Secretary Perdue Announces New Innovation Initiative for USDA

At the start of USDA’s 2020 Agriculture Outlook Forum on Thursday, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the Agriculture Innovation Agenda, a department-wide initiative to align resources, programs, and research to position American agriculture to better meet future global demands. Specifically, USDA will stimulate innovation so that American agriculture can achieve the goal of increasing production by 40 percent while …

Farmers Join Forces for Sustainability and Responsible Climate Policy

Twenty-one farm and ranch groups representing millions of U.S. farmers and ranchers are launching Farmers for a Sustainable Future (FSF), a coalition committed to environmental and economic sustainability. This coalition will serve as a primary resource for lawmakers and policymakers as they consider climate policies. Representatives from five of the FSF founding organizations announced the new coalition in Washington, D.C. …

Bayer Makes Innovation and Pipeline Announcements

Bayer made a couple of major pipeline and innovation advancements for the Crop Science Division on Thursday. Among the announcements: A new herbicide molecule, “the first new post-emergence mode of action for broad acre weed control in 30 years.” Short stature corn development advancing, will provide environmental sustainability benefits. XtendFlex® soybeans is advancing to launch phase this spring in the …

2020 CIRB Annual Meeting

CIRB Annual Meeting

The 56th Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau Annual Meeting takes place February 12-14 in Bonita Springs, Florida and will feature distinguished speakers and opportunities to interact with leaders in the industry. This virtual ag newsroom includes links to photos and audio content available free of charge for digital or print publication or broadcast. Photos 2020 CIRB Annual Meeting Photo Album …

AgWorks + FieldReveal Partner to Deliver Decision Support Software

AgWorks, LLC and FieldReveal, LLC have announced a partnership to jointly deliver world-class zone-based variable rate and decision support software to agricultural retailers throughout North America. “When we met FieldReveal we immediately found synergies, from ownership in ag retail to the way we sell and service our customers,” said AgWorks President Greg Duhachek. “We saw quickly a fit in that …

Ethanol Report 1-31-20

In this episode of The Ethanol Report, we hear about a new court ruling that could be a game changer for Small Refinery Exemptions, get a preview of the 25th annual National Ethanol Conference, learn about LCFS for the Midwest, and kick off the 4th year of ethanol sponsorship of the Crappie Masters Tournament Trail. The report includes interviews with …

ZimmCast 635 – Biodiesel Blogging & Virtual Newsrooms

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In this week’s program you’ll hear from the National Biodiesel Conference and some of the content we produced for the Biodiesel Conference Blog – our 15th year as the biodiesel bloggers! Among those featured are National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen; NBB Chairman Chad Stone, REG; American Soybean Association CEO Ryan Findlay; Illinois soybean farmer Rob Shaffer; and Tom Slunecka, …

President Trump Signs USMCA

President Donald J. Trump today signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), with improved access to both markets for U.S. farmers and ranchers. According to the White House, American agricultural exports are expected to increase by $2.2 billion under USMCA. Under the agreement, Canada has agreed to expand market access for American dairy, egg, and poultry producers and grow annual dairy …

Secretary Perdue Press Call from Rome

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has been traveling Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy this week to engage with his counterparts on important issues facing agriculture at home and abroad. The Secretary, along with Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney has been participating in events with government officials and agricultural leaders. As President Trump was preparing to …

Alltech Global Feed Survey Results

Alltech President/CEO Dr. Mark Lyons shared the results of the company’s latest global feed survey during a livestream presentation on January 27. The 2020 Alltech Global Feed Survey estimates that international feed tonnage decreased by 1.07% to 1.126 billion metric tons of feed produced last year, due largely to African swine fever (ASF) and the decline of pig feed in …

Presidents Trump Addresses Farm Bureau for Third Year

President Donald Trump addressed farmer and rancher members of the American Farm Bureau Federation for the third year in a row Sunday, and promised to be back next year while continuing to fight for what is important to them. The president touted last week’s historic trade deal with China and Senate passage of the USMCA, as well as repeal of …

ZimmCast 634 – Questions About Growing Hemp

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This week’s program includes several interviews from the inaugural Heart of American Agricultural Hemp Classic in Independence, MO. The event was organized by the Missouri Hemp Association. Farmers have a lot of questions about hemp and in the interviews you will hear from presenters and farmers who have some answers. You can find a lot more in our virtual ag …

National Biodiesel Conference “Vision 2020”

The National Biodiesel Board unveils its “Vision 2020” for the industry during the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Tampa, Florida on January 20-23. This virtual ag newsroom includes links to photos and audio content available free of charge for digital or print publication or broadcast. Full multi-media coverage of the conference can be found for the 15th year on …

Ethanol Report on New Trade Deals

Two major trade deals in one week last week are giving the agriculture and ethanol industries reason to be optimistic as we move into the “Roaring ’20s.” In this episode of The Ethanol Report, we hear from Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Geoff Cooper, President Donald Trump, USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and USDA …

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 …