Ethanol Report 6-11-20

One year after President Trump visited Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy (SIRE) to celebrate allowing E15 to be sold in the summer months, the ethanol industry is facing its toughest year ever, despite the fact that sales of E15 have indeed increased significantly. In this edition of the Ethanol Report podcast, we take a look back at President Trump’s visit and …

President Trump at Iowa Ethanol Plant – One Year Later

One year ago on June 11, 2019, President Donald Trump made a victorious visit to Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy (SIRE) ethanol plant in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to celebrate regulatory changes that would finally allow year-round retail sales of 15% ethanol (E15). At the event, the President also heard from farmers and ethanol industry leaders about the devastating impact of RFS …

Ag Retailers Urge Immediate Stay of Dicamba Order

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) President and CEO Daren Coppock is urging EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to take immediate action regarding the Ninth Circuit vacature of three dicamba labels. “This decision by the Ninth Circuit is an overreach and must be corrected immediately,” Coppock said in a letter to Wheeler on Friday. In this interview, Coppock talks about how the …

RFA Economist on E15 Growth and Ethanol Industry Recovery

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A year ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, at the direction of President Donald Trump, issued a final rule allowing retailers to sell 15% ethanol (E15) gas year-round in all parts of the country. That action created an increase in sales of E15 to more than 450 million gallons in 2019. Meanwhile, U.S. ethanol production continues a slow recovery, inching …

AMVAC Conducts On-Farm Testing of SIMPAS System

AMVAC, an American Vanguard Company, has just completed on-farm testing in five states for its new SIMPAS™ prescriptive application system. Farmers and retailers tested the systems in Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Arkansas. Participating retailers include: Asmus Farm Supply, Harvest Land Co-op, Helena Agri-Enterprises, Nutrien Ag Solutions, and Simplot Grower Solutions. Set to launch commercially through select Trimble dealers in …

Ethanol Report 5-29-20

As America gets moving again, ethanol is ready to fuel summer adventures. Ethanol production is slowly climbing back up after hitting historic lows due to coronavirus restrictions keeping people from traveling. Now that people are getting back on the road and in the water, Renewable Fuels Association Vice President of Industry Affairs Robert White talks about some of their summertime …

NPPC Urges Senate Action on Relief for Hog Farmers

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) hosted a press briefing Thursday with four pork producers to talk about the need for immediate aid and urge the U.S. Senate to adopt livestock agriculture provisions included in COVID-relief legislation recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. The impact of COVID-19 has caused hog values to plummet, creating a financial disaster for …

ZimmCast 646 – The Alltech ONE Virtual Experience

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This program provides a wrap-up of the Alltech ONE Virtual Experience, including an interview with Dr. Mark Lyons, Alltech President/CEO, who provides a summary of how the event unfolded and some key takeaways. I also share my interview with event keynoter, Dr. Frank Mitloehner, UC-Davis, who spoke on Clearing the Air: Debunking the Myths of Agriculture. Listen to the ZimmCast …

EPA Administrator on RFS Waivers

During a hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler was questioned by senators on both sides of the Renewable Fuel Standard regarding requests for waivers from both the petroleum industry and some oil state governors. Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), who spearheaded a letter to Wheeler from oil state senators, expressed his dissatisfaction with the …

The Alltech ONE Virtual Experience

Alltech has always been ahead of the curve as an animal health company and they are leading the way when it comes to response to the COVID-19. The global company was the first to make changes in a conference by announcing on March 9 that its annual ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference (ONE) would go on as a virtual event. …

President Trump Announces Direct Assistance to Farmers

President Donald Trump Tuesday announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. “These payments will compensate farmers for losses related to the global pandemic caused by China,” said President Trump, who was joined making the announcement …

Ethanol Report 5-15-20

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a devastating impact on the U.S. ethanol industry, slashing production by half and leading to the idling of scores of plants across rural America. But there are positive signs that demand is starting to increase again. Meanwhile, Congress is considering a new aid package with help for biofuels, the Renewable Fuel Standard is facing …

RFA Update on COVID-19 Impacts on Ethanol Industry

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The COVID-19 pandemic has continued to have a devastating impact on the U.S. ethanol industry, slashing production by half and leading to the idling of scores of plants across rural America. Meanwhile, Congress is considering its newest aid package, the Renewable Fuel Standard is facing new threats, and the ethanol industry is arising as an important supplier of alcohol for …

ZimmCast 644 – COVID-19 Impacts on Ag Comm Groups Part 2

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This week’s program is part two of a series featuring conversations with the leadership of agricultural media and marketing associations. This week I’m sharing conversations with Samantha Kilgore, AAEA, The Ag Communicators Network, Lindsay Graber Runft, Livestock Publications Council and Kristy Mach/John Blue, Agricultural Relations Council. Each of these organizations has had to cancel or postpone important annual events and …

ZimmCast 643 – COVID-19 Impacts on Ag Communications

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This edition of the ZimmCast is part one of at least two that feature conversations with the leadership of agricultural media and marketing associations. This week I’m sharing conversations with Jenny Pickett of the National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA), Tom Brand with the National Association of Farm Broadcasting, and Hugh Maynard of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists/Canadian Farm Writers. Each …