USDA Getting #BackToOurRoots

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has been on a five-state “Back to Our Roots” Tour to gather input on the 2018 Farm Bill, meeting with farmers, ranchers, foresters, producers, students, governors, USDA employees, and other stakeholders. This is the first of two RV tours the secretary will undertake this summer.

This first RV Tour features stops in five states: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana. The secretary held a press conference from Springfield, Illinois Monday to talk about his trip, with reporters’ questions including issues with Sam Clovis’ nomination, dicamba concerns, and drought in the Dakotas.
Sec. Perdue presser on Back to our Roots tour

NAMA Fall Conference is a “Can’t Miss” Event for Agri-Marketers

(Milwaukee, WI) The National Agri-Marketing Association‘s Fall Conference event is rapidly becoming a “can’t miss” event for agri-marketers. Sessions will go beyond the “why” and get right to “here’s how” with experienced leaders prepared to talk strategy and get real about ROI. The 2017 NAMA Fall Conference will take place in Milwaukee, WI, September 19-21.

Brian Carter will show you how to choose the best social media platform in the Opening General Session. Cheryl Cran will provide insight, ideas and strategies on how to work effectively with a multi-generational team in the event’s Second General Session. And, NAMA is proud to announce the Closing Session will feature Jessie Corning, Senior Marketing Manager, Culver’s, as the keynote speaker.Read More

Seven Years of Finding CommonGround

CommonGround hosted its 7th annual National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri this week. Members of the organization, which focuses on providing an opportunity for conversations between consumers and farmers, are celebrating seven years of success and planning for the future of the program.

Joan Ruskamp is a CommonGround volunteer from Nebraska who has been part of the effort for almost that long: Interview with Joan Ruskamp, CommonGround

Ethanol Report on EPA Hearing and Court Decision

Last week’s court decision on what EPA can consider when setting volume obligations for biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard was still fresh in mind as the industry provided feedback on the agency’s most recent proposals for next year during a public hearing in Washington D.C. this week.

In this edition of The Ethanol Report podcast, Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen talks about his testimony to EPA on the proposed RVOs under the RFS, and how the court ruling was a win for the industry. Ethanol Report on EPA Hearing and Court Decision

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Legendary Seedsman Don Funk re-launches Midwest Seed Genetics

Don Funk, founder of Channel Bio Corp, is leading a team of entrepreneurs to launch Midwest Seed Genetics across the Corn Belt for the 2017/2018 growing season. In 2001, Funk purchased Midwest, a small, sleepy seed company, and turned it into a regional powerhouse. He is re-acquiring the brand for the purpose of providing farmers meaningful choice in the dynamic future that awaits agriculture.

“Over the last several years, we’ve been closely watching the seed industry, spending a great deal of time listening to both farmers and seed industry professionals,” says Funk. “While there is great excitement for what the future holds, there is also frustration and dissatisfaction. The people of agriculture are being left behind. We will put them first again.” Read More

EPA Hearing Draws Biofuels Supporters

Over 140 witnesses provided feedback to the Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday on the agency’s recent proposed volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), with the majority supporting renewable fuels.

Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen thanked EPA for proposing to maintain the 15 billion gallon requirement for conventional renewable fuels in its 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rule but urged the agency to increase its proposed cellulosic ethanol requirement to reflect growing bolt-on technologies at existing ethanol plants.

Audio file: RFA CEO Bob Dinneen remarks at EPA hearing

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) had at least 20 witnesses testify before the EPA to advocate for higher volumes of advanced biofuels and biomass-based diesel, including CEO Donnell Rehagen. The EPA proposal would maintain the minimum required biomass-based diesel volumes at 2.1 billion gallons for 2019 but decrease the 2018 RFS for advanced biofuels to 4.24 billion gallons, a decrease from 4.28 billion.

Audio file: Interview with NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen at EPA hearing

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds took part in a press conference during the hearing with other supporters, including Jan Koninckx, DuPont Industrial Biosciences; Brent Erickson, BIO Industrial & Environmental Section; Keith Alverson, National Corn Growers Association farmer from S.D.; Brooke Coleman, Advanced Biofuels Business Council; and Chris Bliley, Growth Energy.

Audio file: Fuels America Press Conference

SMART Farmer Jeanette Merritt

Jeannette Merritt is our SMART Farmer for this episode – an Indiana farm girl and former agricultural journalist who is raising crops, hogs and kids with her husband and serving the industry in many capacities.

Jeanette is a 4th generation farmer, a Purdue University graduate, Director of Checkoff Programs for Indiana Pork and serves on the Indiana Soybean Alliance board and the board of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) – to name just a few of the hats she wears.

Learn more about Jeanette in this episode – SMART Farmer Podcast with Jeanette Merritt, Indiana farmer

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U.S. & Mexico Ag Secretaries Talk Trade

While meeting with Mexican Secretary of Agriculture José Calzada Rovirosa, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today held a teleconference for U.S. media.

The two leaders engaged in bilateral talks, including a panel discussion with U.S. and Mexican producers, several agricultural site visits, and a joint press conference – seeking to build on the U.S. and Mexico’s well-developed track record of collaboration on agricultural trade issues, and on the personal relationship forged when Perdue hosted Calzada in Savannah, Ga., last month.

You can find his complete remarks and questions from media here: Secretary Perdue Remarks from Mexico

2017 Ag Media Summit

Jamie Johansen and Chuck attended the Ag Media Summit in Snowbird, Utah, courtesy of FMC Corporation. The annual event is the gathering place for American Ag Editors Association (AAEA) and Livestock Publication Council (LPC) members to network and take in some professional development.

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 may be given to AgNewsWire.

2017 Ag Media Summit Photo Album

New AAEA President Interview with Julie Deereing, Issues Ink
New LPC President Interview with Cindy Cunningham, National Pork Board
Remarks from Amberley Snyder
National Anthem - Jenni Latzke
Update on FMC’s Dupont Transaction Interview with Tom Becker, FMC
Talking with FMC at Ag Media Summit Interview with Tom & Brent, FMC
FMC Explains Fungicide Factors Interview with Brent Neuberger, FMC
Fall Weed Control Ideas From FMC Interview with Tom Becker, FMC
New Product Lineup from KroneInterview with Dave Patterson, Krone NA
The Kings of Hay & ForageInterview with Kristine Walker, Krone NA
Precision Labs Focus on Life Span of Droplet Interview with Jim Reiss, Precision Labratories
Mix Tank App Updates from Precision Labs Interview with Jim Reiss, Precision Labratories
John Deere Developing Media Relationships Interview with Beverly Flores, John Deere
Plant Growth Regulators – An Essential for Plant Growth Interview with Dr. Ritesh Sheth, Ph.D., Stoller
Interview with Emilia Villacis, Nufarm
AgriEdge Excelsior Farm Management From Syngenta Interview with Stacy Shaw, Syngenta


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2017 InfoAg Conference in St. Louis

Welcome to the virtual newsroom for the 2017 InfoAg Conference held July 25-27 in St. Louis, sponsored by John Deere.

Since 1994, the InfoAg Conference has been the premier event for discussion and advancement of precision agriculture. This event draws interest from domestic and international agriculture professionals and features a wide range of educational and networking opportunities for professionals interested in learning more about precision agriculture techniques.

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 may be given to AgNewsWire.

2017 InfoAg Conference Photo Album

Audio files:
Beyond Big Data at #InfoAg2017
Interview with Steve Sonka, InfoAg Keynote Speaker

Four Honored with PrecisionAg Awards
Interview with Dr. Harold van Es, Award Winner Interview with Wade Barnes, Award Winner Interview with Dr. Joe Luck, Award Winner Interview with Dr. Paul Fixen, Award Winner

CropTrak Plays Well With Others
Interview with Jonathan Sherrill, CropTrak

John Deere Works for Ag Retailers
Interview with Chip Donahue and Randy Kasperbauer, John Deere

AgGateway’s ADAPT Nears Completion
Interview with Brent Kemp and Mark Telford, AgGateway

Precision Ag is John Deere Connected
Interview with Stu Pocknee, Precision Terrain Solutions
Interview with Phil Draude, EFC Systems

IntelinAir Debutes at #InfoAg17
Interview with Al Eisaian, IntelinAir

Drone Nerds Show Off at InfoAg
Interview with Brian Grant, Drone Nerds

Premier Crop Systems Receives Capital Investment
Interview with Dan Frieberg, Premier Crop Systems

Another Successful InfoAg
Interview with Quentin Rund, InfoAg Conference

Airbus Provides Satellite Imagery for Solutions
Interview with Sky Rubin, Airbus

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