Ethanol Report 1-15-21

2021 is getting off to a whirlwind start for the ethanol industry. The year is barely started and the industry has already seen an unexpected Supreme Court unexpectedly taking up the Tenth Circuit Court decision from last January, heard rumors of last minute granting of small refinery waivers, and then got hit with four proposals from the outgoing EPA related …

USDA Offers Additional CFAP Aid for Some Producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide additional assistance through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), expanding eligibility for some agricultural producers and commodities as well as updating payments to accurately compensate some producers who already applied for the program. Among the announced updates: Contract producers of swine, broilers, laying hens, chicken eggs and turkeys who suffered a drop …

EPA Administrator Wheeler in Mississippi

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler was in Mississippi on Monday where he announced a $2 million dollar initiative that encourages smart and sustainable pest control in agriculture. The initiative, which is an extension of EPA’s Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP), expects to award grantees up to $200,000 to implement sustainable pest management practices that align with the …

ZimmCast 663 – AWIS Helping America Grow for 25 Years

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Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast, a podcast started in 2004 to focus on agricultural marketing and what is new in the world of agribusiness. Happy New Year to y’all. Here at ZimmComm we’ve been living in the virtual world of communications for almost 17 years. We started out distributing news releases with pre-recorded sound bites and interviews before jumping …

Ethanol Report – 2020 Year in Review

Like everyone else, ethanol producers will be happy to see the end of 2020 with hopeful hearts that 2021 will be a better year. In this edition of the Ethanol Report, we take a ride back through the year starting with the high hopes for a great year in January and February, into the devastating impact of COVID-19 restrictions on …

Sen. Thune on Aid for Agriculture and Biofuels in COVID Relief Bill

The new COVID relief package passed by Congress this week includes help for agricultural and biofuels producers excluded from previous aid legislation. Sen. John Thune (R-SD) says relief includes the Paycheck Protection Program for Producers Act, assistance for livestock and poultry producers who were forced to euthanize animals during the initial wave of the pandemic, and biofuels producers are now …

2021 Beltwide Cotton Conferences

With the continued concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, the National Cotton Council has replaced the in-person 2021 Beltwide Cotton Conferences with a fully virtual meeting January 5 through 7. The virtual platform, utilizing existing on-line meeting technology, will include three days of live-streamed individual reports and panel discussions from the technical sessions along with poster presentations and seminars designed …

AWIS Celebrates 25 Years with Expanding Services

Weather service continues to grow nationwide in agriculture and other industries One of the nation’s premiere agricultural weather services is celebrating 25 years in 2021 as the founders continue to provide accurate and detailed weather information to clients around the nation in a variety of industries. AWIS was founded in 1996 as the Agricultural Weather Information Service after the National …

RFA Gives Ethanol Industry Update

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As Congress continues to negotiate a new COVID-19 aid package, the pandemic continues to batter the U.S. ethanol industry and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) wants lawmakers to know the challenges producers are facing. With losses from the pandemic nearing $4 billion, the ethanol industry continues to fight for implementation of the Tenth Circuit Court decision nationwide, and prepares to …

ZimmCast 662 – ASTA CSS & Seed Expo Recap

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Each December, the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) hosts America’s largest seed industry convention as the Christmas Season begins traditionally in the Chicago Hyatt Regency at the top of the Magnificent Mile. This year, like everything else since March, the ASTA CSS and Seed Expo was virtual, and that allowed nearly 1000 attendees from around the world to participate and …

Agricultural Leaders Release Roadmap for Trade

Farmers for Free Trade held a virtual press conference Tuesday to release a new report on the challenges and solutions for American agriculture on trade, supply chains and global competitiveness. The report is the culmination of a series of discussions across rural America with farmers, ag leaders and related industries including manufacturing and food producers and distributors. The report, organized …

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 …

Ethanol Report 12-15-20

A new analysis released by the Renewable Fuels Association shows the devastating impact COVID-19 pandemic restrictions continue to have on ethanol producers, with losses nearing $4 billion. RFA Chief Economist Scott Richman authored the white paper which shows ethanol production dropped by two billion gallons between March and November this year, which meant a 700-million-bushel decline in the use of …

Sen. Pat Roberts Bids Farewell

Sen. Pat Roberts, the Republican from Kansas who has served as a leader in both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees over his four decade career in Congress, said goodbye to his Senate colleagues Thursday in a farewell floor speech. The outspoken senator who helped to write the past eight farm bills spoke about his background, how he went from …

ZimmCast 661 – Going Virtual with ARA in 2020

2020 ARA Virtual Conference & Expo

Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. The Agricultural Retailers Association annual 2020 ARA Conference & Expo went virtual this year Dec. 1-2. Ag professionals from across the country went “All In For Ag Retail” with interactive workshops, engaging networking opportunities, and a 3D Expo Hall. During the event the ZimmComm Team collected relevant screenshots, conducted interviews with speakers, award winners and …