Farmers and Ethanol Producers Need Help Now

Ethanol producers and corn farmers held a telephone press conference Wednesday to spotlight recent research on the impacts of ethanol plant closings, a new survey on voter attitudes about ethanol, and a potential White House agreement to promote further renewable fuels use. Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper hosted the call which included comments from: Neil Koehler, Chairman, …

USDA Urged to Establish Foot and Mouth Vaccine Bank

Representatives of the National Pork Producers Council, the National Milk Producers Federation, the National Corn Growers Association and Iowa State University are urging U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to move quickly to establish a Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) vaccine bank. At a press conference Tuesday, the groups recognized steps USDA has already taken to establish the bank, but called for “expedient …

2019 Bayer Future of Farming Dialogue

Bayer welcomed farmers, academics, leading global industry experts, journalists and other stakeholders to Monheim, Germany for its 2019 Future of Farming Dialogue Oct. 1-2 to engage in a collaborative discussion on the future of agriculture. Under the theme “Tomorrow belongs to all of us” the event gathers speakers and participants from around 40 countries for two days of robust panel …

Ethanol Report on Crappie Masters Championship

2019 has been another winning year for the partnership between ethanol and crappie fishing. The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is wrapping up a third year as co-title sponsor of the Crappie Masters All American Tournament Trail with the national championship in Grenada, MS, concluding September 28. In this Ethanol Report, RFA Vice President of Industry Relations Robert White talks about …

Ag Groups Cheer Japan Agreement

Representatives for farmer and rancher organizations were present for a meeting with President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Abe in New York City as the two signed a trade deal Wednesday worth billions for U.S. agricultural producers. Under the market access agreement, Japan will open the market to approximately $7 billion in American agricultural exports, eliminating or significantly lowering …

BASF Agricultural Solutions Media Event

Agricultural journalists learned more about what BASF sees as the way forward for agriculture during a press event September 24 at the company’s new campus in Research Triangle Park, N.C. This virtual ag newsroom includes links to photos and audio content available free of charge for digital or print publication or broadcast. Photos BASF Ag Solutions Media Event photos Audio/Interviews …

ZimmCast 626 – Meet New LPC Executive Director

LPC Board

In this week’s program let’s meet Lindsay Graber Runft, Executive Director, Livestock Publications Council, pictured on the left with the LPC Board at the 2019 Ag Media Summit. Lindsay started with LPC in July this year and I met her at the AMS. Lindsay has a solid background in livestock production and association management. As an example, she served as director …

Past and Current Ag Secretaries Support USMCA

All former U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture since President Reagan’s Administration this week announced their support for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). In a letter to Congressional leaders, former Secretaries John Block (Reagan), Mike Espy (Clinton), Dan Glickman (Clinton), Ann Veneman (W. Bush), Mike Johanns (W. Bush), Ed Shafer (W. Bush), and Tom Vilsack (Obama) underscored the importance of passing USMCA …

Ethanol Report on Energy Security

The Ethanol Report

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has released a new study that shows the Renewable Fuel Standard saves drivers money at the gas pump every day and also enhances energy security by greatly reducing or even eliminating the blow to our nation’s drivers when global oil production is disrupted. The analysis, by independent economist and energy expert Dr. Philip K. Verleger, …

Sen. Grassley Comments on Pending Biofuel Deal

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) answered a number of reporter questions about how President Trump will address the small refinery exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard in a way that will address concerns of farmers and biofuel producers. During a call with reporters, Sen. Grassley said the biofuel industry demands are very simple. “We want 15 billion gallons to be 15 …

GROWMARK Urges Congress to Ratify USMCA

Because GROWMARK is a farmer-owned cooperative, its priorities reflect the interests of its farmer members, and right now that number one priority is trade in general and the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) in particular. In this interview, Chuck Spencer, GROWMARK/FS Executive Director of Government Relations, talks about USMCA other key issues for agriculture in Congress, including rural broadband internet …

ZimmCast 625 – 2019 NAMA Fall Conference Preview

In this week’s program we get a preview of the 2019 National Agri-Marketing Association Fall Conference. Conference committee chair, Brittany Phillips, Brighton Agency, talks us through the program and activities of #NAMAFall19. Registration is available on the NAMA website with the early registration deadline of September 16. The hotel is the Ritz Carlton in St. Louis. Listen to the ZimmCast …

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Farmers for Free Trade Rally for USMCA

Farmers for Free Trade brought its #MotorcadeForTrade to Washington D.C. Thursday to highlight the importance of ag trade with Canada and Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) that Congress will consider to upgrade NAFTA. Members of Congress and farm leaders discussed how USMCA provides farmers with new market access while maintaining a zero-tariff platform, and stressed the need for Congressional …

EPA Ditches WOTUS Rule

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Department of the Army Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James announced the repeal of a 2015 rule that impermissibly expanded the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act. The agencies are also recodifying the longstanding and familiar regulatory text that existed …

Ethanol Report DC Update

The Ethanol Report

Ethanol continues to be in the national news with President Trump indicating he will be announcing some type of small refinery waiver mitigation for the industry, as demands that the gallons waived be reallocated increase. Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Geoff Cooper was in Washington DC this week and in this edition of The Ethanol Report he gives …