Two More USDA Nominees Get Their Hearing

The Senate Agriculture Committee yesterday heard from nominees Greg Ibach to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs and Bill Northey to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services. Earlier this week, the full Senate approved Stephen Censky as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, and Ted McKinney as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade …

2017 World Dairy Expo

“Discovering New Dairy Worlds” was the theme for World Dairy Expo 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin October 3-7. World Dairy Expo serves as a forum for dairy producers, companies, organizations and other dairy enthusiasts to come together to compete, and to exchange ideas, knowledge, technology, and commerce. This virtual ag newsroom is sponsored by Alltech and Hubbard Feeds and includes links …

Ag Export Coalition Urges More Funding for Programs

More than 120 members of the Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports are urging leaders of the House Committee on Agriculture to increase funding for USDA export promotion programs in the new farm bill. The coalition ssent a letter asking them to increase funding for the Market Access Program (MAP) to $400 million annually and the Foreign Market Development (FMD) …

Ethanol Report on EPA RFS Notice

The Environmental Protection Agency released its proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2018 on July 5, the comment period just ended on August 31, and then this week EPA gave notice that it is seeking comment on options for further reductions in the biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel volumes. Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) …

Bayer Showcase Plot Tour – Lubbock, TX

Bayer CropScience held a Showcase Plot Tour in Lubbock, TX at their new Cotton Breeding Station. It was a rainy day so the presentations were held inside. However, there are lots of photos that include some from a tour of the new facility. Also, available are interviews with presenters and other Bayer representatives. Photos: 2017 Bayer Showcase Plot Tour – …

Ethanol Fuels Crappie Masters Championship

The recent 2017 Crappie Masters National Championship, sponsored in part by the Renewable Fuels Association, American Ethanol, and Bass Pro Shops, saw Missouri fishermen Paul Alpers and Phillip Haynes finishing on top. The partners fought unseasonably hot weather and dropping river levels as they brought in a two-day total weight of 21.89 pounds. They use ethanol in their vehicles and …

ASTA Support for Cover Crops

The latest Cover Crop Survey released earlier this month will be highlighted at the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) Farm & Lawn Seed Conference, coming up November 5-6 in Kansas City. Since 2014, ASTA and its members have helped support this important survey conducted by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) with funding from USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education …

SMART Farmer Emily Buck

Emily Buck farms with her husband and daughter near Columbus, Ohio where they raise soybeans, corn and wheat and also have a small sheep operation. Her main role on the farm, beyond helping with crops, is to manage the 40 ewes. Off the farm, Emily is a university researcher and professor of agricultural communication at Ohio State University, which gives …

Ag Secretary Heads Home to Survey Irma Damage

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black asked Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to see first-hand the damage the Hurricane Irma caused to crops in his home state on September 15. The secretary will also travel to Florida and Texas next week to survey agricultural damage from both hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Perdue’s Georgia tour will take in damage to the state’s …

Ethanol Report on E15 Hurricane Help

In this edition of the Ethanol Report podcast, Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen talks about how an early end to the summer restriction on sales of E15 (15% ethanol fuel) has helped offset gasoline supply shortfalls and limit fuel price spikes from the hurricanes. He also discusses his recent testimony to the EPA that high-octane ethanol blends …

Bayer Arkansas Showcase Day

Bayer hosted growers at the recently opened Soybean Breeding and Trait Development Station in Marion, Arkansas on September 13 for a Showcase Day highlighting new varieties and seed treatments for soybeans and cotton in the Mid South. Photos provided by Bayer: Bayer Arkansas Showcase Day Photos While weather kept the field day indoors, growers learned about: New Credenz® varieties that …

GROWMARK Hosts FS Simulator Media Event

GROWMARK’s new FS applicator simulator was showcased for media this week in Bloomington, IL. The simulator was created as a training module for FS System operators to practice, study, and enhance their ability, knowledge, and safety skills. This virtual ag newsroom includes links to photos and audio content available free of charge for digital or print publication or broadcast.

Florida Citrus Starting to Assess Irma Damage

Flooded citrus groves in Hardee and DeSoto counties – Adam Putnam As Floridians continue to dig out from the damage and debris caused by Hurricane Irma, the extent of damage to agriculture is starting to be assessed. Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam took an aerial tour yesterday to survey areas impacted by Hurricane Irma, including citrus groves in Central …

Biostimulants World Congress Coming to Miami

The use of biostimulants in agriculture has grown dramatically over recent years and could reach $2 billion by next year, but there is still much that needs to be learned about the diverse formulations on the market and being developed that are applied to plants or soils to regulate and enhance the crop’s physiological processes. The 3rd Biostimulants World Congress …

Arkansas Urged to Consider Impact of Dicamba Ban

The Arkansas State Plant Board is considering recommendations for dicamba use in the 2018 growing season that Monsanto calls “unwarranted” and BASF considers to be a “rush to judgement.” On August 24, the state’s Dicamba Task Force voted to recommend a cutoff date of April 15 next year for the use of all dicamba products, including Monsanto’s XtendiMax and BASF’s …