Ag Retailers Conference & Expo

The Agricultural Retailers Association annual 2020 ARA Conference & Expo is a virtual event this year Dec. 1-2. Ag professionals from across the country are going “All In For Ag Retail” with interactive workshops, engaging networking opportunities, and a 3D Expo Hall. Registration and information This virtual ag newsroom includes links to digital media content available free of charge for …

Ethanol Report 11-25-20

2020 has been the year of going virtual for meetings and conferences. In fact, one of the very last live, in-person events to be held this year was the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) 25th annual National Ethanol Conference in Houston. The 26th annual NEC however, will be an all digital format. Information about the conference can be found on the …

ZimmCast 660 – Interviews from Virtual 2020 NAFB

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In this episode of the ZimmCast podcast, we share excerpts of interviews from the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) virtual convention. Included are now past NAFB President, Rita Frazer, RFD Radio; Liz Hunt, Syngenta; Andy LaVigne, American Seed Trade Association (ASTA); Geoff Cooper, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Norm Davy, Heliae Agriculture. Listen to the ZimmCast here: (25:05) Subscribe …

2020 NAFB Virtual Convention

Every year, the NAFB Convention brings together broadcast professionals, ag industry leaders, and students focused on the agriculture industry. The NAFB Convention is great opportunity to connect with industry peers, brush up on professional skills, and learn more about opportunities and challenges impacting the U.S. farmer and rancher. For more information on the 2020 NAFB Virtual Convention, connect with the …

Ag Climate Alliance Unveils Policy Recommendations

A diverse alliance of groups representing farming, forestry, food, government and environment today unveiled a set of recommendations to guide the development of federal climate policy. The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA) was formed in February 2020 by four groups that now co-chair the alliance: American Farm Bureau Federation, Environmental Defense Fund, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, and National …

Post-Election Implications for Agriculture

The Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City’s November 12 webinar took a look at the results of the November 3 election and the implications for agribusiness. The panel featured farm policy analyst Sara Wyant, founder of Agri-Pulse Communications; Blake Hurst, president, Missouri Farm Bureau Federation; and Ron Seeber, president and CEO for the Kansas Grain and Feed Association, Renew Kansas …

Syngenta Virtual Media Summit

The 2020 Syngenta Virtual Media Summit officially kicked off October 27 with a live event featuring Syngenta North America leaders. Corporate Communications Lead Paul Minehart moderated the discussion: Vern Hawkins, North America President of Syngenta Crop Protection Trevor Heck, President, Syngenta Canada Justin Wolfe, North America Regional Director, Syngenta Seeds Each provided an update on their businesses, offered an industry …

ASTA CSS & Seed Expo

Each December the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) hosts the ASTA CSS & Seed Expo, America’s largest seed industry convention with the latest information on seed treatment, plant breeding innovation, the agricultural economy outlook, emerging global disease threats and more. The event is a combination of the Corn and Sorghum Seed Research Conference, the Soybean Seed Research Conference, and the …

RFA Congratulates President-Elect Biden

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The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) congratulates President-Elect Joe Biden on his victory, as projected by the Associated Press and others. The following is a statement from RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper with audio sound bites: “We look forward to working with the Biden administration in the years ahead to ensure a strong and growing market for low-carbon renewable fuels …

Ethanol Report 11-6-20

While some of the 2020 election results have yet to be decided, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Geoff Cooper says the ethanol industry will be ready to work with whoever ultimately wins the White House. In this edition of the Ethanol Report podcast, Cooper discusses how ethanol has support from both candidates and bipartisan support in Congress, as …

ZimmCast 659 – Communications and Research Innovations

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Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. In this edition of the ZimmCast, Cindy and I share a couple of feature interviews we did recently on new innovations in communications and research. First, Cindy talked with Frances Hayes, Communications Specialist for the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska, about how they have adapted their communications strategy …

Post-Election Insight from Syngenta’s Mary Kay Thatcher

Mary Kay Thatcher, Senior Manager of Federal Government and Industry Relations for Syngenta, provided her perspective on the “churn of the election” during the company’s media summit this week. She does expect the presidential outcome to drag on for a while, but during her presentation, Thatcher used the assumption of a Biden presidency for her outlook. Here is the full …

Water for Food Podcast Episode 3

Episode number three of the Daugherty Water for Food Podcast spotlights another woman making waves in the food and water space. Felicia Marcus has been making waves in California water management and regulation for more than three decades. She most recently served as Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, with responsibility for drinking water, water quality, and water …

Agri-Pulse Hosts National Pork Board Webinar on Trade

Agri-Pulse president Sara Wyant moderated a discussion on Thursday with USDA Trade Undersecretary Ted McKinney, North Carolina hog farmer Jan Archer, and Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes on how exports add value for pork producers and support U.S. jobs. The event was sponsored by the National Pork Board. Watch the webinar here. Listen to the audio here: (1 hour)

EPA Finalizes Pesticide AEZ Rules

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler visited another farm this week to make an agricultural announcement. At Overman Farms in Goldsboro, N.C., Wheeler announced finalized improvements to requirements for the pesticide application exclusion zone (AEZ), the area surrounding pesticide application equipment during outdoor production pesticide applications. Listen to Wheeler’s announcement below and read more about the changes from EPA. (6:33)