AnimalAgCast Features Missouri FFA President

Joanna Schroeder

AgWired-Animal Ag Cast In the latest installment of the AnimalAgCast, AgWired’s Jamie Johansen was at Missouri State Fair and spoke with Colton Spencer, Missouri FFA Association President. Colton hails from Aurora, MO, and has proven himself as an agricultural ambassador through both his work in FFA and his successful career showing Gelbvieh cattle. His work as State FFA President has allowed him to represent the beef industry nationwide and spread the word about agriculture to industry representatives nationwide.

“As an FFA officer you have a constant opportunity to make an impact and make new contacts and conversations about agriculture, both in the industry and outside of the industry. When I’m in official dress and I see consumers in the grocery store, that’s an opportunity to have some great conversations and make a significant impact,” he said during the podcast.

Listen to Colton’s full interview in this week’s AnimalAgCast:
AnimalAgCast with Colton Spencer, 2016-2017 Missouri FFA President

Animal AgCast

Veris Technologies and The Climate Corporation Collaborate

Cindy Zimmerman

Veris-logoVeris Technologies and The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON), recently announced a partnership that will make high resolution soil maps from Veris on-the-go soil sensors available as a key data layer for the agronomic models in The Climate Corporation’s Climate FieldView™ platform.

This partnership will greatly enhance farmer access to the company’s precise soil mapping technology to more accurately map soil variability across their fields. Additionally, it will enable more farmers to experience the value of Climate’s customized data science insights on every portion of every acre.

“This is not just about data connectivity, it’s about the combination of soil, weather and scientific insights to better predict nitrogen needs,” says Eric Lund, President of Veris Technologies. “Not only will this collaboration allow farmers to efficiently view Veris maps in the Climate FieldView platform, but most importantly, the high resolution soil maps generated by Veris soil sensors will be used to help manage one of farmers most expensive and sensitive inputs.”

Veris on-the-go soil sensors produce precise maps of soil texture, organic matter, and pH. These properties have a significant impact on productive potential and are closely tied to nitrogen use, loss, and mineralization. A proper prediction of a crop’s nitrogen needs requires an accurate understanding of the soil and how it varies within individual farm fields.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Veris, as part of Climate’s extension of the Climate FieldView platform to other ag innovators who are developing unique technologies for farmers,” said Mike Stern, chief executive officer for The Climate Corporation. “Veris produces best-in-class soil maps, and we expect these maps to be a foundational data layer in the Climate FieldView platform, enabling our agronomic models to provide even more customized insights for farmers on a meter by meter level.” Read More

farmers, Fertilizer, Precision Agriculture, soil

Update on Bayer Belt® Insecticide Status

Cindy Zimmerman

bayer-beltEarlier this month, an appeals board for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) upheld the agency’s decision to cancel registration for Bayer’s insecticide flubendiamide, marketed in the U.S. as Belt®, while still existing stocks to be sold by retailers or used by growers, but Bayer is continuing to evaluate its options going forward.

In this interview, Bayer Industry Relations Lead Lee Hall provides background on the insecticide, reviews the current status, and explains some of Bayer’s concerns with how the flubendiamide decision was handled by EPA. Interview with Lee Hall, Bayer


I AM @USFRA Series

Cindy Zimmerman

i-am-usfra-webThe U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) has been working on behalf of the agricultural industry since it was founded in 2010. Today it is made up of nearly 100 industry affiliates and partners representing virtually all aspects of agriculture, working to engage in dialogue with consumers who have questions about how today’s food is grown and raised.

In this series, launched in March of this year, we hear from people who have been involved in USFRA about why they believe the group is making a difference. I AM USFRA features farmers and ranchers, organization leaders and agribusiness representatives, all working together to communicate agriculture’s message to the public in a united voice.

Interview with Nancy Kavazanjian, USFRA Chair

I AM USFRA John Deere
Interview with Chuck Studer, John Deere

I AM USFRA Dawn Caldwell
Interview with Dawn Caldwell, Nebraska cattle producer

I AM USFRA Jeanette Merritt
Interview with Jeanette Merritt, Indiana soybean member of USFRA board

I AM USFRA Corn Farmers
Interview with NCGA CEO Chris Novak

I AM USFRA Poultry and Egg Industry
Interview with Monty Henderson, USFRA board member for poultry

I AM USFRA Monsanto
Interview with Mike Parrish, Monsanto

I AM USFRA Lisa Lunz
Interview with Lisa Lunz, Nebraska farmer

I AM USFRA Brad Greenway
Interview with Brad Greenway, South Dakota pork producer

I AM @USFRA Carla Wardin
Interview with Carla Wardin, USFRA Faces of Farming

I AM @USFRA Chris Galen @NMPF
Interview with Chris Galen, NMPF

I Am @USFRA Doug Wolf
Interview with Doug Wolf, Wisconsin pork producer ***Editor’s note***Doug Wolf passed away suddenly about 2 weeks after this interview***

I AM @USFRA Scott VanderWal
Interview with AFBF VP Scott VanderWal, South Dakota

I AM @USFRA Mike Geske
Interview with Mike Geske, Missouri farmer

I AM @USFRA DuPont Pioneer
Interview with Todd Frazier, DuPont Pioneer

Ag Group, agribusiness, audio, Food, USFRA

New @DairyStrong Sustainability Alliance Launched

Cindy Zimmerman

dairystrongA diverse group of partners came together this week in Waunakee, Wisconsin for the official launch of the Dairy Strong Sustainability Alliance (DSSA), a collaborative sustainability campaign featuring representatives from every facet of the dairy community, including farmers, processors, retailers, government agencies, universities, and dairy and trade non-profits. The alliance seeks to engage individuals from across the dairy industry together in a holistic, collaborative effort to position Wisconsin and the Midwest as a global leader in dairy sustainability and to improve the sustainability of the dairy supply chain.

Speakers included:

Tim Trotter, Executive Director, Dairy Business Association
Steve Richter, Director of Conservation Programs, The Nature Conservancy Wisconsin Field Office
Jeff Endres, Chair, Yahara Pride Farms, Inc.
Karen Scanlon, Vice President, Sustainability, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy
John Umhoefer, Executive Director, Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association
Steve Peterson, SLP, LLC, formerly of General Mills

Listen to the full announcement here:
Dairy Strong Sustainability Alliance Presser

Dairy Strong Sustainability Alliance Photo Album

Food Dialogues Paved Way For DSSAInterview with Tim Trotter, Dairy Business Association

audio, Dairy

Bayer Showcase Plot Tours

Joanna Schroeder

28880732475_31e930dbba_zBayer has been holding a series of Showcase Plot Tours around the country since early July and we had a chance to check out the latest in cotton, peanuts and soybeans for the Southeast at the company’s brand new breeding facility near Dawson, GA. We also attended the the Athens, IL event to find out more of what Bayer has in store for soybeans and corn.

Bayer Showcase Days Photo Album

Bayer Showcases #Peanuts and #Cotton
Interview with John Hand, Bayer

Bayer in the Land of #Cotton and #Soybeans
Interview with Josh Mayfield, Bayer

Bayer’s Showcase Plot Tour Offers Real-Life Education
Interview with Daren Bohannan, Bayer

Year Two of LibertyLink #RealYield Sweepstakes
Interview with Daren Bohannan, Bayer

Bayer’s Credenz Has All the Options
Interview with Nick Weidenbenner, Bayer

Grower Perspective @Bayer Showcase Plot Tour
Interview with Denis Kopp, grower

audio, Bayer, Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, soybeans

Clariant Unveils Multi-Colored Agrocer Seed Colorants

Joanna Schroeder

clariant-agrocerThis summer, specialty chemicals company Clariant announced its full range of Agrocer™ seed colorants in North America and we saw them on display at the recent American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) annual meeting in Portland.

Philip Adams, Regional Sales and Marketing Director, Business Unit Pigments, says the Agrocer line fits in well with Clariant’s sustainability platform. “All business units within the Clariant corporation are involved in a number of key sustainability growth areas and agro-chemicals are vitally important within the food chain,” said Adams.

Agrocer colorants are available in a whole rainbow of colors and have been tested for seed safety. Manufactured as pigment powders and pigment preparations, Agrocer colorants comply with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) inert ingredients regulations and are globally available.

Learn more about Clariant and Agrocer in this interview: Interview with Philip Adams and Mark Self, Clariant

agribusiness, ASTA, audio, seed

.@EthanolACE Unveils #E15 & #FFV Retailer Roadmap

Joanna Schroeder

ACE Retailer RoadmapDuring the 29th Annual Ethanol Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota this morning, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) released a new publication that will help answer some of the most frequently asked questions by retailers about E15, E85 and flex fuels.

ACE VP of Market Development, Ron Lamberty, describes the E15 and Flex Fuel Retailer Roadmap, as a reference guide for fuel marketers, retailers and equipment companies, with information to help them understand E15 and flex fuels, while also identifying routes station owners can take if they want to sell higher blends says.

“There was a time when service stations had a rack full of roadmaps showing the main highways and roads in the state, with more detailed maps of the state’s bigger cities. Journeys were planned by looking for the place you wanted to go, and considering all of the routes that could get you there,” explained Lamberty on the call. “The E15 and Flex Fuel Retailer Roadmap is like those maps. It’ s not a GPS system providing turn-by-turn instructions – because every retail station owner’s journey is different.”

Learn more by listening to the Retailer Roadmap Press Conference: #E15 and #FFV Retailer Roadmap Press Conference

Interview with Ron Lamberty on the Retailer Roadmap: Interview with Ron Lamberty, #ACE16

2016 ACE Annual Ethanol Conference Photo Album


#ACE2016 Highlights #Ethanol’s Bright Future

Joanna Schroeder

Power By PeopleThe 29th American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) annual Ethanol Conference took place this week at the Lowes Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ethanol experts from across the country gathered to discuss the current state of the ethanol industry as well as ethanol’s bright future. With a focus on ethanol’s octane and performance benefits, along with the growth of E15 and mid-level ethanol blends across the country, the conference armed the several hundred attendees with relevant information. Other topics included retailer success stories, the Advocates Arsenal, global ethanol market impacts, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and more.

2016 ACE Annual Ethanol Conference Photo Album

Opis’ Kloza #ACE16: The Rise & Fall of #Oil
Tom Kloza, OPIS, #ACE2016 Presentation

Jennings #ACE2016: Passion for Promoting Ethanol Contagious
Brian Jennings, ACE, Opening Presentation

#E15 & #FFV Retailer Roadmap Released at #ACE16
Interview with Ron Lamberty, #ACE2016 #E15 and #FFV Retailer Roadmap Press Conference

Glacial Lakes Energy Wins #ACE2016 President’s Award
Ron Alverson President's Award Remarks Mark Schmidt Remarks on Winning ACE President's Award

Rick Schwarck Honored with #ACE2016 Unsung Hero Award
Lacey Dixon Unsung Hero Remarks Rick Schwarck's Remarks on Winning ACE Unsung Hero Award

Lars Herseth Wins #ACE2016 Merle Anderson Award
Brian Jennings, Merle Anderson Award, Remarks Merle Anderson's Remarks Lars Herseth, Merle Anderson Recipient

Erb Delivers #ACE2016 Ethanol, DDG Export Update
Developing Export Demand for Ethanol & DDGs

Retailers Share Success Stories at #ACE2016
Mike Lorenz, Sheetz, Presentation Mike Lewis, Pearson Fuels, Presentation Progress at the Pump Panel Discussion

Cattle Producer Talks DDGs at #ACE2016
Interview with Al Giese, Prairie Feed & Trucking

#ACE2016 Mo’ Gallons, Mo’ #E15 Gallons Please
Ron Lamberty, ACE, Opening Remarks

Jennings Offers #ACE16 Highlights, #Ethanol Next Steps –
Interview with Brian Jennings, ACE

Paul Dana Award Goes to @Sheetz
Interview with Mike Lorenz, Sheetz

Direct #Ethanol Sales is #ACE2016 Unsung Hero Strategy
Interview with Rick Schwarck, Absolute Energy

Grains Council Works for #Ethanol Industry
Interview with Lindsey Erb, USGC

#ACE2016 Discusses the Future of #Ethanol
Conversation about the Future of Ethanol

Former ACE President Reminisces at #ACE2016
Interview with Bob Scott, former ACE president

How to Tell #Biofuel’s Sustainability Story
Sustainability and Biofuel Producers Presentation

Octane Value Takes Center Stage During #ACE2016
Dave Hackett Octane Presentation Kristy Moore Octane Presentation Octane Value Proposition Panel Discussion

ACE, audio, Biofuels, Ethanol

Sturgis & #Ethanol Go Together

Joanna Schroeder

sturgis-16-1The 76th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota kicked off today in Sturgis, South Dakota. The largest motorcycle rally takes place August 8-14, 2016 with more than 500,000 people estimated to attend. Thousands upon thousands of the motorcycle enthusiasts stay at the legendary Buffalo Chip – celebrating its 35th anniversary this year.

Bikers staying at the Chip get some of the best deals including free fuel from the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) who is giving away 93 octane E10, 10 percent ethanol, 90 percent gasoline, to demonstrate the performance benefits of the renewable fuel. The RFS team is also giving away free t-shirts and tons of information about ethanol and its use in motorcycles.

RFA at Sturgis Buffalo Chip 2016 Photos

Bikers Fueling up With E10 in Sturgis
RFA Free Fuel Customer Interview

RFA Board Member Educating Sturgis BikersDana Lewis, Redfield Energy

#Ethanol at Sturgis is a Good DealInterview with Chuck Woodside, KAAPA Ethanol

ZimmCast with RFA at SturgisZimmCast from 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally with RFA

#Ethanol Report from 2016 SturgisEthanol Report from 2016 Sturgis

audio, Biofuels, Ethanol, RFA, sturgis