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 …

Ethanol Coalition Urges EPA to Fully Restore RFS

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 or even communicate the intention to do so after eight months. The four associations representing farmers and ethanol producers – the Renewable Fuels Association, American …

Leveraging the Plant Microbiome to Improve Crop Resilience

The $30 million Collaborative Crop Resilience Program (CCRP) brings together investigators from NC State University and three Danish institutions to discover ways to leverage the plant microbiome to make wheat more resilient against heat, drought and frost. Funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation, the parent organization of biological solutions leader Novozymes, the interdisciplinary research team will examine the microbes that …

ZimmCast 656 – Virtual ASTA CSS and Seed Expo

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Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. This week, we check in with the American Seed Trade Association to see how they have adapted to the reality of a virtual world and taken its annual conferences to a new level. Founded in 1883, ASTA is one of the oldest trade organizations in the United States and they conduct four regular events …

Agri-Pulse Ag & Food Policy Summit

The virtual 2020 Agri-Pulse Ag & Food Policy Summit was held on Monday September 21 and featured an agenda filled with agricultural news makers, from a world-renowned chef to the Secretary of Agriculture and leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees. Registration remains open for the virtual event and is no charge for members of the media to re-watch …

Benson Hill Builds a Home for the Future of Food

Newly Constructed Headquarters Will Nourish Innovation from Plant to Plate Benson Hill, one of the fastest-growing food tech companies in the country, placed St. Louis, MO at the forefront of the future of food today with the grand opening of its new state-of-the-art headquarters located in the 39 North Innovation District. Benson Hill’s leading food innovation engine taps nature’s genetic …

Ethanol Report 9-21-20

Last week brought a flurry of good news for the ethanol industry in three major areas – exports, expansion of higher blends, and protecting the renewable fuel standard. In this edition of the Ethanol Report, we hear ethanol industry leaders comment on EPA denial of retroactive refinery waivers, Brazil’s 90 day extension of its ethanol tariff rate quota, and the …

2020 Annual American Coalition for Ethanol Conference

The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) 33rd Annual Conference is being held in conjunction with the 2020 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop (FEW) & Expo as a virtual event, on September 16. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the economic hardship it’s brought to bear on the ethanol industry, ACE leadership believes a virtual event, paired with the FEW, will …

Daugherty Water for Food Podcast Launches on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher and Google

Since 2010, the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute (DWFI) at the University of Nebraska has worked toward one goal: a food and water secure world — one in which global food security is ensured without compromising the use of water to meet other essential human and environmental needs. It’s a daunting vision, but one that is vitally important. To …

RFA CEO Comments on Major Ethanol News Stories

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Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Geoff Cooper provides audio comments below on three major ethanol industry stories. RFA Pleased with EPA Denial of Gap Year Waiver Petitions Link to RFA release Link to audio sound bite 1:20 Statement on Brazil Ethanol TRQ Announcement Link to RFA release Link to audio sound bite 1:50 President Trump announcement E10 Pumps can …

Arizona-Based AG Biotech Company Continues to Elevate Sales Team

Jon Collison Joins Heliae® Agriculture as Regional Sales Manager for California and Arizona Heliae® Agriculture is pleased to announce the addition of Jon Collison as a Regional Sales Manager for California and Arizona. In his new role, Collison will work closely with distributors and retail partners to strategically implement the PhycoTerra® product line into their recommended grower applications. “We are …

Farmobile Named Blockchain-based AgTech Solution of the Year & Yield Forecasting Solution of the Year by AgTech Breakthrough Awards

Annual Awards Program Recognizes Innovation in Agricultural Technologies Around the Globe Farmobile, The Independent Ag Data Company™, today announced it is the recipient of the ‘Blockchain-based AgTech Solution of the Year’ and ‘Yield Forecasting Solution of the Year’ awards in the inaugural AgTech Breakthrough Awards program. These awards are conducted by AgTech Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence organization that recognizes …

Big Data for Better Sweet Potatoes

When it comes to growing sweet potatoes, North Carolina is a superstar – growing more than the next three states combined. Now an interdisciplinary team from NC State, SAS and Intero Life Sciences are partnering for a three-year project that will use artificial intelligence to make sweet potatoes even more profitable. The team will work with sweet potato producers including …

ZimmCast 655 – Agri-Pulse September Virtual Event

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Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. Agri-Pulse is calling this month a “September to Remember” with a total of four virtual or semi-virtual events they are hosting – that’s about 24 hours of content! Those events include: 2020 Virtual Food & Ag Policy Summit West – September 9, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Pacific Time 2020 Ag & Food Policy …

Farmobile Delivers Daily Yield Insights with Farmobile Index for Harvest

Paired with planting data, Farmobile Index aims to give farmers an exclusive edge in bringing crops to market Farmobile LLC, Agriculture’s Independent Data Company™, today announced the release of the Farmobile Index for Harvest — a crop progress and benchmarking tool that gives data subscribers daily, state-level crop insights as corn and soybeans are harvested. Users can view total aggregated …