Interview on Catfish Inspection Program Repeal Effort

An effort to repeal the Catfish Inspection Program that was included in the 2008 Farm Bill apparently has widespread support in Congress and with a variety of agricultural companies and organizations. National Fisheries Institute spokesperson Gavin Gibbons says the program has already proven to be a waste of taxpayer dollars. “If you look at the Government Accountability Report for the …

2013 National Ag Day

National Ag Day activities took place in Washington, DC in various locations including an evening banquet at USDA. You’ll find links to plenty of audio and photos from all the events. The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) will host National Agriculture Day on March 19, 2013. This will mark the 40th anniversary of National Ag Day which is celebrated in …

BASF 2013 Science Behind Event

BASF hosted the 7th annual Science Behind BASF media symposium in conjunction with the Commodity Classic. Below are links to photos and audio files from that event and other BASF activities at Classic. BASF at 2013 Commodity Classic Photos Audio files:

Sequester and Agriculture Explained

Sequester is scheduled to take effect on March 1 and so far Congress has made no effort to prevent the across the board spending cuts from taking place. I talked with GROWMARK government affairs director Chuck Spencer to find out more about this monster called Sequester. Listen to my interview with Spencer here:

2013 Annual Meat Conference

The Annual Meat Conference is hosted by the American Meat Institute and Food Marketing Institute. 2013 Annual Meat Conference Photo Album

2013 National Farm Machinery Show

48th National Farm Machinery Show – February 13-16, 2013 – Louisville, KY 2013 National Farm Machinery Show Photo Album Audio Overview of 2013 NFMS New Holland Excavators Handy on the Farm Managing Insects for Greater Yields Syngenta Resistance Fighter of the Year Video Ag Leader Preparing Growers for Spring Planting

2013 Cattle Industry Conference & NCBA Trade Show

115th annual convention of the cattle industry – National Cattlemen’s Beef Association & Cattlemen’s Beef Board – Tampa, Florida – February 6-9, 2013 Link to posts on AgWired Beef Board Meeting Blog with archives back to 2006 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show Photo Album Audio NCBA Sustainability Press Conference 2012 NCBA President J.D. Alexander Beef Ambassadors at CIC …

2013 National Biodiesel Conference

Coverage of the 10th annual National Biodiesel Conference – February 4-7, 2013 – Las Vegas, NV. Complete coverage on official Biodiesel Conference Blog – with archives starting in 2006. 2013 National Biodiesel Conference Photo Album Audio Biodiesel Board Celebrating 20 Years – Secretary Vilsack Addresses Biodiesel Conference – Former Senator speaks at Biodiesel Conference – United Soybean Board Receives Eye …

2013 National Ethanol Conference

Coverage of 18th National Ethanol Conference – Feb. 5-7, 2013 – Las Vegas, NV Category link for stories on Photos Video and Audio 2013 National Ethanol Conference Photo Album 2013 NEC Golf Tournament Photo Album Speakers Audio Video NEC 13 Bob Dinneen recorded live on UStream NEC 13 Secretary Vilsack recorded live on UStream Conference panels Perspectives on the …

Ethanol Report from Ag Media Summit

In this edition of The Ethanol Report, Renewable Fuels Association Director of Communications Matt Hartwig discusses how they are using social media tools to communicate with reporters, policy makers and the general public.  He also talks about an upcoming meeting they are co-sponsoring with the U.S. Grains Council to increase exports of the ethanol co-product distillers dried grains with solubles …

American Le Mans Series Showcases Technology and Performance

Hilliard, Ohio – (February 8, 2007 – AgNewsWire) The American Le Mans Series continues its tradition of excellence and leading edge technology with its decision to use ethanol-enriched fuel for the 2007 racing season. The organization has partnered with the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC) to make E10, “the official ethanol-enriched fuel” of the series. Scott Atherton, President and …

Technologies such as Headline key as corn demand accelerates

BASF RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (December 21, 2006) – In 2006, thousands of growers across the country made the decision to protect their crops from disease and enhance overall production with Headline® fungicide. In more than 1000 on-farm corn trials and 750 on-farm soybean trials, Headline produced consistently higher yields, positive returns on investment and even shattered world records.

“The 2006 results are in and they show how Headline helps growers maximize their output per acre,” said Gary Fellows, Technical Marketing Manager for corn and soybean fungicides and herbicides at BASF. “The average yield advantage of Headline treated corn ranged from 12 to 15 bu/A, while Headline treated soybeans trials showed a 4 to 8 bu/A advantage in 2006.” Fellows and his team have been crunching the comparative yield numbers for the 1750 on-farm trials since harvest results started coming in.

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When Clearing the Air about Ethanol, Consumers Respond

Ethanol Promotion and Information CouncilOmaha, Neb. (November 17, 2006) – (AgNewsWire) An informed consumer is the ethanol industry’s most effective tool for increasing awareness of the cleaner, renewable fuel. A national survey, released today, found that when respondents are provided with relevant information about ethanol, their interest to purchase increased by nearly 20 percent.


Schering-PloughKENILWORTH, N.J., August 4, 2006 – (AgNewsWire) Global Animal Management, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Schering-Plough Animal Health, announced today the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has named the company as an interim animal tracking database participant for the National Animal Identification System (NAIS). USDA administered an independent review of Global Animal Management’s Animal Tracker program, and has reported the system meets all requirements for participation in the interim/development phase.
Global Animal Management will utilize its Animal Tracker program to feed data into the USDA’s information system when animal health officials are responding to an animal disease. This will allow those beef and dairy producers already using the company’s TRI-MERIT™ age, process and source verification program to easily become participants in the animal tracking component of the NAIS when they choose to do so. Since the NAIS is a voluntary program, TRI-MERIT users will decide if they want their animals’ movement records considered for inclusion on a disease traceback investigation. USDA will only request movement records from participating ATDs when an animal disease of concern has been confirmed. (Full Release)

Pioneer Forage Forum Offers Nutrition Expertise to Dairy Industry

Forage Forum PodcastDES MOINES, Iowa, July 17, 2006 – Dairy producers, forage growers and those with interests in dairy animal nutrition now can tap into the expertise of dairy nutrition specialists at Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., through the Pioneer Forage Forum, a new series of blogs and podcasts available online. Topics available from this resource will range from crop harvesting techniques to forage marketing tips to silage analysis and more.