People Power Highlighted During #ACE2016

Joanna Schroeder

People Power has become a force in telling the story of ethanol and agriculture. The success of American Coalition for Ethanol’s (ACE) Power by People campaign was just one of the topics highlighted by Brian Jennings, ACE’s Executive Vice President during the 29th annual Ethanol Conference that took place in Minneapolis, Minnesota this week. Another topic: how one’s passion for …

Agribusiness, Audio, Biofuels, Ethanol

#RFS Celebrates 11 Years

Joanna Schroeder

Today is the 11th anniversary of the day the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was signed into law. Ethanol advocates are celebrating the energy policy stressing that the legislation provides Americans with increasing energy security, cleaner air and more affordable fuel options at the pump. Biofuel advocates are noting that in nearly a decade, the RFS continues to drive U.S. job …

Agribusiness, Biofuels, Ethanol, Growth Energy, NCGA, RFA

Paperwork Streamlining Solution from @CropTrak

Joanna Schroeder

Drowning in paperwork is not limited to corporate America. With ever growing regulations and a call for more transparency on food production from consumers, farmers are also on the verge of drowning in paperwork. But have no fear, Crop Trak is here with a solution to assist growers streamline paperwork and InfoAg attendees learned all about it in the presentation, …

Agribusiness, Audio, CropTrak, Info Ag, Precision Agriculture, Technology

AgGateway Advances Solutions for Data Management

Joanna Schroeder

Progress on the AgGateway consortium was delivered to attendees of InfoAg this week in St. Louis, Missouri. The non-profit was founded to address eConnectivity needs in agriculture as the industry develops and adopts more powerful tools to increase efficiency and productivity. One way this is being achieved is through data exchange. This year AgGateway announced new standards, models and other …

Agribusiness, Audio, Info Ag, John Deere, Precision Agriculture, Technology

I AM @USFRA – Mike Geske

Joanna Schroeder

Mike Geske farms in a unique area in southeast Missouri because it has such a diversity of crops including rice, wheat and corn, a crop Geske grows with pride. For many years, he has served on boards of both the Missouri Corn Growers Association and National Corn Growers Association and today represents Missouri Corn on the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers …

Audio, Corn, USFRA

AgCareers.com Introduces Virtual Career Fairs

Joanna Schroeder

For companies and candidates who can’t travel, AgCareers.com has a new option – a Virtual Career Fair. The company says the online technology provides employers with a time-efficient and cost-effective platform to complement a company’s current recruiting strategy. Employers connect with candidates from their office, using their company computer, during the chat times they designate on the events. Employers may …

AgCareers, Events

Biodegradable & Renewable Lubricants by BioBlend

Joanna Schroeder

One of the great aspects of the United Soybean Board’s Biobased Stakeholders Dialogue that took place at USDA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. is showcasing the up-and-coming biobased technologies. One of the exhibitors at the event was BioBlend and to learn more about their products, Cindy Zimmerman spoke with Bill Smith. The company makes biodegradable and renewable lubricants. The company, founded …

Audio, biobased, Soybean, USB, USDA

Even on Food Issues, Politics Divide Americans

Joanna Schroeder

As the elections fast approach, not only are there political divides across parties, but also in food issues. The 2016 Food and Health Survey: Consumer Attitudes Toward Food Safety, Nutrition & Health looks at how consumers differ in their views on food issues and find that conservatives and liberals think differently about sustainability, trust in government for food-related information and …

Food, Food Security, Research, Sustainability

Is the Trump-Pence Republican Ticket Good for Ag?

Joanna Schroeder

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “What do you think about the Senate’s GMO Disclosure Bill? The Senate has passed it’s version of the GMO Disclosure Bill followed by the House passing the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, and the President is expected to sign the bill into law soon. However, 40 percent of voters believe the legislation is bad …

Agribusiness, Biofuels, politics, ZimmPoll

$2 M for Urban Ag Conservation from NACD, NRCS

Joanna Schroeder

Forty-two conservation districts in 25 states have been awarded $2 million for urban ag and conservation projects. The money was given through the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) in partnership with USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). The goal of the initiative is to help conservation districts and their partners provide technical assistance for ag conversation in areas where …

Agribusiness, Conservation, Urban Agriculture