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 #USGC17

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

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, FMC

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

RFA CEO at Iowa RFA Summit

Lizzy Schultz

The president of the Renewable Fuels Association took a line from the new president of the United States at the 2017 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit Tuesday, encouraging the industry to “make ethanol great again.”

Ever the optimist, Dinneen is enthusiastic about the future of ethanol with the new presidential administration. “You have a president who supports the RFS,” he said. “And you have a president who has an America first agenda.”

Listen to Dinneen’s remarks, courtesy of Brownfield Ag News, here: RFA CEO Bob Dinneen at Iowa RFA Summit

audio, Ethanol, RFA

I AM @USFRA-Ag Retailers Association

Lizzy Schultz

i-am-usfra-web The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) represents the people who supply farmers and ranchers with the products and services they need to produce food, fiber, and fuel for the world. Many members are also farmers who sell seeds, nutrients, crop protection products, farm equipment, precision technology and agronomic services, so ARA has a strong interest in educating the public so those tools remain available for farmers to use.

Learn more about why ARA is USFRA in this interview: Interview with Brian Reuwee, Ag Retailers Association

Ag Group, ARA, audio, USFRA

2017 CIRB Annual Meeting

Lizzy Schultz

Welcome to the virtual newsroom for the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) 53rd Annual Meeting, held February 1-3 in Bonita Springs, Florida.

This year’s meeting follows the theme of “Change. Challenge. Opportunity.” and hopes to provide attendees with a look into the political landscape for the industry in 2017, as well as giving members an opportunity to network with leaders in the crop insurance community.

All content posted here is available free of charge for digital or print publication or broadcast. Credit can be given to AgNewsWire.

2017 CIRB Annual Meeting Photo Album

#CIRB17 Faces Change, Challenge, Opportunity
Interview with Michael Torrey, CIRB Executive Vice President

#CIRB2017 Gets Legislative Update
Interview with Mary Kay Thatcher, AFBF, at CIRB2017

New @CIRBdc Chair Honors Former RMA Admin
Interview with CIRB chairman Ron Rutledge Interview with past RMA administrator Brandon Willis

Outgoing @CIRBdc Chair Had a Great Year
Interview with past CIRB chair Shari BaneRead More

audio, CIRB, crop insurance

Cattlemen Convene in Nashville for #CattleCon17

Lizzy Schultz

Welcome to the virtual newsroom for the 120th Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show held February 1-3, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The event is the oldest and largest national convention for the cattle industry, where members come together to network, create policy for the industry and have some fun. This newsroom includes links to photos, audio and video from the conference. Find more information on the beef industry at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) website.

All content posted here is available free of charge for digital or print publication or broadcast. Credit can be given to AgNewsWire.

2017 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show Photo Album

A Little #CattleConn17 Preview
Interview with Tracy Brunner, NCBA President

#Cattlecon17 is Here – Get the Scoop from NCBA CEO
Interview with Kendall Fraizer, NCBA CEO

NCBA Talks Trump from #CattleCon17
Interview with Collin Woodall, NCBA government affairs

SCOTUS, WOTUS & Other Issues at #CattleCon17
Interview with Scott Yager, NCBA environmental counsel

Meet New NCBA President Craig Uden
Interview with Craig Uden, NCBA president-electRead More

audio, Beef, NCBA