Ethanol Report 10-16-20

October 1 began a new fiscal year for the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and brought a new chairperson for the board. Jeanne McCaherty, CEO of Guardian Energy Management, is the first female chair for the RFA and she is taking on the role during a challenging time with lots of optimism. In this edition of the Ethanol Report podcast, we …

Meet New RFA Chair Jeanne McCaherty

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The new chairperson of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has only been CEO of Guardian Energy Management since 2016, but Jeanne McCaherty has become an industry leader in that very short time. In addition to serving on the board for RFA, she also serves on the Board of Directors for the Renewable Product Marketing Group and the Minnesota Biofuels Association. …

USDA Announces New Biofuels Infrastructure Grants

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue was in Albert Lea, Minnesota on Thursday to announce $22 million out of the up to $100 million in grants available to increase American ethanol and biodiesel sales under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) to recipients in 14 states. The initial $22 million in HBIIP investments are projected to increase ethanol demand by nearly …

C-LOCK Inc. Funds Over $500K in Equipment Grant Proposals to Research Institutions Globally

C-Lock Inc. has announced the award recipients of their inaugural 2020 Research Equipment Grant program. This competitive grant program was designed to provide an opportunity for institutions to research and test cutting-edge ideas that use C-Lock Inc. technology which will improve efficiency, productivity, and sustainability in animal agricultural production. C-Lock received 44 research proposals from 17 countries and the U.S. …

Heliae Agriculture® Welcomes New Regional Sales Managers

Regenerative Agriculture Company Brings Aboard Experienced Sales Executives to Enhance Presence in Key Regions Heliae® Agriculture is pleased to announce the addition of Julia Engler and Porter Phelps as Regional Sales Managers to oversee two new U.S. territories. In their new roles, Engler and Phelps will work closely with distributors and retail partners in their regions to strategically implement the …

ZimmCast 657 – 2020 Hunting John Deere Gator Style

Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. This is an exciting time for deer hunters. The season is about to get started for those of us who hunt in Georgia. So, preparations are being made for a great opening day at the Crystal Pig Hunt Club. My preparation includes getting to test drive a new John Deere Gator XUV855M S4. This …

EPA Administrator Wheeler Visits Ohio Farm

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler kicked off a swing through northeast Ohio Tuesday which included attending an Ohio Farm Bureau event on a dairy farm in Stark County where he highlighted EPA’s commitment to working with Ohio’s farmers on a number of environmental issues. During the event, Administrator Wheeler delivered remarks to a group of farmers highlighting President …

New NCGA President Starts New Year

It’s a new year for the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) with new president John Linder of Edison, Ohio who took over the post on October 1. Linder, along with his brother, Mike, and wife, Cheryl, run a fifth-generation farm raising corn, soybeans, soft red winter wheat and soybeans for seed in central Ohio. In addition to traditional row crop …

StressCam Monitors Crops Remotely

Being able to identify crop problems early can make the difference between saving a crop and losing it, but high-tech solutions can be costly. An interdisciplinary team of researchers are launching an inexpensive camera system that can monitor crop stress remotely-and it costs less than the average smartwatch. Developed by NC State computer vision and machine learning expert Paula Ramos-Giraldo, …

Food and Agriculture Company Announces Regulatory Affairs New Hire

Appointment Reflects Company’s Enhanced Commitment to Deliver Commercial Scale Products and Services to Help Grow Sustainable Impact Worldwide GILBERT, AZ (October 2, 2020) – Heliae Development, LLC, a food and agricultural tech company that focuses on researching and developing microalgae for commercial scale production of products, today announced the addition of B. Pratyusha Chennupati as Regulatory Affairs Manager. The expansion …

Daugherty Water for Food Podcast Episode Two

The second episode of the Daugherty Water for Food Podcast is now available. This episode spotlights another amazing woman making waves in the food and water space. Lizz Ellis, CEO of International Development Enterprises (iDE), recently participated in the recent Women Leaders in Water for Food webinar focused on empowering women in ag and water management. She is interviewed by …

Ethanol Report 9-30-20

The coalition of farm and ethanol groups behind the case against Small Refinery Exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that was decided in January is still waiting for EPA to implement the court decision after eight months. Meanwhile, ethanol producers and farmers are still waiting on the administration to make good on promises made a year ago. And at …

Secretary Perdue Visits Florida Panhandle

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue took a tour of crop damage from Hurricane Sally in Alabama and Florida on Monday. He visited the Jenkins Farm in Jay, Florida and heard from farmers in the panhandle of the state who suffered damage to cotton and peanut crops. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who represents the 1st district of Florida, joined Secretary …

Ambassador Doud Proud of Trade Accomplishments

The chief agricultural negotiator for the U.S. Trade Representative gave an update on the phase one agreement with China, and talked about what he believes are the major trade accomplishments of the Trump administration for the nation’s farmers and ranchers during an appearance at the 2020 Agribusiness Council of Kansas City Ag Outlook Forum. Listen to Ambassador Doud’s remarks: (35:01)