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

Forage Seed Benefits Bees, Livestock & Sustainable Research

Jamie Johansen

In response to America’s urgent needs to protect pollinators and to support sustainable livestock farming, Grassland Oregon, a leading seed research and development company, has introduced a new seed mixture called Pastures for Pollinators, announced Risa DeMasi, co-founder of Grassland Oregon and immediate past chairman of the American Seed Trade Association. Proceeds from the sales of Pastures for Pollinators will …

agribusiness, audio, Bees, Environment, Forage, Livestock, pollinators

Ethanol Report on Earth Day

Lizzy Schultz

Ethanol has a seat on the ground at one of the largest Earth Day events in the country this weekend – Earth Day Texas, which last year hosted over 130,000 attendees, over 700 exhibitors and more than 250 speakers. Even bigger and better this year, the event includes an alternative fuels educational session on Saturday where Renewable Fuels Association Vice …

audio, Environment, Ethanol, Ethanol Report

GRSB Hosts Global Sustainability Conference

Joanna Schroeder

The Global Conference on Sustainable Beef was held earlier this month in Banff, Alberta, and the event featured a diverse group of inspiring keynotes that touched on the global commitment to furthering sustainability efforts. Speakers included Dennis Laycraft, president of the Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef (GRSB). He explained that the ultimate goal of GRSB is to expand global reach …

agribusiness, audio, Beef, Environment

@GROWMARK Customers Embrace Climate FieldView

Joanna Schroeder

Climate Corporation’s Climate FieldView products are among the most exciting innovations that GROWMARK’s Ron Milby has seen come along for agriculture in the past two decades. Milby says the Climate FieldView Prime is a free offering that provides weather, scouting and alerts. “Climate FieldView Plus allows an in-cab experience,” said Milby. The Plus product also offers the ability to connect …

audio, Environment, growmark

Help Fill the Well of Thirsty Land

Joanna Schroeder

Thirsty Land, is scheduled to debut at the Water for Food global conference on April 24th. Its impact is sure to reach across the nation, but Conrad Weaver needs our help. The project tells the story of the importance of water to agriculture and food production– or really the lack of water and focuses on drought-ridden areas such as Central …

audio, Environment, farmers

Wetland Preservation Gets $9M from USDA

Joanna Schroeder

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the establishment of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Wetland Mitigation Banking Program, made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill. The program will provide $9 million to help states, local governments or other qualified partners develop wetland mitigation banks that restore, create, or enhance wetland ecosystems, broadening the conservation options available to farmers and …

audio, Environment, USDA

Vilsack Talks Trade, Climate & SOTU

Joanna Schroeder

USDA Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack held a press call yesterday to discuss President Obama’s last State of the Union (SOTU) address. Vilsack, who has served in the capacity of Ag Secretary throughout Obama’s Administration, said he is very proud to have been part of an administration that has basically taken the country from a brink of an economic collapse to …

audio, Environment, politics, trade, USDA

RFA Discusses Ethanol’s Climate Impacts on Media Call

Joanna Schroeder

On a press conference call today hosted by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) leading experts in the field of lifecycle greenhouse gas analysis and agricultural land use discussed the climate impacts of ethanol production and use, compared to the impacts of petroleum and other energy alternatives. Speakers also addressed what they called flawed arguments made by ethanol opponents—including Timothy Searchinger …

audio, Biofuels, Environment, Ethanol, RFA