The Fuels America coalition released an economic impact study by John Dunham & Associates showing that the industry supports more than 850,000 American jobs and drives $184.5 billion of economic output.
Fuels America held a telephone press conference introducing the report results featuring comments from Jon Doggett, National Corn Growers Association public policy; Adam Monroe, Novozymes; Larry Ward, POET; and John Dunham, report author.
Listen to or download here: Fuels America new economic report
Members of Fuels America today unveiled the details of its new “Oil Rigged” television and digital ad campaign and OilRigged.com designed to “expose the many ways the oil industry is rigging the system to protect their profits and block the transition to clean, American renewable fuels.”
The announcement was made by Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president Bob Dinneen, and Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) Executive Vice President Brent Erickson.
Listen to comments from Buis, Dinneen and Erickson here: Fuels America Oil Rigged Campaign
Eli Lilly and Company intends to acquire Novartis Animal Health in a $5.4 billion all-cash transaction that will make Lilly’s own animal health business, Elanco the world’s second-largest animal health company.
Jeff Simmons, senior vice president of Eli Lilly and Company and president of Elanco Animal Health, joined Lilly’s chairman, president and chief executive officer John Lechleiter in making the official announcement this morning. Lilly CEO John Lechleiter and Elanco president Jeff Simmons announce Novartis deal
This morning New Holland launched MyNewHolland.com. This new virtual community is set up to provide a meeting place to share information, contribute to farming related discussions and access premium contents and services. It is very simple to create an account by visiting MyNewHolland.com. Full news release can be downloaded here (.doc).
Community members will have access to the features currently active. A list of those features includes:
- My New Holland: a new online community for all
- The Spotlight: discussions on a variety of topical subjects in the farming world
- The first Spotlight: ethanol and renewable energy
- Valuable information resources: instructional videos, white papers and more
- Premium content: owners of New Holland equipment and Precision Land Management products gain access to useful materials that will help them get the most from their machines
- Easy registration and log in through social networks
The Spotlight discussion is a key feature of MyNewHolland.com. Each discussion will feature a guest farmer or industry expert who supports a farming-related topic. All My New Holland members are invited to contribute their comments, opinions, material or images, driving the conversation forward. Each discussion will be open for a number of weeks; subsequently a white paper will be produced and made available for downloading.
The first Spotlight discussion topic is “Ethanol: Renewable Energy for America – Profit for American Farmers.” The guest is Indiana farmer Ron Clauson. His farm has produced corn for ethanol production for the last eight years.
“One hundred percent of the corn and soybeans we produce go into ethanol and biodiesel,” Clauson says. “It makes me proud to be able to say we market our crops to produce fuel that reduces dependence on imports.”
There are several questions being posed in this first Spotlight discussion soliciting member feedback.
- Are you producing a crop for ethanol production? If so, what type and why?
- How would a change in the Renewable Fuel Standard impact your community and you personally?
- What do you think about the misleading claims against ethanol by critics and what can farmers do about it?
New Holland’s North America Director of Marketing, Mark Hooper, says that there will be more features added in the future.
You can listen to Mark talk about MyNewHolland.com here: Interview with Mark Hooper
Farmland the movie was screened April 17 at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. Before the screening, director James Moll and the six famers and ranchers involved in the film held a press conference with ag media.
You can listen to the entire press conference here: Farmland the movie press conference
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers has just released a new in-depth analysis of of the impact of the agricultural equipment industry on the American economy.
The white paper quantifies the many economic impacts of the manufacturing, distribution, and use of agriculture equipment and machinery from 2011 and figured the total economic footprint of the agricultural industry – including upstream and downstream industries – at $51 billion.
You can listen to the interview with Charlie O’Brien, senior vice president, AEM here: Interview with Charlie O'Brien, AEM senior vice president
The 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
The 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
During 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 Bill – Interview 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 Aid – Interview 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 Johanns – Interview with Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE)
2014 ACE Biofuels Beltway March photo album
In 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
The 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 March – Interview 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 Foes – Interview with Ron Alverson, SD farmer and ACE president
The Littlest Lobbyist for Ethanol – Interview with Ethan Fagen, ACE Fly-in Participant
Lawmakers Listening to Ethanol Advocates – Comments from Rep. Rodney Davis, Sens. Thune and Johanns
Corn Growers at Biofuels Beltway March – Interview 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 Supporters – Interview with Senator John Thune (R-SD)
A 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