Written by: Jean Kaahwa, AGCO Africa Ambassador 2015
On the night of 16th January 2015, I said warm goodbyes to my immediate family and they wished me all the best in Berlin, Germany. As I set off to the airport I kept having flashbacks of my journey in the agriculture sector from the time when I was dreaming of turning that idle swamp into a productive fish farm, how the dream materialized, my growth in the agribusiness sector and eventually heading to Berlin as AGCO‘s Africa Ambassador for 2015.
I travelled from Uganda via Istanbul and was received warmly by a gentleman in Berlin. I was amazed at the beauty and scenery of the city that met me. At the hotel I bumped into Sue Musunga Chuzu, who was AGCO‘s first Africa Ambassador in 2012, and I immediately felt at home.
I later met the warm and friendly AGCO team and AGCO Africa Ambassador 2014, Joy Jelimo Chelagat as well. Joy and I toured Berlin together the next day and also visited the Africa Summit venue.
On the morning of the 4th AGCO Africa Summit I was nervous. However, I received some encouraging words from Mr. Nuradin Osman, Managing Director Africa and Middle East of AGCO, and Dr. Amrita Cheema, one of the moderators of the conference, just before the program started.
Looking at the conference agenda made me feel like I had to listen to every word spoken as I found the topics and presentations practical, applicable and contextual for the smallholder farmers like me in Africa. Read the rest of this entry »
Biomass, as a sustainable fuel, does more than just help the environment—it saves lives. Many rural hospitals have antiquated boiler systems that burn oil for fuel during the cold winter months. This is not a sustainable heat source, and the cost is putting many of them in the red. These hospitals often are the only close access to medical care in low income communities.
Piedmont Geriatric State Hospital in Burkeville, Virginia, is using biomass to keep its buildings warm during those long winters. The hospital burns around 3,000 tons of native warm season grasses (NWSG) as biofuel, supplied by FDC Enterprises, from November to May. The hospital saves, on average, more than $1,300 per day during those seven months.
On an energy basis, biomass is roughly one-third the cost of fuel, which quickly adds up. Glenn Farris stated, “For many rural hospitals, being able to save over $200,000 per year is the difference between staying open or closing their doors. It can also be the way to bring that next important lifesaving machine or a new doctor to their facility. It can’t help but make you feel good to know you work for a company and in an industry that can make great things like this happen.”
By using biomass energy, hospitals can save money normally used to heat the building and instead better serve the community. Biomass is a win for rural hospitals, the communities they serve and the environment. To learn more about AGCO Biomass solutions, please visit: http://bit.ly/AGCOBiomass.
AGCO has proudly partnered with the Zambia 4-H project to help prepare Africa’s children to meet urgent global needs, including hunger, sustainable livelihoods and food security. By 2015, 4-H will equip 250,000 young people in Sub-Saharan Africa with the knowledge and skills needed for improved, sustainable livelihoods. Click here to learn more about the #AG4Good initiative on our Facebook page.
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Luke Branquinho and Cody Teel, the two Hesston-sponsored cowboys competing at the 2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas, are more than halfway through the competition and poised to finish the week strong.
Branquinho, the reigning world champion steer wrestler from Los Alamos, Calif., had strong finishes Sunday and Monday, winning Sunday’s round and placing second on Monday. Branquinho started the NFR ranked No. 1. After Tuesday night’s round, Branquinho is ranked No 8.
Teel, a past high school and college champion bull rider from Kountze, Texas, arrived at the NFR ranked as the No. 2 bull rider in the world at just 20 years old. Teel has posted first- and fourth-place finishes during the first six rounds. After six rounds of rides, Teel is sitting in the No. 5 spot.
In addition to sponsoring Branquinho and Teel, Hesston by Massey Ferguson® is the official farm equipment sponsor of the National Finals Rodeo. Hesston dealers are hosting more than 400 Hesston customers at the Mandalay Bay Resort during the National Finals Rodeo. In addition to attending rodeo performances, customers were treated to a cocktail reception; a meet-and-greet with Teel and Branquinho; and a private Rodney Atkins concert at the House of Blues.
For more information on how the Hesston-sponsored cowboys are doing at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, visit www.nfrexperience.com; follow the boys on Twitter (@lukebranquinho and @CodyLTeel); or text “Hesston” to 21534 for updates on your smartphone.
The second annual Farm Animal Photo contest is here! Did you enjoy the AGCO Farm Dog photo contest last year?
This year we’re doing things a bit differently and you can now show off any animal for a chance to win the new iPad! Upload up to three different photos into the contest from now until Thursday, April 19, 2012. AGCO will then pick finalists from the pool of photos, where everyone will then vote for the winner! The grand prize winner will win the new iPad and four of the top finalists will win $25 iTunes gift cards.
Which of your farm animals will you show off? Enter now!