Monsanto Scientist Wins Biodiesel Impact Award

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Beth Calabotta, former Monsanto Director for Bioenergy and currently serving on the National Biodiesel Foundation, was honored during the 2016 National Biodiesel Conference and Expo with the “Eye on Biodiesel” Impact award for her tireless dedication to the advancement of biodiesel. Beth’s experience in the field of agricultural yield technology and the markets that drive demand for protein give her …

Audio, Award, Biodiesel, National Biodiesel Conference

Biodiesel Policy on Track Says NBB’s Steckel

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Biodiesel policy is laser-focused right now on two primary issues – the RFS and the tax incentive – two policies that drive growth in the industry. During an address to the membership at the 2016 National Biodiesel Conference, NBB Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel said they should take credit in the success of getting higher volumes under the …

Audio, Biodiesel, Farm Policy, National Biodiesel Conference

Bio-Oil Produced Right on the Farm

Joanna Schroeder

Soon farmers will be able to produce bio-oil right on their farm. The renewable fuel can be produced from agricultural and food waste using a new mobile unit. The goal of USDA project is to be able to distill this bio-oil in existing petroleum refineries. The research team, headed by Agricultural Research Services (ARS) chemical engineer Akwasi Boateng with the …

Agribusiness, Biofuels, biomass, Renewable Energy, USDA

Poll Shows Farmers Back Trump

Joanna Schroeder

A new poll among farmers show Trump is the Republican forerunner for the nomination due to his strong support of agriculture. Conducted by Farm Futures, the poll found 37 percent of those favoring a Republican candidate said they would vote for Trump “if the election were held today.” Trump’s support among GOP farmers was even stronger at 39 percent from …

Agribusiness, Opinion, politics

Farmers Increase Profits with Solar Leases

Joanna Schroeder

You hear some news about farmers receiving payments for leasing land for wind turbines, but some growers are also receiving lease payments for solar power projects. For example, Farmland Partners recently entered into two ground lease agreements for photovoltaic solar power generation facilities on two farms in South Carolina. The agreements offer the right to lease up to an aggregate …

Renewable Energy, Solar

Ag Secy Vilsack Talks SOTU, Trade & Climate

Joanna Schroeder

USDA Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack held a press call yesterday to discuss President Obama’s last State of the Union (SOTU) address. Vilsack, who has served in the capacity of Ag Secretary throughout Obama’s Administration, was in attendance during the speech. He said he is very proud to have been part of an administration that has basically taken the country from …

Audio, Climate Change, politics, Trade, USDA

China Opens DDGS Anti-Dumping Investigation

Joanna Schroeder

China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) has initiated, again, an anti-dumping countervailing duty investigations into U.S. produced distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) exported to the country. This is not the first time that China has been down this road. Back in 2011 China began an investigation into DDGs but then in 2012, they dropped it. Now, in 2015, they have …

Exports, Grains, Growth Energy, USGC

Family Farmers Support Climate Focus in SOTU Address

Joanna Schroeder

Last night marked President Obama’s last State of the Union (SOTU) address, and as expected one area of focus was the fight against climate change. National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson said after the speech that the administration’s focus on the climate change is an issue that farmers and ranchers across the U.S. have been dealing with for many …

Climate Change, Government, NFU, Trade

NRGene Assists in Wheat Genome Sequencing

Joanna Schroeder

The bread wheat genome has now been sequenced. Wheat is one of the most widely grown cereals in the world, and the project will help accelerate global research into crop improvement. The project was led by the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC). Using NRGene’s DeNovoMAGICTM software, the bread wheat variety Chinese Spring genome was assembled. The new data will …

Precision Agriculture, Wheat