Iowa Governor Supports Higher Biofuels Blends

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds once again addressed the annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit this week, something she has done every year as governor, as well as multiple years prior as lieutenant governor, but the first time in a virtual format. Gov. Reynolds said she was looking forward to working with the new Biden Administration to grow demand for biofuels around …

Heliae® Agriculture Adds New Seed Treatment Product to Portfolio

Heliae® Agriculture is strengthening its product portfolio with the introduction of PhycoTerra® ST, a new seed treatment formulation specifically designed to supercharge the seed microbiome, improving the ability for soil to provide necessary water and nutrients to the developing seed and ultimately improving crop yield. PhycoTerra® ST has a unique formulation that allows growers to tap into the potential of …

Former Sen. Daschle Comments on Split Senate

Former South Dakota Senator Tom Daschle shared his thoughts on a 50-50 split Senate during an appearance on a panel at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Summit Tuesday. He offered advice from his own experience in the 107th Congress in 2001, the only other time in history there was a split Senate. “It’s going to take good chemistry, it’s going …

MERGE ORGANICS LAUNCHES MERGE MARKETPLACE

New platform is connecting buyers and sellers of organic products to grow the organic food sector Buyers and sellers in the organic food sector now have a new way to work together. Merge Marketplace, a new platform designed to connect organic producers with buyers of organic products, is now live. Buyers can list what they are in search of, while …

ZimmCast 664 – Beltwide & Biodiesel Conferences

Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. In this week’s program we’ll hear interviews from the Beltwide Cotton Conferences and the National Biodiesel Conference and Expo starting with Dr. Gary Adams, National Cotton Council President and CEO, as Cindy talks with him about how the virtual Beltwide event went. Next up, I talk with Chad Stone, Renewable Energy Group VP and …

2021 Virtual National Biodiesel Conference & Expo

The 2021 National Biodiesel Conference and Expo is being held in a virtual format January 18-21 with a full agenda on-line to allow participation from anywhere. The theme of this year’s conference is “Rise” and the conference grand opening on Tuesday will focus on the Dawn of a New Era for Low-Carbon Fuels, with National Biodiesel Board (NBB) CEO Donnell …

RFA Analysis Shows How President Biden Can Cut Emissions Immediately

Now that President Biden has been sworn in, the Renewable Fuels Association has a way the new administration can immediately cut carbon emissions by 12 million metric tons. RFA recently released an analysis that shows President Biden could cut 10.7 million metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions simply by rejecting the 66 pending waiver requests from oil refiners who …

Heliae® Agriculture and Rizobacter Collaborate to Deliver Unique Soil and Crop Nutrition Technologies

Heliae® Agriculture announced today a new strategic collaboration with Rizobacter, a subsidiary of Bioceres Crop Solutions Corp., a global leader in sustainable solutions for agriculture. Through this collaboration, Heliae® Agriculture will integrate Rizobacter’s world class biological solutions into their comprehensive product and technology offerings, starting in January 2021. Adoption of inoculants and other biological solutions is growing, driven by increased …

Ethanol Report 1-15-21

2021 is getting off to a whirlwind start for the ethanol industry. The year is barely started and the industry has already seen an unexpected Supreme Court unexpectedly taking up the Tenth Circuit Court decision from last January, heard rumors of last minute granting of small refinery waivers, and then got hit with four proposals from the outgoing EPA related …

USDA Offers Additional CFAP Aid for Some Producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide additional assistance through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), expanding eligibility for some agricultural producers and commodities as well as updating payments to accurately compensate some producers who already applied for the program. Among the announced updates: Contract producers of swine, broilers, laying hens, chicken eggs and turkeys who suffered a drop …

AgTech Startup Traction Launches New Accounting Solution For Farmers

(AUBURN, IN January 14, 2021) — Traction™ announced today the launch of a new cloud-based farm accounting application. This first release gives farmers an easy way to manage their day-to-day cash accounting transactions from any connected device including phones and tablets. Until now, farmers have had to choose between non-farm specific applications or legacy desktop software to manage financial information …

EPA Administrator Wheeler in Mississippi

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler was in Mississippi on Monday where he announced a $2 million dollar initiative that encourages smart and sustainable pest control in agriculture. The initiative, which is an extension of EPA’s Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP), expects to award grantees up to $200,000 to implement sustainable pest management practices that align with the …

ZimmCast 663 – AWIS Helping America Grow for 25 Years

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Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast, a podcast started in 2004 to focus on agricultural marketing and what is new in the world of agribusiness. Happy New Year to y’all. Here at ZimmComm we’ve been living in the virtual world of communications for almost 17 years. We started out distributing news releases with pre-recorded sound bites and interviews before jumping …

Ethanol Report – 2020 Year in Review

Like everyone else, ethanol producers will be happy to see the end of 2020 with hopeful hearts that 2021 will be a better year. In this edition of the Ethanol Report, we take a ride back through the year starting with the high hopes for a great year in January and February, into the devastating impact of COVID-19 restrictions on …

Sen. Thune on Aid for Agriculture and Biofuels in COVID Relief Bill

The new COVID relief package passed by Congress this week includes help for agricultural and biofuels producers excluded from previous aid legislation. Sen. John Thune (R-SD) says relief includes the Paycheck Protection Program for Producers Act, assistance for livestock and poultry producers who were forced to euthanize animals during the initial wave of the pandemic, and biofuels producers are now …