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 …

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 …

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 …

USDA Secretary Perdue at NASDA Annual Meeting

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) kicked off its virtual annual meeting Monday with comments from USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, and a virtual presentation of the NASDA Ambassadors Circle Award to him. NASDA President and North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Doug Goehring hosted the conversation with Secretary Perdue, who discussed how USDA has responded to COVID-19 impacts …

ZimmCast 654 – #FJFieldDays and DWFI Podcast

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Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. This week I had the opportunity to fly for the first time in over 5 1/2 months to put the Golden ZimmComm Microphone to work at a farm event. Thank you Farm Journal for having me help with your Farm Journal Field Days event which included on-farm activities as well as a significant virtual …

Ethanol Report 8-28-20

As the presidential election nears, the ethanol industry is watching closely to see which candidate will be more supportive of the Renewable Fuel Standard. While Democratic candidate Joe Biden released a strong statement of support for the industry this week, the Trump Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency continues to drag its feet on important decisions like the 2021 Renewable Volume Obligations …

Introducing the Daugherty Water for Food Podcast

Welcome to the Daugherty Water for Food Podcast! Since 2010, the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute 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, …

EPA and USDA Announce Next Gen Fertilizer Challenge

The Environmental Protection Agency has teamed up with USDA to advance agricultural sustainability with the Next Gen Fertilizer Challenges. The competition includes two challenges that seek proposals for new and existing fertilizer technologies to maintain or improve crop yields while reducing the impacts of fertilizers on the environment. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced …

EPA Working on 2021 RVO, Waiver Requests

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler says they are working to get the 2021 Renewable Volume Obligations “done as quickly as possible” and promises they will not be as late as the previous administration. During a press call on Wednesday, Wheeler said EPA is also being very diligent in its review of retroactive small refinery waiver petitions, which now total …

New Alltech ONE Virtual Session Focuses on Asia

The Asian Agri-Business session of the Alltech ONE Virtual Experience is underway this week. Kicking off the experience today was a young lady with an energetic spirit who began taking positive action to protect the environment before she was even a teenager. Growing up near the rice fields and beaches of Bali, Melati Wijsen saw the impact of plastic waste …

Conservation Goals Unite Livestock and Sporting Groups

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Monday with Ducks Unlimited (DU) and Safari Club International (SCI) with a commitment to conservation of natural resources through sustainable multiple use. The MOU outlines these groups’ efforts to cultivate healthier ecosystems, wildlife populations, and economies through active management. Hunting, fishing, and …

2020 Farm Journal Field Days

Farm Journal Field Days is the New American Farm Show™. It is a celebration of virtual learning and entertainment for farmers, ranchers and all of agriculture. From August 25-27, Farm Journal Field Days will take over the eyes and ears of the ag industry. Anchored by live events on farms in Jesup, Iowa, (August 25) and Bryan, Ohio, (August 27), …

Field Notes from Koch Agronomic Services – Episode 6

Field Notes from Koch Agronomic Services

The Field Notes podcast series from Koch Agronomic Services (Koch) breaks down the science and technology behind agronomy to help growers do more with less. Crop science experts and others in the agriculture industry discuss topics ranging from nitrogen loss and soil health to ways growers can increase operational efficiencies. Fall and Next Season Information This episode features Kate Koehler, …

Ethanol Report 8-14-20

In this episode of The Ethanol Report, we cover a number of different topics on the ethanol front. First, we head to South Dakota for the 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, where the Renewable Fuels Association once again provided free fuel and ethanol education for bikers, with the new addition of ethanol-based hand sanitizer as a giveaway. RFA’s Robert White, former …