Benson Hill Contracts 30,000 Acres of Premium Soybean for 2020

Production for food and feed markets to deliver superior ingredient and meal benefits Benson Hill, a crop improvement company dedicated to unlocking the natural genetic diversity of plants to develop healthier, more sustainable food choices, today announced it has contracted 30,000 acres to advance its cutting-edge soybean varieties through partnerships in the consumer food, animal feed and aquaculture markets. Grown …

Regenerative Agriculture Expands Regions

Heliae® Agriculture Positions Regional Sales Manager in Kentucky Heliae® Agriculture continues to expand as it builds its efforts on promoting regenerative agriculture and soil health to the Delmarva, Kentucky, and Carolina regions. Chris Templeton will work with distributors to implement the PhycoTerra® product line into their recommended grower applications. “We have learned how to stimulate the microbiome and improve the …

New Regev Fungicide Creates Step Change in Plant Disease Control

Summit Agro USA is pleased to announce the introduction of the first hybrid fungicide for US agriculture – REGEV. This next generation disease control product combines the benefits of a botanical product with the advantages of a conventional fungicide. “REGEV brings together Tea Tree Oil and difenoconazole giving growers across a variety of crops a very effective disease control product, …

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 …

Farmobile Unveils Crowd-Sourced Index

Tool gives subscribers daily views of plant and harvest progress – as it happens Farmobile LLC, Agriculture’s Independent Data Company™, announces the launch of the Farmobile Index – a crop progress and benchmarking tool that leverages crowd-sourced data to deliver planting and harvest insights to farmer-customers. The Farmobile Index provides users with a daily view into aggregate, state-level crop results, …

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 …

Ethanol Report 4-30-20

Ethanol producers are literally in the battle of their lives for the survival of the industry, as losses continue to mount from restrictions on travel put in place due to COVID-19. The latest production data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association for the week ending April 24, ethanol production dropped another 4.6%, or 26,000 barrels per day (b/d), to 537,000 …

Field Notes from Koch Agronomics – Episode 3

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Welcome to Episode 3 of the Field Notes podcast series from Koch Agronomic Services, where we break down the science and technology behind agronomy to help growers do more with less. Crop science experts and others in the agriculture industry will discuss topics ranging from nitrogen loss and soil health to ways growers can increase operational efficiencies. Retailer Perspectives on …

Results from NAMA #COVID19 Survey

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The National Agri-Marketing Association just completed a simple survey of members with questions about their plans/intentions for the coming quarters of the year as well as the rest of the year as a whole. There were 212 respondents. Here are a couple of the questions with tidbits from the results. You can see the full document online here. For the …

ZimmCast 642 – Conversation with Calyxt

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Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. In this week’s program we’re going to learn about Calyxt, a plant science company, doing some very interesting work with new technology. I spoke with Calyxt CEO, Jim Blome, about the work they are doing. He focuses on the future of food and how the types of technology being developed at the company is …

Southern States Coop Partners with Heliae® Agriculture to Bring Regenerative Agriculture to their Farmer Owners

GILBERT, AZ – Southern States Cooperative is partnering with Heliae® Agriculture to bring innovative, new products to farmers that improve yields while enhancing soil health. Soil health is the foundation of the practice of regenerative agriculture. The selective distribution agreement announced today is a model for the future adoption of a ground-breaking approach developed by Heliae – to provide nutrients …

Farm Credit Update Call: Ag Credit, COVID-19, Assistance

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Farm Credit leaders participated in a media call for an on-the-record update on agricultural credit conditions, COVID-19’s impact on farmers, ranchers and rural communities, and how Farm Credit is supporting our customers during this challenging time – including via the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program. Each of the CEOs made a presentation and answered questions.  Webinar participants:  Todd Van Hoose, …

RFA Update on COVID-19 Impacts and Other Ethanol Issues

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Through the middle of April, the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with the effects of the Saudi-Russia oil price war, has had a devastating impact on the U.S. ethanol industry, slashing production by half and leading to the idling of dozens of plants across rural America. A new analysis estimates that U.S. ethanol sales in 2020 could fall by more than $10 …

USDA Announces Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

This evening U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program will take several actions to assist farmers, ranchers, and consumers in response to the COVID-19 national emergency. President Trump directed USDA to craft this $19 billion immediate relief program to provide critical support to our farmers and …

ZimmCast 641 – CommoditAg App

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Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. In this week’s program I’m featuring a conversation with John Demerly, CEO, CommoditAg, about the new app they launched during Commodity Classic. That was the last on location meeting either of us attended and it seems like a lot longer ago than it really is! John says the app provides the opportunity for agricultural …