Ethanol Energy Use Study – Interview

A new study indicates that ethanol production is continuing to reduce its energy and environmental footprint. The study, entitled “2012 Corn Ethanol: Emerging Plant Energy and Environmental Technologies”, found that recent innovations in corn ethanol production have resulted in increased yield per bushel even as less energy is required for production. Thermal energy use at a typical dry mill ethanol …

USDA Press Conf. on Open Data for Ag Conference

USDA just held a preview press conference for next week’s G-8 International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture. On the phone with the press were USDA Chief Scientist Dr. Catherine Woteki and Dr. Simon Liu, Director of the National Agricultural Library. There are plans to do live streaming during the conference and people are encouraged to tweet about the conference …

USDA and Dairy Industry Renew MOU

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack today renewed a historic agreement with U.S. dairy producers to accelerate the adoption of innovative waste-to-energy projects and energy efficiency improvements on U.S. dairy farms, both of which help producers diversify revenues and reduce utility expenses on their operations. The pact extends a Memorandum of Understanding signed in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2009. The Secretary was joined on …

Chicken Media Summit

Media from across the country were invited to attend the very first Chicken Media Summit. The National Chicken Council and US Poultry & Egg Association sponsored the three day event to inform, educate and create transparency throughout the chicken industry. Attendees got up close and personal with the life of a broiler, touring a hatchery, grower barn and processing plant. …

2013 Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference

The future of renewable energy sources was the topic of conversation at the recent Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference, featuring speakers from the biofuels industry, trade associations, government and finance, among others speaking at the three-day event just outside of Washington, DC. From the major announcement by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood that they were extending …

Becker Underwood Inoculant Technology

Becker Underwood and BASF hosted ag media representatives on April 19, 2013 for a tour of the plant facility in St.Joseph, Missouri with an update on inoculant and polymer technology, as well as progress on the integration of Becker Underwood into the new Functional Crop Care division of BASF. Below are links to audio interviews with all presenters and a …

Fuels America: Biofuels Get Their Green On

Fuels America held a press conference on April 17, 2013 to highlight sustainability improvements from farm to fiber to fuel.  During the press call farmers and ethanol industry experts gave a briefing on the increased sustainability measures taken in renewable fuel production from farm to fuel tank. Participants of the call included Fred Yoder, farmer and past president of the …

Ag Workforce Coalition on Immigration Bill

Leaders from the Agriculture Workforce Coalition (AWC) held a press conference Wednesday (4/17/13) to highlight the crucial stake American agriculture has in immigration reform. Late last week, a landmark agreement on immigration reform was reached by the AWC, the United Farm Workers (UFW), and key Senators. Participating in the news conference were National Council of Farmer Cooperatives president Chuck Conner, …

Meet New EPA Ag Counselor

The new senior Agricultural Counselor to the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator held a conference call Tuesday (4/16/13) to discuss her background and her role as an advisor at EPA on ways environmental policy may impact growers and the greater agriculture community. Sarah Bittleman accepted the new position with EPA in February after serving Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack as USDA Senior …

Vilsack and LaHood Press Avail

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood officially extended for five years an agreement between USDA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to help develop viable biofuels for the aviation industry. The two secretaries signed the agreement Monday (4/15/13) at the Advanced Biofuels Summit at Gaylord National Harbor in Maryland. Vilsack and LaHood held a press availability after …