Group Hopeful Conference will end Catfish Program

The National Fisheries Institute is hopeful that the farm bill conference committee will finally repeal the USDA catfish inspection program that was authorized in the 2008 farm bill. In this interview, Gavin Gibbons with the Institute, talks about support in Congress for the repeal and threats of WTO-sanctioned retaliation against U.S. ag exports by Vietnam and China if the law …

RFA CEO on AAA, EPA, RFS, and RVO

Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and CEO Bob Dinneen fears “the Obama Administration is about to make a huge mistake” in lowering the volume requirements (RVO) for ethanol under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Dinneen also talks about the RFA’s response to AAA comments about the safety of E15 and how a recent NREL study proves it is safe in this …

USFRA Boston Food Dialogues

This week the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance held a Food Dialogues event in Boston, MA. You can find out more about it on their website. The event was moderated by Bloomberg News’ Alan Bjerga and the topic was “Farm Size: Does It Really Matter.” The event took place from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT at the State Room …

House Passes WRRDA

By a vote of 417 to 3 on Wednesday, the House passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), a bill that includes provisions to update locks and dams on the nation’s transportation waterways critical to agricultural trade. Two representatives from Illinois are particularly pleased with their contributions to the Water Resources Reform and Development Act or WRRDA overwhelmingly …

Animal Ag Alliance Teleconference

Today the Animal Agriculture Alliance hosted a teleconference with various third-party experts to discuss industry improvements presented in the report “Advances in Animal Agriculture; What the Center for a Livable Future, Pew Commission and Others Aren’t Telling You About Food Production.” (pdf) Third-party experts on the call included: Dr. Richard Raymond, former Under Secretary, Food Safety Inspection Service, United States …

Commodity Classic and AG CONNECT Announcement

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers, the National Corn Growers Association and the American Soybean Association today announced a new collaborative venture that joins two leading industry trade show experiences – Commodity Classic and AG CONNECT Expo & Summit. The inaugural event will be held March 3-5, 2016, in New Orleans. The Commodity Classic shows scheduled for 2014 and 2015 will …

TATT Roundtable and World Food Prize

The Truth About Trade and Technology (TATT) 2013 Global Farmer Roundtable was held in conjunction with the 2013 World Food Prize (WFP) Borlaug Dialogues in Des Moines the week of October 14, 2013. Thousands of agriculture and food industry representatives from around the world attend the events surrounding World Food Prize each year with the common goal of feeding a …

O.H. Kruse Customer Appreciation Event

The O.H. Kruse Grain & Milling company holds its 2013 Grand Opportunities customer appreciation event at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, CA. This post will be updated over the next couple days with more photos and interviews you may use in your broadcasts, websites and publications. Photos of the event: 2013 O.H. Kruse Photo Album Audio:

John Deere API Integrator Conference

This week John Deere held its API Integrator Conference in Des Moines, IA at the World Food Prize building. During the conference the company announced a new web portal for application and software developers who become partners at Developer.Deere.com. They also announced the MyJohnDeere Data API. Here are interviews with John Deere representatives and partner companies that attended the event. …

How Shutdown is Impacting Ethanol Industry

The nation’s capitol is “so quiet you can hear a pin drop” but the American Petroleum Institute (API) is still working to beat the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), and the government shutdown means E15 retailers are unable to get approval. This edition of “The Ethanol Report” features an interview with Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen on various …

Monsanto Presser on The Climate Corporation Agreement

Monsanto Companyhas signed an agreement to acquire The Climate Corporation for a cash purchase price of approximately $930 million. Link to Monsanto press release. Monsanto’s executive vice president of global strategy Kerry Preete and David Friedberg, chief executive officer of The Climate Corporation, held a conference call to make the announcement.

BASF Global Press Conference

BASF Crop Protection held a global press conference in Germany September 30 – October 2, 2013 for nearly 100 agricultural journalists from ten countries, including a group of ten from the United States. The theme of the event was “Integrated Solutions for Agriculture” and in addition to the press conference, the U.S. group visited the BASF wine cellar and a …

New Holland American Ethanol Producers Club Event

Nearly 200 area farmers attended a New Holland American Ethanol Producers Club event Wednesday at Absolute Energy, an ethanol biorefinery located near Lyle, Minnesota. The event, which was the 12th held at ethanol plants around the country this year, was designed to introduce producers who provide corn for the plant to the partnership between New Holland, Growth Energy and American …

Interview with Growth Energy Economist

Growth Energy Vice President and Chief Economist Jim Miller has served many roles in his career, from leadership positions with the National Farmers Union and National Association of Wheat Growers to Senior Policy Advisor on the Budget Committee under Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) and USDA Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services, so he’s had his share of farm …

House Passes Nutrition Bill

By a vote of 217-210, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act on Thursday. Passage of the legislation finally completes the House work on a farm bill and will allow for a House-Senate conference committee to go to work. The bill was passed largely along party lines with all Democrats voting against and nearly …