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 …

Heliae, R.W. Griffin to Launch Strategic Alliance to Promote Georgia Soil Health

GILBERT, AZ (December 5, 2019) – Heliae® Agriculture is partnering with the R.W. Griffin family of companies to drive soil health in Georgia and North Florida. R.W. Griffin, one of the largest fertilizer retailers in Georgia, has become one of the company’s official distributors for the southeast region. Griffin Evans, Chemical and Seed Director for R.W. Griffin says, “We are …

Register for Inaugural Heart of America Agricultural Hemp Classic

The inaugural Heart of America Agricultural Hemp Classic is scheduled for January 15-16, 2020 in Independence, Missouri at the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center. Registration officially begins Black Friday, November 29, at mohempassociation.org. The Classic is being organized by the Missouri Hemp Association (MHA), which formed earlier this year, and is open to farmers and allied industry throughout the …

New Soy Based Motor Oil Now Available

Biosynthetic Technologies’ high-performing biobased synthetic motor oil, using high oleic soybean oil from soybeans grown by U.S. farmers, is now on commercial shelves, thanks to a partnership with the United Soybean Board (USB). Both USB and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have supported the soy-based, drop-in synthetic alternative to petroleum-based motor oil. The biobased alternative is well-suited for high-temperature automotive …

GROWMARK/FS System Responding to Propane Issues

The past six weeks have brought rolling outages of propane supply at pipeline terminals across the Midwest. Carol Kitchen, Vice President of Energy and Logistics at GROWMARK, says there are a number of factors are contributing to propane shortages this year during a critical time for farmers. In this interview, she discusses what GROWMARK is doing to address the issues …

NK Seeds Helping Farmers End Tough Year on Positive Note

A tough season like 2019 presents challenges to corn and soybean farmers, and an opportunity for companies like Syngenta and their NK Seeds brand to showcase varieties and traits that help them overcome those challenges. NK hybrids and varieties combine the latest in seed technology with top-of-the-line genetics, producing crops that withstand some of the biggest in-field challenges. Even in …

FMC at 2019 NAFB Trade Talk

FMC has been a long time sponsor of the 2019 National Association of Farm Broadcasting Trade Talk event, the centerpiece of the organization’s annual convention that draws agricultural reporters from around the country. This page includes FMC audio and video interviews and photos of FMC representatives. This virtual ag newsroom includes links to media assets available free of charge for …

Farmers in the Democratic Debate

Farmers got about two minutes of airtime during the Democratic presidential candidate debate Wednesday on MSNBC. South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg was asked whether he would continue the “farm subsidies” that President Trump has authorized to help farmers struggling from the impact of the trade war with China. “We shouldn’t have to pay farmers to take the edge off …

Project LIBERTY “Pauses” Cellulosic Biofuel Production

POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels is hitting the pause button on production of cellulosic biofuels at Project LIBERTY and shifting instead to “R&D focused on improving operational efficiency,” according to the company which is a joint venture of Royal DSM and POET, LLC. POET-DSM is blaming the shift on “EPA challenges with the implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).” POET’s Senior …

2019 NAFB Convention

National Association of Farm Broadcasting

The 2019 National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention takes place, as usual, at the Westin in Kansas City, MO. This virtual ag newsroom will provide you some great content with interviews, speakers and photos as we get them. This virtual ag newsroom includes links to photos and audio content available free of charge for digital or print publication or broadcast. …

Ethanol Report from #NAFB19

The Ethanol Report

The Renewable Fuels Association was pleased to be able to once again be a part of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) annual convention in Kansas City this past week. RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper and Vice President of Industry Relations Robert White were interviewed dozens of farm broadcast reporters from around the country about the latest ethanol …

AFBF Women in Ag Survey

A recent survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) confirms that a high percentage of women in agriculture already advocate for the industry, but they are looking for more leadership opportunities at all levels. Sherry Saylor, chair of the AFBF Women’s Leadership Committee and a farmer from Arizona, said 95 percent of women surveyed indicated they advocate for the …

Report Shows Importance of Biodiesel Tax Credit

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) released a new report on the “Importance of the Biodiesel Tax Credit” that highlights how uncertainty regarding extension of the biodiesel tax credit significantly increases business risks for biodiesel producers. The report was written by John Urbanchuk, managing partner of ABF Economics. “The current uncertainty surrounding reinstatement and retroactivity of the tax credit is a …

Pacific Ethanol Third Quarter Results

Pacific Ethanol, Inc. reported its financial results for the year so far last Friday and top executives expressed optimism for the future after a rough year. “Positive ethanol production margins in the current market are supporting our efforts to conclude several strategic initiatives to strengthen our balance sheet and position the company to benefit from increased demand for low carbon, …

Secretary Perdue Talks Mexico Trade

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue led a trade mission to Mexico this week to investigate new opportunities with our nation’s largest bilateral trading partner and second-largest export market for agricultural products. The secretary was joined by the heads of six state departments of agriculture: Bryan Hurlburt of Connecticut, Celia Gould of Idaho, Joseph Bartenfelder of Maryland, Chris Chinn of …