AnimalAgCast Features Missouri FFA President

In the latest installment of the AnimalAgCast, AgWired’s Jamie Johansen was at Missouri State Fair and spoke with Colton Spencer, Missouri FFA Association President. Colton hails from Aurora, MO, and has proven himself as an agricultural ambassador through both his work in FFA and his successful career showing Gelbvieh cattle. His work as State FFA President has allowed him to …

.@EthanolACE Unveils #E15 & #FFV Retailer Roadmap

During the 29th Annual Ethanol Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota this morning, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) released a new publication that will help answer some of the most frequently asked questions by retailers about E15, E85 and flex fuels. ACE VP of Market Development, Ron Lamberty, describes the E15 and Flex Fuel Retailer Roadmap, as a reference guide for …

Introducing Animal AgCast!

ZimmComm has officially introduced Animal AgCast, the official podcast of Animal.AgWired.com. The podcast will feature interviews with professionals across the animal agriculture sector, promising another way to keep our listeners up to date with the latest news in animal agriculture. Special thanks to Animal AgCast sponsor Alltech. This week, Lizzy Schultz speaks with Michelle Cote, VP of Data and Insights …

Minnesota Water Topic of Dialogue

The latest installment of the Food Dialogues, held this week in Minneapolis as part of a joint effort from the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) and the Farm and Food Alliance of Minnesota, kept the focus on water sustainability. The diverse panel of professionals highlighted the many ways that water conservation is present in their professions and the companies …

Liberty Link Winners Share Their Stories

No matter what kind of year it is, real yield makes all the difference and that is what real farmers who use the LibertyLink system are saying they are getting. We interviewed 200 soybean farmers from North Dakota to Mississippi this summer to find out how their experience with LibertyLink has been – whether they’ve used it since it was …

Agren Awarded Grant Funds to Support Continued R&D

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to central Iowa-based small business, Agren, Inc., to further technological innovations and solutions for American agriculture. USDA SBIR has awarded over 2000 research and development projects since 1983, allowing hundreds of small businesses to explore their technological potential, …

Crop Report Analysis

USDA is forecasting the third largest corn crop and the second largest soybean crop on record in the August planted acreage update released Wednesday. U.S. growers are forecast to produce 13.7 billion bushels of corn this year, and NASS forecasts U.S. soybean production of 3.92 billion bushels. The report also includes forecasts for cotton and wheat. Jack Scoville of the …

Alltech REBELation 2015

Over 3,000 REBELs representing 68 countries came together to share ideas, innovate, and reignite a passion for exploration at Alltech’s REBELation Week in Lexington, KY this week. The Alltech REBELation was held May 17-20 in Lexington, KY. This once-in-a-lifetime conference was a merger of “science, agriculture, entrepreneurship, business and marketing to inspire and re-engergize lives and businesses.” View photos from …

FAA Announces UAS Center of Excellence

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last week announced the selection of Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence ASSURE, a consortium of universities headed by Mississippi State University (MSU), to lead the newly-designated FAA Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS COE). At a press conference last week, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, MSU President Mark Keenum and …

USDA Targets Aid to Drought Stricken States

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest an additional $21 million to help farmers and ranchers in eight drought-stricken states. NRCS will provide technical and financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to target areas that are experiencing either exceptional or extreme drought conditions, including parts of California, Kansas, Idaho, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, and Utah. The …

Beck Ag Launches BeckAgConnects.com

OMAHA  —  March  23,  2011 – AgNewsWire  — Beck  Ag,  the  leading  provider  of  experience-­‐sharing  marketing  strategiesfor  agriculture  in  North  America,  recently  launched  www.BeckAgConnects.com,    a  website  that  offers  ag   professionals  from  across  the  country  the  opportunity  to  learn  and  stay  connected.       Margaret  Oldham,  Director  of  Innovation  and  Opportunity  for  Beck  Ag,  says  that  BeckAgConnects  is …

ZimmPoll Shows Consumer Perception of Ag Needs Help

It looks like agriculture has a ways to go to change public perceptions according to our latest ZimmPoll. In answer to the question, “Do you think the general consumer perception of agriculture changed in 2010?” 43% say “No it didn’t really change,” while 30% say “Yes, it got worse,” and 27% said “Yes, it improved.” Where do you fall in …

ZimmPoll Launched

Starting today we’re launching a new feature on all the ZimmComm New Media news websites. This is a weekly quick-vote style poll which we’re affectionately calling the ZimmPoll. The ZimmPoll is designed to gauge opinions on a range of topics, including agriculture and agribusiness, emerging technologies and consumer trends. Look for a new poll each week in the sidebar on …

WLIC Introduces the Livestock Vantage Initiative

VERONA, Wis. —The Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium (WLIC) introduces the Livestock Vantage, a nationwide initiative to help create understanding, awareness and motivation for a unified livestock identification and traceability effort. The Livestock Vantage draws attention to the need for and value of a comprehensive system which can easily be utilized by livestock producers – regardless of size or species. Developed …

Drake & Company Expands Capabilities, Launches Blog

CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (July 28, 2008) – Drake & Company is growing, expanding services and launching new initiatives to tout its capabilities as a full-service association management company. Becky Rasmussen, previously a program coordinator, was promoted to assistant director for the National Christmas Tree Association. Amy Rehmeirer, Alyson Hall and Becky Hadley were hired as program coordinators and Penny Key as …