Celebrate National Ag Day 2015

March 18th, 2015 is National Ag Day

National Ag day is the day for producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America gather to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by American agriculture. As the world population soars, there is even greater demand for the food, fiber and renewable resources produced in the United States.

The National Ag Day program believes that every American should:

  1. Understand how food, fiber and renewable resource products are produced.
  2. Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.
  3. Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.
  4. Acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food, fiber and renewable resource industries.

Agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis, and is increasingly contributing to fuel and other bio-products. Each year, members of the agricultural industry gather together to promote American agriculture. This effort helps educate millions of consumers. By far, the most effective part of this program is the role you play in helping spread the word.

A few generations ago, most Americans were directly involved in—or had relatives or friends involved in— agricultural-related endeavors. Today, that is no longer the case. That is why it is so important that we join together at the community level. Voices, in concert, become a shout that carries our message a great deal further than any one of us can do alone!

Why Celebrate Ag Day?

Americans need to understand the value of agriculture in their daily lives. Here are just some of the key reasons why it’s important to recognize—and celebrate—Ag Day each year:

  • Increased knowledge of agriculture and nutrition allows individuals to make informed personal choices about diet and health.
  • Informed citizens will be able to participate in establishing the policies that will support a competitive agricultural industry in this country and abroad.
  • Employment opportunities exist across the board in agriculture.

Career choices include:

  1. farm production
  2. agribusiness management and marketing
  3. agricultural research and engineering
  4. food science
  5. processing and retailing
  6. banking
  7. education
  8. landscape architecture
  9. urban planning
  10. energy and other fields
  • Beginning in kindergarten and continuing through 12th grade, all students should receive some systematic instruction about agriculture.
  • Agriculture is too important a topic to be taught only to the small percentage of students considering careers in agriculture and pursuing vocational agricultural studies.
  • Agricultural literacy includes an understanding of agriculture’s history and current economic, social and environmental significance to all Americans. This understanding includes some knowledge of food, fiber and renewable resource production, processing and domestic and international marketing.


Georgia FFA 8th Annual Blue & Gold Gala

The 8th Annual Georgia FFA Blue & Gold Gala was held Friday, March 13, 2015 at The St. Regis Buckhead. Colombo North America, Inc. is proud to sponsor FFA and honored to have been present at this event. Governor Nathan Deal gave an excellent speech.

Colombo North America Attends DeMott Tractor Luncheon

On March 10, 2015, the Colombo North America team attended a dinner meeting in Moultrie, Ga. at DeMott Tractor Company. DeMott Tractor Company provided a great meal for everyone in attendance.

Paul Branch, Colombo North America, Inc. Service Manager, discusses the 2015 Twin Master updates with luncheon attendees.

Paul Branch, Colombo North America, Inc. Service Manager, discusses the 2015 Twin Master updates with luncheon attendees.

Paul Branch, Colombo North America, Inc. Service Manager, discussed the 2015 Twin Master Peanut Combine updates and explained peanut combine operation in a variety of weather conditions. A brief Q & A session was held after the discussion.

Colombo North America Attends 63rd Annual Mid-South Farm & Gin Show

The Mid-South Farm and Gin Show is the South’s largest indoor farm show. Sponsored by the Southern Cotton Ginners Association & Foundation and Delta Farm Press. The annual farm show attracts the latest innovations, equipment/machinery and technology to the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee.

More than 95 percent of the show space is devoted to agriculture-related products and services. The show attracts approximately 20,000 attendees over a two-day show.

Colombo North America attended the 63rd Annual Mid-South Farm & Gin Show on February 27 & 28, 2015.  Colombo was showcasing it’s Twin Master Peanut Combine, Advanced Peanut Combine, and Peanut Dump Cart.

(left to right) Jonathan Coody, Colombo NA Marketing Manger and Colombo NA President/CEO Leandro Santos fielding the Colombo North America exhibit.

“The Mid-South Farm & Gin Show is an event many companies are clamoring to exhibit at,” says Tim Price, show manager. “Volatility and the rapid pace of change in agriculture drive many of the new products and services on display at the show. Companies listen to the decision-makers who attend this show each year and develop the products and services they need to continue to do what they do best – produce crops. Farmers attending the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show have the opportunity to get a firsthand look at what’s new in the industry — new technology, new products, and other new developments in agriculture.”

Farmers Have Until March 31, 2015 To Update Yields and Reallocate Base Acres

Reallocation Deadline Extended

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that a one-time extension will be provided to producers for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres has been extended one additional month, from Feb. 27 until March 31, 2015. The final day for farm owners and producers to choose ARC or PLC coverage also remains March 3.

If no changes are made to yield history or base acres by March 31, the farm’s current yield and base will be used. A program choice of ARC or PLC coverage also must be made by March 31, or there will be no 2014 payments for the farm and the farm will default to PLC coverage through the 2018 crop year.

Farmers now have until March 31 to update yields and reallocate base acres; deadline for choosing between ARC and PLC also remains March 31

Nationwide, more than 2.9 million educational postcards, in English and Spanish, have been sent to producers, and over 4,100 training sessions have been conducted on the new safety-net programs. The online tools, available at the USDA Website,allow producers to explore projections on how ARC or PLC coverage will affect their operation under possible future scenarios.

Covered commodities include peanuts, barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium grain rice (which includes short grain rice), safflower seed, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat. Upland cotton is no longer a covered commodity.

To learn more, farmers can contact their local Farm Service Agency county office.

Colombo North America Attends Southern Farm Show in Raleigh, NC

Over 400 exhibiting companies make the Southern Farm Show the largest agricultural exposition in the Carolinas and Virginia.  A tradition at the NC State Fairgrounds each February, the show hosts key industry events, and is known as the region’s annual meeting place for farmers and agricultural leaders.

On February 4-6, 2015 Colombo North America was in attendance showcasing it’s Twin Master Peanut Combine, Advanced Peanut Combine, and Peanut Dump Cart.