The 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
The 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
During 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 Bill – Interview 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 Aid – Interview 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 Johanns – Interview with Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE)
2014 ACE Biofuels Beltway March photo album
In 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
The 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 March – Interview 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 Foes – Interview with Ron Alverson, SD farmer and ACE president
The Littlest Lobbyist for Ethanol – Interview with Ethan Fagen, ACE Fly-in Participant
Lawmakers Listening to Ethanol Advocates – Comments from Rep. Rodney Davis, Sens. Thune and Johanns
Corn Growers at Biofuels Beltway March – Interview 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 Supporters – Interview with Senator John Thune (R-SD)
A 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
Boehringer Ingelheim (BIVI) recently hosted its Swine Health Seminar in Dallas, Texas. The theme: Running the Option: A Multifaceted Approach to PCV2 (or Porcine Circovirus).
The virus was first discovered (or genetically identified) in 1974, and in essence, this year marks the 40th anniversary of PCV. Today, the virus has mutated into PCV2 a and b.
The Swine Health seminar covered all aspects of this virus from a diverse group of experts ranging from veterinarians from BIVI and Cargill Pork, researchers and international consultants. The in-depth presentations discussed diagnostics, control, protection and efficiency measures to prevalence and immunity, infield research, sow stability and vaccination. The event concluded with a roundtable discussion.
Click here to view the 2014 Swine Health Seminar photo album.
BIVI Launches Two PED Initiatives: Interview with Greg Cline
PCV2 – A Retrospective: Interview with Dr. Brian Payne
PCV2 Vaccination Strategies: Interview with Dr. Michael Murtaugh
What is the Infection Chain of PCV2?: Interview with Dr. David Baumert
Extra Benefits of Sow + Piglet PCV2 Vaccinations: Interview with Dr. Robert Desrosiers
The Partnership for a New American Economy and the Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform released a report Tuesday entitled “No Longer Home Grown: How Labor Shortages are Increasing America’s Reliance on Imported Fresh Produce and Slowing U.S. Economic Growth.” The report part of the #iFarmImmigration campaign launched last month by the American Farm Bureau Federation and more than 70 other agriculture organizations.
The report was announced at the National Press Club on March 18 with a panel of farmers to talk about the need for immigration reform. The panel included (left to right) Chalmers Carr from South Carolina, Mary Kraft of Colorado, Russell Boening of Texas, and Carlos Castaneda from California.
Listen to or download comments each farmer made after the Press Club appearance:
Chalmers Carr – Titan Farms, South Carolina
Mary Kraft - Badger Creek Farm and Quail Ridge Dairy, Colorado
Russell Boening - Loma Vista Farms & Boening Brothers Dairy, Texas
Carlos Castaneda – Castaneda & Sons, California
Photo album from Press Club event
The State of Iowa will install a bronze statue of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug in the U.S. Capitol on March 25, which is both National Agriculture Day and the centennial anniversary date of the Father of the Green Revolution.
The statue was displayed during the World Food Prize Borlaug dialogues last October, where World Food Prize president Kenneth Quinn, also chairman of the Governor’s committee to develop the statue, commented on it. Listen to or download his comments about the statue here: WFP President Kenneth Quinn talks about Borlaug statue
The 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations are drawing to a conclusion, but Japan wants to exclude a number of agricultural products as part of a final agreement.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and several agricultural organizations held a press conference today to discuss why that is unacceptable and to urge the administration to reject Japan’s offer.
In addition to Sen. Grassley, participants in the call included:
Ag Groups Reject Japan's TPP Offer
National Pork Producers Council – Nick Giordano
American Farm Bureau Federation – Dave Salmonsen
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association – Bob McCan
National Oilseed Processors Association – David Hovermale
National Association of Wheat Growers – Walter Powell
The unrest in Ukraine is causing some uncertainty in the agricultural sector, according to US-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC) president and CEO Morgan Williams.
AgWired reporter Leah Guffey did an interview with Williams, who is currently in Kyiv, to get an update on the situation there and how it is impacting agriculture. Interview with Morgan Williams, U-S Ukraine Business Council
The Climate Corporation and several agricultural stakeholders today officially launched the Open Ag Data Alliance (OADA), an open standards software project to ensure farmers have full data access, security and privacy.
Making the announcement by conference call were:
David Friedberg, The Climate Corporation CEO
Greg Smirin, The Climate Corporation COO
Jim Krogmeier, Purdue Open Ag Technology Group
Aaron Ault, research engineer, farmer and project lead for OADA
Dave Larson, CNH Vice President Agricultural Equipment Portfolio Strategy
Ron Milby, GROWMARK Executive Director, Agronomy Marketing
Andy Smith, Valley Irrigation Director Industry Relations
Mike Wilbur, Wilbur-Ellis Director of Field Technology
Mike Vande Logt, WinField Executive Vice President
Listen to the conference call announcement here: Open Ag Data Alliance announcement
During an appearance at the National Farmers Union (NFU) convention today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced new and expanded efforts to connect smaller farmers and ranchers with USDA resources that can “help them build stronger businesses, expand to reach new and larger markets, and grow their operations.”
Vilsack held a press conference from the NFU convention following his remarks, joined by NFU president Roger Johnson and National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Policy Director Ferd Hoefner.
Listen to or download press conference here: USDA Support for Smaller Farmers