The 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
According 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
Iowa 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 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.
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The 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
Innovation 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
Learn more at annualconvention.fb.org.
Missouri 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
Unfinished business and much of the same old attacks on the RFS are likely to dominate 2015 for the ethanol industry, according to Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen who takes a look at what he expects to be some of the big issues for ethanol in the year ahead in this interview.
RFA CEO on Ethanol Industry Outlook for 2015
2014 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