Ethanol Report 3-23-20

Coronavirus is making its presence felt in the ethanol industry. Many ethanol plants are on the verge of closing as margins have become non-existent with lower gas prices and declining demand for transportation fuel nationwide. In this episode of The Ethanol Report, we hear from Renewable Fuels Association Chief Economist Scott Richman about the price and demand picture, three ethanol …

Farmers and Ranchers Committed to US Food Supply

America’s farmers and ranchers are committed to doing all they can do to maintain the nation’s food supply amid growing challenges posed by COVID-19. American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) president Zippy Duvall, along with Chalmers Carr, a peach farmer in South Carolina, and John Boelts, a produce farmer in Arizona, gave an update on how farmers are dealing with the …

Coronavirus is Latest Threat to Ethanol Industry

The impact that coronavirus is having on the energy markets is just the latest threat to the solvency of the U.S. ethanol industry, coming on top of weather, trade disputes and small refinery waivers that hurt producers last year. In a media conference call Thursday, Renewable Fuels Association leaders discussed the impact of these hits on ethanol producers and the …

NCBA Urges Steps to Maintain Beef Supply

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is working to maintain an adequate supply of beef for U.S. consumers during the current COVID-19 outbreak. NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane says they have taken a number of steps to help protect the value chain, starting with sending a request to Vice President Mike Pence for assurance that meat inspection …

Agriculture Groups Urge Action on Farm Labor

The Agriculture Workforce Coalition (AWC) called on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to recognize all H-2A as well as any other non-immigrant visa petition involving an agricultural worker visa consular processing functions as essential and direct U.S. Consulates to treat all agricultural worker appointments as emergency visa services. AWC is comprised of more than a dozen agricultural organizations, including American …

Ethanol Report 3-16-20

This episode of The Ethanol Report features an update on the 10th Circuit Court case and the Trump Administration considering an appeal, as well as how the Coronavirus is putting that on the back burner, and industrial ethanol is in demand to make hand sanitizer. The podcast features comments from from Badger State Ethanol CEO Erik Huschitt, National Corn Growers …

Farmers, Biofuel Producers Urge Trump to Support RFS

Farmer leaders and biofuel producers from the Midwest today expressed their concerns about news that the Trump administration has reversed course and decided to side with oil companies in their court battle against biofuels. The debate centers around a unanimous court decision that would halt the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) abuse of Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel …

AMVAC® Announces 10 New Products in 2020

AMVAC®, an American Vanguard® company, announces 10 new products in 2020. The announcement is a result of the corporation’s successful legacy of acquisitions and its “Innovation with Speed and Discipline” product development process, concentrating on specific, customer-focused solutions. “AMVAC’s recent product innovations have strengthened our crop protection portfolio allowing us to offer growers more trusted solutions. Our ‘10 in 2020’ …

Precision Ag Reviews Ranks Top Five Products According to Farmers

Over 3,000 reviews submitted to independent farmer resource last year (Columbus, Ohio) – Precision Ag Reviews, an independent resource to help farmers make decisions about precision ag equipment, has ranked the top five products of 2019 according to thousands of reviews received by farmers. “More than 3,000 reviews of precision farming products were submitted to Precision Ag Reviews online and …

2020 Commodity Classic

2020 Commodity Classic

Commodity Classic is February 27-29, 2020 – America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused agricultural & educational experience! This virtual ag newsroom includes links to photos and audio content available free of charge for digital or print publication or broadcast. Photos 2020 Commodity Classic Photo Album Audio Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue remarks on stage 31:05 Audio – Press Conferences Secretary of Agriculture …

Partnership Testing 100 Percent Biodiesel in Fleet Trucks

A new partnership is conducting a year-long test project to demonstrate viability of 100 percent biodiesel (B100) in high-mileage fleet applications. Under this partnership, five trucks owned by ADM will be outfitted with Optimus Technologies’ Vector fuel system, an innovative technology that enables diesel engines to run almost entirely on sustainable biodiesel. The trucks will be used in daily fleet …

ZimmCast 637 – Ethanol Conference & Hauk Designs

ZimmCast

Ethanol is the topic for this edition of the ZimmCast from the 25th National Ethanol Conference. Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Senior Strategic Advisor Bob Dinneen talks about 25 years of ethanol advancement and being able to hear from former president George W. Bush who signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005, creating the original Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). We also …

Secretary Perdue Announces New Innovation Initiative for USDA

At the start of USDA’s 2020 Agriculture Outlook Forum on Thursday, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the Agriculture Innovation Agenda, a department-wide initiative to align resources, programs, and research to position American agriculture to better meet future global demands. Specifically, USDA will stimulate innovation so that American agriculture can achieve the goal of increasing production by 40 percent while …

Farmers Join Forces for Sustainability and Responsible Climate Policy

Twenty-one farm and ranch groups representing millions of U.S. farmers and ranchers are launching Farmers for a Sustainable Future (FSF), a coalition committed to environmental and economic sustainability. This coalition will serve as a primary resource for lawmakers and policymakers as they consider climate policies. Representatives from five of the FSF founding organizations announced the new coalition in Washington, D.C. …

Bayer Makes Innovation and Pipeline Announcements

Bayer made a couple of major pipeline and innovation advancements for the Crop Science Division on Thursday. Among the announcements: A new herbicide molecule, “the first new post-emergence mode of action for broad acre weed control in 30 years.” Short stature corn development advancing, will provide environmental sustainability benefits. XtendFlex® soybeans is advancing to launch phase this spring in the …