Gene Stoel Shares Why “I AM USFRA”

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i-am-usfra-webThird generation Minnesota farmer Gene Stoel has served on the board of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) for three years now and he considers it time well spent for him representing his family and his fellow farmers. He shares why he is “I AM USFRA” in this week’s podcast. “To me it’s very important to tell people what it is we do, why we do the things we do and help them better understand where their food comes from,” Gene says.

Stoel, who represents the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, says he has been impressed with the consumer research that USFRA has funded to help farmers communicate their message better.

Learn more about Gene and his commitment to USFRA here: Interview with Gene Stoel, Minnesota farmer

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@Better_Seed Meeting Will Be ‘Blazing Trails’

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asta-2016A trail blazing joint convention of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) with the Oregon Seed Association this year will highlight the diverse seed industry of the Beaver State. This year’s theme for the 133rd annual ASTA annual convention is Blazing Trails and takes place in Portland, Oregon June 18-22, 2016.

ASTA Chair Risa DeMasi of Grassland Oregon says the “Blazing Trails” theme of the convention will highlight the unique issues and opportunities facing the industry. “Look at the new technology and innovations that our industry is bringing to the world and affecting everyone’s quality of life, we truly are blazing trails in a number of ways,” she said.

Learn more about this year’s conference from Risa DeMasi here: Interview with Risa DeMasi, ASTA Chair

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ZimmCast Spotlights Truffle Media’s 10 Years

Joanna Schroeder

ZimmCast 513In this week’s ZimmCast, Jamie Johansen talks with John Blue, Truffle Media Networks, about the growth of the company and what he sees for the future. John says that Truffle Media Networks will turn ten years old in June. He is now the Chief of Community Creation for the company. You’ll have to listen to him explain that. John is a true AgNerd and has excelled at social media creation and management. He has helped the AgChat Foundation grow and prosper and is on the board.

Learn more about this unique digital ag media company in this week’s ZimmCast: ZimmCast with John Blue, Truffle Media Networks

Subscribe to the ZimmCast podcast here.

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Ethanol Report: #Ethanol & Boating Go Together

Joanna Schroeder

ethanol-report-adWith Memorial Day comes the official start of the summer boating season and the ethanol industry is working hard to correct the misconceptions about using ethanol blended fuel in marine engines.

In this Ethanol Report, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Vice President of Industry Relations Robert White talks about the effort and what boaters should know when they go to fill up at the dock this summer.

Listen here: Ethanol Report on Boating and Ethanol

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Alltech Ideas Conference Focuses on #ONEBigIdea

Joanna Schroeder

one-alltech-16-14-editedThe ONE: Alltech Ideas Conference attracts nearly 3,000 agribusiness leaders from 71 different countries to take in the latest in agriculture, science and technology. Lexington, Kentucky is the home of Alltech and this year’s symposium is focused on #ONEBigIdea. It’s all about creation and innovation. Attendees are able to engage and interact with mind-expanding visionaries from across the globe.

View and download photos from the event here: 2016 ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference Photo Album

ONE Vision – A Planet of Plenty
Interview with Aidan Connolly, Alltech

The Alltech Idea Man
Interview with Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech Founder

The Building Blocks for Better Beef Production
Interview with Dan Dhuyvetter, Ridley Block Operations

Transforming Veterinary Medicine for the Future
Interview with Dr. Stephen Collett, DVM, University of Georgia

The Farm Technologist – Just #ONEBigIdea
Interview with Dr. Karl Dawson, Alltech

Alltech Honors Young Scientists At #ONEBigIdea
Interview with Victoria Liu, AYS Program Director Interview with Alonna Wright, AYS Undergraduate Contest Winner

The Digitalization of Agriculture
Interview with David Hunt, Cainthus

China – #ONEBigIdea for Beef
Interview with Ian Lahiffe, Alltech China

Vets Turn Focus on Soil Health
Interview with Dr. Johanna Fink-Gremmels, EFSA

Animal Agriculture Education – It Works
Interview with Lance Barton, Belsta Milling Co.

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A Look @GROWMARK’s Climate FieldView

Joanna Schroeder

Climate Corporation’s Climate FieldView products are among the most exciting innovations thclimate-fieldviewat GROWMARK’s Ron Milby has seen come along for agriculture in the past two decades. “I’ve been involved with precision ag for over 20 years and just having satellite images so you can see what’s going on, that really is a tremendous value,” says Milby, GROWMARK’s executive director for agronomy marketing, who explains that the Climate FieldView suite of products offers three different tiers – Prime, Plus and Pro.

Milby adds that the Climate FieldView suite of products fit in very well with GROWMARK’s System Sustainability Endure initiative. “We’re really looking for the best management practices that are enduring over time to help keep our farmers profitable,” he said.

Learn more about GROWMARK and Climate FieldView in this interview: Interview with Ron Milby, GROWMARK Agronomy

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I AM USFRA Features Brad Greenway

Joanna Schroeder

i-am-usfra-webThe latest edition of I AM USFRA features Brad Greenway of Mitchell, South Dakota who owns a wean-to-finish operation that markets 6,400 hogs annually. He also raises corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa on 1,700 acres, and is proud to be able to serve as vice chairman of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) to represent the National Pork Board.

Brad says that being involved in an organization that encompasses all facets of agriculture gives everyone a big picture view of the industry as a whole. “Serving on a board with so many different perspectives and coming up with issues important to consumers is a huge benefit,” he said.

Learn more about Brad and his commitment to USFRA here: Interview with Brad Greenway, South Dakota pork producer

Check out all of our I AM USFRA spotlights here.


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Bayer Press Call on Monsanto Bid

Cindy Zimmerman

bayer-logoTop Bayer company representatives held an international press conference this morning to discuss the contents of its private proposal to acquire Monsanto.
In a May 10 proposal, Bayer made an all-cash offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock of Monsanto Company for $122 US per share or an aggregate value of $62 billion.

Bayer has created a website with additional information. Participants in the press call are Werner Baumann, CEO of Bayer AG; Johannes Dietsch, CFO of Bayer AG; and Liam Condon, member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG and head of the Crop Science Division.

Listen to the press call here:

Bayer press call on Monsanto bid - opening statements Bayer press call on Monsanto bid - Q&A
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RFA Reacts to EPA 2017 #RFS Proposal

Joanna Schroeder

ethanol-report-adThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its draft Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2017 on Wednesday proposing a total renewable fuel volume of 18.8 billion gallons, including four billion in advanced biofuels and 312 million gallons is cellulosic biofuel.

In this interview, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Bob Dinneen says the proposal falls 200 million gallons short of the statute and that EPA is relying on an illegal interpretation of its waiver authority under the RFS. Dinneen does give EPA credit for releasing the proposal in a timely fashion and notes that the agency will be providing an opportunity for the industry to provide public comment during a hearing in Kansas City on June 9.

Listen here: Ethanol Report on EPA 2017 RFS Proposal

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Mark Poeschl of @NationalFFA Featured in ZimmCast

Joanna Schroeder

ZimmCast 512This week’s ZimmCast features Mark Poeschl, incoming CEO of the National FFA Organization and Foundation. Mark officially takes over the position August 1, 2016.

One of the challenges in agricultural education he sees is the need to attract and retain top quality high school ag teachers. He says there is a real shortage in that area. Poeschl stresses how important a role that ag teachers play in the development of young people understanding and deciding on agricultural careers.

Learn more about Mark in this week’s ZimmCast: ZimmCast with Mark Poeschl, National FFA

Subscribe to the ZimmCast podcast here.

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