Farmers Compete in JackPlot(TM) Game Tournament

December 2, 2008 (Arden Hills, Minn. – AgNewsWire) … Sixteen crop producers from across the country will travel to Las Vegas during the first week of December to participate in the JackPlot™ National Competition and Sweepstakes – a competition focusing on crop production insight and expertise, sponsored by CROPLAN GENETICS® seed and based on the The JackPlot!™ agronomic board game. …

Cellulosic Ethanol Summit

The third annual Cellulosic Ethanol Summit was held this week in Coral Gables Florida. Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen was chairman of the summit once again. In this “Ethanol Report” he discusses a number of issues – including the race to commercialize cellulosic ethanol, the new administration, the continuing attacks from the food industry, and the all …

National Poll: Biofuels Most Acceptable Way to Achieve Energy Independence

Omaha, Neb. (November 12, 2008) – Biofuels top the list as the most acceptable avenue to long term energy security in the nation, according to a national consumer survey commissioned by the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC). EPIC Executive Director Toni Nuernberg said they interviewed over 1,000 consumers nationwide for the survey. “About 73 percent of them responded that …

Ethanol Conversations at World Food Prize

Attached is an audio report and sound bites featuring comments about biofuels made at last week’s World Food Prize symposium in Des Moines. Comments are from UK Scientific Advisor Sir Gordon Conway, International Biofuels Commission co-chair Roberto Rodrigues, World Bank president Robert Zoellick, former senators George McGovern and Bob Dole – this year’s World Food Prize recipients, and Secretary of …

Ethanol Industry Active at Political Conventions

Attached is an audio report and sound bites featuring comments from Renewable Fuels Association Communications Director Matt Hartwig and Randy Doyle with Al-Corn Clean Fuels in Claremont, MN discussing how and why the ethanol industry was involved in the Democratic and Republican conventions and the AgNite event at the RNC. Full Release

AFBF Launches Conversations on Animal Care Initiative

WASHINGTON D.C., July 23, 2008 — To address consumer concerns about the care provided to farm animals in the production of meat, milk and eggs, the American Farm Bureau Federation has launched the Conversations on Animal Care initiative. Conversations on Animal Care is a comprehensive effort that supports farmers and ranchers who are eager to engage consumers in a positive dialogue …

Survey Shows Consumers Back Farmers and Biodiesel

ST. LOUIS, Missouri (July 29, 2008) – A recent nationwide survey conducted by the United Soybean Board (USB) and soybean checkoff revealed that U.S. consumers strongly back U.S. soybean farmers and biodiesel. The “National Agriculture Image Survey” indicated 82 percent of consumers agree foreign oil-producing countries and the high cost of fuel impacting farming and processing, packaging, storing and shipping …

WLIC Introduces the Livestock Vantage Initiative

VERONA, Wis. —The Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium (WLIC) introduces the Livestock Vantage, a nationwide initiative to help create understanding, awareness and motivation for a unified livestock identification and traceability effort. The Livestock Vantage draws attention to the need for and value of a comprehensive system which can easily be utilized by livestock producers – regardless of size or species. Developed …

Exclusive Alliance Report from Leading Animal Rights Meeting Now Online

ARLINGTON, VA – The pictures, videos and stories of abuse kept emotions high at the fourth annual Taking Action for Animals Conference, organized by the vegan-driven Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). California Proposition 2, which would devastate egg farming in California was high on the list of legislative and legal maneuvers intended to attack animal agriculture. Other items …

New International Ag Show Announced

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) today announced a new international agriculture event that will showcase the latest industry innovations, products and technology and offer access to leading industry experts worldwide. The inaugural AG CONNECT Expo is slated for January 12-15, 2010 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Manufacturers, dealers, distributors and producers from almost every sector …

United Country Real Estate Celebrates 80th Anniversary of First National Real Estate Catalog

July 28, 2008 (Kansas City, Mo.) – In 1925, Roscoe Chamberlain founded United Farm Agency with the mission of providing city dwellers a ‘roadmap to the country.’ As a means of introducing country real estate for sale to potential city buyers in an age when travel was the only option for research, he created the nation’s first-ever real estate catalog …

Drake & Company Expands Capabilities, Launches Blog

CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (July 28, 2008) – Drake & Company is growing, expanding services and launching new initiatives to tout its capabilities as a full-service association management company. Becky Rasmussen, previously a program coordinator, was promoted to assistant director for the National Christmas Tree Association. Amy Rehmeirer, Alyson Hall and Becky Hadley were hired as program coordinators and Penny Key as …

New Council Works for Safer, Healthier Agriculture Industry

Agriculture is consistently among the most hazardous occupations in the United States. In an average year, 516 workers die while doing farm work and each day about 243 workers suffer lost-time injuries. Agriculture, due to its decentralized nature and diverse structure, lags behind other industries in reducing the toll on its workers with a fatality rate that is eight times …

Massey Ferguson Adds Muscle and Convenience to 5400 Series Mid-Range Tractors

DULUTH, GA (July 28, 2008) — Bigger, better, cleaner and stronger, the ever-popular Massey Ferguson® 5400 Series mid-range tractors have new Tier III engines inside and a new look outside. The 110 and 115 hp models expand the mid-range line and its reputation for rugged durability with the right combination of weight and power to get the job done. The …