Trump Infrastructure Plan Includes Waterways

Cindy Zimmerman

Farmers were among those who joined President Trump last week in Cincinnati to highlight the economic importance of the inland waterways system and the need to invest in upgrades to the locks and dams.

“Roughly 60 percent of the United States grain exports travel down these waterways to the Gulf,” said Trump in his remarks.

President Trump’s infrastructure plan also includes a $200 billion investment in rural infrastructure.

Listen to Trump’s remarks here: Pres. Trump infrastructure remarks

audio, government, Infrastructure

Numbers Tell Story of RFS Success

Cindy Zimmerman

Twelve years since the original Renewable Fuel Standard was passed in 2005 and 10 years after it was expanded in 2007, the numbers tell an objective story of how successful the legislation has been in a new analysis by the Renewable Fuels Association.

“RFS Impacts: By the Numbers” compares data from 2005 and 2007 to 2016. RFA Senior Vice President Geoff Cooper says EPA is expected to issue its proposed 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the RFS at any time so they did the analysis to remind everyone of what a success the program has been.

In this podcast interview, Cooper talks about the RFS numbers, as well as ethanol production and exports this year: Ethanol Report on RFS Analysis

audio, Ethanol, Ethanol Report, RFA

2017 World Pork Expo

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Pork Producers Council, (NPPC) hosts the annual event which features the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, educational seminars, youth and open swine shows, market outlook sessions and lots of pork.

NPPC expects about 20,000 producers and pork professionals, including more than 1,000 international guests. Nearly 450 companies from North America, Asia and Europe will display the latest products, services and technologies for pork businesses in the trade show.

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 World Pork Expo photos


NPPC President Pleased with Pork ExpoInterview with Ken Maschhoff, NPPC president

NPPC Gives Voice to Producer ConcernsInterview with Dustin Baker, NPPC

Topics: World Pork Expo Overview, SIP Update, WOTUS, Regulatory Reform, GIPSA, Farm Bill – National Pork Producers Council press conference 1

Topics: Trade, FMD Vaccine Bank, Economic Update – National Pork Producers Council press conference 2

FMD/Secure Pork Supply: Creating an On-Farm Response Infrastructure National Pork Board press conference 1

Pork Board Announces Secure Pork Supply Plan
Interview with Patrick Webb, Pork Checkoff

The Pork Checkoff: Marketing to the Generation M
National Pork Board press conference 2

Aptimmune Launches World’s First Mucosal PRRSV Vaccine
Aptimmune press conference
Interview with Aptimmune CEO Aaron Gilbertie

audio, Livestock, Pork, World Pork Expo

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. Dr. Jay Lehr, senior fellow and science director of The Heartland Institute, talks about the agreement and its impact on agriculture in this podcast interview: ZimmCast with Dr. Jay Lehr, Heartland Institute

audio, Environment, ZimmCast

Redfield Energy Celebrates Ten Years

Cindy Zimmerman

Redfield Energy in South Dakota is celebrating ten years of ethanol production this week.

According to Chief Administrative Officer Dana Siefkes-Lewis, over the past decade Redfield Energy has purchased over 194 million bushels of local corn and produced 545 million gallons of ethanol, 1.5 million tons of distillers grains and 63 million pounds of corn oil.

The 10 year celebration will include remarks from the top leadership of the national ethanol organizations – Brian Jennings with the American Coalition for Ethanol, Emily Skor of Growth Energy and Renewable Fuels Association CEO Bob Dinneen – since Redfield is an active member of all three.

Lewis talks about the 10 year anniversary in this interview: Interview with Dana Siefkes-Lewis, Redfield Energy

audio, Ethanol

SMART Farmer Brad Greenway

Cindy Zimmerman

Brad Greenway of South Dakota was named 2016 Pig Farmer of the Year by the National Pork Board recognizing him as a pig farmer who excels at raising pigs using the industry’s We Care ethical principles that include not only raising pigs humanely and safely, but also promoting a safe workplace and contributing to the local community. Right after he received the title in October, Brad was elected as only the third chairman for the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance.

What Brad really likes to talk about is his farm with his wife Peggy in Mitchell, South Dakota where they have two wean-to-finish pig barns and also raise beef cattle and grow corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa.

Learn how passionate Brad is about SMART farming in this episode: SMART Farmer Podcast with Brad Greenway, South Dakota

Subscribe to the SMART Farmer podcast

Learn more about USFRA and SMART Farm

audio, SMART Farmer, USFRA

2017 John Deere Reveal

Cindy Zimmerman

John Deere hosted an agricultural media event at the company’s Harvest Works headquarters in Moline, Illinois – an appropriate place to unveil a smarter line of grain harvesting technology in the combines and headers John Deere is introducing for model year 2018 production.

Deere also showcased the new Frontier VT17 Series Vertical Tillage Tool, new John Deere 4640 Universal Display, and Frontier LS11 Series 3-point Mounted Sprayers.

2017 John Deere Reveal Photo Album

John Deere Rolls Out Smarter S700 CombinesInterview with Bev Flores, John Deere

Deere Intros More Efficient Headers
Interview with Brittney Guidarelli, John Deere

John Deere Adds New Tillage Tool
Interview with Scott Geier, John Deere

John Deere Display Gets Smarter
Interview with John Mishler, John Deere

3-point Mounted Sprayers
Interview with Scott Geier, John Deere

R Series of Tractors
Interview with Dennis Ogle, John Deere

Field Cultivator with TrueSet Technology
Interview with Jarred Karnei, John Deere

4 Series Sprayers
Interview with Doug Felter, John Deere

audio, Equipment, John Deere

Iowa Gov and Ag Groups Announce China Trip

Cindy Zimmerman

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will lead an all-Iowa agriculture trade mission to China July 19-28 with representatives from the state’s corn, pork, soy, beef, egg, poultry, dairy and turkey industries. The trip marks the first time all of Iowa’s farm groups have come together for a trade mission which will be jointly funded by the participating organizations.

Reynolds made the announcement Tuesday during her first weekly press conference as governor, joined by Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, Iowa Corn CEO Craig Floss, ISA CEO Kirk Leeds, and Iowa Cattlemen’s CEO Matt Deppe. Listen to the announcement here: IA Gov China Trip Press Conference

Ag Group, audio, Corn, soybeans, trade

Ethanol Price Reporting Contest

Lizzy Schultz

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is launching an “Ethanol Days of Summer Contest”, allowing both retailers and consumers to report the price posted for E85 and other ethanol blends.

To enter, consumers must have a registered account on, where they can submit pricing for a chance to win, or on the mobile app. The website, acquired by RFA in 2015, is crowdsourced and offers updated prices for E85 and other ethanol blends, including E15, from thousands of stations across the country.

RFA Vice President of Industry Relations Robert White gives some details about and the contest in this podcast interview: RFA Days of Summer Contest

Subscribe to the podcast via RSS
Subscribe via iTunes

audio, Ethanol, Ethanol Report, RFA

IFAJ Presidents at #ONE17

Lizzy Schultz

LtoR: IFAJ president Owen Roberts, past presidents Mike Wilson and David Markey, Damien O’Reilly of Ireland; and past president Markus Rediger

The four most recent presidents of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ), representing four different countries, attended ONE: the Alltech Ideas Conference in Lexington, Kentucky this week.

This podcast includes past presidents David Markey of Ireland, Markus Rediger of Switzerland, and Mike Wilson of the United States, and current IFAJ President Owen Roberts, Canada. Each of them reflects on the relationship between IFAJ and Alltech and how it has helped develop new young leaders in the field of agricultural journalism.

Listen to the ZimmCast here: ZimmCast with IFAJ Presidents

2017 Alltech Ideas Conference Photo Album

Subscribe to the ZimmCast podcast here. Use this url in iTunes or your favorite news reader program/app.

Alltech, audio, IFAJ, Media, ZimmCast