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

Swine Health Seminar Focuses on all Aspects of PCV2

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).

BIVI 2014 Swine Health SeminarThe 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

New Holland Operation Blue Force

New Holland Operation Blue ForceNew Holland Operation Blue Force was Chuck’s latest stop on the agriblogging highway in Bakersfield, CA. This was a New Holland training experience for dealers and ag media got their turn to practice driving some new equipment. They spent the day rotating between different equipment stations. Chuck was busy shooting videos and interviews and had ZimmGlass in the field for the first time.

Find photos from the event here: 2014 New Holland Operation Blue Force Photo Album

Operation Blue Force with New Holland

Training to Win With New Holland

New Holland Auto Command Transmission Lesson
Lesson from Nick Graham
Video – Auto Command Transmission
Video – Field Training

Smart Stories from New Holland
Smart Stories from New Holland
Video – New Holland Smart: Jordan Kambeitz/KF Kambeitz Farms

New Holland Ground Speed/Headland Management
Lesson from Vic Constable
Video – Ground Speed Management
Video – Ground Speed/Headland Mgt.

New Holland Precision Land Management
Lesson from Chris Carrier
Video – Precision Land Management

Farmers Discuss Need for Immigration Reform

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

Norman Borlaug Statue Comments

borlaug-2The 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

Ag Groups and Grassley on Japan’s TPP Offer

tppThe 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:
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

Ag Groups Reject Japan's TPP Offer

Update on Ukraine Agriculture

usubc-logoThe 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

Open Ag Data Alliance Launched

oadaThe 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

USDA Announces Small Farmer Help

vilsack-nfu14During 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