Over 2,500 seed industry professionals attended the American Seed Trade Association’s Annual Corn & Sorghum and Soybean Seed Research Conference and Seed Expo in Chicago, December 10-13, 2013.
This meeting is truly “where seed business gets done” with a large trade show and informational meetings focusing on legal and legislative issues, biotech and organic seed concerns, phytosanitary regulations, emerging diseases and other issues affecting seed production and movement worldwide.
2013 ASTA CSS & Seed Expo Photo Album
ASTA CSS 2013 Preview – Interview with ASTA CEO Andy LaVigne
Cover Crop Seed Growth – Interview with ASTA 2nd Vice Chair Risa DeMasi, Grassland Oregon
Meet ASTA’s New Director of Communications – Interview with Janice Walters, ASTA
ASTA CSS Offers Grain Markets Outlook –
Interview with Dan Basse, AgResource
ASTA CSS presentation by Dan Basse, AgResource
Sonny Ramaswamy at ASTA CSS 2013 -
Interview with Sonny Ramaswamy, USDA-NIFA
ASTA CSS presentation by Sonny Ramaswamy, USDA-NIFA
Nominate the cream of the crop – Agribusiness Leader of the Year and NAMA Marketer of the Year. Check out a list of current and past winners for Agribusiness Leader of the Year and NAMA Marketer of the Year.
Winners of these prestigious awards will be honored at the 2014 Agri-Marketing Conference, April 9 – 11, Jacksonville, Florida. Celebrate the achievements and impressive careers of the very best in agriculture with NAMA.
Agribusiness Leader of the Year Application
Please download the application in an Adobe .pdf format here. Or fill out the on-line nomination short form at http://www.nama.org/awards/agribusinessform.htm.
NAMA Marketer of the Year Application
Please download the application in an Adobe .PDF format here. Or fill out the NAMA Marketer of the Year on-line nomination form at http://www.nama.org/awards/namamarketerform.htm.
Submission deadline is January 17, 2014.
At the end of last week Croplife Foundation released a new report, “The Role of Seed Treatment in Modern U.S. Crop Production.” The report contains extensive information on the benefits of seed treatment for growers, consumers and the environment.
The CropLife Foundation held a press conference with these speakers:
Jay Vroom, chair, CropLife Foundation board of directors
Andrew W. LaVigne, president and CEO, American Seed Trade Association;
Tim Burrack, Iowa farmer and vice chair of the board of directors, Truth about Trade & Technology.
You can download or listen to the press conference to learn more here: CropLife Foundation Press Conference
On 12 November 2013, members of the U.S. agricultural lime industry met near Iowa State University to discuss improving the measurement of limestone reactivity to better predict pH changes in soils. The goal of this conference was to compare current practices with other developed methodologies to determine if there are opportunities to improve measuring limestone reactivity in soils among a variety of liming materials. Research has shown that optimizing soil pH levels can help producers improve their yields while lowering environmental impacts in support of the Nutrient Management Strategy. In attendance were key leaders from the lime industry, academia and USDA. Continue reading
On November 27, 2013 Patriot Renewable Fuels, based in Annawan, Illinois hosted a Renewable Fuel Roundtable with special guest Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL). In addition, the biorefinery broke ground on its $10 million 4-5 million gallon biodiesel plant that will use the corn oil produced from ethanol plant to produce biofuels.
Listen to Rep. Cheri Bustos full remarks here: Rep. Cheri Bustos Loves Ethanol
Check out Patriot Renewable Fuels photo album.
This morning the United Soybean Board held a conference call with media to introduce new officers and answer questions. An audio file of the recording is available below.
USB ADDS 70th DIRECTOR, ELECTS NEW CHAIRMAN AT ANNUAL MEETING
The year 2014 will be a historic one for the United Soybean Board (USB) as it expands to a 70-member board of volunteer farmer-leaders. USB held its annual meeting, this week in St. Louis, where it swore in that new director, as well as elected a new chairman, vice chairman and other new officers.
Listen to or download the call here: USB Conference Call
Representatives from state government, the agriculture community, and the ethanol industry all say the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) biofuels requirements would have a negative impact on agriculture and rural economies.
A telephone press discussion about the proposal held on Wednesday featured comments from Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, American Farm Bureau economist Matt Erickson Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen.
Listen to comments from Branstad, Erickson and Dinneen with questions from the media here: Comments on RFS Proposal Negative Impacts
The Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) hosted a call today to preview their testimony that will be delivered during EPA’s public hearing on December 5, 2013 about its proposed 2014 renewable fuel volumes as part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The EPA is also accepting comments on its proposal to in part, slash advanced biofuel requirement along with slashing all categories of renewable fuel requirements.
The media call examined why the EPA proposal would devastate the nascent advanced and cellulosic biofuels industry. It also offered perspectives from two manufacturers of advanced biofuels as well as insight from Wall Street.
- Michael McAdams, President, Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA)
- Wayne Simmons, President and CEO, Sundrop Fuels and Chairman, ABFA
- Stu Lamb, President and CEO, Viesel Fuel LLC
- Pavel Molchanov, SVP and Equity Research Analyst, Raymond James & Associates Inc.
Listen to the full media call here including the questions and answer session: Advanced Biofuels Industry Previews EPA Testimony
Canadian farmers harvested record crops this season, according to the December report from Statistics Canada. Production of most field crops increased in 2013 compared with 2012 as yields reached a number of record highs. Both canola and wheat production reached record levels in 2013.
Analyst Bruce Burnett with the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) summarized the report and his take on it during the Minneapolis Grain Exchange (MGEX) crop call for Canada. Commentary on Canada crop report with Bruce Burnett, CWB
The Chicago Farmers annual Farmland Investment Fair has been rebranded for 2014 as simply “The Farmland Fair” with a continued focus on the connection of social media and farmland investment.
The Chicago Farmers 2014 Farmland Fair – “Where People Come To Learn, Connect and Understand Farmland” – will be held on February 1, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Joliet Junior College’s Weitendorf Ag Facility. The Fair will feature social media expert Jeff Korhan, author of “Built-In Social: Essential Social Marketing Practices for Every Small Business,” which delivers proven methods for converting social marketing best practices into profitable outcomes. Korhan is a small business marketing specialist who helps businesses use social media and internet marketing to create exceptional customer experiences that accelerate business growth.
Farmland Fair co-chairman Jeff Martin notes that The Chicago Farmers organization has been helping people with an interest in farmland connect face-to-face with each other since 1935. “This year we’re going to teach people how to connect and learn about farmland on-line and further increase their business opportunities on the farm,” said Martin, who is a past president of The Chicago Farmers, a farmer from Mount Pulaski, Illinois and nationally-recognized expert on conservation practices.Interview with Jeff Martin, The Chicago Farmers
Link to full press release with audio sound bites.