2017 Commodity Classic

Lizzy Schultz

Welcome to the virtual newsroom for the 2017 Commodity Classic sponsored by FMC, John Deere, and Farmer’s Edge. “Farmer Up” was the theme for this year’s event held March 2-4, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas.

Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, produced by the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), American Soybean Association (ASA), National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), National Sorghum Producers (NSP), and Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).

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.

2017 Commodity Classic Photo Album

ASA and NCGA Talk Priorities at #Classic17
ASA press conference NCGA press conference

Host Organizations Address #Classic17
National Association of Wheat Growers National Sorghum Checkoff Program

AEM Study Shows Ag Economy Matters to Many
Association of Equipment Manufacturers Press Conference

House Ag Committee Chair Speaks to #Classic17
Mike Conaway, Commodity Classic General Session Mike Conaway, Press Conference  
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Ag Group, agribusiness, audio, Commodity Classic, Corn, FMC, John Deere, soybeans

Trump Signs Executive Order to Review WOTUS

Lizzy Schultz

President Trump thanks EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt as he prepares to sign executive order on WOTUS

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to formally reconsider the controversial Waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule under the Clean Water Act.

“(This) is one of the rules most strongly opposed by farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers all across our land…it’s been a disaster,” said President Trump during the White House signing ceremony. “It’s a horrible, horrible rule. Has sort of a nice name, but everything else is bad.” President Trump signs WOTUS order

Immediately after the signing, new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced the news to Farm Bureau members at the 2017 FB Advocacy Conference being held just outside of Washington DC.

Listen to Pruitt’s comments here: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt at FB Advocacy Conference

AFBF, audio, Water

Bayer #AgVocacy Forum 2017

Lizzy Schultz

AgVocates from around the country gathered in San Antonio February 28-March 1, 2017 for the Bayer AgVocacy Forum.

This is the 12th consecutive year that Bayer has organized the forum before Commodity Classic to showcase individuals and ideas that are making a strong impact on the future of farming and food production. Also included in this post are links to posts from Bayer at Commodity Classic.

All content posted here is available free of charge for digital or print publication or broadcast. Credit can be given to AgNewsWire.

2017 Bayer AgVocate Forum Photos

It’s #AgVocate Time for @Bayer4CropsUS
ZimmCast with David Hollinrake, Bayer

Global Perspective at Bayer #AgVocate Forum
Dr. Vikram Mansharamani at Bayer Forum

Bayer Offers Outlook on Industry, Monsanto Acquisition
Bayer Outlook Remarks at #AgVocate Forum  

Funding the Next Ag Food Revolution
Funding the Next Agricultural Food Revolution

Bayer Talks Policy – Trade, WOTUS, Farm Bill
Interview with Jim McVaney, Bayer Federal Relations & Policy Director  

An #AgVocate Example to Feed the World
Interview with Adrian Percy, Bayer CropScience

Beyond the Farm Gate-It’s All About Passion
Interview with Jay Hill, Hill Farms & Wholesome Valley Farms

Engaging Urban Youth in Ag
Interview with Bev Flatt, Flatt Rock Farm

Soybean Growers: Crop Protection Pays Off
Interview with Shawn Conley, University of Wisconsin

The Future of Weed Resistance
Interview with David Tanner, Bayer

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AgVocating, audio, Bayer, video, ZimmCast

GROWMARK Growing as a Propane Retailer

Lizzy Schultz

GROWMARK ranked as the fifth largest propane retailer in the United States by LP Gas Magazine with sales of over 211 million retail gallons of propane during 2016.

In this interview, Zach Baugher, GROWMARK Propane Marketing & Technical Services Manager, talks about how GROWMARK is preparing to serve the growing market for propane autogas and how increased use of propane for irrigation motors is being fueled by promotion efforts from the Propane Education and Research Council‘s Farm Incentive Program. Interview with Zach Baugher, GROWMARK Propane

audio, growmark, propane

Aptimmune Launches Barricade

Jamie Johansen

Welcome to the virtual newsroom for Aptimmune’s Launch of Barricade. Founded in 2010 by Dr. Federico Zuckermann, Aptimmune Biologics has meshed together some of the best in class technologies into a product able to deliver revolutionary results to producers. Barricade is the latest in vaccine formulation technology brought to producers exclusively by Aptimmune. Launched as an autogenous product, the intranasal mucosal inactivated vaccine for PRRS, brings together the best concepts in vaccine delivery and methodology people can use.

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

Aptimmune Launch of Barricade Photo Album

Aptimmune’s Barricade, A Vaccine Formulation Tech for Pigs
Interview with Aaron Gilbertie, CEO, Aptimmune  

Mucosal Immunity from Aptimmune-Filling A Gap
Interview with Dr. Bob Nordgren, Aix Bio Consulting  

Interview with Dr. Gabriela Calzada-Nova, Aptimmune
agribusiness, Animal Health, audio, Livestock, Pork, swine

USDA Ag Outlook Forum

Lizzy Schultz

The USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum was held this week in Arlington, Virginia. The distinguished speaker at this year’s event was former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, who was recently nominated as ambassador to China.

Branstad took time during his speech to praise incoming Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and share his thoughts on the future of agriculture and economic development in rural America.

Catch his full address here:
Terry Brandstad Addresses Ag Outlook Forum
Terry Branstad Addressing Agricultural Outlook Forum

American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall also spoke at this year’s event. The American Farm Bureau Federation’s public policy agenda shares much in common with the Trump administration on issues like regulatory reform and tax reform. But even harder issues such as farm labor and trade should present opportunities to engage with Congress and the White House, alike, AFBF President Zippy Duvall told participants at the USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum.

Listen to Duvall’s complete remarks where he addresses regulatory overreach, the tax code, immigration, trade and the 2018 farm bill:
Farm Bureau President Speaks at USDA Ag Outlook Forum
Zippy Duvall - American Farm Bureau Federation

AFBF, audio, politics, USDA

Introducing the SMART Farmer Podcast

Lizzy Schultz

We are pleased to introduce the very first SMART Farmer podcast which features interviews with the people who use data and technology to be more sustainable and to help build a smarter version of the American farm and ranch.

In this first episode, U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance CEO Randy Krotz talks about how people can relate to the SMART Farm concept – just like a smart phone or a smart home. Then we visit with Katie Brenny from the recent Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show to find out how she and her husband use the latest technology to produce beef more sustainably on their operation in Minnesota.

Subscribe to the SMART Farmer podcast

Listen to the first podcast:
SMART Farmer Podcast with Katie Brenny

audio, Podcasting, SMART Farmer, technology, USFRA

N-WATCH Fits GROWMARK Sustainability Platform

Lizzy Schultz

nafb-16-growmark-lanceGROWMARK is helping producers make the best choices for their fields both environmentally and economically through the N-WATCH program.

In this interview we hear from Lance Ruppert, Director of Strategic Agronomy Marketing for GROWMARK, who explains how N-WATCH helps reveal the movement and placement of nitrogen for good management to build better soil, a better business, and a better environment.

Listen to Cindy’s full interview with Ruppert here: Interview with Lance Ruppert, GROWMARK

audio, growmark, nutrient management, soil

2017 #RFANEC National Ethanol Conference

Cindy Zimmerman

Welcome to the virtual newsroom for the National Ethanol Conference (NEC) sponsored by the Renewable Fuels Association. “Building Partnerships, Growing Markets” is the theme for the 22nd annual event held February 20-22 in San Diego, California.

The NEC provides an exclusive opportunity to engage key decision makers and industry executives, while networking and learning about the latest technologies and government policies. Speakers address a number of topics, including expanding infrastructure, blends above E10, high octane fuels and exports.

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.

National Ethanol Conference photo album
2017 NEC Golf Tournament
RFA-NEC Photo Album

“State of U.S. #Ethanol Industry is Strong”
2017 State of the Ethanol Industry Address


#RFANEC Future of Fuels Policy Panel
#RFANEC Future of Fuels Policy Panel

Reporters Curious About #Ethanol Issues
RFA CEO Bob Dinneen press questions

President Trump Sends Greetings To #RFANEC
Trump letter to #RFANECRead More

audio, Biofuels, Ethanol, RFA, video

Make Tax Preparation Easier with Shared Virtual Desktop

Cindy Zimmerman

Especially during tax time, a virtual desktop can make secure collaboration for sharing files, data, and scanned documents easier. With a virtual desktop and your accounting software hosted by AgCompass, you and your tax preparer can upload and access data crucial for preparing your returns from anywhere and from multiple devices.

“Security and data independence are important concerns for farmers,” says Nick Chambers, Business Manager for AgCompass. “With a virtual desktop, while your data is technically in the cloud, unlike web-based applications, your personal data is securely stored in your own licensed software – like how it is stored on a personal computer.”

The advantage of hosting your software with AgCompass is that they provide all the software updates, conduct daily backups, and your data is stored in a world-class data center making it less vulnerable to hardware failure. AgCompass can host any windows-based software including QuickBooks, FBS, RedWing, Microsoft products, and many more.

“We work with a variety of software companies and work with farmers and CPAs who use their products,” said Chambers. “It has never been easier to collaborate with others through the software you already use.”

The IT staff at AgCompass share a background in agriculture and they provide unlimited, U.S.-based support to clients. Set-up on any internet-connected device, including cell phones, tablets, and personal computers, is easy. You select which users you want to have access, such as your business partners and tax preparers. These additional users also connect through the secure virtual desktop environment – allowing them access to the same software and the same data.
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Ag Compass, agribusiness, technology