AEM Reports 2017 Tractor and Combine Sales

The 2017 Ag Tractor and Combine Report from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) shows some recovery from 2016. In this interview, AEM Senior VP for AG Services Curt Blades talks about the 2017 report and how the new tax reform package has the industry cautiously optimistic for continued overall improvement in 2018. Interview with Curt Blades, AEM

2018 Soil Health Summit

Rooted in Data, Growing in Success is the theme for the 2018 Soil Health Partnership Summit, January 18-19 in Chicago. This is the fourth annual invitation-only event to share and learn about soil health and the future of agriculture. The official Soil Health Summit blog contains all content from the event. This virtual ag newsroom includes links to photos and …

GROWMARK Continues Nationwide Scholarship Program

For the second year, the GROWMARK Foundation is offering a $1,500 scholarship program for students in the United States and Ontario, Canada, who are pursuing college degrees or trade school certification in an agriculture-related field. “In the past, we offered some smaller regional scholarships but as our business has grown and evolved, we saw a need to provide a scholarship …

Cold Tolerant Berseem Clover Provides Frost Seeding Option

Frosty Berseem Clover can survive temperatures as low as 5 degrees Fahrenheit Extended growing seasons, higher yields, increased establishment rates and convenience are just a few of the benefits farmers and ranchers can take advantage of when implementing frost seeding into their hay and pasture systems, says Jerry Hall, director of research for Grassland Oregon. “Frost seeding is the broadcasting …

Ethanol Report on 2017 Production

Ethanol production averaged over a million barrels per day (b/d) for 44 out of 52 weeks in 2017 which means another record year for the industry. And despite a very average growing season, corn yield for 2017 is estimated at a record high 176.6 bushels per acre, and production was only down four percent because farmers planted less acres. In …

ZimmCast on January Ag Events

2018 has already started off with a bang at the American Farm Bureau Federation annual convention in Nashville with the first appearance by a U.S. president in over 25 years and some pretty exciting mainstream media news coverage of agriculture. Jamie was there to take it all in and she talks about the experience in this edition of the ZimmCast, …

Preview of 2018 Cattle Industry Conference

Blaze a Trail is the theme for the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show January 31 – February 2 in Phoenix, AZ. Prior to the actual kickoff of the event will be the 25th Anniversary of Cattlemen’s College, the opening general session speaker will be Ree Drummond the Pioneer Woman, and attendees will also hear from former MLB …

National Biodiesel Conference to Celebrate 25 Years

The biodiesel industry is heading to Fort Worth January 22 – 25 for the silver anniversary of the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo. “Every conference we’ve sponsored has been an exciting event for our industry,” said National Biodiesel Board (NBB) CEO Donnell Rehagan. “But this one is obviously going to be special as we take the opportunity to not only …

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2018 American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention

The 99th American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show was held in Nashville January 6-9 2018. President Trump addressed attendees along with AFBF president Zippy Duvall, and Canada’s minister of agriculture. The majority of the main activities at the AFBF convention were live-streamed and archived, photographed and audio filed, through the Farm Bureau convention media guide. Here …

SMART Farmer Podcast 2018

Welcome to the first SMART farmer podcast of 2018! In 2017, we interviewed 22 farmers and ranchers and other agriculture industry people from across the country for the SMART farmer podcast to learn how they use the latest technology in their production of food and fiber for the world, like poultry barns with environmental controls on smart phones, using GPS …

ZimmCast with MN Soybean

Tom Slunecka is one of the first people ever to be featured in a ZimmCast, back in 2005 when he was executive director for the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC). That organization became Growth Energy in 2008, and Tom has been executive director for Minnesota Soybean, which includes both the state Growers Association (MSGA) and the Research & Promotion …

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2017 SMART Farmers

In 2017, the very first SMART Farmer podcast was introduced. It has featured interviews with the people who use data and technology to be more sustainable and to help build a smarter version of the American farm and ranch. SMART Farmer Katie Brenny – Podcast debut featuring interviews with USFRA CEO Randy Krotz and Katie Brenny, a beef producer from …

USFRA Promotes Food Evolution in Times Square

As New Year’s Eve revelers fill Times Square this weekend, towering over them will be a jumbotron advertisement for the movie Food Evolution being promoted by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA). Food Evolution was commissioned by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), and directed by Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy. It can be found on Hulu, iTunes, …

Ethanol Report on 2017

All in all, 2017 was a pretty good year for the ethanol industry with a new advocate in the White House and record production. Among the highlights of the year, increased exports despite Brazil taking a protectionist stance against ethanol imports, EPA releasing new RVO numbers on time, and ethanol champions rally to protect the RFS and win. In this …