Trump Infrastructure Plan Includes Waterways

Cindy Zimmerman

Farmers were among those who joined President Trump last week in Cincinnati to highlight the economic importance of the inland waterways system and the need to invest in upgrades to the locks and dams. “Roughly 60 percent of the United States grain exports travel down these waterways to the Gulf,” said Trump in his remarks. President Trump’s infrastructure plan also …

audio, government, Infrastructure

2017 World Pork Expo

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Pork Producers Council, (NPPC) hosts the annual event which features the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, educational seminars, youth and open swine shows, market outlook sessions and lots of pork. NPPC expects about 20,000 producers and pork professionals, including more than 1,000 international guests. Nearly 450 companies from North America, Asia and Europe will display the latest products, …

audio, Livestock, Pork, World Pork Expo

Heartland Institute on Climate Accord and Agriculture

Lizzy Schultz

The decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord has generated strong reactions – both positive and negative – but overall agricultural interests have been pretty quiet on the matter. The Heartland Institute, a free-market think tank based in Illinois, has opposed the Paris Climate Agreement from the beginning and so considers the U.S. withdrawal a victory. …

audio, Environment, ZimmCast

Redfield Energy Celebrates Ten Years

Cindy Zimmerman

Redfield Energy in South Dakota is celebrating ten years of ethanol production this week. According to Chief Administrative Officer Dana Siefkes-Lewis, over the past decade Redfield Energy has purchased over 194 million bushels of local corn and produced 545 million gallons of ethanol, 1.5 million tons of distillers grains and 63 million pounds of corn oil. The 10 year celebration …

audio, Ethanol

SMART Farmer Brad Greenway

Cindy Zimmerman

Brad Greenway of South Dakota was named 2016 Pig Farmer of the Year by the National Pork Board recognizing him as a pig farmer who excels at raising pigs using the industry’s We Care ethical principles that include not only raising pigs humanely and safely, but also promoting a safe workplace and contributing to the local community. Right after he …

audio, SMART Farmer, USFRA

2017 John Deere Reveal

Cindy Zimmerman

John Deere hosted an agricultural media event at the company’s Harvest Works headquarters in Moline, Illinois – an appropriate place to unveil a smarter line of grain harvesting technology in the combines and headers John Deere is introducing for model year 2018 production. Deere also showcased the new Frontier VT17 Series Vertical Tillage Tool, new John Deere 4640 Universal Display, …

audio, Equipment, John Deere

Iowa Gov and Ag Groups Announce China Trip

Cindy Zimmerman

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will lead an all-Iowa agriculture trade mission to China July 19-28 with representatives from the state’s corn, pork, soy, beef, egg, poultry, dairy and turkey industries. The trip marks the first time all of Iowa’s farm groups have come together for a trade mission which will be jointly funded by the participating organizations. Reynolds made the …

Ag Group, audio, Corn, soybeans, trade

Ethanol Price Reporting Contest

Lizzy Schultz

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is launching an “Ethanol Days of Summer Contest”, allowing both retailers and consumers to report the price posted for E85 and other ethanol blends. To enter, consumers must have a registered account on, where they can submit pricing for a chance to win, or on the mobile app. The website, acquired by RFA in …

audio, Ethanol, Ethanol Report, RFA

IFAJ Presidents at #ONE17

Lizzy Schultz

The four most recent presidents of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ), representing four different countries, attended ONE: the Alltech Ideas Conference in Lexington, Kentucky this week. This podcast includes past presidents David Markey of Ireland, Markus Rediger of Switzerland, and Mike Wilson of the United States, and current IFAJ President Owen Roberts, Canada. Each of them reflects on …

Alltech, audio, IFAJ, Media, ZimmCast