Renewable Waste to Bioproducts Free Webinar

Renewable-Waste-IntelligenceMunicipal solid waste is a big concern for cities around the world and many are discovering that they can make money from their waste. How? But converting the waste stream into biofuels and bioproducts. Yet a question that remains to be answered is where and when will this development play out and how are developers strategizing their business model to reach commercialization?

People can learn the answers to these questions by signing up for Renewable Waste Intelligence’s free webinar, “The challenges of achieving a commercial scale MSW to biofuels and bio-products project“. The webinar will take place Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 10:30 am ET.

Speakers include experts from several of the country’s leading biofuels and bioproducts companies who will share their views on the unfolding project plans, how commercialization has been reached and how MSW can be used to produce a viable and green “drop in” solution for the biochemicals industry.

Speakers include:

  • Tim Cesarek, VP, Enerkem
  • Steve Csonka, Executive Director, CAAFI
  • Sadesh Sookraj, EVP, Novomer

For more information and to register click here.

InfoAg 2014 Stops in St. Louis

infoag-14-signThe 14th InfoAg Conference was held at the historic Union Station in St. Louis July 29-31, 2014.

InfoAg continues to be the premier precision agriculture event for producers, consultants, and the crop production industry, featuring four tracks of concurrent sessions plus a workshop track.

InfoAg 2014 Photo Album

InfoAg 2014 on Track in St. LouisInterview with Steve Phillips, InfoAg Expo conference chairman

PrecisionAg Excellence Award Winners

PrecisionAg Legacy AwardsInterview with Joe Tevis, Topcon

MapShots Customers Learn More About AgStudioInterview with Phil Cochran, Illinois crop consultant
Interview with Mike Shuter, Indiana farmer

The Logic of John Deere AgLogicInterview with Swarupa Bakre, John Deere

AgStudio – Beyond AgronomyInterview with Kelly Nelson, MapShots consultant

Deere Driving Technology for the Bottom LineInterview with Jerry Roell, John Deere

Iteris and Satshot Partner for Better Crop Management

IterisIteris, Inc. a leader in providing intelligent traffic management and weather information solutions, is partnering with Satshot, Inc., a leading provider of satellite and aerial imagery, to provide multispectral images for assessing crop growth and deficiencies on fields through the Satshot user interface.

Through this partnership, Iteris’ ClearPath Ag™ weather content system will be incorporated into Satshot’s mapping and remote sensing imagery system. Satshot customers – from individual growers to crop consultants and agribusiness corporations – will have the ability to utilize the high resolution, field level ClearPath Ag platform to identify field areas with persistent crop issues through detailed geo-referenced imagery. Iteris will also integrate Satshot crop imagery into their own ClearPath Ag technology to benefit compliance reporting, irrigation forecasting and crop yield optimization.

“We are committed to providing advanced agriculture solutions that enhance decision-making for agri-businesses, crop consultants and producers alike,” said Tom Blair, Iteris’ senior vice president, iPerform. “Our solutions provide hyper-local weather information for real-time decision-making that will help maximize crop yields while minimizing risk and input costs. This agreement builds upon our expansion into the precision agriculture market and affirms our strategy of integrating leading technologies with the most advanced companies in the industry.”

Iteris’ ClearPath Ag system provides agri-businesses with actionable, field-level weather information needed for data-driven decision making of efficient crop management, resource allocation, and risk reduction and mitigation. ClearPath Ag is a part of Iteris’ ClearPath set of weather related information diagnostics and solutions, providing actionable information for both “on-road” and “off-road” applications. Iteris’ line of ClearPath data analytics has a broad application for traffic, agriculture, facilities management, utilities and weather solutions.

“The integration of ClearPath Ag’s high-precision weather content into the Satshot imagery system will provide users with the latest information to make intelligent decisions in managing their fields,” said Lanny Faleide, president of Satshot Technologies. “Satshot users will now have access to more information than ever before, making it substantially easier to monitor crop growing conditions.”

MapShots AgStudio Expo

mapshots-agstudio-expoPrior to the start of the 2014 InfoAg Expo, MapShots held the AgStudio Expo in St. Louis on July 28.

the event included information and demonstrations of the AgStudio line of agronomic software, which includes AgStudio PRO, AgStudio FARM, AgStudio SELECT, AgStudio NOTES and AgStudio MAP.

AgStudio Expo Photo Album

Welcome to the MapShots AgStudio Expo
Interview with Clint Ingram, MapShots
AgStudio Updates and Future Expansion
Interview with Ted Macy, MapShots AgStudio
AgStudio and Variable Rate ManagementInterview with Shauna Ingram, MapShots AgStudio
AgStudio Third Party IntegrationInterview with Josh Morris, MapShots support

GROWMARK Picks AgIntegrated for Info Platform

growmarklogoGROWMARK has teamed up with AgIntegrated (AGI) for the development of FS Advanced Information Services (FS AIS), a suite of tools to “connect data, analysis, insight, and application into one complete user experience for advanced field optimization.”

GROWMARK manager of Agronomy Information Services Sid Parks explains more about FS AIS and the role of AgIntegrated in this interview.

Interview with Sid Parks, GROWMARK

2014 Southern Peanut Growers Conference

spgc-14The 16th annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference was held July 24-26, 2014 in Panama City Beach, Florida. The event brings together farmers and peanut industry professionals from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi to find out the latest information about their business and share a few days of fun and fellowship.

The event is coordinated by the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation and has been covered on the SPGC blog since 2008.

2014 SPGC photo album

Peanut Growers Welcome to FloridaInterview with Ken Barton, Florida Peanut Producers Association

Updates from Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi
Interview with Don Koehler, Georgia Peanut Commission
Interview with Jim Cravey, Alabama Peanut Producers
Interview with Malcolm Broome, Mississippi Peanut Growers

Randy Griggs Gets Valor AwardInterview with Randy Griggs, Alabama Peanut Producers retired exec

Market Trends – Numbers and China
Interview with George Lovatt, Lovatt & Rushing
Interview with Jeff Johnson, Birdsong Peanuts

Serious Thoughts from a Funny GuyInterview with Damian Mason, Agriculture’s Professional Funny Man

Arkansas Congressman at SPGC
Rep. Rick Crawford speaks to SPGC
Interview with Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR)

Ethanol Cost Analysis

RFA-logo-13A new analysis by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) shows that over the past four years, ethanol has been the most economically competitive motor fuel and octane source in the world.

In this interview, RFA Senior Vice President Geoff Cooper gives some of the major findings of the report, talks about why it has particular relevance in the California market, and how the study suggests that the cost of producing ethanol in the US will continue to fall.

Geoff Cooper, Renewable Fuels Association

Interview with National Corn President

ncgaMembers of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) had a busy week in the nation’s capital last week – hearing from and meeting with administration officials and lawmakers, saying goodbye to retiring industry leaders, and inspiring new young leaders.

In this interview with NCGA president Martin Barbre of Illinois, he talks about their conversation with EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe, what they talked to lawmakers about, how his crop looks, and much more.

Interview with NCGA president Martin Barbre

UAV Flying High at Progress City

PAASlogoAg UAV’s were flying around Progress City in Decatur, Illinois in the first of its kind Precision Aerial Ag Show held July 9-10.

AG UAVs in the AirInterview with Stu Ellis

FAA and UAVsInterview with attorney Brendan Schulman on UAVs and the FAA

Hick Chick Chat with Central Illinois FarmersHick Chick Chat with Leon Corzine and Jim Reed

American Ethanol 200 Wins Big in Iowa

The American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen took place on Friday, July 11, 2014 and ethanol had a big win. Syngenta donated $108,000 to Growth Energy as part of its $1 per American Ethanol Presented by Enogenacre program to help support ethanol infrastructure. Syngenta’s $1 per acre program is a three-year program where the company donates $1 for every acre of Enogen trait corn that is planted. Enogen was specially developed to improve ethanol production.

In addition, Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP)’ Delayne Johnson spoke about being the first ethanol plant in the world to produce cellulosic ethanol from a kernel of corn. The plant’s Adding Cellulosic Technology uses the Enogen corn trait (as does their first gen ethanol production) and Syngenta has stepped in to work with QCCP to license the technology to other plants around the world.

The speakers in the press conference included:

  • David Withersoon, Syngenta
  • Kelly Manning, Growth Energy
  • Delayne Johnson, Quad County Corn Processors
  • Monte Shaw, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association

Visit the 2014 American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen photo album.

Syngenta Press Conference: Syngenta American Ethanol 200 press conference

Syngenta Donates $108K for Flex Fuel Infrastructure: David Witherspoon interview

QCCP-Syngenta Collaboration Produces Cellulosic Ethanol – Delayne Johnson interview

Twin Cedars FFA Raises Money for Ethanol Infrastructure – Josh Lopez interview

Impact of California Drought

ca-droughtA new study from the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences shows the current drought is the third most severe on record and is responsible for the greatest water loss ever seen in California agriculture.

The study was released during a press briefing this week in Washington, D.C., providing updates estimates on the drought’s effects on Central Valley farm production, presents new data on the state’s coastal and southern farm areas, and forecasts the drought’s economic fallout through 2016.

Speakers at the press conference were:
Study lead author Richard Howitt
UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences director Jay Lund
California Department of Food and Agriculture secretary Karen Ross

UC Davis California Drought study

Immigration Reform Action Day

western-growers-nassifA coalition of leading business, manufacturing, and agriculture groups – including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Partnership for a New American Economy, Business Roundtable, the American Farm Bureau Federation, AmericanHort, the National Association of Manufacturers, and Western Growers – held a Day of Action for immigration reform on July 9.

The group held a national press conference in Washington and events in more than 40 congressional districts across 20 states calling on Congress and the Administration to work together to enact immigration reform. Speaking at the national press conference was Tom Nassif, president and CEO of the Western Growers Association.

Tom Nassif, Western Growers, Immigration reform comments

Also making brief comments regarding agriculture at the end of the audio clip are first, National Association of Manufacturers president Jay Timmons, followed by Business Roundtable president John Engler.

2014 Farm Progress Show Preview

2014-fpsThe 2014 Farm Progress Show is coming up August 26 – 28 in Boone, Iowa.

The Farm Progress Show is the nation’s largest outdoor farm show. Highlights include side-by-side field demonstrations of combines, tillage tools, and precision agriculture products. More than 600 exhibitors from the nation’s leading large and shortline equipment manufacturers, seed and crop protection companies, educational institutions, livestock equipment manufacturers and many additional agriculture input suppliers are showcased at the show each year. In conjunction with the show, country music star, Jerrod Niemann, will take center stage for a live country music concert at the newly renovated ISU Harvester Plaza on Wednesday, Aug. 27, in Ames.

Show manager Matt Jungmann previews this year’s event in this interview. Interview with Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress Show

RFA Report Fails Oil Companies on Consumer Choice

RFA-logo-13A new “Consumer Choice Report Card” released by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) grades some of the largest, most well-known retail gasoline chains based on whether they are providing consumers with alternatives to regular gasoline that cost less, reduce pollution and are higher octane for better engine performance. The “Big Five” oil companies all scored at the bottom of the list — with fewer than 1 percent of stations offering American made, renewable alternatives like E85 or E15 — while a number of major independent retail chains received “A+” grades, with more than 25 percent of their stations offering E85 or E15.

RFA president and CEO Bob Dinneen and RFA Senior Vice President Geoff Cooper held a media call to discuss the report and scorecard.

Listen to or download the call here: RFA report on how oil companies block renewable fuels