Bayer CropScience Corn & Soybean Future Forum

Bayer CropScience 2014 Corn and Soybean Future ForumThe 2014 Bayer CropScience Corn and Soybean Future Forum takes place in Frankfurt, Germany.

The Future Forum will be an excellent networking opportunity with interesting lectures, expert discussions and an attractive side program that feature upcoming trends and technologies in corn and soybean and will provide new insights into current and upcoming challenges and possible solution approaches.


Mathias Kremer Welcome: Mathias Kremer Welcome Address

Question/Answer Session: Mathias Kremer Questions and Answers

Interview with Mathias: Interview with Mathias Kremer

Interview with Alan Ayers: Interview with Alan Ayers

Excerpt from Dr. Lowell Catlett: Dr. Lowell Catlett Remarks

Interview with Dr. Catlett: Interview with Dr. Catlett

Remarks from Kyle Tapley, MDA Information Systems, on environmental impacts on corn/soybean cropping and trading: Kyle Tapley Presentation


2014 Bayer CropScience Corn & Soybean Future Forum Photos

27th World LP Gas Forum

perc-wlpgf14-welcomeThe 27th annual World LP Gas Forum, a global conference that is held in a different country every year, was held in Miami this year. Being in the United States this year, the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) had a special presence to showcase new innovations for propane use in a variety of markets, including agriculture and on-road.

2014 World LP Gas Forum Photo Album

Bienvenido a World LP Gas Forum
Interview with Alison Abbot, World LP Gas Association
New LPG Applications Website Introduced
PERC Debuts New Videos at World LPG Forum
Roy Willis, PERC president and CEO
CleanFUEL USA Adds Mass Flow Meter TechnologyInterview with Wayne Moore and Chrystelle Markley, CleanFUEL USA
Propane Powered Engines for AgPERC and Propane Engines for Ag

New Partnerships for Fluid Milk Innovation

Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) has announced seven new partnerships to “ignite fluid milk innovation.”

dmiThe seven partners from across the supply chain include Dairy Farmers of America (DFA); Darigold/Northwest Dairy Association; The Kroger Company; Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association, Inc.; Shamrock Farms; Southeast Milk, Inc and The Coca-Cola Company.

DMI CEO Tom Gallagher, and Chairman Paul Rovey of Arizona participated in a telephone press conference to talk about the new partnerships. DMI Announces New Partnerships

RFA at Export Exchange

2014-export-exchangeThe 2014 Export Exchange was held October 20-22 in Seattle, Washington with representatives from more than 50 different countries in attendance to learn more about DDGS, the distillers feed product produced by U.S. ethanol plants. The event is sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).

In this interview, RFA president and CEO Bob Dinneen talks about the event and why it is so important for ethanol producers. Interview with RFA CEO Bob Dinneen at 2014 Export Exchange

In this interview, RFA senior vice president Geoff Cooper gives the supply-demand outlook for DDGS. Interview with RFA Senior VP Geoff Cooper at 2014 Export Exchange

PERC Calculators Estimate Propane Cost Savings

perc-propaneThe Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has just released a suite of cost calculator tools for customers in three of the industry’s fastest-growing markets: agriculture, commercial landscape, and on road fleets. The calculators are designed to estimate potential fuel savings and ROI with clean, American-made propane when compared with conventional fuels like gasoline and diesel.

Interview with Cinch Munson, Propane Education and Research Council

We’ll be learning more about propane irrigation engines, as well as incentive programs to use propane on the farm and new propane farm equipment at the World LP Gas Forum next week in Miami where Cinch and other representatives from PERC will be in attendance.

Calcium Products Opens World Headquarters

cpCalcium Products - North America’s leading producer of precision soil amendments that improve soil quality to maximize nutrient uptake and strengthen yields – recently celebrated the grand opening of its new headquarters located at the Iowa State University Research Park. Included is a new research and development laboratory and customer support center. Company CEO Mike Hogan also announced the expansion of Calcium Product’s sales force to support increased demand for its products in the US and Canada.

“Our new headquarters and R&D lab is located in the heart of the Midwest and right next door to Iowa State University, a worldwide leader in agriculture practices and soil sciences,” says Hogan. “Managing soil quality is now a critical component of profitable farming as growers optimize their nutrients to maximize yields and return on their investment. Our new facilities will help us accelerate the development of more precision soil amendments that enable crops to absorb more nutrients and produce greater yields while protecting the environment at the same time.”

Calcium Products’ headquarters were previously located in Gilmore City, Iowa, one of its five (5) North American manufacturing and distribution facilities.

Abengoa Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Grand Opening

Abengoa Cellulosic Ethanol Goes Into ProductionSpanish-based Abengoa celebrated its cellulosic ethanol achievement with a grand opening celebration on October 17, 2014. Thousands of people attended the event with dozens of high profile guests on hand ranging from former and current Senators to governors to the town mayor, to Interior Secretary and Energy Secretary Ernst Moniz who gave the keynote speech.

The bioenergy plant is based in Hugoton, Kansas and when at full scale will produce 25 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol from biomass per year as well as 21 MW of electricity.

Abengoa Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Grand Opening photo album.

Abengoa Celebrates Ethanol Achievement: Javier Garoz Neira Remarks
Manuel Sanchez Ortega Remarks

DOE’s Moniz Congrats Abengoa on Cellulosic Plant: Energy Secretary Moniz Remarks

Ethanol Industry Applauds Abengoa: Interview with RFA's Robert White at Abengoa Opening

Allison Details Abengoa Cellulosic Plant: Danny Allison Remarks

Pacific Ag Bundles Bales of Energy: Interview with Bill Levy, Pacific Ag

Additional audio:
Jack Rowden, Mayor of Hugoton, Kansas: Jack Rowden Remarks

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Kansas: U.S. Sen Pat Robert Remarks

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback: Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback Remarks

USDA Announces New Farm Bill Program

usda-logoUSDA is making plans to launch new Farm Bill program to help provide relief to farmers impacted by severe weather, including drought.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion, available nationwide for farmers of select crops starting next spring, allows eligible producers who have been hit with severe weather to receive a higher approved yield on their insurance policies through the federal crop insurance program.

Secretary Vilsack and USDA Risk Management Agency administrator Brandon Willis announced the details in a call with reporters: USDA APH announcement with Vilsack and Willis

COOL Reform Coalition Reacts to WTO Ruling

cool-reform-1The World Trade Organization (WTO) released the compliance panel report on the U.S. Country of Origin labeling (COOL) law finding that “the amended COOL measure violates Article 2.1 of the TBT Agreement because it accords to Canadian and Mexican livestock less favourable treatment than that accorded to like US livestock.”

The COOL Reform Coalition held a press call and webinar to respond to the announcement, offering reactions from a variety of groups including the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, Corn Refiners Association, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

COOL Reform Coalition reaction


ag-catalyst “It’s all about the content” the theme of this year’s AgCatalyst event in Minneapolis.

2014 AgCatalyst Photo Album

Farmers as AgCatalysts
Dave Frederickson Remarks
The Sales Lion Prowls at AgCatalyst
Interview with Marcus Sheridan
Marcus Sheridan Presentation
Talk About Digital Food Fights
Interview with Susan Beebe
Become an AgCatalyst
Become an AgCatalyst

Ethanol Advocacy App

RFA-logo-13The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) announced a new mobile app called “RFA Advocacy.” The app is free of charge and available to download on all iPhones and Android-powered smartphones. The app offers easy access to RFA’s talking points, charts, videos, and infographics. It also features RFA’s newsfeed, maps of Capitol Hill, a one-stop social media sharing platform, and easy-to-use legislative tracking of key bills and votes.

In this interview, RFA president and CEO Bob Dinneen talks about the new app, what it does, who should use it, and why they developed it. He also comments on when we might yet see a final rule on the 2014 volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard and how railway transportation issues continue to impact the industry.

Interview with RFA CEO Bob Dinneen on New Advocacy App

2014 CTIC Conservation in Action Tour

ctic-fl-tourThe Conservation Technology Information Center held its annual Conservation in Action Tour October 14-15 in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA).

The tour provided an in-depth look at the unique story of the approximately 700,000-acre EAA, located south of Lake Okeechobee in Florida. Lettuce, sugar cane and owls were just a few of the crops and creatures seen on the tour which featured EAA’s specialized conservation practices, erosion control and nutrient management.

2014 CTIC Conservation in Action Tour Photo Album

Florida Farm Bureau Welcomes Conservation Tour
Interview with John Hoblick, Florida Farm Bureau President

Controlling Phosphorus in the Everglades

Terrie Bates, SWFMC Water Resources Division Director
Delia Ivanhoff, SWFMC environmental scientist
Bubba Wade, US Sugar Corp.
Video – Lawrence Gerry, SFWMD
Growing Leaf Crops in the EvergladesVideo interview with grower Paul Orsenigo

Barn Owls are Sustainable Rodent Control

Water in the Sunshine State
Presentation by FDACS water policy director Rich Budell on CTIC tour
Interview with Rich Budell, Florida Department of Agriculture
NCGA Staffer on CTIC TourInterview with Nick Goeser, NCGA
Precision Sugarcane PlantingSteve Stiles and Scott Berden with U.S. Sugar
Wrapping up the 2014 CTIC Tour
Interview with Dennis Wedgworth, Florida Everglades grower
Interview with CTIC chairman Pauley Bradley, John Deere
Florida State Rep on CTIC Tour
Interview with Florida state rep Katie Edwards
Precision Sugarcane Harvesting
Interview with Ken McDuffie, U.S. Sugar

2014 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

nabce-14 The National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo opened with a conversation about the current state of important federal biofuels policies, including the status of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

2014 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo Photo Album

State of the Advanced Biofuels Industry
Interview with Mike McAdams, Advanced Biofuels Association
Remarks from Mike McAdams, Advanced Biofuels Association
Preview of Advanced Biofuels Conference
Interview with Tim Portz
Algal Industry Questions Focus on Biofuels, America
Interview with Matt Carr, Algae Biomass Organization
Remarks from Matt Carr, Algae Biomass Organization
Tips for Biofuel Investment In Turbulent Times
Interview with Randall Doyal, AL-Corn Clean Fuel
Remarks from Mike Jerke, Guardian Energy Management
Remarks from Brian Kletscher, Highwater Ethanol
Remarks from Randall Doyal, AL-Corn Clean Fuel
NBB Cautiously Optimistic About RFS –
Interview with Joe Jobe, National Biodiesel Board
Remarks from Joe Jobe, National Biodiesel Board
Advanced Biofuels Conf. – Expo Ribbon Cutting -

Interview with AEM Ag Sector Lead

aemFarm equipment sales are down significantly this year, but the head of the Association of Equipment Manufacturer‘s Ag Sector remains optimistic about the industry. According to AEM, sales of 4 wheel drive farm tractors and combines are down 15 and 17 percent respectively so far this year. In this interview, AEM Senior Vice President and Ag Sector Lead Charlie O’Brien explains why there’s no reason to panic. Interview with Charlie O'Brien, Association of Equipment Manufacturers

Plant Sap Analysis Seminar

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 1.31.05 PMAvailable for the first time in North America, Plant Sap Analysis is transforming the landscape of American agriculture. With proven success in Europe for over 10 years, this technology reveals nutrient deficiency four to six weeks before standard tissue analysis.

Crop Health Laboratories is hosting a Power Growers Seminar, November 7-8, 2014 in Santa Clara, inviting growers, researchers, and consultants to weigh in on the benefits of this new technology. Feature presenters include Sjoerd Smits and Maikel van de Ven of NovaCropControl, creators of the technology. The expedited technology provides lead time, allowing growers to proactively and quickly adjust fertilization strategies quickly.

Crop Health Laboratories is the exclusive distributor of Plant Sap Analysis in the United States, which represents a significant advance over current industry standards.

“Sap analysis carries the same diagnostic value of a blood sample,” explained Program Director Michelle Gregg. “The test provides a screenshot of nutrient content in the sap prior to metabolism by plant cells. Producers can anticipate crop needs and counter imbalance with fertility inputs before the plant expresses symptoms of deficiency.”

Smits and van de Ven of the Netherlands-based NovaCropControl, will discuss their team’s experience in pioneering the Plant Sap Analysis system and why this approach produces much more valuable results than tissue or soil tests alone. Growers will leave equipped with the science and data management knowledge that ensures success.

The seminar will include presentations from Smits and van de Ven, exclusive Q &A with consultants from Crop Health Laboratories, and evening networking opportunities with users of Plant Sap Analysis. The event will be held at The Biltmore in Santa Clara, CA. Tickets for the event in California are $325 through Oct. 15 and $350 thereafter. Registration is available online at, by email info@crophealthlabs or call 800-495-7938.