2018 NAMA Fall Conference

The 2018 National Agri-Marketing Association Fall Conference was held September 18-20 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The theme was Grow North – Bringing Fresh Ideas To Market – and attendance was nearly 200. 2018 NAMA Fall Conference Photo Album Podcast with NAMA Fall interviews – Melanie Rice, Brownfield Ag News, Chair of the NAMA Fall Conference committee; Jerry Gennaria, Brighton Agency, recipient …

Ethanol Report on Helping Refiners and Hurting Ethanol

An updated analysis from the Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) shows the U.S. ethanol industry could lose 4.6 billion gallons of domestic demand and nearly $20 billion in sales revenue over the next six years if EPA continues its current practice of refinery exemptions. Meanwhile, President Trump and even the Secretary of Agriculture are still saying they need …

A ZimmCast on GROWMARK

This week the ZimmCast, sponsored by GROWMARK, will feature interviews from the GROWMARK Annual Meeting. Carrie Muehling interviewed GROWMARK CEO Jim Spradlin about the company’s new strategy, based on the acronym ‘GROW’ which is not just focused on getting bigger. It’s focused on getting better. She also interviewed Illinois farmer Rick Nelson who has served on the GROWMARK board for 28 years …

Growth Energy Helping Expand E15 Availability

The availability and use of E15, or 15 percent ethanol blended fuel, has been growing steadily since it was approved by EPA in 2011 for use in model year 2001 and newer vehicles but challenges remain for retailers who want to sell it and consumers who want to use it. Even President Trump has voiced his support for E15 over …

Ethanol Report on RFA Leadership Succession

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has announced a change in leadership for the ethanol industry’s leading trade association. Executive Vice President Geoff Cooper will assume the position of president and CEO in October 2018, while current President and CEO Bob Dinneen will transition into the role of RFA’s Senior Strategic Advisor. In this edition of The Ethanol Report, Dinneen talks …

Ethanol Report on EPA Changes

Ethanol industry stakeholders were relieved to see Scott Pruitt depart from the Environmental Protection Agency on July 5 and deputy administrator Andrew Wheeler appointed as acting chief. With a Supreme Court justice nominee on the table, it is unlikely President Trump will be moving too quickly to nominate a new EPA administrator, so Wheeler will probably have the job for …

ZimmCast 591 – From the Tailgate

Tailgates are the perfect places to share stories, whether in a cow barn or the parking lot of a football game. That’s why Jamie Johansen named her new weekly television show From the Tailgate, which just started airing on KOLZ, Ch. 27 Springfield, MO, Nexstar Media Group. The show is hosted by Jamie and a product of her company Honey Creek …

ZimmCast 590 – Precision, Pork, Podcasts

Happy Independence Day week. This episode of the ZimmCast will introduce you to some other farm podcasters you may not be familiar with. If you are not subscribing to podcasts then get started. There are many really good programs and quite a few that have started recently. In this week’s program I’ll share the following: The Raven Precision Podcast – …

Driving Ethanol Podcast on EPA Actions

EPA’s proposed rule for 2019 biofuel obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) maintains conventional renewable fuel volumes at 15-billion gallons and increases the advanced biofuel standard by almost 600 million gallons over 2018, which looks good on the surface, but fails to assure that those gallons will actually be blended. In this edition of the Driving Ethanol podcast, Growth …

ZimmCast 589 – Incredible Eggs & New CEO of USFRA

In this week’s program you’ll hear mostly from Cindy and the people she interviewed recently. So, let’s get started by thanking our sponsor, GROWMARK, Locally Owned, Globally Strong. First up will be an interview Cindy did with American Egg Board Marketing Communications Manager Marc Dresner. They discuss the AEB’s eggciting promotional sponsorship of Disney-Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” that has audiences scrambling …

Ethanol Report on EPA RFS Proposal

At one time, the ethanol industry would have been thrilled with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal for 2019 RFS blending requirements, which maintains the 15 billion gallon statutory level for conventional biofuels and increases the levels for advanced biofuels. But that was before EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt started handing out small refinery exemptions like Halloween candy resulting in over …

ZimmCast 588 – Social Networking & Ethanol Education

In this week’s program I’m going to cover a couple of different topics, although there are some common elements from an educational perspective. First up is Joanna Guza, Digital Communications Manager, Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative and Dairy Business Association, as well as volunteer with GMO Answers. We talk about social networking as a tool to reach people about topics like …

Ethanol Report on Custom RFA Motorcycle

A custom motorcycle that runs on E85 stole the spotlight at the 2018 Fuel Ethanol Workshop in Omaha this week. The Renewable Fuels Association teamed up with master motorcycle designer Paul Teutul, Jr. to create the patriotic-themed bike that was revealed to the world on the Discovery channel series American Chopper June 11 and Paul Jr. spent time at the …

New Driving Ethanol Podcast from Growth Energy

The past two years have been among the most challenging for the ethanol industry, and Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor has been at the front lines of the battles which are continuing stronger than ever. In this edition of the Driving Ethanol podcast, Skor reflects on her two years at the helm of the industry organization and talks about what …

Ethanol Report on EPA Lawsuits

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has joined a coalition of biofuel and agriculture groups in a lawsuit against EPA over lost volumes of renewable fuel resulting from retroactive small refinery exemptions from Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) obligations. RFA is also a petitioner in a lawsuit filed last week over three specific small refinery exemptions granted by the agency. “EPA Administrator …