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.

ethanol-report-adEven bigger and better this year, the event includes an alternative fuels educational session on Saturday where Renewable Fuels Association Vice President of Industry Relations Robert White will be speaking.

In this edition of The Ethanol Report, White talks about how ethanol has helped to clean up vehicle emissions and come a long way since the first Earth Day in 1970.

Listen to this episode here: Ethanol Report on Earth Day 2017

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Fluency Agent Advanced Helps Farmers CARE

Lizzy Schultz

The Bayer CARE initiative has been encouraging growers to be good stewards of the land for five years and now Bayer is making that goal more attainable with Fluency Agent Advanced, which was introduced by the company at Commodity Classic.

Bayer’s Ron Reichert and Melissa Chu at AgVocate Forum

In this interview, Bayer Seed Growth product manager Melissa Chu and Ron Reichert, application technology manager for Bayer Seed Growth, discuss how Fluency Agent Advanced does more than other seed lubricants to further reduce the amount of dust and active ingredients potentially released during planting, thereby reducing the potential exposure to pollinators by up to 88 percent.

Learn more in this interview: Interview with Melissa Chu and Ron Reichert, Bayer

audio, Bayer, Bees, seed

ASTA Weighs in on New Phytosanitary Measures

Lizzy Schultz

Last week the seed industry announced good news in the form of the International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM), a world wide attempt to put seed regulations on the same page. Ric Dunkle, Senior Director of Seed Health and Trade for the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) was at the International Plant Protection Convention in Korea when the standards were adopted.

In this interview, Dunkle talks about why the standard is important and how it will be implemented to ultimately improve international seed trade. Interview with Ric Dunkle, ASTA

Ag Group, ASTA, audio, seed

AgNewsWire Rebranded as Agriculture’s Virtual Newsroom

Lizzy Schultz

ZimmComm New Media, a multimedia content producer and distributor, introduces AgNewsWire as Agriculture’s Virtual Newsroom for organizations and companies to efficiently distribute materials such as photos and audio to media and other interested parties.

“Content is king in today’s world and getting it out quickly to as many places as possible is the best way for a company or organization to amplify their message, whether it be a major announcement or a week long convention,” said ZimmComm President Chuck Zimmerman. “We have actually been doing this since 2005, starting with the introduction of the Talking News Release distributed through AgNewsWire, but wanted to re-brand the concept and re-introduce it to the agricultural marketing community for 2017.”

The virtual newsroom is a place where photos, audio, press releases and even video are hosted on a direct page with an individual url that can be updated as an event unfolds, continued after it concludes, and archived for future use. The content is promoted to 2,100 agricultural news media contacts via AgNewsWire email distribution, as well as amplification through social media networks including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. In addition, AgNewsWire reaches non-traditional media sources such as bloggers and podcasters who are also always seeking fresh content.Read More


Missouri Soy Partners to Develop Non-GMO High Oleic Tech

Cindy Zimmerman

Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council chairman John Kelley and Schillinger Genetics Inc. president John Schillinger sign agreement

The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council‘s efforts to grow farmers’ return on their soy checkoff investments have taken another leap forward. The leaders of Missouri’s premier organization for soybean research formalized a key partnership to bring Missouri’s non-GMO high oleic soybean technology to growers.

The agreement, signed and recognized today with a ceremony at the Bay Farm Research Facility outside Columbia, grants John Schillinger and Schillinger Genetics, Inc. (SGI) a license to commercialize not only the emerging high oleic soybean technology traits, but also to breed soybean varieties combining high oleic with low linolenic soybean oil traits. The agreement represents the first licenses granted to commercialize this technology.

“Bringing new soybean varieties and trait technologies to growers is at the heart of our research program,” said John Kelley, a farmer from Faucett and chairman of the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council. “Partnerships are key to bringing growers the best return on their investments in the soy checkoff, and we’re proud to be taking this step forward in helping farmers improve their bottom line by adding value to commodity soybeans.”

The partnership agreement includes licenses for breeding soybean varieties with the high oleic technology, as well as to facilitate a seed increase program and sell the varieties scaled up through that increase program within the United States and Canada. The licenses are non-exclusive and non-sub licensable.

Farmers interested in purchasing soybean varieties from the program will be able to recognize those seed beans through patent numbers and logos. All packages of commercial seed developed through this license agreement will be marked with patent numbers 9,035,129 or 9,198,365, and the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council’s logo.

“We believe strongly in the potential of high oleic soybean oil,” said John Schillinger, president and founder of SGI. “SGI is investing in development of high oleic soybean varieties for US soybean producers, and our pipeline includes highly promising varieties of maturity groups 0 to V, and this partnership stands to expand that work.”Read More

Soybeans, technology

2017 Water for Food Global Conference

Lizzy Schultz

Welcome to the virtual newsroom for the 2017 Water for Food Global Conference held April 10-12, 2017 at the Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The event brings together over 400 researchers, practitioners, policymakers, farmers, faculty, students, thought leaders and industry experts to explore “Water for Food Security: From Local Lessons to Global Impacts,” a theme inspired by the notion that global breakthroughs come from local action.Participants can expect three full days of learning and networking.

The 2017 Water for Food Global Conference is a North American Regional Event for the 8th World Water Forum, the world’s largest water-related forum organized by the World Water Council.

This virtual newsroom includes links to photos, audio and video from the conference. All content posted here is available free of charge for digital or print publication or broadcast. Credit can be given to AgNewsWire.

View and download photos from the event here: 2017 Water for Food Global Conference Photo Album

Water for Food Focus on Sub-Saharan Africa
Water for Food Press Conference

A Champion of Water for Food Recognized
Jeff Raikes, Water for Food Board Chair Special Presentation for Jeff Raikes  

Water Plays Role in Food Security Initiatives
Water in Food Security Investment Strategies - Robert Bertram, USAID  

2017 #Water4Food is a Wrap
Opening remarks - Peter McCornick, Executive Director, Water for Food  
Interview with Peter McCornick, Executive Director, Water for Food  

A Little Lesson on the Water Markets
Interview with Richael Young, Mammoth Trading  

Expanding Africa’s Access to Ag Technology
Tim Prewitt, iDE Interview with Tim Prewitt, CEO, iDE

Moving Africa from Rain-Fed to Irrigated Farming
Martin Fisher, KickStart International Interview with Martin Fisher, Founder/CEO KickStart Int

More Audio Read More

audio, Food, Sustainability, Water

Three Patents Allowed for Eco Agro Fertilizer Technology

Lizzy Schultz

Eco Agro Resources announced the allowance of the first three patents for the company’s latest proprietary technology. These patent allowances are the first of over 15 patents currently in process for unique, new agricultural products developed by Eco Agro research. The allowed patents protect hundreds of possible combinations of active ingredients used to stabilize fertilizer, such as NBPT, DMPP, DCD, Nitrapyrin and multiple solvent options.

“Our vision is to create technologies that are agronomically and economically beneficial to farmers across the world”, said Ray Perkins, Eco Agro Resources President. Perkins added “Patent protection means we have a significant obligation to our business partners to insure these products are used responsibly, by approved parties, and within the scope of the patent”.

Eco Agro International President Andrew Semple said “These technologies offer new capabilities and great opportunities to the efficiency fertilizer market. Now a combination of widely proven urease inhibitors combined with the most used nitrification inhibitors can be applied directly onto fertilizers. This significant breakthrough advances fertilizer efficiency worldwide. With our Neon products, fertilizer can now be protected from both above ground losses and below ground losses with one product at a local fertilizer dealer. In the past, customized inhibitor combinations of this magnitude were required to be incorporated into fertilizer during manufacture at the nitrogen plant.”

The latest product introductions from Eco Agro include the Neon family of products – Neon Air, Neon Surface, and Neon soil. These highly concentrated combination products are specifically designed to protect nitrogen fertilizer against volatilization, nitrification and leaching. The formulas for these products have been engineered for specific soil and climatic conditions. The NEON family of products utilizes the proven nitrification inhibitor Dicyandiamide (DCD) and proven urease inhibitor N-(N-Butyl) Thiophosphoric Triamide (NBPT) and can be applied directly to urea fertilizer.

The company’s flagship product N-Yield is a next generation urease inhibitor. N-Bound is a liquid formulation nitrification inhibitor. Both are powered by Penxcel Technology providing several unique application and performance benefits. N-Yield, N-Bound, and the Neon family of products are available in the United States from Hocking International Laboratories, LLC and in the rest of the world through Eco International.

Download pdf of press release.

Eco Agro, Fertilizer, Precision Agriculture, technology

Consistent Measurement and Monitoring Programs Crucial for Identifying and Managing Hidden Costs of Transition Disease on the Dairy

Cindy Zimmerman

Elanco Animal Health Seminar Highlighted Fresh Cow Concerns, Dairy Sustainability and Innovation

(Link to pdf of full release)

From discussing care of fresh cows to embracing sustainability best practices, Elanco Animal Health recently presented a seminar highlighting the role of innovation in the dairy industry. The pre-conference seminar took place in conjunction with the Central Plains Dairy Expo in Sioux Falls, SD on March 28, 2017.

Elanco experts shared highlights about the full costs of transition disease in the dairy industry, and the impact of sustainability and innovation along the I-29 Dairy Corridor in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota.

“The dairy industry is a highly competitive business and the bar for success is constantly rising. To be successful in this environment requires continued improvement driven by sound decision making and innovation,” said Michael Overton, DVM, MPVM, Advisor – Dairy Analytics, Elanco Knowledge Solutions.

At the seminar, Overton presented Transition Diseases: Measuring, Monitoring, and What Do They Really Cost Your Operation? while Roger Cady, PhD, Global Sustainability Lead, Scientific Affairs & Policy for Elanco shared The Positive Impact of Innovation on the I-29 Dairy Corridor.Read More

Animal Health, Elanco, Livestock

SMART Farmer Galen Lee

Lizzy Schultz

Galen Lee has a diversified 4th generation farm operation in southwest Idaho that produces sugarbeets, asparagus, and peppermint, as well as dairy and beef. In this edition of the SMART Farmer podcast, he talks about how sugarbeets are raised and made into sugar and how biotech varieties have made them more sustainable. He also talks about how he raises peppermint for the oil that is used in things like gum, candy and toothpaste! Galen is president of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association and a board member of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance.

Listen to the podcast here: SMART Farmer Podcast with Galen Lee

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