Biodiesel Industry Seeking Relief

Cindy Zimmerman

Soybean farmers and biodiesel producers are both being impacted by small refinery exemptions (SREs) and the uncertainty of no biodiesel tax credit yet. Illinois farmer Rob Shaffer, American Soybean Association (ASA) director and chair of the organization’s Biodiesel and Infrastructure Committee, brought up the issue during a Farm Progress Show listening session with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue last week. He …

ASA, Audio, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Soybean

Zimfo Bytes 10/5

Carrie Muehling

The National Corn Growers Association entered a new fiscal year and seated the 2019 Corn Board with Lynn Chrisp of Hastings, Nebraska, assuming the presidency. Registration is now open for the 100th American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show taking place January 11-16, 2019, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Click here …

AFBF, ASA, NCGA, NMPF, Zimfo Bytes

Zimfo Bytes 9/14

Carrie Muehling

American Agri-Women have named Allie Poole, Central City, Kentucky, the 2018 winner of their Daughters of American Agriculture Scholarship, High School Graduate. She is currently enrolled in the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn, Alabama. National Farmers Union’s Beginning Farmer Institute convened this week in Washington, D.C., for the first of three learning sessions that will take place during …

American Agri-Women, ASA, Farm Bureau, NFU, sugar, Trade, Women, Zimfo Bytes

Precision Ag Bytes 8/29

Carrie Muehling

Syngenta announced the expansion of the NK® soybean portfolio with 13 new varieties for the 2019 season, furthering the company’s commitment to helping growers maximize whole-farm profit potential through innovation. Syngenta also announced that Force® 6.5G, a high-load granular corn insecticide for control of corn rootworm, is registered by the Environmental Protection Agency and will be available for the 2019 …

AgWired Precision, ASA, Precision Ag Bytes, Syngenta, USB

Zimfo Bytes 6/29

Carrie Muehling

The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) has announced that Corteva Agriscience Vice President of External Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer Krysta Harden will receive the 5th annual Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology and Agriculture. Distinguished Professor Sang Yup Lee at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) will …

American Agri-Women, ASA, Corteva Agriscience, Zimfo Bytes

China Adds Tariffs on Beef and Soybeans

Cindy Zimmerman

More U.S. agricultural products are on the second list of retaliatory tariffs from China, including both soybeans and beef, of 25 percent. Kent Bacus, Director of International Trade and Market Access for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), calls the action unsettling but not surprising. “This is a battle between two governments, and the unfortunate casualties will be America’s cattlemen …

AgWired Animal, ASA, Audio, Beef, Soybean, Trade

Soybean Leader Hoping to Replace Bill Northey

Cindy Zimmerman

Now that Bill Northey is officially heading to his new job at USDA, Iowa soybean farmer Ray Gaesser can now officially get on with his campaign to be the next Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. Last week at Commodity Classic, the former American Soybean Association (ASA) president from Corning, Iowa received the organization’s Distinguished Leadership Award for his years of service …

ASA, Audio, Bayer, Commodity Classic, Soybean

Commodity Group Presidents on Stage at #Classic18

Chuck Zimmerman

Each year at the Commodity Classic general session the presidents of the participating organizations are invited on stage to talk about their priorities and challenges. This year the participants were Kevin Skunes, NCGA, John Heisdorffer, ASA, Gordon Stoner, NAWG, Don Bloss, NSP and Bill Hurley, AEM. Moderating the session again this year was Mark Mayfield. The session is not only …

AEM, ASA, Audio, Commodity Classic, NAWG, NCGA, NSP

Commodity Classic Opens Next Week in Anaheim

Carrie Muehling

Farmers and others in the agriculture industry are gearing up for this year’s Commodity Classic next week in Anaheim, Calif. The annual gathering of corn, soybean, sorghum and wheat growers will start a day early this year, kicking off with the official welcome reception on Monday evening instead of Tuesday and wrapping up with entertainment on Thursday night. U.S. Secretary …

Agribusiness, ASA, Commodity Classic, NAWG, NCGA

ASA Hires Ryan Findlay as CEO

Jamie Johansen

The American Soybean Association have selected Ryan Findlay as its new Chief Executive Officer. Findlay replaces Stephen Censky, who left ASA in October of 2017 after confirmation by the U.S. Senate as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. “ASA is extremely pleased to have found someone of Ryan’s caliber and experience to lead us into our next chapter as a first-class U.S. …

Ag Group, AgWired Precision, ASA, Company Announcement, Soybean