Agren & Land O’ Lakes SUSTAIN Partner on Conservation

Kelly Marshall

Carroll, IA- Central Iowa-based small business, Agren, Inc. has partnered with Land O’Lakes, Inc. one of America’s premier agribusiness and food companies, to use emerging precision conservation technology to help farmers improve soil and water quality.

The Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN business unit will use Agren’s technology platform to deliver scalable, geo-spatial tools that are designed to identify highly-erodible spots in a farmer’s field and plan practical, effective, in-field best practices to protect soils from erosion and improve water quality. Branded as SoilVantage®, Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN will be the first to deliver precision conservation tools and services to farmers across the US.

“When coupled with other agronomy tools and insights, we are helping farmers drive productivity and sustainability, making them more efficient,” said Matt Carstens, Senior Vice President of Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN in a recent interview. “Then, the next step is enhancing dialogue between farmers and their customers. It’s really about helping farmers communicate how they are achieving continuous improvement in on-farm sustainability to their customers, who ultimately supply retailers such as Wal-Mart.”

“We are very excited by the commitment shown by the Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN® business,” said Jamie Ridgely, Agren’s President. “They have shown a real desire to help farmers confront sustainability and water quality issues head-on. We are extremely proud to be part of this partnership.”

Agren is a leading provider of sustainability solutions to agriculture. With 20 years of experience in agricultural and environmental consulting, Agren is uniting ag technology with proven soil and water management practices to meet the rising demand for sustainably-sourced commodities. The company is an integral part of Central Iowa’s Cultivation Corridor, an initiative led by public and private partners focused on supporting and sustaining the science that feeds the world.

Conservation, soil, technology

Fueling Biodiesel’s Future in San Diego

Cindy Zimmerman

Welcome to the virtual newsroom for the 14th Annual National Biodiesel Conference & Expo held January 16-19, 2017 in San Diego, California.

The conference includes the latest information and innovations in the biodiesel industry, legislative updates, awards and honors. This newsroom includes links to photos, audio and video from the conference. Find more information on the biodiesel industry at the National Biodiesel Board website and the conference blog.

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

2017 National Biodiesel Conference photo album

New NBB CEO and Chairman Kick Off #NBB17
Rehagen and Engelbrecht, general session NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen meets the press

GM Announces 20 for B20 in Diesel Vehicle Lineup
GM announcement at #NBB17

Meet the New NBB Chairman
Interview with Kent Engelbrecht, NBB chairman

Read More

Advanced Biofuels, audio, Biodiesel, NBB

Anaplasmosis Animal AgCast

Cindy Zimmerman

In this AnimalAgCast we discuss one of the most talked about issues in animal agriculture circles these days. January 2017 brought us the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). Dr. Craig Payne, University of Missouri Extension, has spoke to a number of groups across the country educating vets and producers on the VFD and serving as a key resource for continued questions. He recently spoke to producers during the 2017 Missouri Cattle Industry Convention on managing anaplasmosis with these new guidelines.

Listen to the full program to learn more about some most asked questions and what resources are available to vets and producers: AnimalAgCast - Dr. Craig Payne, University of Missouri

Animal AgCast, audio, Beef, Livestock

GROWMARK Offers New Scholarship Opportunities

Kelly Marshall

GROWMARK has announced a new scholarship program, according Youth and Cooperative Education Specialist Karen Jones.

Fifteen students will receive a $1,500 scholarship to pursue a degree in agriculture this fall. Previously GROWMARK’s scholarships had been tied to specific universities, but the new program is available to students in the U.S. or Ontario, Canada studying at any two- or four-year colleges and universities or trade school.

Interview with Karen Jones, GROWMARK
audio, growmark

AFBF 98th Annual Meeting

Cindy Zimmerman

The 98th Annual Convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation and IDEAg Trade Show, held January 6-11, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Thousands of farmers and ranchers from around the country attend the convention which offers outstanding speakers and general sessions, the chance to recognize leaders in agriculture, programs for young farmers and ranchers, and much more.

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

More content available from AFBF here.

2017 AFBF annual meeting photos

Audio files:

#AFBF17 Kicks off with New President
AFBF president Zippy Duvall address
AFBF president Zippy Duvall press conference
Stallman Honored for AFBF Service
Bob Stallman, AFBF Distinguished Service

Agri-Pulse Announces Farm Bill Series and Summit
Sara Wyant, Agri-Pulse and Dale Moore, AFBF

Farm Bill Talk at #AFBF17
Interview with Mary Kay Thatcher, AFBF

Meet New @FarmBureau YF&R Chair
Interview with Kalena Bruce, 2017 AFBF YF&R ChairRead More

AFBF, audio

2017 #PotatoExpo

Cindy Zimmerman

Welcome to the virtual news room for the 9th annual Potato Expo, January 4-6, 2017 in San Francisco, California.

Potato Expo is the largest conference and trade show for the potato industry held in North America, offering educational programming and networking opportunities for 2,000 growers, suppliers, and experts.

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

2017 Potato Expo photos

Audio files:
Welcome to #PotatoExpo from @NufarmUSInterview from Potato Expo with Evan Carlisle, Nufarm

Second Spud Nation Contest Goes International
Spud Nation Throwdown winner announcement Potato Expo chef panel

2016 was Transition Year for @PotatoesUSA
Interview from Potato Expo with Blair Richardson, Potatoes USA

Continued Growth @NufarmUSInterview from Potato Expo with Brian Rund, Nufarm


Monsanto Announcements

Cindy Zimmerman

Monsanto Company made a series of announcements this week, making lots of news as the company continues working with Bayer to finalize the acquisition deal by then end of this calendar year.

Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant provides Bayer update
Monsanto's Robb Fraley discusses Bayer-Monsanto vision

Monsanto announced a new global genome-editing agreement: Robb Fraley, Monsanto on gene editing technology

Monsanto and Novozymes also announced an updated research pipeline for the BioAg Alliance –
Robb Fraley comments on BioAg Alliance

Fraley also joined representatives of The Climate Corporation to announce 35 projects in the subsidiary’s pipeline:
Monsanto/Climate Corporation R&D Pipeline

agribusiness, audio, Monsanto

BASF Engenia Virtual Pressers

Cindy Zimmerman

BASF held virtual press conferences to talk about Engenia herbicide, which was registered for use by the EPA on December 20, 2016.

The first event featured BASF U.S. Crop Director of Marketing Neil Bentley and Technical Marketing Manager Chad Asmus to provide an overview of how Engenia herbicide fits into a comprehensive approach to weed control and details about the product and its benefits for growers. BASF Engenia 12-22-16

The second webcast focused on the importance of good stewardship with Engenia and featured Chad Asmus again, as well as Andy Goetz, BASF’s Manager of Regulatory Strategy and Stewardship Research, and Dr. Robert E. Wolf, who discusses On-Target application education and training. BASF Engenia 1-4-17

audio, BASF

2017 Could Be Big Year for #Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen always has an optimistic outlook when it comes to the ethanol industry, despite the challenges it continues to face, but the outlook seems especially rosy this new year.

Dinneen believes 2017 might be the year that we “finally realize the full potential of the RFS” and he is looking forward to working with the new Trump administration on reforming regulations that are limiting the expansion of higher level ethanol blends. He is also excited about what having Iowa’s Terry Branstad as ambassador to China could mean for increasing exports of ethanol and distillers feed.

In this interview, Dinneen talks about his high hopes for ethanol in 2017: Ethanol Report on 2017 Potential

audio, Ethanol, Ethanol Report, RFA