DWFI Podcast 37 – Opportunities of Irrigation and Mechanization

In November 2023, the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute announced a new USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Irrigation and Mechanization Systems (ILIMS). ILIMS enhances global food security by generating research-based solutions to support the growth of vibrant irrigation and mechanization markets; develops strong institutions and local capacity for their sustainability; and fosters opportunities for equitable access for …

2024 Southern Peanut Growers Conference

Time for the 2024 Southern Peanut Growers Conference – July 17-19 at the Savannah Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Savannah, Georgia. The three-day event provides farmers with information about peanut production, legislative issues, marketing and promotions. In addition to the conference sessions, the event focuses on the family by offering a ladies program and a golf tournament. You can find …

RFA CEO Comments on Chevron Reversal

One of the federal agencies likely to be most impacted by the recent Supreme Court decision that reversed the Chevron deference is the Environmental Protection Agency, which was the one responsible for the original case decision in 1984. Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Geoff Cooper says it’s still too early to tell exactly what the reversal could mean for …

Ethanol Report on California and E15

It has been nearly 15 years since the Environmental Protection Agency approved the sale of 15% ethanol blended fuel (E15) for 2001 model year cars and older, and nearly every state in the nation now sells it, often at a discount to regular gasoline. The only state that bans the sale of E15 is California, despite the fact that the …

DWFI Podcast 36 – Impacts of Drought on Human Health

Drought is a prolonged dry period that can occur anywhere in the world and results in a water shortage. Unlike some other disasters, drought has a slow onset and a prolonged impact on health, agriculture, economies, energy and the environment. An estimated 55 million people globally are affected by droughts every year and as many as 700 million people are …

2024 Rabobank BBQ Index

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Consumers Battle Fatigue Over Food Inflation Inflation has been running hot for a prolonged period and while some relief from the heat is evident, consumers are exhausted from historically high food prices and now exhibiting greater frugality. In 2024, hosting a 10-person barbecue on the Fourth of July will cost $99, the highest on record. This year, beer, beef, soda …

Ethanol Report on EV Push Back

The Renewable Fuels Association and National Farmers Union have joined in a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s light- and medium-duty vehicle emissions standards, which they say essentially mandate battery electric vehicles while ignoring other technologies such as low-carbon ethanol and flex fuel vehicles. In this edition of the Ethanol Report, RFA president and CEO Geoff Cooper discusses the lawsuit …

AgGateway Releases ADAPT Standard Version 1.0

The extremely popular ADAPT Framework, with more than a half million downloads, inspired the development of a global industry standard that significantly improves its utility and capabilities. ARLINGTON, VA [18 June 2024] AgGateway is pleased to announce the release of ADAPT Standard version 1.0 (ADAPT Standard), another high-value tool in the ADAPT set of resources alongside the ADAPT Framework, ADAPT …

ZimmCast 732 – New Executive Director of NAFB

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I’m getting a break from the agriblogging highway after last week’s AgGateway Mid-Year Meeting in Altoona, IA. Cindy and I have worked on our calendar through the end of the year and there are quite a few more places to be around the USA. In this episode I have a conversation with Gardner Hatch, the new Executive Director of the …

2024 AgGateway Mid-Year Meeting

The 2024 AgGateway Mid-Year Meeting is being held June 10-12 in Altoona, Iowa. The AgGateway Mid-Year Meeting is the place where the work of digital connectivity gets done. In-person Working Group meetings catalyze the progress made through the first half of the year on existing projects, while new work is identified and prioritized through Meet-Ups. General sessions provide background on …

Tech Hub LIVE 2024: Premier Event for Advancing Tech-Enabled Agriculture

Des Moines, Iowa – Tech-Driven. Customer-Focused. Smart Solutions for Modern Agriculture. The much anticipated Tech Hub LIVE Conference and Expo, powered by CropLife Media Group®, taking place July 29-31, 2024, at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. This premier event promises to deliver an innovative and forward-looking experience for all participants, emphasizing the latest tech-enabled solutions for the agriculture …

Ethanol Report on Days of Summer

When it’s summertime, the driving is easier with ethanol. As millions of Americans are looking ahead to summer vacations and family road trips, high fuel prices may be a concern, but ethanol is helping to keep prices lower than they might be otherwise, and the Renewable Fuels Association notes that higher ethanol blends like E15 and E85 offer even lower …

USDA Awards $300 Million for Ag Export Growth

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was joined by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) to announce the allocation of $300 million to 66 U.S. organizations under the new Regional Agricultural Promotion Program (RAPP) to build demand for American food and farm exports in diverse markets around the world. During an embargoed press call Monday announcing the funding, Sen. Stabenow made brief comments …

ZimmCast 731 – Celebration of Modern Ag in DC

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The second Celebration of Modern Ag on the National Mall was bigger and better than the first in 2022 with over 50 exhibits spotlighting the Future of Food and Farming. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) partnered with member companies and ag organizations to hold the three-day event which featured combine harvesters, milking equipment, sprayers and planters, irrigation equipment, tractors …

Future of Food and Farming on the National Mall

The Future of Food and Farming on the National Mall celebrates and showcases America’s equipment manufacturers, farmers, ranchers, and innovators, working together to drive the tradition of producing more with less environmental impact. The event is coordinated by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and is held the National Mall to allow the public interact with the equipment and get …