USDA Ag Outlook Forum

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The USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum was held this week in Arlington, Virginia. The distinguished speaker at this year’s event was former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, who was recently nominated as ambassador to China.

Branstad took time during his speech to praise incoming Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and share his thoughts on the future of agriculture and economic development in rural America.

Catch his full address here:
Terry Brandstad Addresses Ag Outlook Forum
Terry Branstad Addressing Agricultural Outlook Forum

American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall also spoke at this year’s event. The American Farm Bureau Federation’s public policy agenda shares much in common with the Trump administration on issues like regulatory reform and tax reform. But even harder issues such as farm labor and trade should present opportunities to engage with Congress and the White House, alike, AFBF President Zippy Duvall told participants at the USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum.

Duvall said America’s farmers and ranchers have to make their voices heard on “all of these issues.” And expressed optimism over President Trump’s nomination of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to lead the USDA.

Listen to Duvall’s complete remarks where he addresses regulatory overreach, the tax code, immigration, trade and the 2018 farm bill:
Farm Bureau President Speaks at USDA Ag Outlook Forum
Zippy Duvall - American Farm Bureau Federation

AFBF, audio, politics, USDA

Introducing the SMART Farmer Podcast

Lizzy Schultz

We are pleased to introduce the very first SMART Farmer podcast which features interviews with the people who use data and technology to be more sustainable and to help build a smarter version of the American farm and ranch.

In this first episode, U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance CEO Randy Krotz talks about how people can relate to the SMART Farm concept – just like a smart phone or a smart home. Then we visit with Katie Brenny from the recent Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show to find out how she and her husband use the latest technology to produce beef more sustainably on their operation in Minnesota.

Listen to the first podcast:
SMART Farmer Podcast with Katie Brenny

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audio, Podcasting, SMART Farmer, technology, USFRA

N-WATCH Fits GROWMARK Sustainability Platform

Lizzy Schultz

nafb-16-growmark-lanceGROWMARK is helping producers make the best choices for their fields both environmentally and economically through the N-WATCH program.

In this interview we hear from Lance Ruppert, Director of Strategic Agronomy Marketing for GROWMARK, who explains how N-WATCH helps reveal the movement and placement of nitrogen for good management to build better soil, a better business, and a better environment.

Listen to Cindy’s full interview with Ruppert here: Interview with Lance Ruppert, GROWMARK

audio, growmark, nutrient management, soil

2017 #RFANEC National Ethanol Conference

Cindy Zimmerman

Welcome to the virtual newsroom for the National Ethanol Conference (NEC) sponsored by the Renewable Fuels Association. “Building Partnerships, Growing Markets” is the theme for the 22nd annual event held February 20-22 in San Diego, California.

The NEC provides an exclusive opportunity to engage key decision makers and industry executives, while networking and learning about the latest technologies and government policies. Speakers address a number of topics, including expanding infrastructure, blends above E10, high octane fuels and exports.

This virtual newsroom includes links to photos, audio and video from the conference. All content posted here is available free of charge for digital or print publication or broadcast. Credit can be given to AgNewsWire.

National Ethanol Conference photo album
2017 NEC Golf Tournament
RFA-NEC Photo Album

“State of U.S. #Ethanol Industry is Strong”
2017 State of the Ethanol Industry Address


#RFANEC Future of Fuels Policy Panel
#RFANEC Future of Fuels Policy Panel

Reporters Curious About #Ethanol Issues
RFA CEO Bob Dinneen press questions

President Trump Sends Greetings To #RFANEC
Trump letter to #RFANECRead More

audio, Biofuels, Ethanol, RFA, video

Make Tax Preparation Easier with Shared Virtual Desktop

Cindy Zimmerman

Especially during tax time, a virtual desktop can make secure collaboration for sharing files, data, and scanned documents easier. With a virtual desktop and your accounting software hosted by AgCompass, you and your tax preparer can upload and access data crucial for preparing your returns from anywhere and from multiple devices.

“Security and data independence are important concerns for farmers,” says Nick Chambers, Business Manager for AgCompass. “With a virtual desktop, while your data is technically in the cloud, unlike web-based applications, your personal data is securely stored in your own licensed software – like how it is stored on a personal computer.”

The advantage of hosting your software with AgCompass is that they provide all the software updates, conduct daily backups, and your data is stored in a world-class data center making it less vulnerable to hardware failure. AgCompass can host any windows-based software including QuickBooks, FBS, RedWing, Microsoft products, and many more.

“We work with a variety of software companies and work with farmers and CPAs who use their products,” said Chambers. “It has never been easier to collaborate with others through the software you already use.”

The IT staff at AgCompass share a background in agriculture and they provide unlimited, U.S.-based support to clients. Set-up on any internet-connected device, including cell phones, tablets, and personal computers, is easy. You select which users you want to have access, such as your business partners and tax preparers. These additional users also connect through the secure virtual desktop environment – allowing them access to the same software and the same data.
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Ag Compass, agribusiness, technology

Talk about Ethanol Exports at #Grains17

Cindy Zimmerman

Exports of U.S. ethanol and distillers feed co-products were a big topic at the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) 14th International Marketing Conference & 57th Annual Membership Meeting in Panama City, Panama and USGC president and CEO Tom Sleight says the export picture is changing but still positive for both.

In this interview with AgWired reporter Lizzy Schultz, Sleight also talks about a letter the industry recently sent to President Trump about the situation in China and how the new president’s trade agenda might impact export markets. Interview with Tom Sleight, USGC

#Ethanol Shaping the Future of Exports
Interview with Mike Dwyer, USGC

audio, Ethanol, exports, Livestock

2017 National Farm Machinery Show

Cindy Zimmerman

Welcome to the virtual newsroom for the 2017 National Farm Machinery Show, sponsored by FMC Corporation.

The National Farm Machinery show continues to be the largest indoor farm show in America with 850 exhibitors covering 1.2 million square feet of floor space at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. For 52 years, the National Farm Machinery Show has offered the most complete selection of cutting-edge agricultural products, equipment and services available in the farming industry. Business professionals from around the world gain knowledge and hands-on access to various technological advancements needed for the upcoming farming season during the four-day show.

This virtual newsroom includes links to photos, audio and video from the conference. All content posted here is available free of charge for digital or print publication or broadcast. Credit can be given to AgNewsWire.

2017 National Farm Machinery Show Photo Album

Preview of #NFMS17Interview with Steve Kelly, Kentucky State Fair Board

AEM to Collaborate with NFMS
AEM/NFMS press announcement Additional comments from Rittenberry and Slater

FMC Urges Growers to Comment on Pyrethroids
Interview with John Cummings, FMC

#NFMS17 Highlights Story of Rural Infrastructure
Ryan Quarels, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture

Camso Intros CTS High Speed at #NFMS17
Interview with Martin Lunkenbein, Camso

FMC Excited About Product Pipeline
Interview with Chris Reat, FMCRead More

audio, Equipment, National Farm Machinery Show, technology, UAV

#ZimmCast With National Stewardship Award Winner

Lizzy Schultz

Black Leg Ranch of McKenzie, ND was named national 2016 winner of the prestigious Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) for its commitment to protecting America’s natural resources in a flourishing operation.

Dow Agrosciences, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the National Cattlemen’s Foundation are sponsors of the award which was presented last week during the Cattle Industry Convention.

Learn more about the Doan family and this award in this podcast: ZimmCast with Jerry Doan, Black Leg Ranch

Ag Group, audio, Beef, Cattle Industry Conference, Conservation, ZimmCast

#Ethanol Report on Export Picture

Lizzy Schultz

ethanol-report-adEthanol exports are in the news this week. First we heard about record net ethanol exports for 2016 in a new report from the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), followed quickly by an industry letter to President Trump drawing attention to China’s trade barriers that are shutting out U.S. exports of ethanol and distillers feed co-products.

In this Ethanol Report, RFA CEO Bob Dinneen talks about the export situation for the industry and how the upcoming National Ethanol Conference will be focused on growing markets. Ethanol Report on Exports

Click here to subscribe to the Ethanol Report podcast feed and never miss an episode!

audio, Ethanol, Ethanol Report, exports, RFA

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival to Feature Seeds

Cindy Zimmerman

During the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) 56th Vegetable & Flower Seed Conference this week at Disney’s Epcot Center, festival coordinator Eric Darden announced that the 24th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival will feature an ASTA garden at this year’s three month long event.

Photos from the ASTA Vegetable & Flower Seed Conference

Listen to the announcement here: Disney horticulturist Eric Darden and ASTA CEO Andy LaVigne

Build a Better Tomato at ASTA Veggie & Flower
Horticultural Science Professor, Harry Klee

ASTA, audio