-depth question-and-answer and roundtable discussions. Learn more at www.women inag.com
Michigan, Indiana dairies honored for their production
LANSING, Mich. — Dairy producers throughout Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin topped lists in the NorthStar Cooperative Dairy Herd Information (DHI) Services Annual Performance Summary, which summarizes records for the 2012 testing year.
Kent Inniger of Middleton, Mich., earned the 2012 NorthStar Progressive Dairy Producer of the Year award, which is presented to the herd with the greatest increase in dollar value over the last five years. The Innigers earned it on their 189-cow herd, with a dollar value increase of $1,434. This is also recognized as the top herd on the High Dollar Value Herd Report, with a dollar value of $5,284 and a Rolling Herd Average (RHA) of 35,071 pounds of milk, 1,199 pounds of fat and 1,087 pounds of protein.
The herd with the lowest Somatic Cell Count Herd Average was Lyle and Carla Weaver of Goshen, Ind. Their 70-cow herd topped the list with an average of 31,000 count, while producing an RHA of 22,537 pounds of milk, 820 in fat and 668 in protein, with a dollar value of $3,390.
Four producers topped breed-specific lists for High Dollar Value Average reports. Petro Farms of Gobles, Mich., topped the Jersey report with an RHA of 23,183 pounds of milk, 1,099 fat, 802 protein and a dollar value of $4,261. From Goshen, Verl Weaver’s 30-cow herd topped the Guernsey report with an RHA of 18,775 pounds of milk, 883 fat, 664 protein and dollar value of $3,481.
Nor-Bert Farms of Bremen, Ind., topped the Brown Swiss report with an RHA of 22,183 pounds of milk, 861 fat, 720 protein and a dollar value of $3,612. Topping the Red and White Holstein list was the 24-cow herd of Dave Smith of Mason, Mich., with an RHA of 22,877 pounds of milk, 874 fat, 731 protein and a dollar value of $3,668.
A 7HO3994 Wa-Del RC Matt daughter owned by Hidden Hills Dairy of McBain, Mich., topped the Highest Lifetime Cow for Milk Production report the second year in a row. In 11 lactations, this cow has produced 410,264 pounds of milk, 14,040 in fat and 11,932 in protein.