Ethanol Report on 20th Ethanol Conference

rfa-nec-15The Renewable Fuels Association’s 20th Annual National Ethanol Conference (NEC) with the theme of “Going Global” is just around the corner now, coming up February 18-20, 2015 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas.

CEO Bob Dinneen talks about the upcoming 20th NEC and how the industry has changed in 20 years. Ethanol Report on 20th Ethanol Conference

2015 International Production and Processing Expo

ippe-15The 2015 International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) was held January 27-29 in Atlanta, GA and is home for the International Poultry Expo, International Feed Expo and the International Meat Expo.

Photos from the event can be found here:
2015 International Production and Processing Expo Photos

Novus Strives for Solutions, Service & SustainabilityInterview with Francois Fraudeau, CEO Novus International
Poultry Industry Supports TPAInterview with Jim Sumner, USAPEEC
Sustainable Nutrition Solutions from NovusInterview with Ed Galo, Novus International
Interview with Scott Moore, Novus International

Chicken Wings are Super Bowl Winners

super-bowl-wingsAccording to the National Chicken Council’s 2015 Wing Report, 1.25 billion wings will be eaten during Super Bowl XLIX, as fans watch the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots battle for the Lombardi Trophy, matching the record tied last year when the Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos.

In this interview, National Chicken Council Vice President of Communications Tom Super talks about chicken wing preferences and trivia.Interview with Tom Super, National Chicken Council

America’s Renewable Future Campaign Launched

americas-futureIowa Governor Terry Branstad has announced a major new bi-partisan campaign called America’s Renewable Future that will promote the Renewable Fuel Standard in the 2016 Iowa Presidential caucuses. America’s Renewable Future will be co-chaired by former Iowa State Representative Annette Sweeney, a Republican, and former state Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge, a Democrat, as well as Iowa renewable fuels industry leader Bill Couser. Coordinating the effort will be Governor Branstad’s son Eric, a public affairs specialist and campaign operative.

This is the conference call announcing the effort includes comments from Gov. Branstad, Sweeney, Couser, and Eric Branstad: America's Renewable Future campaign announced

Eco Agro Expands Team

ecoagroEco Agro Resources (EAR) expands its team with the addition of industry veterans Richard Sherman and Debbie Lewis. It also expands its network of offices with the addition of a Saint Louis-area office.

Andrew Semple, CEO of Eco Agro Resources explains, “We’re growing our business and bringing on the staff I know will make a difference. Both Richard and Debbie have the experience we need to meet the growing demand for nitrogen stabilizers from customers around the world.”

Richard Sherman will fill the position of CFO and will be based in the Sarasota, FL office. Sherman has worked with Monsanto in Brazil and throughout the Americas in his most recent position. Semple notes, “Richard’s ability to work across cultures and languages will be a great asset in growing our business on a global basis.”

“Debbie Lewis is an experienced professional with a proven track record in serving customers for more than 15 years,” says Semple. “People are an integral part of our success as a company and I’ve known and worked with Debbie for years. Customers are glad to hear her friendly voice when they are placing orders for our N YIELD and N-BOUND nitrogen stabilizer products.”

Lewis joins Eco Agro Resources as the Supply Chain Manager and will be located in the new Eco Agro Resources office in Collinsville, IL.

Link to release.

National Biodiesel Conference

16135038198_13428572a6_mBiodiesel producers headed to Fort Worth, Texas for the 12th annual National Biodiesel Conference and Expo January 19-22, 2015.

Complete coverage of the National Biodiesel Conference can be found on the official conference blog.

2015 National Biodiesel Conference Photo Album

Fiery Biodiesel Industry SpeechNBB CEO Joe Jobe Speech
Joe Jobe Meets the PressNBB CEO Joe Jobe Press Conference
Legislative Discussion from NBBNBB Legislative Forum
NBB Chairman’s ReportNBB Chair Steven Levy Remarks
Matt Blunt Delivers Message to NBB AttendeesMatt Blunt speech at biodiesel conference
Biodiesel & Vehicles On Display at NBB ConferenceSteve Howell at Vehicle Showcase
John Deere Green Goes Well with Green BiodieselGreg Greving, Nebraska Soybean Board at Vehicle Showcase
Biodiesel Pioneer Honored at ConferenceRemarks in Honor of Dallas Hanks
Hino Hauls Biodiesel Feedstock … on Biodiesel!Spencer Nicol, Hino, at Vehicle Showcase
Ford Wants Biodiesel to Fuel Working VehiclesJon Coleman, Ford, at Vehicle Showcase
Eye on Biodiesel Award – PioneerRemarks in Honor of Dallas Hanks
Quality Brought Biodiesel Industry to Where It Is TodayScott Fenwick at Vehicle Showcase
Volkswagen Aims to Offer Diesel Option in Every ModelStuart Johnson, Volkswagen, at Vehicle Showcase
Innovations Helped Grow Biodiesel IndustryTom Butcher
Inspiring Words from Inspiring Biodiesel AdvocateGreg Anderson

96th AFBF Annual Meeting

afbf15-1The 96th annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation was held in San Diego, January 11-13, 2015.

Links are provided here to photos, stories and audio from the meeting.

2015 AFBF Convention photo album

Farm Bureau Proud and Optimistic
AFBF president Bob Stallman, 2015 convention
AFBF president Bob Stallman, press conference
Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Awards
AFBF distinguished service award winner Don Borgman comments
AFBF distinguished service award winner Temple Grandin comments
USTR Visits AFBF Convention
Media gaggle with USTR Ag Negotiator Darci Vetter
Farm Bureau Town Hall with Secretary Vilsack
Secretary Vilsack at AFBF Town Hall meeting
AFBF President Surprises Vilsack with Branding Iron
Vilsack at AFBF on stage
Vilsack press conference at AFBF
Navy Seal Thanks Farmers and Ranchers
Navy Seal Rorke Denver at AFBF
FDA Official Provides Update at AFBF
Interview with FDA Deputy Commissioner Mike Taylor at AFBF
Ag is Target for Guest Worker Audits
Interview with immigration attorney Eileen Scofield at AFBF
San Diego Sun Sets on AFBF ConventionAFBF president Bob Stallman top issues at delegate session
AFBF Young Farmer Chair is 1st Generation
Interview with new AFBF YF&R chair Jon Hegeman
Farm Bureau Supports Military Veteran FarmersAFBF Farmer Veteran Coalition Workshop
Next AFBF Convention in OrlandoInterview with Florida Farm Bureau president John Hoblick
Water Availability is Growing ConcernCalifornia Farm Bureau president Paul Wenger at AFBF convention

Ag Coalition for Cuba Launched

More than 25 companies and organizations launched the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) in Washington Thursday to liberalize trade and re-establish Cuba as a market for U.S. food and agriculture exports.

Lawmakers Back Cuba Ag Trade Coalition
Secretary Vilsack at US Ag Coalition for Cuba kickoff
Ag organizations at US Ag Coalition for Cuba kickoff
Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri at USACC launch
Cong. Sam Farr of California at USACC launch
Cong. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota at USACC launch
Cong. Rodney Davis of Illinois at USACC launch
Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas at USACC launch
Sen. Amy Klobuchar at USACC launch

Corn Growers Welcome New Congress

ncga-rodneyThe National Corn Growers Association spent Tuesday on Capitol Hill this week, welcoming the 114th Congress to Washington and talking up the importance of agriculture to the American economy. Pictured here is NCGA President Chip Bowling of Maryland with Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) – photo from NCGA.

NCGA executive vice president Jon Doggett talks about the visit and important issues for corn growers in the new Congress in this interview: Interview with NCGA Executive VP Jon Doggett

Re-elected Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio used an agricultural metaphor in his floor speech after the vote: Speaker John Boehner harvest quote

Farm Bureau Convention Preview

afbf-2014Innovation and technology will be in the spotlight at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 96th annual convention, which begins this weekend in San Diego.

Brand new this year is the IDEAg Innovate Conference and Trade Show that will feature topics such as managing agricultural big data, the use of drones for farming purposes, precision agriculture and Internet strategies for farmers and ranchers. AFBF Executive Director of Industry Affairs Dan Durheim has information about this year’s conference in this interview Interview with Dan Durheim, AFBF

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Missouri Beef Industry Summit

mobeef-15-13-editedMissouri Governor Jay Nixon convened a summit on Monday to discuss opportunities to maximize the potential of Missouri’s beef cattle industry.

Topics at the Summit included the feasibility of building and operating a large-scale packing plant in Missouri and expanding the number of in-state feeding facilities which could allow Missouri to gain about $1.7 billion a year in revenue.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon at Beef Industry Summit

2015 Beltwide Cotton Conference

bwcc-15-1 copy The new format of the annual Beltwide Cotton Conferences. The conferences have been slimmed down to three days and there is no trade show as the conference takes place in San Antonio.

2015 Beltwide Cotton Conferences

2015 Beltwide Cotton Conferences UnderwayInterview with Dale Thompson
Cotton Crop Consultants Gather at BeltwideInterview with Bill Robertson
Nufarm Growing in Cotton MarketInterview with Jerome Kovar
Nufarm Cotton Plant RegulatorsInterview with Dr. Bob Bruss

2014 Year in Ethanol

RFA-logo-132014 was a year of record production and sales for ethanol, healthy exports, and the commercial reality of cellulosic ethanol. The low point of the year was definitely the inability of the federal government to set volume obligations for 2014 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), leaving the industry in somewhat of a limbo.

In this interview, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Bob Dinneen takes a look back at some of the good news and bad news for the ethanol industry in 2014 and wishes us all a very happy new year.

Ethanol Report on 2014 Year in Review