Seventh Anniversary of RFS

RFA-logo-13This week marks the seventh anniversary of the signing into law of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 which expanded the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

In this interview, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Bob Dinneen remembers that day seven years ago and talks about its accomplishments so far and how EPA needs to move ahead with the law as written. He also comments on the report out this week from the Bipartisan Policy Center recommending changes to the RFS.

RFA CEO comments on RFS Anniversary

NFU on RFS Report and Congress Action

NFUlogoThe National Farmers Union represented agriculture on a Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) advisory group that helped develop a new report on “Options for Reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard.”

NFU vice president of programs Chandler Goule discusses the advisory group makeup being skewed toward Big Oil, and NFU’s objections to policy recommendations made in the report.

In this interview, Goule also comments on NFU’s concerns with the spending bill passed by Congress, their pleasure with the tax extenders package, what they are looking forward to in 2015, the NFU annual meeting in March. Interview with Chandler Goule, NFU

2014 North American PRRS Symposium

15975886482_2dae7d2b3d_mThe North American PRRS Symposium took place in Chicago, December 5-7, 2014. Boehringer Ingelheim’s sponsored PRRS session was centered around coordinating efforts for area disease control. The 20th anniversary of global PRRS solutions brought together the leading researchers and veterinarians to drive the discussion on the next steps to tackling the long-standing virus.

2014 BIVI PRRS Seminar Photo Album

Historical Comparison of PRV & PRRS at BIVI SeminarInterview with Dr. Joe Connor, Carthage Vet School
System Based PRRS ControlInterview with Dr. John Kolb, Boehringer Ingelheim
Closing the PRRS Knowledge GapInterview with Dr. Andres Perez, University of Minnesota
Follow Your Management Rules to Tackle PRRS -Interview with Dr. PH Rathjen, Boehringer Ingelheim
Gathering Data & Using ItInterview with Dr. Erin Johnson, Boehringer Ingelheim
Swine BioPortal Provides Flexibility to Data EvaluationInterview with Dr. Enrique Mondaca, Boehringer Ingelheim

2014 ASTA CSS and Seed Expo

15958585676_775ccba5b8_mASTA’s 69th Annual Corn & Sorghum Research Conference and 44th Soybean Seed Research Conference is America’s largest seed industry conference. Over 2,600 attendees representing the U.S. and 20 countries come to CSS for an exciting week of collaboration and networking.

This year’s event was held December 8-12 in Chicago.

2014 ASTA CSS & Seed Expo photo album

ASTA CSS 2014 and Seed Expo Kicks OffInterview with Andy LaVigne, ASTA CEO
Simplot CEO Speaks at ASTA CSSBill Whitacre, Simplot President and CEO, keynote address
Interview with Bill Whitacre, Simplot President and CEO
Seed Industry to Launch Consumer Education EffortASTA CEO Andy LaVigne unveils consumer research
BASF Talks Emerging Seed Industry Trends at CSSInterview with Mike McFatrich, BASF
BASF on Importance of Coatings and InoculantsInterview with Steve Bergschneider, BASF
BASF Highlights Compostable Polymers at CSSRuth Watts, BASF
Fermentation Education from BASF at CSSInterview with Chris Fieden, BASF

ASTA CSS Focus on PollinatorsInterview with Laurie Davies Adams, Pollinator Partnership
ASTA Chairs Pleased with CSS 2014
Interview with ASTA chair John Schoenecker, HM. Clause
Interview with ASTA 1st vice chair Risa DeMasi, Grassland Oregon
EPA Approves Bayer CropScience’s ILeVO® for SDSInterview with John Carlson, Bayer Crop Science
Bayer CropScience to Open New Seed Growth CenterInterview with Brad May, Bayer Crop Science
Presentation by Brad May, Bayer Crop Science
Bayer CropScience Commitment to InnovationDavid Hollinrake, Bayer CropScience CSS 2014 press conference
UF Prof is Biotech AdvocateInterview with Kevin Folta, University of Florida professor
Economic Outlook at ASTAInterview with Dan Basse, Ag Resources
Research Looks at Value of NeonicotinoidsDr. Pete Nowak, AgInfomatics
African Seed Trade Learns from ASTAInterview with Denias Zaranyika, AFSTA
Future Seed Executives at CSS & Seed ExpoRyan Betka, ASTA FuSE Chairman
ASTA Seed Foundation UpdateBud Hughes, First the Seed Foundation chairman

Iteris Releases ClearAg Prime

IterisIteris, Inc., a leader in providing intelligent traffic management and weather information solutions, has released ClearAg™ Prime, the latest in a series of application programming interfaces (API) that can be readily integrated with third-party agricultural software applications.

ClearAg Prime provides real-time access to Iteris’ cloud-based ClearAg data analysis platform, which combines the power of big data and analytics with the seasoned experience of Iteris’ in-house staff of growers, agronomists, meteorologists and data scientists.

“ClearAg Prime is designed to assist agribusinesses, crop consultants, advisors and agronomists with reliable, actionable, field-level information to optimize crop production, yield and field operations,” noted Abbas Mohaddes, president and CEO of Iteris. “This unique solution leverages our data analytics expertise to provide accurate land surface modeling, and our proprietary methods of big data assimilation delivers industry-leading precision weather information.”

ClearAg Prime allows single-platform customer access to soil condition modeling, field accessibility and climatology norms. This is in addition to 30 years of historical and forecast weather information, growing degree days, hail data, Nowcast and industry leading map visualizations that cover field-specific weather information to an industry-leading 1×1 kilometer resolution. ClearAg Prime’s soil condition modeling also incorporates data involving soil temperature, moisture history and forecast information, for a comprehensive planting intelligence platform.

ClearAg Prime users can access planting advisory services that deliver multi-faceted information regarding planting operations, field accessibility and expected seasonal growth metrics. The ClearAg content and modeling platform can also chart crop growth models while providing actionable data for daily decision-support at critical times throughout the remaining growing season.

With the roll-out of ClearAg Prime, Iteris now offers a broad range of weather and agronomical-based APIs available through a single partner and platform.

The ClearAg Prime API and application guide is available at

Here is an interview with Tom Blair, Senior Vice President: Interview with Tom Blair, Iteris

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SST Software Seeing More Variable Rate Seeding

SST-Software-Tractor-Variable-Rate-SeedingLow corn prices are causing farmers to take a hard look at what new technologies will optimize inputs while minimizing costs. As farmers begin to plan for the 2015 season, SST Software is seeing an increased interest in variable rate planting recommendations. SST’s decision support technologies are used by ag service providers around the world to provide precision ag services to farmers.

Larry Tracy, founder of Precision Agronomics in Danville Illinois, has been using variable rate technologies for over fifteen years. Regarding variable rate planting, Tracy states, “Seeding prescriptions give us the opportunity to improve yield gains in areas where we lower rates and in the areas where we increase rates. Managing inherent yield variability throughout a field tightens the yield range and tends to raise the average.”

To create variable rate planting recommendations, agronomists enter unique agronomic equations into SST’s FarmRite® software. FarmRite® then computes the equation utilizing previously collected data to create new geo‐spatial maps that define productivity zones across the farmer’s fields. Different planting rates are then applied to the various zones according to the yield potential of the zone.

Many ag service providers are utilizing multi‐year yield analysis. This analysis normalizes multiple years of harvest data and then determines productivity zones according to areas of the field that consistently yield above normal, normal, or below normal. Since many parts of a field will yield different results according to whether it is a wet or dry year, FarmRite® also applies statistical measures to determine stability zones. These yield stability maps reveal areas that are highly stable, stable, or unstable from year to year.

In 2014, Patrick Sanders, an Illinois farmer and SST employee, generated impressive results on a test field using variable rate seeding coupled with variable rate nitrogen. Sanders explains, “We decided to try variable rate planting and nitrogen on a 155 acre field using multi‐year yield analysis logic as the foundation. The increase in inputs was two extra bags of seed, totaling $800. Total applied nitrogen was the same as flat rate N but distributed based on yield potential. The result was a 260 bu/ac average, approximately 15 bu/ac more than neighboring fields. At the March corn price of $4.62/bu, that’s a gain of $64 per acre.”

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2014 Ag Retailers Convention

15911904446_e235750ebd_mThe 2014 Agricultural Retailers Association Convention & Expo is underway in New Orleans, December 2-4.

You can find lots of convention photos here: 2014 ARA Convention & Expo Photo Album

Ag Retailers Kick Off ConventionInterview with Daren Coppock, ARA
Open Session Part 1
Open Session Part 2
An FFA Welcome to Ag Retailers ConventionInterview with Louisiana FFA members
AGCO Operator of the Year at ARA ConventionInterview with Brent Klein, Simplot
Ag Retailers Public Policy UpdateInterview with Richard Gupton, ARA
Closing Session
ResponsibleAg Getting Kicked OffInterview with Billy Pickle, ResponsibleAg chair
CAT on the Move at ARAInterview with Dustin Johansen
Past Chairman of the Ag Retailers AssociationInterview with Gary Farrell, Ag Enterprise Supply
New Chairman of the Ag Retailers Association Interview with Dave DuFault of Simplot, ARA Chair
Wrapping up Ag Retailers Association Convention -Interview with Daren Coppock, ARA President/CEO
Ag Retailers Precision Ag PanelARA Convention Precision Panel

Biofuels Industry Reaction to RFS Delay

epa-150The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced they will not be finalizing the 2014 applicable percentage of standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) until next year.

Biofuels industry organizations reacted to the news immediately on Friday.

Renewable Fuels Association (RFA)Interview with RFA president and CEO Bob Dinneen

National Biodiesel Board (NBB)
Interview with NBB Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel

American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE)Interview with ACE Executive Vice President Brian Jennings

Growth EnergyInterview with Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis

2014 NAFB Trade Talk

nafb14-trade-talkThe 71st annual National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention once again featured the popular Trade Talk event, where over 100 companies and organizations lined up for interviews with broadcasters from all over the country.

Find links to Trade Talk attendee interviews here, as well as a link to the convention photo album. General convention story posts can be found here.

2014 NAFB Convention Photos

Big Data Privacy Agreement
Interview with Ryan Molitor, Raven Industries
Interview with AFBF President Bob Stallman
AFBF Talks Policy Issues at NAFBInterview with Dale Moore, AFBF
COOL is a Big Issue for NFUInterview with Chandler Goule, NFU
NCBA Update from WashingtonInterview with Colin Woodall, NCBA
Protein Export NumbersInterview with Leann Saunders, USMEF
American Seed Trade Officer at NAFB - Interview with Risa DeMasi, ASTA officer
ASTA CSS 2014 and Seed Expo Coming UpInterview with Andy LaVigne, ASTA President and CEO
Sustainably Grown USSEC MarketsInterview with Laura Foell, USSEC
Getting to Know the New NCGA CEOInterview with Chris Novak, NCGA CEO
NCGA President Discusses IssuesInterview with Chip Bowling, NCGA president
Farm Foundation Promotes Soil RenaissanceInterview with Mary Thompson, Farm Foundation VP of Communications
FSA Programs Assist ProducersInterview with Val Dolcini, FSA
BASF Support of NAFBInterview with Sandi Wilson, BASF
BASF Offers Limus® Nitrogen Management for 2015Interview with Nick Fassler, BASF
BASF’s Gator InternInterview with Mark Kaplan, BASF intern
BASF Talks Engenia at NAFBInterview with Chad Brommer, BASF
John Deere Has Green Fever at NAFBInterview with Barry Nelson, John Deere
John Deere Connects with JDLink™Interview with Beverly Flores, John Deere
FMC Offering Year-Long ManagementInterview with Gail Stratman, FMC
FMC Introduces 3RIVE 3D™ TechnologyInterview with Matt Hancock, FMC
Biodiesel Industry Waiting on RFS and Tax CreditInterview with Kaleb Little, NBB
NBB: Livestock Industry Sees Big Benefits from BiodieselInterview with Alan Weber, economic consultant for the NBB
RFA Pleased with E85 PotentialInterview with Robert White, RFA
Why RFA Loves Farm BroadcastersInterview with Bob Dinneen, RFA
FarmLink Introduces TrueHarvestInterview with Mark Gabrick, FarmLink Regional Sales Manager
Pork Producers Want Congress to Fix COOL- Interview with Dr. Howard Hill, NPPC president
Celebrating Exciting Times in American Sheep - Interview with Peter Orwich, American Sheep
Sales, Innovation & Customer Trust -Interview with Mike Kruger, Midwest Dairy Association
A Roadmap Through American LambInterview with Dan Lippert, American Lamb Board
Beef – Best Tasting MultivitaminInterview with Dave Zino, CBB
Update on Animal Ag Programs from Trade TalkInterview with Paul Pressley, Animal Ag Alliance
Update on Valent Products from Trade Talk
Interview with Jim Wargo, Valent
Interview with Thad Haes, Valent
Interview with Matt Kirkpatrick, Valent
AyrMesh Bridge Wireless Point-to-Point BridgeNew AyrMesh Bridge
NRCS Official Discusses Programs at NAFBInterview with James Tillman, USDA-NRCS
Alta Seeds Expands Sorghum Product LineInterview with Barry Lubbers, Alta Seeds from Advanta
GROWMARK Preparing for Next SeasonInterview with Nate Pierce, GROWMARK
Yamaha’s Commitment to Agriculture - Interview with Steve Nessl, Yamaha
Insights into Genomic Testing in AngusInterview with Dr. Dan Moser, Angus Genetics Inc.
National Bison Association’s Bison CentralInterview with Bison Breeders
DHA for Animals, Producers & ConsumersInterview with Nikki Putnam, Dietitian Nutritionist for Alltech
Alltech’s 2014 Harvest Analysis ResultsInterview with Ann Hess, Alltech
Update on Alltech Crop ScienceInterview with Danielle Palmer, Alltech
Hick Chick Chat: Koch Talks AGROTAIN® Upgrades - Hick Chick Chat with Ron Restum, Koch Agronomics

2014 NAFB Annual Meeting

nafb14-conventionThe 71st National Association of Farm Broadcasting Annual Convention was held November 12-14, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. Find links here to all photos and general story posts with audio, including Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and a press conference with the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance.

Links to stories and audio with NAFB Trade Talk participants can be found here.

2014 NAFB Convention Photos

2014 NAFB Convention is Underway - Interview with Susan Littlefield, NAFB president-elect
2014 NAFB Scholarship WinnersNAFB Foundation Scholarships interview
Meet the New USFRA FacesNew USFRA Faces of Farming and Ranching
NAFB Panel Focuses on Integrating Tech in Ag
Ron LeMay, FarmLink
Matt Waits, SST
Social Media Corp Coverage at NAFBInterview with Margaret Fogarty, Farm Credit
Secretary Vilsack Praises Farm BroadcastersSecretary Vilsack at NAFB 2014
Legislative Update from NAFBNAFB Legislative Roundtable
NCBA CEO Introduces USFRA FacesInterview with NCBA CEO Forrest Roberts, USFRA board member
Happy Night for Outgoing NAFB PresidentInterview with Janet Adkison, outgoing NAFB president
NAFB President Elect and Vice President – Interview with Brian Winnekins, NAFB President-elect
Interview with Tony St. James, NAFB Vice-President

RFA Comments on Indirect Land Use Report

CARD LogoA new analysis of real-world land use data by Iowa State University raises serious concerns about the accuracy of models used by regulatory agencies regarding “indirect land use changes” (ILUC) attributed to biofuels production, according to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).

The report basically concluded that farmers around the world have responded to higher crop prices in the past decade by using available land resources more efficiently rather than expanding the amount of land brought into production.

RFA Senior Vice President Geoff Cooper explains the findings of the report in this interview: Interview with Geoff Cooper, RFA

Crop Health Lab’s Power Growers Seminar

chl-14-88-editedFruit and vegetable growers recently flocked to Santa Clara, CA for Crop Health Laboratories’ Power Growers Seminar on plant sap analysis. Learn from founder of NovaCropControl/HortiNova and get all your questions answered when it comes to plant sap analysis. Find all my interviews and photos from the event below.

Photos from the event:

Crop Health Labs Power Growers Seminar Photos

Audio from the event:
Learn More About Plant Sap Analysis- Interview with Michelle Gregg, Crop Health Laboratories
A Blood Test for Plants- Interview with Sjoerd Smits, owner of NovaCropControl & HortiNova.
Improving Plant Health Through Nutritional Balance- Interview with John Kempf, CEO Advancing Eco Agriculture
Nutrient Management Tools from AEA- Interview with Jason Hodson, Advancing Eco Agriculture
Plant Sap Analysis Sampling- Interview with Maikel van de Ven, NovaCropControl/HortiNova
Bug’s Eye View of Sap Analysis- Interview with Dr. Nic Ellis, Norden Agricultural
Bug’s Eye View of Sap AnalysisInterview with Dr. Nicolas Ellis, Norden Agricultural

Lower Rate for N YIELD CX Nitrogen Stabilizer

ecoagroTesting during the 2014 growing season confirmed that N YIELD CX makes stabilized nitrogen fertilizer more affordable and is equally effective. Testing showed just two quarts of N YIELD™ CX nitrogen stabilizer with PENXCEL™ Technology performed just as well as a labeled rate of the industry standard product.

Eco Agro Resources announced during the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Trade Talk that the new N YIELD CX label includes the high-efficiency, lower rate for the 2015 season, as a result of these findings. The unique patent-pending formula of N YIELD CX nitrogen stabilizer delivers more stabilizing power by volume, while maintaining nitrogen efficiency and performance in the field. This means cost savings at a time when farmers really need it, without compromising yield.

The low viscosity of N YIELD CX stabilizer helps it pour easily and quickly coat fertilizer, even in the cold. It blends 15% faster in tests performed in drum blenders. It’s easier to handle than other industry standard formulations, saving time during the critical application season. The end result is consistent fertilizer product that flows freely and performs in the field at a new lower rate. N YIELD CX nitrogen stabilizer performs just as well in UAN liquid fertilizer, so one product can meet both needs.

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Develop with Deere

15539055679_7f054b4732_mThe 2014 Develop with Deere conference brings together dealers, independent agricultural software application developers and John Deere staff primarily from their Intelligent Solutions Group.

Develop with Deere Photo Album

Develop with Deere UnderwayPat Pinkston Remarks
Farmobile Will Let Farmers Sell DataGo Farmobile
Deere Partners Look to Lower Costs, Raise IntegrationsTravis Jones, LHP Telematics
Develop with Deere Attendees Find Great NetworkingCody Warden, BTI
Relationships Develop at Deere ConferenceMike Melonis and Oleg Kotliarsky, DN2K/MyAgCentral
Deere, AgIntegrated Work on Smart Use of DataChristopher Haak, AgIntegrated
Deere Sees AgGateway as Door to Connect Customers/DataChip Donahue
MyJohnDeere Tackles Wireless Data Transfer -Tyler Hogrefe
MyJohnDeere Lets Other Software Bring New Data to FarmingRandy Kasparbauer

87th National FFA Convention

ffa-14“Go All Out” was the theme for the 87th National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, KY October 29 – November 1, 2014.

With more than 60,000 attendees from around the country, this annual event focuses on the future of agriculture.

87th National FFA Convention Photo Album

Go All Out! at the 87th National FFA Convention
Interview with Jason Wetzler, FFA Western Region Vice President
FFA – You are the Future
Vilsack Remarks to FFA
Press Conference - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
FMC’s Investment in Farming’s Future
Interview with Matt Thompson - FMC
FFA Members Show Passion for the Future
Interview with Carson Roberts, Union FFA Chapter
ENOUGH – #Feedthe9 with Jeff Simmons
Interview with Jeff Simmons
National Model of Excellence Award Winner
Interview with Ponchatoula FFA - FMC
New Holland is “Forever Blue” for FFA
Interview with Mark Hooper, New Holland
FMC Scouts for Talent at FFA
Interview with Paul Redhage, FMC Corporation
Film Introduces FFA to Custom Harvesting
Interview with Conrad Weaver, Great American Wheat Harvest
Tyson Urges FFA to Tell #MyAGStory
Interview with Donnie Smith, Tyson Foods
2014 National Agricultural Proficiency Winners
Interview with Jordan Cadle, FFA Proficiency Award Winner