Michael Peterson’s Inspiring Performance

Michael PetersonI know it has been a while since I’ve done a Michael Peterson post. Have you been going through MP withdrawal?

New Holland sponsored Michael Peterson to do a performance today at lunch which was both inspiring and entertaining. I’ve been asked several times already if I recorded it and would be posting it. Yes and yes.

Michael played some of his old songs and some new ones. He urged everyone to visit his new website, “I Remember America.”

You can listen to his complete performance here:

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ARC Scholarship Winners

Bob Giblin and Melissa LeanderThe Agricultural Relations Council announced the winners of their 2007 ARC of Excellence Scholarship Program today and two of the recipients were in attendance to receive them.

First of all we have Melissa Leander, Kansas State, pictured here with ARC president Bob Giblin.

They’ll receive $500 each from the organization.

Bob Giblin and Melissa LeanderThe next recipient is Katie Allen, University of Missouri.

She was here with her Dad but I couldn’t talk him into getting into the picture.

Not attending today is Jill Goetz, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

In addition to handing out the scholarships we got an update on the Golden ARC Awards which will be returning to life this fall. More information on them will be forthcoming.

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Horses Work in Kentucky According to KEEP

Jim NavolioThe Agricultural Relations Council held their breakfast this morning to bestow some scholarship awards.

Before that though we heard a presentation on the Kentucky horse industry from Jim Navolio. Jim was head of the Kentucky Equine Education Project which was started to raise awareness of how important this industry is to the state. He says that it’s amazing how little legislative support the industry gets in light of how much it contributes, especially through taxes.

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Agragate Those Carbon Credits

ZimmCast-130 - Agragating Carbon CreditsThis week I’m attending the Agricultural Media Summit. As if you didn’t know that by now. So this week’s program is a live demo for my “Podcasting For Publishers” session.

What better program and interview than with your sponsor? The program is my interview this morning with Agragate Climate Credits Corporation CEO Dave Krog. We’ll learn all about carbon credits and how their new company is now focusing on bringing this service to farmers nationally. In case you don’t know about carbon Dave Krogcredits you need to listen to this program. It’s a great potential extra income source for farmers and as our speaker said yesterday, we’re going to see more and more programs like this.

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InfoExpo Kicks Off

Mosaic BoothInfoExpo officially kicked off with a reception this afternoon. There is a lot to see and talk about in this year’s show because it’s bigger and better than ever.

I made sure I stopped by the Mosaic booth to enter for an iPod Nano. In fact, I’m so pumped to see these as giveaways. If you won one today I’m hoping you’ll be in my session tomorrow “Podcasting For Publishers.” I’ll show you how to use it and where you can get some great content for it and how to create your own. Make sure you stop by and see Dan and Bruce.

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The Ralph Grossi Policy Update

Ralph GrossiRalph Grossi, President, American Farmland Trust, was our luncheon speaker today. He gave us a great overview of Washington, DC policy including the farm bill situation.

To save me time summarizing his comments I’m going to just let you listen for yourself. Yes, the golden ZimmComm microphone was in action. I’ll try to get back here and post more about what he said later. It’s getting time for the opening of the InfoExpo and that’s where I need to be next.

Listen to Ralph Grossi’s remarks here:

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Heads of the Industry

Animal HeadsThis is why I like taking the pictures as opposed to being in them. Poking my head through an animal cutout would not be the way I want to be remembered but hey, I take the pics when they ask.

I don’t know if you can figure out who they are but these are leaders in the industry.

It’s just an example of what a fun loving group agricultural journalists can be.

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AMS Idol Winner Angie Greving

Angie GrevingThe winner of the first AMS Idol contest is Angie Greving, Charleston-Orwig.

Angie just absolutely wowed the crowd with a Martina McBride number (Independence Song).

In fact, she was called back up afterward to sing some more. I’m not sure what the winner received. Hopefully a recording contract somewhere. Hey, I’ve got a microphone and a lot of hard drive space. It could be a start.

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AMS Idol Contestant Jodie Wehrspann

Jodie WehrspanIf you didn’t make it to the AMS Idol competition then never fear. AgWired is here (or was there).

I only shot video of Barbra Streisand also known as Jodie Wehrspann, Farm Industry News.

She did a big performance number including two songs.

YouTube wouldn’t let me upload the whole performance but you can see her first song.

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AMS Idol Judges

AMS Idol JudgesOur opening reception here at the AMS featured a unique competition called AMS Idol.

Here are our famous judges getting ready to lay down the feedback to the competitors. One judge is not pictured (Marilyn Cummins). You figure out who they are. Let’s just say that the judges on that tv show that imitates this competition have nothing to worry about.

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AgraGate Picks Meyocks Group

Meyocks GroupThe brave folks at The Meyocks Group have been selected as the agency of record for AgragGate Climate Credits Corporation, my sponsor here at the Ag Media Summit. You can count on the fact that we’re going to be learning more about carbon credit offsets!

AgraGate is a subsidiary of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, which has been involved in the emerging market for carbon offsets since 2003. AgraGate has contracted with farmers, ranchers and private landowners in 16 states for more than a million acres of carbon offsets. The credits are traded on the Chicago Climate Exchange.

The Meyocks Group helped create the AgraGate brand and will handle ongoing public relations and advertising responsibilities for the company.

“We’re pleased to have the services of the experienced team at The Meyocks Group,” said Dave Krog, AgraGate chief executive. “Our plan is to expand what’s been a successful regional program and take it nationwide in a relatively short time, so the agency’s brand-building expertise is important.”

Meet the Hubers

Huber Winery TourThe farm tour at the Huber Winery Opening Reception was a little more sedate than the one we went on Saturday. Although I’m sure the end result for some people might have been the same (at least from what I’ve heard). Me, I was a good boy going home on the early bus.

While we were at the Huber farm I met with owners Greg and Jan Huber. They walked me through a description of how they’ve built up this agritourist destination over many years. One of the biggest pieces of advice they offer to farmers who might think about this is patience and “don’t try to do everything at once.” Here on the farm they’ve got a winery, fresh produce market, u-pick operation, ice cream shop, kids park and petting zoo and conference facility and it’s all beautiful.

Meet the Hubers in this interview:

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Promoting IFAJ 2009 Congress

Churchill DownsWe had multiple receptions yesterday starting with one to generate interest and support for the 2009 IFAJ Congress which will be held in conjunction with the Ag Media Summit.

So, the organizing committee took many sponsors to Churchill Downs where we watched a video on the conference and had a short presentation by the Committee Co-Chairs Greg Lamp and Mike Wilson.

Greg LampGreg explained where things stand at this point in the planning process during a short interview I did with him afterward.

He wasn’t bashful about saying that they’re asking AMS sponsors to increase their investment in 2009 and sponsor both.

Many of our sponsors are international companies and hopefully the interaction with agricultural journalists from around the world will be attractive and beneficial for them:

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New Bayer CropScience Team Members at R&K

Rhea & KaiserThere are some new team members at Rhea & Kaiser Marketing Communications.

Rhea & Kaiser Marketing Communications has hired agribusiness communications professional Eileen Crosby as a management supervisor to lead the Southern row crop business for client Bayer CropScience, overseeing activities for the cotton, rice and peanut markets.

To further develop the Bayer CropScience team, Rhea & Kaiser also recently hired Bill McLain and Stacy Mayo, senior account executive and assistant account executive, public relations, respectively.

Crosby brings nearly 20 years of experience to the position. Prior to joining Rhea & Kaiser, she led the cotton account team at Bader Rutter & Associates in Brookfield, Wis., and served as manager of consumer and business-to-business products and services for DMC Advertising Inc. of Pawaukee, Wis.

McLain, who previously managed PR programs for Dow AgroSciences’ Southern crops division at Bader Rutter, will lead day-to-day PR efforts on the FiberMax cotton business. Mayo, a recent graduate of Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications and journalism, will provide support to the portfolio of Bayer corn and soybean products.

The agency also promoted Jeff Walter, a seven-year veteran of the Bayer CropScience business, to management supervisor from account supervisor. In his new role, Walter will manage all branding efforts for the Bayer CropScience corn, soybean and sorghum portfolios.

Stacked Traits For Breakfast

Pancake ChefThis morning Syngenta hosted a pancake breakfast for us and distributed memory sticks containing all the information we need including logos, product info, etc.

They used pancake stacks to emphasize their Agrisure stacked traits for corn. Nice tie in folks.

I’m in my morning session room getting ready to discuss “Blogging for Business.” The early comers are seeing blogging in action. Shortly you’ll get to see them.

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Opening Reception Fun

BCS CommunicationsEven though I took the first bus back from the opening reception at Huber Winery it’s still too late for this agriblogger to get much done tonight. I’ll try to get some new pics added to the photo album though.

Gary, Leigh Ann and Kelly are having fun at the opening reception which is still going on I assume. We had the AMS American Idol contest and I’ll have the results for you tomorrow.

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Registration and Media Room Are Open

BASF Media RoomRegistration is open and so is the BASF Media Room.

I started out working from my room today but will switch to downstairs this afternoon. It’s going to be a busy one. We’ve got sessions starting at 1pm and receptions starting as early as 3:45pm before the big one which will take place at Huber Farms starting at 6pm.

Keep an eye of the photo album which has grown to 130 pictures so far and counting. See anyone you know? How about yourself?

2007 Ag Media Summit Photo Album

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