Report Shows No Gas Price Impact from RINS

A detailed statistical analysis conducted by Informa Economics and released today by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) finds that retail gasoline prices were “unaffected by the erratic surge in prices for Renewable Identification Number (RIN) credits in 2013.” RFA president and CEO Bob Dinneen, Informa Senior VP Scott Richman and analyst Crystal Carpenter, and Geoff Cooper, RFA’s Vice President of …

End of Year Ethanol Interview

It’s out with the old and in with the new year and on that occasion Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Bob Dinneen takes a look back at 2013 for the ethanol industry and a look ahead to what 2014 may have in store. In this interview, Dinneen discusses 2013 assaults on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the EPA …

BASF Developing New Tools for Farmers

BASF has announced plans to expand its services and initiatives for growers and agricultural professionals worldwide through a significant investment in the development of new IT tools. In addition, BASF announced a partnership with John Deere to jointly develop a suite of integrated precision farming and farm management solutions for improved execution in the field. Nevin McDougall, BASF Senior Vice …

Cow That Stole Christmas 10 Years Later

On December 23, 2003, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the first known case of BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) in the United States. It was in an adult Holstein cow in the state of Washington, which quickly became known as the “cow that stole Christmas.” In this interview, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) chief operating officer Kendal Frazier recalls how …

Ethanol Celebrates Six Years of RFS

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) held a press conference call today to celebrate the sixth anniversary of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), which greatly expanded Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to become the RFS2. RFA president and CEO Bob Dinneen and Vice President of Research and Analysis Geoff Cooper outline a report comparing today to six years …

USDA Call on Exports and Farm Bill

USDA Under Secretary Michael T. Scuse held a telephone media call today to highlight the need for a new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill to promote U.S. agricultural exports. Joining him was Food Export-Midwest and Food Export-Northeast Executive Director Tim Hamilton and Dave Ramirez, Export Sales Director of Ohio-based Trophy Nut.

SST Software Partners With GeoVantage

SST Software, an industry leader in precision agriculture, will soon offer remote sensing services to growers and ag service providers in partnership with GeoVantage, a global provider of multispectral imagery. The partnership will enable SST to provide seamless ordering, acquisition, and delivery of multispectral imagery across the U.S., Canada, and Australia. SST’s software currently manages approximately 85 million acres of …

ASTA Comments on Seed Theft Arrests

As the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) was concluding its annual seed research conference and trade show in Chicago last week, word came that arrests had been made in two separate conspiracies to steal seed and trade secrets of U.S. companies. Arrests were made in two different cases last week. A Chinese national working for the Beijing Dabeinong Technology Group …

USDA Press Conferences

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack held two press conferences the week of December 9, 2013 on two totally different subjects, but both times he was asked his thoughts about Congress not getting a farm bill done. On December 11, Vilsack was joined by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus in announcing a joint “Farm-to-Fleet” venture to make biofuel blends part of …

ASTA CSS and Seed Expo

Over 2,500 seed industry professionals attended the American Seed Trade Association’s Annual Corn & Sorghum and Soybean Seed Research Conference and Seed Expo in Chicago, December 10-13, 2013. This meeting is truly “where seed business gets done” with a large trade show and informational meetings focusing on legal and legislative issues, biotech and organic seed concerns, phytosanitary regulations, emerging diseases …

BASF Advanced Seed Enhancement Portfolio

In order to help growers maximize yield potential and get the most out of every acre, BASF offers its complete portfolio of Advanced Seed Enhancements including inoculants, colorants, and biological and chemical seed treatments. BASF provided an overview of that portfolio at the ASTA CSS 2013 and Seed Expo on December 11. BASF at ASTA CSS 2013 and Seed Expo …

Nufarm NAFTA Headquarters

Nufarm invited ag media to tour their new North American headquarters in Alsip, IL. It is also the global headquarters for the Nuseed division. Photos: 2013 Nufarm North America Headquarters Photo Album Audio:

CropLife Foundation Releases Seed Treatment Report

At the end of last week Croplife Foundation released a new report, “The Role of Seed Treatment in Modern U.S. Crop Production.” The report contains extensive information on the benefits of seed treatment for growers, consumers and the environment. The CropLife Foundation held a press conference with these speakers: Jay Vroom, chair, CropLife Foundation board of directors Andrew W. LaVigne, …

Patriot Renewable Fuels, Rep. Bustos, Fight for RFS

On November 27, 2013 Patriot Renewable Fuels, based in Annawan, Illinois hosted a Renewable Fuel Roundtable with special guest Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL). In addition, the biorefinery broke ground on its $10 million 4-5 million gallon biodiesel plant that will use the corn oil produced from ethanol plant to produce biofuels. Listen to Rep. Cheri Bustos full remarks here: Check …

United Soybean Board Conference Call

This morning the United Soybean Board held a conference call with media to introduce new officers and answer questions. An audio file of the recording is available below. USB ADDS 70th DIRECTOR, ELECTS NEW CHAIRMAN AT ANNUAL MEETING The year 2014 will be a historic one for the United Soybean Board (USB) as it expands to a 70-member board of …