Free Fuel Happy Hours at Sturgis Buffalo Chip

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The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has been providing free E10 fuel fill-ups for bikers at the Buffalo Chip Campground during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for the past four years, and every year Chip owner Rod “Woody” Woodruff is first in line. Cindy borrowed my new Golden ZimmComm Microphone to interview Woody during her first trip to the annual event. “RFA …

Ag Group, Audio, Biofuels, Energy, Ethanol, RFA, Video

CropLife America Launches Green Thumb Challenge

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CropLife America (CLA) is challenging agriculture advocates to paint their thumbs green this August and post a photo on Twitter. The Green Thumb Challenge contest encourages participants to show their support for today’s farmers and the many methods they use to feed communities across the U.S. in an environmentally sustainable way. Everyone is encouraged to give a thumbs up for …

Ag Group, Contest

News From Custom Harvesters at #AgMedia

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Mark Anderson and Dan Misner with U.S. Custom Harvesters (USCHI) had some news to share at the Ag Media Summit last week. First, Anderson says they just announced a new partnership with Ag in the Classroom to develop two curriculums using footage leftover from “The Great American Wheat Harvest” documentary. “These curriculums will focus on agribusiness, leadership and job opportunities …

Ag Group, Ag Media Summit, Agribusiness, Audio, Harvest

AFBF: Secrecy, Misconduct at EPA on WOTUS

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A series of memos the Obama Administration intended to keep private shows a culture of secrecy, falsehood and dysfunction that permeated the Waters of the U.S. rulemaking process. The American Farm Bureau charges the Army Corps of Engineers memos show the Corps “repeatedly rebuked EPA officials for their abuse of the rulemaking process in producing the deeply controversial Waters of …

AFBF, Ag Group, Environment, EPA, Farm Bureau, Government, Water

Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act Passes House

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The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act has passed the U.S. House on a 275-150 vote, another step to ensuring that farmers will be able to use the safe technology, GMOs. The news was welcomed by a variety of politicians and ag groups. “For the past two years we have worked hard to defend our farmers’ right to use the …

AFBF, Ag Group, Agribusiness, GMO, Government, NCFC, NCGA

Future of Crop Science Institute Attracts Students

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Des Moines, Iowa, recently played host to 62 student delegates meeting for the inaugural Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Crop Science Institute. This news release from the group says this one of four AFA Leader Institutes, which connect passionate, talented college students from 25 universities from 21 different states to various sectors of the agriculture industry. “Career exploration is an …

AFA, Ag Group, Agribusiness, Crop Science, Dow AgroScience, Dupont, GROWMARK, Syngenta

11 Attorneys General Called to Investigate HSUS

Jamie Johansen 2 Comments

HumaneWatch.org, a project of the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom, applauded the Midwestern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments for passing a resolution calling on 11 state attorneys general to investigate the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The states covered are North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. The …

Ag Group, Animal Activists

FFA + CSX Team Up To Hit the Track at the Brickyard

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The Brickyard 400 will make history once again this year as the No. 38 FFA + CSX Living to Serve Ford becomes the first car to represent the 87-year-old, Indianapolis-based agricultural education and youth service organization, the largest of its kind with more than 610,240 student members interested in agriculture, as a primary sponsor in a NASCAR race. “I can’t …

Ag Group, Education, FFA, leadership, NASCAR, Youth

Tax Bill to Help Ag, Other Small Businesses

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The Senate Finance Committee has moved forward legislation seen as important to agriculture and other small businesses. Farm Bureau is praising committee passage of the measure to extend important tax provisions through 2016. The legislation includes two provisions that let small businesses deduct major capital expenditures over just a few years, rather than the full life of the equipment they …

AFBF, Ag Group, Agribusiness, Government

CTIC Cover Crop Survey Results

Chuck Zimmerman

Cover crops are continuing to prove very beneficial to yields according to the results of a survey conducted by the Conservation Information Technology Center. A survey of more than 1,200 farmers across the country revealed that cover crops boosted corn yields last year by a mean of 3.66 bushels per acre (2.1%) and increased soybeans by an average of 2.19 …

Ag Group, Conservation, CTIC