USDA Under Secretary and RFA CEO at Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit

USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky had the pleasure of announcing the Senate passage of USMCA to the crowd at the 2020 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit Thursday in Altoona, Iowa, and also talked about the signing of the phase one trade deal with China. In addition, Censky discussed actions the Trump Administration has taken on behalf of the biofuel industry, including …

Inaugural Heart of America Agricultural Hemp Classic

Heart of America Agricultural Hemp Classic

Building on the success of their sold-out 2019 Missouri Hemp Conference, the Missouri Hemp Association (MHA) has organized another grower conference. The “Heart of America – Agricultural Hemp Classic” was held at Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center in Independence, Missouri. The event, open to growers throughout the Midwest, included speakers on growing hemp indoors and outdoors, as well as …

Agriculture Celebrates China Phase One Trade Deal Signing

President Donald Trump signed the historic Phase One Trade Agreement with China Wednesday, an agreement which calls for China to purchase between $40 and $50 billion in American agricultural goods each year for two years. “Together we are righting the wrongs of the past and delivering a future of economic justice and security for American workers, farmers, and families,” said …

AgButler Serves to Offer Farm Labor Solutions

AgButler is a gig economy platform that serves as a solution to a rural labor shortage by providing on-demand jobs giving farmers and ranchers access to a high-quality labor force while boosting rural economies. Kevin Johansen, AgButler president and CEO, developed the app for agriculture because it has become increasingly difficult for farmers and ranchers to get help they need …

2020 Southeast Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference

Southeast Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference

The SE Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference returns to Savannah, Ga. this January 9-12, 2020. In 2019, the educational event and trade show hosted more than 3,300 attendees and 290 vendor companies. Sponsored by Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Association and the Georgia Peach Council the conference will be held at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. The event features …

New Report Outlines Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest

A new report details how a good clean fuels policy for the Midwest should be designed, recommending a “technology-neutral, portfolio approach that encourages a fair and competitive marketplace and benefits producers, consumers, agriculture, utilities, jobs, and public health.” The Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest white paper is the result of nearly two years of analysis and stakeholder discussion by …

AgWorks and FieldReveal Join Forces

AgWorks and FieldReveal have teamed up to offer the most complete and efficient agronomy management tools in the ag retail industry and they shared that vision at the AgWorks 2020 Users Conference January 7 in Kansas City. Both companies were at the Ag Retailers Association Conference and Expo last month in New Orleans to talk about what they have to …

AEM to Sponsor Workshop for NAMA 2020

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) are teaming up during NAMA’s 2020 Agri-Marketing Conference for a pre-conference workshop with content targeted specifically for small and medium-sized companies. The event, Equipping Your Small Marketing Department to Survive and Thrive, will be emceed by Curt Blades, Senior Vice President of Ag Services at AEM. The National …

Ethanol Report on 2019

The Ethanol Report

No one in the ethanol industry will be sorry to see 2019 in the rear view mirror. To say it has been a rough year would be an understatement. Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Geoff Cooper says it was one of the worst years – if not the worst – the industry has seen in its relatively short history. …

RFA Reacts to EPA Final Rule

The Renewable Fuels Association today expressed disappointment in the Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule for 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard blending requirements, arguing that the rule opens the door for small refinery exemptions (SREs) to continue eroding RFS volumes and destroying demand for America’s biofuel producers and farmers. “After EPA’s overwrought abuse of the SRE program in recent years, agency officials …

Pork Producers Set 2020 Priorities

The president of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is celebrating progress made in 2019 despite the challenges and setting priorities for 2020. On a call with reporters Wednesday, NPPC president David Herring of Lillington, NC pointed to both USMCA and the recent Japan agreement as successes in 2019 for pork producers, and getting the China phase one deal across …

Arcadia Biosciences Launches GoodHemp

During the American Seed Trade Association CSS & Seed Expo in Chicago, Arcadia Biosciences announced the launch of a new product line – GoodHemp. As the company’s new brand for delivering genetically superior hemp seeds, transplants, flower and extracts, GoodHemp’s first commercial product is a disease resistant and ultra-low THC hemp seed. The company held a reception to promote the …

Farm Groups Partner to Help Farmers Manage Stress

Pictured LtoR: Todd Van Hoose, Farm Credit Council; Dale Moore, AFBF; Mark Skidmore, Michigan State Extension; Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union Farm Credit, American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union have partnered on a program to train individuals who interact with farmers and ranchers to recognize signs of stress and offer help. Based on the farm stress program Michigan …

NCGA Urges USMCA Passage and RFS Protection

Leaders of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and state corn organizations held a news conference Wednesday morning to urge the Trump Administration and members of Congress to finish the job on outstanding trade and ethanol issues important to corn farmers. Participating in the press conference were NCGA president Kevin Ross of Minden, Iowa; Patty Mann, Ohio Corn & Wheat …

2019 ASTA CSS & Seed Expo

More than 2,500 seed industry professionals from 36 countries attend America’s largest seed industry conference each year. A time-honored tradition each December in Chicago, the 2019 CSS & Seed Expo features essential networking and educational opportunities as well as a huge trade show. This virtual ag newsroom includes links to photos and audio content available free of charge for digital …