Jim Tobin, vice president of industry affairs at Monsanto Company, will present the 2013 Carl and Marjory Hertz Lecture on Emerging Issues in Agriculture March 28 at Iowa State University in Ames. Tobin, an Iowa State alum, will present "Agricultural Technology: Reflections on the Journey, Perspectives on the Future" at 7 p.m. in Room 1148 in the Gerdin Business Building. The event is free and open to the public.
During Tobin's 29-year career with Monsanto he has served in various agricultural marketing and commercial development positions, working with Monsanto's seed, biotech and crop chemical customers and products. He joined its Corporate Affairs Group in 2008.
Annual Hertz lecture at ISU was created in memory of the founder of Hertz farm management company, based in Nevada, Iowa
An agricultural education and studies graduate of Iowa State and member of the FarmHouse fraternity, Tobin served as a county Extension director for the ISU Extension early in his career. He went on to earn an MBA from Harvard University.
Tobin is a member of the board of the U.S. Grains Council and a member of the Farm Foundation Roundtable. He has served on the National 4-H Council and the Missouri 4-H Foundation. He is a past chairman of the American Seed Trade Association.
The Carl and Marjory Hertz Lecture on Emerging Issues in Agriculture was created in memory of the founders of Hertz Farm Management to inspire generations of industry leaders, research scientists and young professionals to reach their full potential.~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~
Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality.
Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world's natural resources such as water and energy.
High tunnel production workshop offered March 26 for fruit, vegetable growers
In other ISU related news released last week, comes this reminder: Current commercial fruit or vegetable growers and traditional farmers interested in diversifying can learn more about high tunnel production at a March 26 workshop at the Iowa State University Extension Harrison County office at Logan, in western Iowa.
"Like all farmers, fruit and vegetable growers attempt to get the greatest yields of high quality crops from their land," says Linda Naeve, program coordinator with Iowa State University Extension's Value Added Agriculture program. "This requires careful planning and using the right tools and strategies. Producing high value crops in high tunnels is one way growers can increase their production in a limited space."
Fruit or vegetable growers and traditional farmers interested in diversifying can learn about high tunnel production at this March 26 ISU Extension workshop
High tunnels are inexpensive, simple, passive-solar greenhouses in which crops are grown directly in the soil. They allow growers to extend the season and produce high yields of quality produce earlier than field-grown crops, thus commanding a higher price at market.
Topics to be covered at the workshop include site and high tunnel selection, construction, soil management, irrigation, pest management, bed design and cropping systems, and business plan development. The workshop will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. Preregistration is required by calling Joe Hannan at 515-993-4281 or emailing at [email protected]. Fees for the workshop are $55 per person or $90 per couple, which includes a training manual/workbook, resource guide, lunch and refreshments.