2017 U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange

U.S. soybean farmers meet the international buyers responsible for purchasing the 60% of soybeans exported from the U.S. each year during the 2017 U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange. The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) and Midwest Shippers Associaiton (MDA) hosted the 5th annual conference Aug. 15-17 at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center. Over 250 international buyers representing more than 50 countries and about 350 U.S. soybean farmers to attended the conference focused on relationship building and education.

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U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange Photo Album

International Buyers of U.S. Soy Convene in Omaha Interview with Jim Miller, USSEC Chairman
Relationships Drive U.S. Soy Exports Interview with Jim Sutter, USSEC CEO
A Growing North Asia U.S. Soy Market Interview with Paul Burke, USSEC regional director North Asia

30th Annual ACE Conference

Members of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) have gathered in Omaha August 15-17 for the organization’s 30th annual conference this week, with the theme “Tested. Proven. Driven.”

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 may be given to AgNewsWire.

2017 ACE Conference Photo Album

30th Annual ACE Conference Underway
Interview with Brian Jennings, 30th ACE annual conference

Nebraska Governor Shows Ethanol Support
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts at 30th ACE annual conference

#ACEConf17 Highlights Nebraska’s Ethanol Industry
Duane Kristensen, Chief Ethanol Fuels, opening comments

NE Gov Highlights Value-Added Ag and Ethanol

Bayer Press Conference with CRDF on Citrus Greening Partnership

This morning Bayer teamed up with the Citrus Research and Development Foundation to find solutions to the devastating Citrus Greening disease. During the partnership press conference the organizations signed a research collaboration agreement. Pictured are (l-r) Adrian Percy, Head of R&D, Bayer, Tom Jerkins, citrus grower & President of CRDF and Dr. Harold Browning, COO, CRDF.

Below is more information about the announcement along with audio for your use as well as a link to photos and the recorded live feed of the press conference that streamed on Facebook.

Bayer/CRDF Press Conference Photo Album

You can listen to the press conference here or watch the live video from Facebook below: Bayer/CRDF Press Conference Interview with Adrian Percy, Bayer Interview with Tom Jerkins, CRDF Interview with Dr. Harold Browning, CRDF

SMART Farmer Phil Borgic

Meet the Illinois hog farmer whose family farm is the star of the 360 video the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance has been sharing around the country this year. You can watch the video without effects below – and if you have a VR viewer or headset take a look in 360.

Phil Borgic has a family farm in Nokomis, Illinois where he raises hogs, corn, soybeans and wheat. He also serves on the board of directors for the National Pork Producers Council and the USFRA. In this podcast, he talks about how today’s production methods are both humane and sustainable, in addition to being smart.

Learn more about Phil in this episode – SMART Farmer Podcast with Illinois hog farmer Phil Borgic

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Learn more about USFRA and SMART Farm

Iowa Farmer is 1st Woman to Chair USGC

Iowa farmer Deb Keller was elected as U.S. Grains Council (USGC) chairman at the organization’s 57th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting in Vancouver, Washington earlier this month. She is the first female selected for the role in the organization’s nearly 60 year history.

Keller’s experience as a strong advocate for trade will amplify the Council’s mission of developing markets, enabling trade and improving lives. “Thinking ahead, I see so many areas for growth, but I also see challenges that will take much time and patience to see through,” Keller said in her incoming chairman’s remarks. “After working with our delegates, the board and our staff both internationally and domestically, I know we can be successful together.”

Learn more about the new chair in this interview from Tony St. James – All Ag, All Day.

Interview with USGC chair Deb Keller

USDA Forecast Optimistic Despite Conditions

U.S. farmers are expected to produce a record-high soybean crop this year, according to USDA’s August Crop Production report released Thursday. Soybean production is forecast at 4.38 billion bushels, up two percent from last year, while corn growers are expected to decrease their production by seven percent from last year, forecast at 14.2 billion bushels.

Soybean yields are expected to average 49.4 bushels per acre, down 2.7 bushels from last year, while the average corn yield is forecast at 169.5 bushels per acre, down 5.1 bushels from last year. Yields for both crops are expected to be lower or the same in the major producing areas, but record high in non-traditional states like Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina.

But with corn condition ratings the lowest they have been since the 2012 drought, some analysts, Doug Werling of Bower Trading, believe the yields will be lower than USDA is saying now.

Audio file: Crop commentary from Doug Werling of Bower Trading

PERC Revamps Farm Incentive Program

The Propane Farm Incentive program has been newly revised, taking it from a two-step process to one-step where farmers receive their application packet from the dealer when they purchase a piece of qualifying equipment, according to Cinch Munson, director of agriculture business development at the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC).

The purpose of the program is to offset the costs of purchasing propane-powered equipment and to gather valuable information about increasing efficiency and the development of new equipment.  Currently propane equipment in the ag space includes irrigation engines, prime power generators, heating systems for greenhouses and animals, and a few grain dryers.  To find a list of qualifying purchases, visit www.propane.com/farmincentive.

Audio file: Interview with Cinch Munson, PERC

RFA at the 2017 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

The Renewable Fuels Association was once again a major sponsor for the Buffalo Chip Campground and the 77th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Aug. 4-13 in Sturgis, S.D.

The event offers a unique opportunity to promote the benefits of high-octane, low-cost ethanol to the motorcycling community. It will also mark the first Sturgis rally for all motorists to take advantage of a recently opened permanent fueling station, donated by RFA at the Buffalo Chip Campground, and fuel up with 93 octane, 10% ethanol.

2017 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally photo album

Sturgis Bikers Have New E10 Fueling Station
Interview with Rod Woodruff, Buffalo Chip Campground owner

RFA Sponsors Charitable Legends Ride
Legends Ride presser

ZimmCast with Owner of Legendary Buffalo ChipZimmCast with Rod Woodruff & Robert White

RFA Chairman Pumps Fuel for Bikers
Interview with RFA Chairman Mick Henderson

Interview with RFA VP of Industry Relations Robert White

Young Beekeeper Recognized by Bayer

Bayer recently announced the recipients of the fifth annual Bayer Bee Care Community Leadership Award for dedication to pollinator protection and educating their communities about bee health. Bayer expanded the scope of its awards program this year to show support for the future of the beekeeping industry with a new young beekeeper award, which was presented this year to 14-year-old Jake Reisdorf of Carmel, CA.

Jake, owner of the Carmel Honey Company, is the first-ever beekeeper under 18 years of age to receive this award, which includes a $1,000 prize to support his school and community honey bee-focused initiatives.

Learn more about how Jake got started in beekeeping and how he gives back to the community in this interview.
Interview with young beekeeper Jake Reisdorf

National Soil Health Measurements to Accelerate Agricultural Transformation

Soil Health Institute Endorses 19 Soil Health Measurements after 3 Years of Collaboration

For scientists, farmers and ag policy makers, one nagging question has yet to be completely “unearthed:” Just how healthy (or unhealthy) are the nation’s soils?

“We can’t really know the answer to that question until we have a set of common soil health measurements that scientists and farmers can compare and track over time,” said Dr. Wayne Honeycutt, CEO of the Soil Health Institute. “But we believe our endorsement of 19 measures today will help us seek and track that common ground – and ultimately answer that important question.”

The concept of soil health is gaining widespread attention because it promotes agricultural practices that are not only good for the farmer, but also good for the environment. An abundance of research shows that improving soil health boosts crop yield, enhances water quality, increases drought resilience, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, increases carbon sequestration, provides pollinator habitat, and builds disease suppression. To help implement widely-applicable, consistent measures of soil health, the Soil Health Institute announces its endorsement of 19 national soil health measurements.Read More