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 …

Ethanol Report 4-16-20

The social-distancing and stay-at-home restrictions associated with COVID-19 continue to take a devastating toll on U.S. ethanol producers with about half of the industry’s capacity now idled. But the good news is how those ethanol producers, their farmer-owners and employees, have turned around and put those idled plants to good use by helping those on the front lines fighting the …

Agriculture Secretary Addresses U.S. Food Supply Issues

The White House Coronavirus Task Force Update on Wednesday included comments from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on the U.S. food supply. Secretary Perdue discussed the health and safety of essential food processing workers, praised those working in the food industry, and stressed that the food supply is “strong, resilient, and safe.” He also stated that there is plenty …

U.S. Soy is Open for Business

The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) held a webinar for the media Wednesday to provide an update on the industry and its continued resilience through this time. Participating in the webinar were, USSEC CEO Jim Sutter, USSEC Chairman Monte Peterson, and Regional Directors Brent Babb and Rosalind Leeck. They discussed the industry’s response to COVID-19 in various export markets, how …

Hog Farmers Face COVID-19 Financial Crisis

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) held a press conference Tuesday to outline the impact COVID-19 is having on the industry, causing hog values to plummet, and the immediate relief they are requesting from the administration and Congress. The call featured NPPC President Howard “A.V.” Roth of Wisconsin, CEO Neil Dierks, Global Government Affairs VP Nick Giordano, and Michael Formica, …

Dairy Checkoff Helping Producers Weather COVID-19

Leaders of the dairy checkoff are working to help U.S. dairy farmers during these challenging times. Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), which manages the national dairy checkoff on behalf of 35,000 farmers, has prioritized work focused on three key areas: schools, hunger and foodservice and industry partnerships. Leaders outlined a shift in its business plan in a letter to USDA Secretary …

President Trump Says Help for Farmers Coming Soon

During the daily White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing on Thursday, President Donald Trump said help for hurting farmers is coming soon. “We have money going out to our farmers in the pretty near future,” said President Trump. “The farmers got hurt very badly by all of this. People are eating less from the standpoint that there’s no restaurants that …

Field Notes from Koch Agronomic Services – Episode 2

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Welcome to Episode 2 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. Spring Weather Impact …

ACE: COVID-19 Exposes Flaw in RFS Rulemaking

The American Coalition for Ethanol is urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address a shortcoming in the implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) which has been exposed with the recent nosedive in gasoline use as a result of COVID-19. ACE CEO Brian Jennings explains that the gasoline demand drop means a reduction in ethanol blending, meaning the 11.56 …

AMVAC® Releases New Logos for Recently Acquired Herbicides

AMVAC®, an American Vanguard® company, has designed new product logos and web pages for its recently acquired herbicides: Classic® Herbicide, FirstRate® Herbicide, Hornet® Herbicide and Python® Herbicide. “We are excited to offer these herbicide brands from AMVAC, expanding our crop protection portfolio and offering growers additional trusted solutions,” said Nathaniel Quinn, marketing manager for corn, soybean and sugar beet. “These …