Three USGC Delegates Honored for A Decade of Service

Three U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) delegates – Randy Ives of Gavilon; Ray Defenbaugh of Big River Resources; and Stan Garbacz from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture – were honored for 10 years of service to the organization at its 55th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting this week in Montreal, Canada.

Asked about their experiences with the Council, the three told different stories but were unanimous in recognizing its value.

The highlight for Ives has been seeing the ethanol industry come together to meet challenges from antidumping cases to biotechnology acceptance.

Five-Year Honorees Praise A-Teams, Personal Connections

Jerry Wang, delegate for Living Water Integra Trade Inc., and Russ Hurlbert, delegate for the South Dakota Farm Bureau Federation were honored for five years of service to the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) during the organization’s 55th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting held this week in Montreal, Canada.

For both men, their years of service to the Council have brought practical rewards.

“It’s been an excellent experience working with the Council, and especially with the value-added Advisory Team (A-Team),” Wang said. “I learned a lot and also gave a lot of insights I have in the grain industry. The Council always listens to the members’ opinions.”

Council Recognizes Three Grower Organization Executives

The U.S. Grains Council recognized three state grower organization executives at its Montreal meeting this week for the years they have worked with the organization: Laura Knoth, Kentucky Corn Promotion Council, for five years of service; Tadd Nicholson, Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association, for 10 years of service; and Joyce Woodhouse, Corn Growers Association of North Carolina, for 35 years.

State executives play a unique role in the Council’s efforts, providing continuity and a source of information on the Council’s work for growers in their states.

Thinking over her many years of involvement, Woodhouse highlighted the value of personal contact between Council officials, grower groups and leaders like the Corn Growers Association of North Carolina Past Chairman Bill Griffin.

Technology Use On U.S. Farms

Multiple forms of technology are available to improve production on the United States’ 2 million farms of all sizes. Beyond computer and Internet access, which is available on about 71 percent of U.S. crop farms (2013 report), various methods of technology are used in coordination with one another to increase efficiency, minimize labor and enhance sustainability.

Precision Agriculture Improves Efficiency For U.S. Producers

A farmer demonstrates the precision agriculture system used in a tractor on his farm.

When U.S. farmers replaced their horse-drawn equipment with tractors in the early 1900s, their crop productivity took a mighty leap forward. Technology on the farm has continually evolved to increase efficiency, improve yields and drive production and profitability. In the 21st century, this is due in part to the development of precision agriculture tools.

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