New RFA Chair Says Increasing E15 Grows Ethanol Market

Renewable Fuels Association Chairman Neil Koehler, CEO of Pacific Ethanol, says the Trump administration announcement instructing the Environmental Protection Agency to initiate a rulemaking process that would extend the summer Reid Vapor Pressure waiver to E15 is good news for the ethanol industry, farmers, retailers and consumers. Pacific Ethanol owns and operates nine production facilities, four in the Western states …

GROWMARK Youth Programs Support 4-H and FFA

It’s National Cooperative Month, it’s also National 4-H Week, and it is the month that National FFA holds its huge annual meeting. In celebration of all that, we talked with Karen Jones, GROWMARK Youth and Young Producer Specialist, about how this agricultural cooperative supports the young people involved in 4H and FFA. One program that GROWMARK has had in place …

Ethanol Stakeholders Welcome E15 Announcement

President Trump’s announcement of plans to lift restrictions on E15, allowing the ethanol-blended fuel to be sold year-round nationwide, was met with applause by stakeholders in the industry, including trade groups, farmers, producers, and retailers. Following the announcement, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor hosted a telephone press conference with Iowa farmer Kelly Nieuwenhuis, Iowa ethanol producer Delayne Johnson with Quad …

ZimmCast 599 – BASF Cotton and Soybean Business

BASF is strongly in the cotton and soybean seed business since the acquisition of Stoneville and Fiber Max as a result of the Bayer-Monsanto deal, as well as soybean varieties such as Credenz and Liberty Link. The company has been holding several events and field days in the past month to meet with growers, retailers, and other stakeholders and talk …

BASF Texas Field Day

BASF held a field day in Lubbock, TX to meet with groups of retailer staff and talk about the new BASF, and discuss Stoneville and FiberMax. This virtual ag newsroom includes links to photos and audio content available free of charge for digital or print publication or broadcast. Photos 2018 BASF Cotton Production Audio Robert Antoshak & Andrew Olah, with …

President Says USMCA is Victory for Farmers

President Donald Trump announced the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA) during a Rose Garden press conference Monday. During his remarks, he talked about how the agreement benefits U.S. farmers. This new deal is an especially great victory for our farmers. Our farmers have gone through a lot over the last 15 years. They’ve been taken advantage of by everybody. Prices have …

2018 RFA Crappie Masters Championship

For the second year, the Renewable Fuels Association has been co-title sponsor of the Crappie Masters Tournament Trail, with the 2018 National Championship held August 26-29 in Clinton, Missouri on Truman Lake. 14-year old Ethan Shields of Grenada, MS won $1000 scholarship in youth tournament on September 27 with RFA sponsor team boat captains Kent Williams, Arkansas, and Terry Richards, …

BASF Arkansas Field Day

BASF held a field day in Marion, AR to meet with groups of retailer staff and talk about the new BASF, especially soybeans (Credenz) and Cotton (Stoneville). The first company to attend was Nutrien. We had quite a bit of rain the day before the event so there was limited in-field opportunities for the day but there was still a …

2018 NAMA Fall Conference

The 2018 National Agri-Marketing Association Fall Conference was held September 18-20 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The theme was Grow North – Bringing Fresh Ideas To Market – and attendance was nearly 200. 2018 NAMA Fall Conference Photo Album Podcast with NAMA Fall interviews – Melanie Rice, Brownfield Ag News, Chair of the NAMA Fall Conference committee; Jerry Gennaria, Brighton Agency, recipient …

Bayer Future of Farming Dialogue 2018

Joined by farming stakeholders, academia, NGOs and industry experts from around the globe, Bayer outlined its vision for the future of agriculture at the 2018 Future of Farming Dialogue, reaffirming its commitment to innovation, sustainability and digital transformation to help ensure the world’s rapidly growing population can be fed without starving the planet. This virtual ag newsroom includes links to …

Preview of Export Exchange 2018

Around 500 attendees from at least 38 countries are expected to be at Export Exchange 2018, coming up October 22-24 in Minneapolis. The event, which brings together international buyers and U.S. sellers of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS), was started in 2019 by the U.S. Grains Council and the Renewable Fuels Association. In this edition of The Ethanol Report …

#Harvest18 Reminders from ASTA

As #Harvest18 gets into full swing, the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) reminds farmers about the importance of taking precautions to keep any treated seed from entering the grain supply. ASTA and other stakeholder groups have developed resources to assist those involved in the process of treating, handling, transporting, or planting treated seeds, which can be found on the Guide …

BASF Celebrate Cotton 2018

The annual Celebrate Cotton Texas Tech football game provided the perfect opportunity for BASF to show off its branded BASF Seed Innovation Center Attendees were provided with tours that included both the Trait Development Building and the BASF Crop Analytics laboratory. After the tours media were able to meet with BASF leadership for one on one interviews. Then it was …

USDA Expands Crop Forecast from Last Month

The 2018 corn, soybean, and cotton crops are all forecast to be two percent larger than USDA predicted in August, in the latest crop production report issued Wednesday. The new World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates also calls for larger production, increased domestic use, greater exports, and higher ending stocks for corn. Feed and residual use and export demand projections …

ZimmCast 597 – The Next Generation on the Farm

This week the ZimmCast, sponsored by GROWMARK, will focus on the next generation on the farm. The last in the series of three Bayer Grower Panels during the Farm Progress Show focused on “Preparing for the next generation of ag – on and off the farm.” Moderated by Pam Fretwell, the panelists included Bob Arndt, Wisconsin farmer; Jill Bramble, National …