2015 InfoAg Conference

Cindy Zimmerman

infoag-2015The 2015 InfoAg celebrated 20 years for the premier precision agriculture conference.

The event was held for the second year at Union Station in St. Louis July 28-30 and featured five tracks of concurrent sessions with two tracks repeating to allow attendees to hear more of the presentations while offering a wide variety of topics.

2015 InfoAg Conference Photo Album

2015 PrecisionAg Awards of Excellence
Dave Scheiderer, Integrated Ag Services Rod Weimer, Fagerberg Farms Randy Taylor, Oklahoma State Introduction Raj Khosla, Colorado State University

Plan Your Day With ClearAg
Interview with Mike Ostaffe, ClearAg

FarmLogs Introduces FarmLogs Flow at InfoAg
Interview with Jesse Vollmar, FarmLogs

audio, InfoAg Conference, technology

2015 Ag Media Summit

Cindy Zimmerman

ams-2015The 17th annual Ag Media Summit was held July 25-29 in Scottsdale, AZ.

Ag Media Summit is a joint meeting of the American Agricultural Editors’ Association, the Livestock Publications Council and the American Business Media Agri-Council. The event includes annual awards honoring the industry’s best talent and the InfoExpo featuring agribusiness companies and organizations.

2015 Ag Media Summit Photo Album

CNN Editor Discusses #AgMediaInterview with Jan Winburn, CNN Digital

#AgMedia @NHAgriculture Tractor TweetInterview with Chris Ballentine, New Holland

Talking Soybean Issues at #AgMediaInterview with Wade Cowan, American Soybean Association president

FMC Busy at #AgMediaInterview with Jill Heggen, FMC

AgriCorps: Youth is the SolutionInterview with Trent McKnight, AgriCorps

#Biodiesel Supports #AgMedia
Interview with Jessica Robinson, National Biodiesel Board

Ag Media Summit, audio, Biodiesel, FMC, Media, New Holland

Ethanol to Help Fuel 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Cindy Zimmerman

sturgis-guideThe Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) will once again partner with the Buffalo Chip Campground at the 75th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which will be held Aug. 3-9 in Sturgis, South Dakota. More than 1.5 million motorcycle enthusiasts are expected to attend the event this year for the big anniversary and in this edition of the Ethanol Report, RFA Vice President for Industry Relations Robert White talks about what they will be doing in Sturgis to connect with those attending and help them come away with a better understanding of ethanol. Ethanol Report Preview of 2015 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Separate sound bites from the interview:

RFA Vice President for Industry Relations Robert White says the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally will be even bigger this year. RFA-Sturgis-1

White says this event offers RFA a perfect venue to dispel some of the misconceptions about the use of ethanol blended fuel in motorcycles. RFA-Sturgis-2

In addition, White says messages about ethanol can be found throughout the Buffalo Chip Campground during the rally. RFA-Sturgis-3

This is the eighth year RFA has had a presence at the motorcycle rally and the fourth year they have sponsored the free fuel happy hours and White says it gets better every year. RFA-Sturgis-4

White explains why this is an important event for the ethanol industry. RFA-Sturgis-5

audio, RFA, sturgis

Comment Deadline for RFS Proposal is Monday

Cindy Zimmerman

epa-150The deadline for submitting comments to the Environmental Protection Agency on the proposed Renewable Fuel Standards for 2014, 2015, and 2016 is Monday, July 27.

Here are comments from EPA, National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) encouraging stakeholders to submit comments on the proposal.

Comment Deadline for RFS Proposal is Monday

EPA administrator Gina McCarthy NCGA president Chip Bowling RFA CEO Bob Dinneen

Comments can be submitted directly to the EPA by going to the Federal eRulemaking Portal.

audio, Corn, Ethanol, government, NCGA, RFA

2015 Southern Peanut Growers Conference

Cindy Zimmerman

spgc-15-welcomeThe location is new this year but the 17th annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference has the same great line up of information and entertainment for peanut farmers and industry partners from Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi.

For the first time in 17 years, Georgia is the host state for the event that has always been held in Panama City Beach, Florida. The venue this year is Callaway Gardens, a 6400 acre resort located in Pine Mountain, Georgia where from hiking the cool mountain trails to lounging on the largest man-made beach in North America.


2015 Southern Peanut Growers Conference Photo Album

Callaway Gardens Welcomes Peanut Growers
Interview with Don Koehler, Georgia Peanut Commission Interview with Ken Barton, Florida Peanut Producers Association

Meet the New Kid at the SPGCInterview with Caleb Bristow, Alabama Peanut Producers Association

Looking Good in MississippiInterview with Malcolm Broome, Mississippi Peanut Growers Association

Deputy Agriculture Secretary Returns to Her Roots
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden at SPGC Interview with Krysta Harden

Florida Congressman Advocates for AgricultureInterview with Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL)

Bigger Southeast Peanut Crop Looking GoodInterview with Scott Monfort, UGA

Peanut Research Future Includes Georgia TechInterview with Doug Britton, Georgia Tech

Redding Honored with Valor AwardInterview with Bob Redding, peanut industry lobbyist

Georgia Farm Bureau President Visits SPGCInterview with Zippy Duvall, Georgia Farm Bureau president

Keeping the Farm for Future GenerationsInterview with Taylor Spangler, University of Florida

Trade Opportunities with ChinaInterview with Bob Parker and Don Koehler

2015 Farm Press Peanut Profitability Awards
Interview with Anthony Reed, Oklahoma - Southwest Region Interview with Brian McClam, South Carolina - Upper Southeast Interview with Johnny Cochran, Georgia - Lower Southeast Interview with Dr. Marshall Lamb, National Peanut Research Lab

audio, government, Peanuts, SPGC, USDA

New Holland Media Days

Chuck Zimmerman

New Holland TeamNew Holland just conducted their 2015 Media Days. A group of agricultural journalists spent two days in Pennsylvania at the North American Headquarters learning about the history of the company which is celebrating 120 years and got a look behind the scenes into the engineering department and how virtual reality plays a role in product development. They also got in the field with presentations on new equipment. Pictured is the New Holland marketing team that hosted the media.

Photos: New Holland Media Days 2015 Photo Album


New Holland History Museum

Workmaster Tractors

Bow Creek Farms – Red Angus


agribusiness, audio, New Holland, video

Iowa Bird Flu Update

Jamie Johansen

ai-updateState and federal officials in Iowa say all sites hit by highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Iowa have been depopulated and clean-up is well underway. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and U.S. Department of Agriculture said depopulation has been completed at all 77 premises, with 34 million birds affected. According to USDA, disposal has been completed at 59 premises.

Listen to or download an update this week from Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey: Iowa Avian Flu Update

Ag Group, Animal Health, audio, Poultry

Iteris and Conservis Corp. Partner to Provide Decision Support Analytics for Farm Management

Melissa Sandfort

Iteris, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ITI), a leader in providing information solutions to the transportation and agriculture markets, has partnered with Conservis Corp., the industry leader in farm management software, to integrate Iteris’ ClearAg Visualization Components and Advisory Services into Conservis’ next-generation farm management information system (FMIS) platform.

Conservis’ FMIS platform manages more than $8 billion of farm assets at all stages of production, providing growers with real-time management such as planning, purchasing, planting, harvesting, and marketing control. Through this integration with Iteris, Conservis customers will also be able to access ClearAg’s global weather, water, soil, and crop health advisory information through the embedded visualization components in Conservis’ farm management dashboard.

“As a global provider of the most advanced FMIS services, Conservis has established itself as a leader in the farming industry,” said Tom Blair, senior vice president, Performance Analytics at Iteris. “Together with ClearAgs patented weather, water, soil, and crop health advisory services, Conservis will provide a unique and powerful solution set that helps reduce operational costs and increase crop yields. The integration of ClearAg Visualization Components and APIs into Conservisleading farm management software will also provide Conservis users access to ClearAgs new Harvest Advisory Services, which should help optimize important harvest operations, such as the determination of optimal harvest windows based upon crop moisture content and crop growth stages.”

ConservisFMIS platform provides some of North America’s most progressive farmers with the insight needed to be more efficient business managers. Through its software, producers can integrate key functions of their business, aggregate the data produced by those functions, and utilize analytical tools to help make data-driven decisions, resulting in more tightly integrated and managed operations.

“We are committed to delivering the most powerful farm management solution in the market, and now with the integration of ClearAg’s Visualization Components and Agronomic Advisory Services, we plan to offer an even greater analytical toolset to today’s top growers,” said Pat Christie, CEO of Conservis. “With harvesting season around the corner for many of our customers, Conservis users should promptly experience the value of this integration, especially with the patented technologies behind the ClearAg Harvest Advisory Services. We are confident our customers will find ClearAg to be a valuable addition to their farming operations.”

 ClearAg is a decision support application for precision farming built on Iteris’ EMPower™ adaptive forecasting engine, an advanced learning platform for agriculture. As new information becomes available, the ClearAg system adapts to provide the most accurate, location-based information available on a worldwide basis. ClearAgs patented technologies combine global, multi-sensor weather analyses, ensemble-based weather forecasting, customized soil modeling, and a staff of expert meteorologists to create what Iteris believes to be the most accurate, science-based environmental information available. ClearAg leverages Iterisprecision weather and global soil content with the power of agronomic models to help solve complex agricultural challenges.

Follow Iteris ClearAg on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube to stay up-to-date on the firms latest precision farming offerings.

AgNewsWire Announcement, agribusiness, Data Management

RFA Statement on Senate Finance Markup

Cindy Zimmerman

rfalogo1Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen commented on the markup Tuesday by the Senate Finance Committee of a tax extenders bill that contains several provisions of importance to the biofuels industry. The bill contains a two-year extension of the Second Generation Biofuel Producer Tax Credit, the Special Depreciation Allowance for Seond Generation Biofuel Plant Property, and the Alternative Fuel Mixture Excise Tax Credit.

RFA CEO Bob Dinneen comments on tax credits progress
audio, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Ethanol, government, RFA

Dairy Checkoff Launches ‘The Udder Truth’

Jamie Johansen

dmiDairy Management Inc.™ (DMI) will launch “The Udder Truth,” a series of videos and edgy content designed to address common consumer myths, today. The Udder Truth is a continuation of the checkoff’s consumer confidence work to help protect and grow public trust in dairy farmers, products and the industry, particularly among millennials.

“This effort is unlike anything the checkoff has ever done before,” said Paul Rovey, Arizona dairy farmer and chairman of DMI. “It’s critical that we tell our story in new ways such as The Udder Truth to capture the interest of the next generation. We need to make sure they know the true story of where their food comes from.”

A three-part video series features farmers debunking common myths such as antibiotics, animal care and “big ag.” The videos will be available at www.DairyGood.org and promoted through social media.

To ensure the videos reach millennials, DMI is partnering with The Onion, a satirical “news” site that is popular with this audience. Onion writers will publish content that interjects humor into the absurdity of dairy myths, and redirects readers to get the truth from dairy farmers at DairyGood.org.

A second checkoff-led consumer confidence initiative, “Acres and Avenues,” will be unveiled this fall to continue the conversation and help consumers reconnect with the farmers who produce our nation’s food.

DMI held a webinar to help spread the word to trade media. Listen to the webinars audio here to learn more about their efforts to work in establishing consumer confidence. Audio from DMI - The Udder Truth Webinar

Dairy checkoff news from July also highlights the video series. Listen here: Dairy Checkoff News

Ag Group, audio, Dairy