Farm Credit Returns Millions to Borrowers

Farm Credit of South Florida, an agricultural credit association serving eight counties in southeast Florida, returned over $5 million dollars to its member-borrowers in the form of patronage refund checks at their recent annual stockholders’ meeting. The 92-year-old cooperative has experienced record performance in recent years with regard to loan volume and credit quality. The four branch offices of Farm Credit are located in Homestead, Royal Palm Beach, Okeechobee and Vero Beach and serve many of Florida’s growers, packers, processors and producers. The association currently has over $600 million in outstanding loans to businesses and individuals directly involved with agricultural products or services in the southern Florida.

Eckert Inducted into Hall of Fame

Jane Eckert, a past president of the North American Farmers’ Direct Marketing Association (NAFDMA) and an advocate of farm direct marketing, was recently inducted into the NAFDMA Hall of Fame. Eckert, who owns Eckert AgriMarketing of St. Louis, Mo., received her award during NAFDMA’s 2008 annual convention held in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

Eckert grew up on her family’s apple orchard and spent more than 15 years in corporate marketing. Eventually she returned to the family farm before starting Eckert AgriMarketing in 2001. Starting with Eckert’s Country Store and Farms, she has helped bridge the gap between farms and tourism agencies and convention and visitors bureaus. She is in her second year of consulting with the Kansas travel division; she works with travel professionals, farmers and ranchers to develop agritourism in the state.

CFSA Launches Local Food Web Site

The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association has launched a searchable food guide at www.carolinalocalfood.org, where Web site visitors can locate over 300 sustainable farms, markets, grocers and organizations in North and South Carolina. The new tool features the region’s most extensive database of farms available on the Internet. Farmers and other businesses are welcome to add their listings to the site with updates occurring monthly. The food guide is in response to the growing demand for locally grown food.

Kubota Promotes Safety

To bring attention to tractor and equipment safety, Kubota Tractor Corporation is tapping into the National Safety Council’s (NSC) 12th annual celebration of National Safety Month in June. Though safety should be practiced year round, Kubota’s call to action is advising families and businesses to take time this month to review safety information for tractor, mower and utility vehicle safety. Older tractors and equipment should have a rollover protection structure (ROPS) and seatbelt. Kubota has provided ROPS as standard equipment since 1985; owners of earlier models can have a ROPS and safety belt retrofit to their tractors by contacting their local dealers. According to the NSC, if all tractors were equipped with a ROPS and a seatbelt, about 350 lives would be saved each year.

Additional safety information, including a tractor safety coloring book, can be found at www.kubota.com. Owners of older model tractors can also submit their model and serial number to attain retrofit pricing from their local dealer.

Saf-T-Side Achieves OMRI Listing

Brandt Specialty Formulations’ EPA-registered spray oil, Saf-T-Side, has achieved OMRI listing. The pre-emulsified smothering oil is labeled for a broad range of crops and ornamentals. The company’s manufacturing process breaks down the oil, reducing droplet size from 700 to approximately 50 microns. When applied, the smaller oil droplets leave a thin coating of oil on the plant that is believed to be more effective in insect and disease control as well as being safer for the plant.

Barchart Partners with Farms.com

Barchart.com, Inc., a provider of commodity market data, has partnered with Farms.com, a provider of information products and services for the global agriculture and food industries. Through their partnership, Barchart.com will provide custom Web site content including commodity quotes, advanced charts and other market information and tools. . Older tractors and equipment should have a rollover protection structure (ROPS) and seatbelt. Kubota has provided ROPS as standard equipment since 1985; owners of earlier models can have a ROPS and safety belt retrofit to their tractors by contacting their local dealers. According to the NSC, if all tractors were equipped with a ROPS and a seatbelt, about 350 lives would be saved each year.

Additional safety information, including a tractor safety coloring book, can be found at www.kubota.com. Owners of older model tractors can also submit their model and serial number to attain retrofit pricing from their local dealer.

OmniLytics Collaborates with Elanco

OmniLytics, Inc. of Salt Lake City, Utah has entered into a collaborative research and license agreement with Elanco, a division of Eli Lilly and Company. The agreement will combine OmniLytics’ bacteriophage technology with Elanco’s experience in product development, marketing, sales and branding. The phage-based products will assist the animal health and food production industries in the control of E. coli, Salmonella and Listeria outbreaks. OmniLytics has been treating crops in the United States with their AgriPhage product line for more than a decade. Phages are an alternative to broad-spectrum antibiotics and other chemicals in the fight against bacterial disease and contamination.

Yaklich Joins Nunhems

Hybrid seed company Nunhems U.S.A. announced the addition of Bob Yaklich as business development manager, seed technology. In this newly created position, Yaklich will work with the company’s internal research and development team. He will also work with external providers to source and implement seed technology solutions. Yaklich is a seed industry veteran who has held positions at Monsanto and Becker Underwood. He holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from Iowa State University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in seed technology and business.

FBS Expands Distribution to Australia

Floratine Biosciences (FBS), a developer of plant-strength technologies with headquarters in Collierville, Tenn. and manufacturing facilities in Visalia, Calif., has contracted with Superior Agronomic Solutions to manage the company’s Australian business operations and sales. Superior Agronomic Solutions, led by managing partner Ian Leonard, will be responsible for establishing field trials and research opportunities for FBS, as well as fostering new sales relationships.

Barchart Partners with Farms.com

Barchart.com, Inc., a provider of commodity market data, has partnered with Farms.com, a provider of information products and services for the global agriculture and food industries. Through their partnership, Barchart.com will provide custom Web site content including commodity quotes, advanced charts and other market information and tools.