New Report on Economic Impact of Renewable Fuels

fuels-americaThe Fuels America coalition released an economic impact study by John Dunham & Associates showing that the industry supports more than 850,000 American jobs and drives $184.5 billion of economic output.

Fuels America held a telephone press conference introducing the report results featuring comments from Jon Doggett, National Corn Growers Association public policy; Adam Monroe, Novozymes; Larry Ward, POET; and John Dunham, report author.

Listen to or download here: Fuels America new economic report

Fuels America Announces “Oil Rigged” Campaign

fuels-americaMembers of Fuels America today unveiled the details of its new “Oil Rigged” television and digital ad campaign and designed to “expose the many ways the oil industry is rigging the system to protect their profits and block the transition to clean, American renewable fuels.”

The announcement was made by Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president Bob Dinneen, and Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) Executive Vice President Brent Erickson.

Listen to comments from Buis, Dinneen and Erickson here: Fuels America Oil Rigged Campaign

Elanco to be #2 Global Animal Health Company

elanco-lillyEli Lilly and Company intends to acquire Novartis Animal Health in a $5.4 billion all-cash transaction that will make Lilly’s own animal health business, Elanco the world’s second-largest animal health company.

Jeff Simmons, senior vice president of Eli Lilly and Company and president of Elanco Animal Health, joined Lilly’s chairman, president and chief executive officer John Lechleiter in making the official announcement this morning. Lilly CEO John Lechleiter and Elanco president Jeff Simmons announce Novartis deal

New Holland Announces

MyNewHolland.comThis morning New Holland launched This new virtual community is set up to provide a meeting place to share information, contribute to farming related discussions and access premium contents and services. It is very simple to create an account by visiting Full news release can be downloaded here (.doc).

Community members will have access to the features currently active. A list of those features includes:

  • My New Holland: a new online community for all
  • The Spotlight: discussions on a variety of topical subjects in the farming world
  • The first Spotlight: ethanol and renewable energy
  • Valuable information resources: instructional videos, white papers and more
  • Premium content: owners of New Holland equipment and Precision Land Management products gain access to useful materials that will help them get the most from their machines
  • Easy registration and log in through social networks

The Spotlight discussion is a key feature of Each discussion will feature a guest farmer or industry expert who supports a farming-related topic. All My New Holland members are invited to contribute their comments, opinions, material or images, driving the conversation forward. Each discussion will be open for a number of weeks; subsequently a white paper will be produced and made available for downloading.

Ron Clauson MyNewHolland.comThe first Spotlight discussion topic is “Ethanol: Renewable Energy for America – Profit for American Farmers.” The guest is Indiana farmer Ron Clauson. His farm has produced corn for ethanol production for the last eight years.

“One hundred percent of the corn and soybeans we produce go into ethanol and biodiesel,” Clauson says. “It makes me proud to be able to say we market our crops to produce fuel that reduces dependence on imports.”

There are several questions being posed in this first Spotlight discussion soliciting member feedback.

  • Are you producing a crop for ethanol production? If so, what type and why?
  • How would a change in the Renewable Fuel Standard impact your community and you personally?
  • What do you think about the misleading claims against ethanol by critics and what can farmers do about it?

New Holland’s North America Director of Marketing, Mark Hooper, says that there will be more features added in the future.

You can listen to Mark talk about here: Interview with Mark Hooper

2014 Agri-Marketing Conference

13740723053_7105daa0d7_z (1)The 2014 National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) Conference took place in Jacksonville, FL on April 9-11, 2014. This year’s event marked the 10 year anniversary for ZimmComm New Media and Chuck and Cindy celebrated this milestone with there long-time friends in the agri-marketing industry.

2014 Agri-Marketing Conference Photo Album

This Year’s After the After Party with Rhea + KaiserInterview with Diane Martin, Rhea + Kaiser
NAMA Group Trip to St. Augustine
NAMA GypsiesChef Howard’s Remarks
NAMA Chapter Leaders WorkshopInterview with Andrea Bloom, Vita Plus
Fresh From Florida NAMA Farm TourInterview with Florida potato farmer Danny Johns
- Video – Florida NAMA Cracker Cattle Visit
Brownfield Goes Honky Tonk for NAMA Party
Happy Birthday ZimmComm!
Best of NAMA Winners
NAMA Honors Marketer and Leader of the YearInterview with Sonny Beck, Beck's Hybrids
- Interview with Jeff Hartz, Wyffels Hybrids
NASS Census Division Director at NAMAInterview with Renee Picanso, USDA-NASS
Brownfield Honky Tonks With NAMA
Pancake Ray Heats up NAMA
NAMA Fresh Perspective – Video – NAMA Day 4 2014
Cal Poly Wins NAMA Student Competition – Video – 2014 Student NAMA Awards
NAMA Trade Show Through ZimmGlass – Video – 2014 Connection Point – Agri-Marketing Conference
Google Glass Intern

AEM White Paper Interview

1153_aem_logoThe Association of Equipment Manufacturers has just released a new in-depth analysis of of the impact of the agricultural equipment industry on the American economy.

The white paper quantifies the many economic impacts of the manufacturing, distribution, and use of agriculture equipment and machinery from 2011 and figured the total economic footprint of the agricultural industry – including upstream and downstream industries – at $51 billion.

You can listen to the interview with Charlie O’Brien, senior vice president, AEM here: Interview with Charlie O'Brien, AEM senior vice president

Bayer CropScience Bee Care Center Open

bayer-beeBayer CropScience celebrated the grand opening of its North American Bee Care Center on April 15, 2014 at its North American headquarters in Research Triangle Park.

The $2.4 million center brings together significant technological, scientific and academic resources, with goals of promoting improved honey bee health, product stewardship and sustainable agriculture.

Bayer CropScience Bee Care Center Grand Opening Photo Album

Tour of Bayer Bee Center

Bayer CropScience Bee Care Center OpenInterview with Jim Blome, Bayer CropScience

Importance of New Bayer Bee Care CenterInterview with NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler and NC State Ag College Dean Rich Linton

Congresswoman Visits Bayer Bee CenterInterview with Rep. Renee Ellmers

ResponsibleAg Board Member Interview

responsibleagThe Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) and The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) recently announced the selection of nine individuals to serve on the newly formed ResponsibleAg Board of Directors.

The nine representatives include:
– Alicia Duke, Director, Health and Safety, Simplot
– Justin Gough, Director, Agricultural Products, LSB/El Dorado Chemical Company
– Dave Ito, Manager, Human Resources & Regulatory Affairs, Lyman/Tremont Group
– Pete Mutschler, Environmental and Safety Director, CHS Inc.
– Tim McArdle, Executive Vice President & COO, Brandt Consolidated, Inc.
– Rosemary O’Brien, Vice President, Public Affairs, CF Industries, Inc.
– Billy Pirkle, Sr. Director, Environmental, Health & Safety, Crop Production Services
– Scott Rawlins, Director, Regulatory & Governmental Affairs, Wilbur-Ellis Company
– Rod Wells, Manager, Plant Food Division, GROWMARK, Inc.

ResponsibleAg is an independent, not-for-profit organization designed to support fertilizer retailers’ compliance with federal safety and security regulations. Interview with ResponsbileAg board member Rod Wells of GROWMARK

Interview with NASS Census Official

nama14-nassThe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announced it will publish the 2012 Census of Agriculture full report on May 2. The announcement was made this week as NASS Census and Survey Division Director Renee Picanso was attending the National Agri-Marketing Association conference in Jacksonville, Florida.

Interview with Renee Picanso, USDA-NASS

Interviews From Capitol Hill

capitol-snowDuring National Agriculture Day and American Coalition for Ethanol Fly-in activities last week, we were able to interview three lawmakers from the Midwest about issues important to agriculture.

Rep. Rodney Davis of Illinois discusses ethanol and the RFS, his experience working on the farm bill, and the water resources development bill.
Freshman Lawmaker Learns & Teaches on Farm BillInterview with Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL)

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) talked about ethanol and the RFS, rail delays, farm bill implementation and livestock disaster aid.
Sen. Thune Talks Rail Delays and Livestock AidInterview with Senator John Thune (R-SD)

Retiring Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE) talks about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the problem farmer face with over regulation, and what his vision is for the future of agriculture.
Conversation with Sen. Mike JohannsInterview with Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE)

2014 ACE Biofuels Beltway March photo album

Interview with RFA CEO from DC

dinneen-dcIn this interview, Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen discusses the latest from Washington DC, including what he is hearing about the EPA proposal to lower the RFS, the latest anti-RFS ad campaign from Big Oil, rail delays impacting ethanol shipments, getting the tax credits for advanced biofuels reinstated, USDA plans to continue to support ethanol, and enthusiasm in the industry.

Interview with RFA president Bob Dinneen from DC

2014 ACE Biofuels Beltway March

ace-bbmThe 6th annual Biofuels Beltway March organized by the American Coalition for Ethanol was held March 25-26, 2014 in Washington DC. Over 80 supporters representing 15 states heard from officials with USDA, EPA, and the White House and then visiting the offices of more than 120 members of Congress.

2014 ACE Biofuels Beltway March photo album

Big Turnout for ACE Biofuels Beltway MarchInterview with Brian Jennings, ACE
Ag Secretary Takes Time on Ag Day for Ethanol
Brief interview with Secretary Vilsack after ACE visit
ACE Takes Ethanol Message to Friends and FoesInterview with Ron Alverson, SD farmer and ACE president
The Littlest Lobbyist for EthanolInterview with Ethan Fagen, ACE Fly-in Participant
Lawmakers Listening to Ethanol AdvocatesComments from Rep. Rodney Davis, Sens. Thune and Johanns
Corn Growers at Biofuels Beltway MarchInterview with Biofuels March team
Retailers Tell Ethanol Story at ACE Fly-in -
Interview with Glenn Badenhop, Ohio fuel retailer
Interview with Charlie Good, Iowa fuel retailer
Interview with Bruce Vollan, South Dakota fuel retailer
Sen. Thune Meets with Ethanol SupportersInterview with Senator John Thune (R-SD)

National Ag Day Celebration

AgDay LogoThe celebration of 2014 National Agriculture Day in Washington DC included events March 25-27.

Ag Day is celebrated annually to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture.

National Ag Day photo album
Farm to Fork Politics photos

Events included:
Farm to Fork Politics sponsored by Agri-Pulse
Deputy Agriculture Secretary Krysta Harden and Sara Wyant of Agri-Pulse
Ag Day Comments by Sen. Debbie Stabenow
The Great American Wheat Harvest National PremiereInterview with Custom Harvesters
Mix & Mingle Luncheon – Outstanding Young Farmer
USFRA Panel on the Next GenerationUSFRA Next Generation Panel
Celebration of Agriculture Dinner
Screening of Farmland movie
Interview with USFRA chairman Bob Stallman
Interview with Farmland director James Moll

Borlaug Statue Unveiling

Norman Borlaug StatueA statue of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug was installed March 25, 2014 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on what would have been the great agricultural scientist’s 100th birthday. The leadership of the United States Congress, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Governor Terry E. Branstad of Borlaug’s home state of Iowa, and Amb. Kenneth M. Quinn, who chaired the Borlaug Statue Committee, were all part of the ceremony.

Borlaug Statue photos

Listen to or download audio from the ceremony here: Unveiling Ceremony of Dr. Norman Borlaug Statue