Secretary Perdue Announces USDA Changes

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has announced a reorganization of USDA yesterday that includes the creation of a new undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs, which was approved in the most recent farm bill. As part of the reorganization, Perdue also announced that the department’s Rural Development agencies would be elevated to report directly to the secretary of agriculture “in …

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.@EthanolACE Unveils #E15 & #FFV Retailer Roadmap

Joanna Schroeder

During 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 …

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Minnesota Water Topic of Dialogue

Joanna Schroeder

The latest installment of the Food Dialogues, held this week in Minneapolis as part of a joint effort from the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) and the Farm and Food Alliance of Minnesota, kept the focus on water sustainability. The diverse panel of professionals highlighted the many ways that water conservation is present in their professions and the companies …

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Liberty Link Winners Share Their Stories

Joanna Schroeder

No matter what kind of year it is, real yield makes all the difference and that is what real farmers who use the LibertyLink system are saying they are getting. We interviewed 200 soybean farmers from North Dakota to Mississippi this summer to find out how their experience with LibertyLink has been – whether they’ve used it since it was …

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Agren Awarded Grant Funds to Support Continued R&D

Talia Goes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to central Iowa-based small business, Agren, Inc., to further technological innovations and solutions for American agriculture. USDA SBIR has awarded over 2000 research and development projects since 1983, allowing hundreds of small businesses to explore their technological potential, …

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Crop Report Analysis

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA is forecasting the third largest corn crop and the second largest soybean crop on record in the August planted acreage update released Wednesday. U.S. growers are forecast to produce 13.7 billion bushels of corn this year, and NASS forecasts U.S. soybean production of 3.92 billion bushels. The report also includes forecasts for cotton and wheat. Jack Scoville of the …

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Alltech REBELation 2015

Taylor Truckey

Over 3,000 REBELs representing 68 countries came together to share ideas, innovate, and reignite a passion for exploration at Alltech’s REBELation Week in Lexington, KY this week. The Alltech REBELation was held May 17-20 in Lexington, KY. This once-in-a-lifetime conference was a merger of “science, agriculture, entrepreneurship, business and marketing to inspire and re-engergize lives and businesses.” View photos from …

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FAA Announces UAS Center of Excellence

Taylor Truckey

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last week announced the selection of Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence ASSURE, a consortium of universities headed by Mississippi State University (MSU), to lead the newly-designated FAA Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS COE). At a press conference last week, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, MSU President Mark Keenum and …

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USDA Targets Aid to Drought Stricken States

Taylor Truckey

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest an additional $21 million to help farmers and ranchers in eight drought-stricken states. NRCS will provide technical and financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to target areas that are experiencing either exceptional or extreme drought conditions, including parts of California, Kansas, Idaho, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, and Utah. The …

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Live Reports Available from Bioeconomy Conference

Chuck Zimmerman

June 17, 2008 (AgNewsWire) – Risks generated in the evolving bioeconomy, tools to manage that risk and infrastructure needs are the focus of the June 24-25 conference, Transition to a Bioeconomy: Risks, Infrastructure and Industry Evolution. This event will be at the Doubletree Marina Hotel, Berkeley, Calif. Full Release

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