Conference on Improved Testing of Liming Materials

On 12 November 2013, members of the U.S. agricultural lime industry met near Iowa State University to discuss improving the measurement of limestone reactivity to better predict pH changes in soils. The goal of this conference was to compare current practices with other developed methodologies to determine if there are opportunities to improve measuring limestone reactivity in soils among a …

Patriot Renewable Fuels, Rep. Bustos, Fight for RFS

On November 27, 2013 Patriot Renewable Fuels, based in Annawan, Illinois hosted a Renewable Fuel Roundtable with special guest Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL). In addition, the biorefinery broke ground on its $10 million 4-5 million gallon biodiesel plant that will use the corn oil produced from ethanol plant to produce biofuels. Listen to Rep. Cheri Bustos full remarks here: Check …

More Content From NAFB 2013

The ZimmComm team got so much content from this year’s NAFB Convention that we decided to add a second page because the first one was getting so full. Here is a link to the first post where you can find interviews from NAFB leadership and other companies we chatted with during Trade Talk: 2013 NAFB Convention Photos: 2013 NAFB Convention …

MFA, Inc. – 100 Years Annual Mtg.

The oldest farmer owned cooperative in the United States is celebrating their 100th anniversary. Chuck is reporting from the MFA Inc. Annual Meeting held at the Missouri State Fairground in Sedalia, MO. MFA Inc. The co-op provides livestock feed and plant food and crop protection products, along with other agricultural supplies and products for farmers across the state. Photos: MFA, …

Penn State Dairy Cattle Nutrition Workshop

This week Prince Agri Products sponsored the pre-conference symposium of the Penn State Dairy Cow Nutrition Workshop in Grantville, PA. Over 600 attended this year’s event. Here are a interviews and photos you may use in your stories. More will be added over the next week. Photos: Prince Agri Products Dairy Pre-Conference Symposium Photo Album Interviews:

EPA Announces 2014 RVOs, Industry Reacts

Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposal for the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) as part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the amount of renewable fuels to be blended into gasoline and diesel. The EPA has proposed to set the cellulosic biofuel category at 17 million gallons, biomass-based diesel at 1.28 billion gallons, advanced biofuel at 2.20 …

TATT Roundtable and World Food Prize

The Truth About Trade and Technology (TATT) 2013 Global Farmer Roundtable was held in conjunction with the 2013 World Food Prize (WFP) Borlaug Dialogues in Des Moines the week of October 14, 2013. Thousands of agriculture and food industry representatives from around the world attend the events surrounding World Food Prize each year with the common goal of feeding a …

O.H. Kruse Customer Appreciation Event

The O.H. Kruse Grain & Milling company holds its 2013 Grand Opportunities customer appreciation event at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, CA. This post will be updated over the next couple days with more photos and interviews you may use in your broadcasts, websites and publications. Photos of the event: 2013 O.H. Kruse Photo Album Audio:

John Deere API Integrator Conference

This week John Deere held its API Integrator Conference in Des Moines, IA at the World Food Prize building. During the conference the company announced a new web portal for application and software developers who become partners at Developer.Deere.com. They also announced the MyJohnDeere Data API. Here are interviews with John Deere representatives and partner companies that attended the event. …

Monsanto Presser on The Climate Corporation Agreement

Monsanto Companyhas signed an agreement to acquire The Climate Corporation for a cash purchase price of approximately $930 million. Link to Monsanto press release. Monsanto’s executive vice president of global strategy Kerry Preete and David Friedberg, chief executive officer of The Climate Corporation, held a conference call to make the announcement.

BASF Global Press Conference

BASF Crop Protection held a global press conference in Germany September 30 – October 2, 2013 for nearly 100 agricultural journalists from ten countries, including a group of ten from the United States. The theme of the event was “Integrated Solutions for Agriculture” and in addition to the press conference, the U.S. group visited the BASF wine cellar and a …

New Holland American Ethanol Producers Club Event

Nearly 200 area farmers attended a New Holland American Ethanol Producers Club event Wednesday at Absolute Energy, an ethanol biorefinery located near Lyle, Minnesota. The event, which was the 12th held at ethanol plants around the country this year, was designed to introduce producers who provide corn for the plant to the partnership between New Holland, Growth Energy and American …

NAMA Fall Conference

The annual fall conference for the National Agri-Marketing Association was held in St. Louis September 17-18 with theme of “Engage, Energize, Empower.” Photos and audio from the event are posted here. 2013 NAMA Fall Conference Photo Album 2013 NAMA Fall Conference Coach Billick on Elements for Success Students at NAMA Fall Conference 2013 NAMA Professional Development Awards Marketing Communications – …

Monsanto “Follow-A-Field” Initiative Interview

Monsanto is encouraging farmers to “Follow-A-Field” in order to learn more about the next innovation in soybean and cotton weed control. The Follow-A-Field initiative from Monsanto is an interactive experience featured on XtendFollowAField.com that follows three farmers as they take their Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ soybean fields from burndown through harvest as part of the Monsanto Ground Breakers® Field Trials …

2013 IFAJ Congress

Chuck & Cindy are abroad this week for the 2013 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) in Argentina. The event will allow attendees to network with fellow agriculture communicators from around the world and learn new techniques to help tell the agriculture story. Check out photos from the event here: 2013 IFAJ Congress Photo Album Preview of Argentina IFAJ Congress …