2019 Sturgis Ethanol Promotion with RFA

The Renewable Fuels Association once again partners with the Buffalo Chip Campground to host the 79th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, scheduled Aug. 2-11 in Sturgis, S.D. RFA will also sponsor the 12th annual Legends Ride on Aug. 5, with RFA Vice President of Industry Relations Robert White participating and Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider as the ride captain. RFA will again …

US-EU Beef Trade Deal Signed

President Donald J. Trump congratulated members of the nation’s beef cattle industry Friday as the United States and the European Union signed an agreement that is expected to nearly triple the duty-free access for high quality U.S. beef exports to Europe. . “This is a tremendous victory for American farmers, ranchers, and, of course, European consumers because American beef is …

2019 Ag Media Summit/IFAJ Congress

2019 Ag Media Summit/IFAJ Congress

This year the Ag Media Summit is combined with the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress in Minneapolis, MN. This brings about 150 international ag journalists to the Ag Media Summit. The programs overlap with attendees being able to register for just one or the other events or the full meal deal. This virtual ag newsroom is being made possible …

Biofuels Groups Testify at EPA RFS Hearing

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) heard concerns from many biofuels industry stakeholders during a public hearing Wednesday in Ypsilanti, Michigan on the proposed rule to set 2020 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) and the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Much of the comments from both sides of the issues centered on whether or not EPA …

CannaFarm Con for Growing Industry

Cannabis farming is a growing industry in this country and people want to know more about it, and that is why CannaFarm Con is being held August 1-2 in San Diego. Cannabis can be either hemp or marijuana with industrial hemp and production for CBD being the fastest growing segments of the industry. Celeste Miranda set about organizing an event …

RFA Partners with Hauk Designs to Take E85 Off-Road

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Kenny Hauk of Hauk Designs are partnering to highlight the many benefits of using ethanol fuel blends in high-performance off-road vehicles. Fans can watch the Hauk team design and build an RFA flex-fuel Jeep Wrangler JL in a special “Hauk Machines” Amazon Prime video series airing soon. But first, the series kicks off exclusively …

Senate Ag Committee Hemp Hearing

The Senate Committee on Agriculture got an update on “Hemp Production and the 2018 Farm Bill” Thursday with opening remarks from leadership and two panels. Providing opening remarks were: Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) The first panel included representatives from USDA, EPA and FDA who gave reports on how their …

USDA Provides Details of Support Package for Farmers

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and other agency officials announced further details of the $16 billion package “aimed at supporting American agricultural producers while the Administration continues to work on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals.” In May, President Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a relief strategy in line with the estimated impacts of unjustified retaliatory tariffs on …

2019 InfoAg Conference

InfoAg Conference

The 2019 InfoAg Conference, brought to you by The Fertilizer Institute, takes place at Union Station in St. Louis, MO again this year. Since 1995, the InfoAg Conference has been the premier event for discussion and advancement of precision agriculture. This event draws interest from domestic and international agriculture professionals and features a wide range of educational and networking opportunities …

ZimmCast 621 – Ag Media Summit/IFAJ Congress Preview

ZimmCast 619

This podcast features a preview of the upcoming 2019 Ag Media Summit and International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress in Minneapolis/Bloomington, Minnesota. This year’s dates are July 26-31 for the Congress with AMS overlapping on July 27-31. The last time the two programs were held together was in 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas. The annual Ag Media Summit includes AAEA …

FMC Submits Two New Biological Strains to EPA for Approval

FMC has just submitted two new biological pesticide strains to the EPA for approval. These biologicals, which FMC anticipates will receive EPA approval in late 2020, will be used for seed treatment, in-furrow and transplant application to target diseases like Sudden Death Syndrome, Fusarium, Rhizoctonia and Phytophthora. This unique combination of two bacilli strains offers a new option for growers …

Ethanol Industry Critical of EPA Proposed Volumes

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday issued proposed volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard program for calendar year 2020, with a total renewable fuel volume of 20.04 billion gallons, of which 5.04 billion gallons are advanced biofuel, including 540 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel. That leaves the 15-billion-gallon requirement for conventional renewable fuels like corn ethanol unchanged from 2019. …

Hemp Moving Forward in Florida

University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) recently joined forces with Florida-based hemp industry company Green Point Research (GPR) to support an industrial Hemp Pilot Project. Hemp plants have been planted at the UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead Florida and at the UF/IFAS Agronomy Forage Research Unit in Hague, Florida — the first hemp …

USDA Acreage Report Commentary

With all the weather-related planting delays this year, USDA’s Acreage report out Friday was a big surprise to the trade with corn acres estimated to be three percent higher than last year. At the same time, soybean acres are estimated to be the lowest in six years. Corn planted area for all purposes in 2019 is estimated at 91.7 million …

Ethanol Report on 2019 Crappie Masters

The Ethanol Report

With retail sales of E15, or 15% ethanol, now approved in the summer months, some oil industry-backed organizations are issuing dire warnings about damage to boat engines – but E15 is clearly labeled as NOT approved for marine use. However – 10 percent ethanol is perfectly fine and the Crappie Masters Tournament Trail has been educating boaters about ethanol use …