Sales of Higher Ethanol Blends Soaring in California

Sales of E85 flex fuel (85 percent ethanol blended fuel) are soaring to new heights in California as drivers of flex fuel vehicles are finding out they can pay a lot less for a fill up. E85 sales in California increased 55 percent last year over 2020 and Pearson Fuels, California’s largest provider of E85, saw an increase of over …

The Yield Forecast Challenge Launches April 15 on AEI Premium

16 Questions, $1,600 Prize… Proving You Were Right Has Never Been So Easy AEI Premium, the online community for agricultural decision makers, is launching a new online contest called the Yield Forecast Challenge. Beginning April 15, you are invited to forecast 16 questions about USDA yield estimates for corn and soybeans. The questions will span the USDA World Agricultural Supply …

Reps Question Lack of Biofuels in Budget

Representatives from Iowa questioned Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shalanda Young Tuesday on the lack of biofuels in the $6 trillion White House budget unveiled this week. Reps. Randy Feenstra (R-IA) and Ashley Hinson (R-IA) both pressed Young on why there was no mention of biofuels in the budget. Listen: (5:11)

Rep. Craig Hopes EPA Will Allow Year Round E15

Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN) and several of her colleagues recently introduced the bipartisan Home Front Energy Independence Act, in an effort to expand the production and availability of American biofuels and lower energy costs for working families. Rep. Craig’s bill, along with the companion bill in the Senate, would expand the availability of E15 year-round after a July 2021 D.C. …

ZimmCast 689 – Preview of 2022 Agri-Marketing Conference

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Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. Trips on the agriblogging highway continue with the Agri-Marketing Conference coming up next week. After that conference it will be on to Lexington, KY for the Alltech ONE Conference in May. ZimmComm will be exhibiting in the Connection Point at the Agri-Marketing Conference once again, in booth 201. The ZimmComm Golden Mic will be …

Ethanol Report on How to Lower Gas Prices

With E15 selling as much 50 cents less than regular unleaded gasoline, it seems obvious that higher blends of ethanol can help lower prices at the pump. But so far, nothing is being done on the national level to unleash the power of biofuels to ease the pain of high gas prices. In this edition of The Ethanol Report podcast, …

2022 National Ag Day

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and over three dozen partner organizations hosted the inaugural Celebration of Modern Agriculture on the National Mall for National Ag Day, which is organized by the Agriculture Council of America (ACA). National Ag Day preview with ACA chair Amy Bradford, GROWMARK (14:05) More than 16,000 visitors attended the two-day festival and engaged with hands-on …

MyLand Adds New Grower Relationship Director, Driving Commitments to Scalable Regenerative Solutions

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Jeff Downs to Support Efforts to Expand Soil Health Service MyLand Company, LLC (“MyLand”) announced today that Jeff Downs has joined the company as Grower Relationship Director, focusing on Arizona and Southern California. Jeff will be responsible for partnering with growers to deliver MyLand’s unique Soil as a Service (SaaS) solution. “Jeff is a remarkable addition to the team,” said …

2022 Agri-Pulse Food & Ag Policy Summit

The 2022 Agri-Pulse Ag & Food Policy Summit was held March 21 at the National Press Club with the theme “Laying the groundwork for the next farm bill.” The program included remarks from some of the most influential voices in farm policy including leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, as well as agricultural organizations and companies. In addition, …

ZimmCast 688 – National Ag Day Activities Preview

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Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. In this week’s program we’ll get a preview of National Ag Day activities in Washington, DC from Amy Bradford, GROWMARK, and Chair of the Agriculture Council of America. March 22 is the offical Ag Day but there will be activities on the 21st and 22nd. These include on Monday, a Celebration of Ag with …

ESMC and Benson Hill Partner to Support Midwest Farmers Participation in Agricultural Carbon Markets

Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (“ESMC”), a non-profit member-based organization launching a national scale ecosystem service market program for agriculture, and Benson Hill, Inc. (NYSE: BHIL) (“Benson Hill”), a food tech company unlocking the natural genetic diversity of plants, today announced the completion of the first year of a carbon credit pilot leveraging Benson Hill’s farm to ingredient business model. Over …

Field Notes from Koch Agronomic Services – Episode 17

The Field Notes podcast series from Koch Agronomic Services (Koch) breaks down the science and technology behind agronomy to help growers do more with less. The experts we’ve heard from on our previous episodes have covered topics ranging from how different crops use nitrogen to the 4R’s of Nutrient Stewardship and how growers and retailers work together to choose the …

Ethanol Report on RFA and NCGA

The Renewable Fuels Association presented its annual Industry Award to the National Corn Growers Association this year in recognition of the close partnership between the two groups over the last 40 years in moving the ethanol industry forward. The award was presented at the 27th annual National Ethanol Conference in New Orleans in February, and last week RFA joined NCGA …

2022 Commodity Classic With Syngenta

2022 Commodity Classic is excited to welcome the ag industry back together in New Orleans March 10-12. Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused agricultural and educational experience. It is presented annually by the American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers, and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. This virtual …

Preview of 2022 Ag & Food Policy Summit

The annual Ag & Food Policy Summit, powered by Agri-Pulse, is coming up soon. It is live and virtual this year. I talked with Agri-Pulse President, Sara Wyant, to learn what is on the program this year. You can register here. Interview with Sara Wyant, President, Agri-Pulse: (5:17) In these uncertain times, here’s your chance to gain insight and analysis …