The Pork Checkoff is launching a new national awards program that will recognize future industry leaders. Targeting youth age 18-29, the group plans to give three recipients awarded with an invitation to speak at the National Pork Board events. Visit pigramersof tomorrow.com for contest information.

From Reuters, Russia is planning to host a global grain forum, the first of it’s kind in seven years but only half of the globe plans to show up as it looks set to be snubbed by Western Agriculture ministers due to tension over the Syria crisis. The timing for the grain conference comes as the EU and western power are threatening new sanctions against Moscow. And England is set to grow Genetically Modified crops, The Times Reports that the move has been welcomed by scientist as the government is developing new GMO guidelines post-Brexit.

New Holland, will acquire the grass and soil businesses of Kongskilde Industries. New Holland known for hay equipment, is looking at the purchase to broaden the scope of machinery products it offers to attract growers looking for tillage implements and extended hay and forage offerings according to Successful Farming.