Biofuels Advocates Testify at EPA Hearing

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Biofuels advocates brought their concerns about damage to the industry caused by former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to a hearing on the proposed 2019 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Wednesday in Michigan. The proposed rule raises the total 2019 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) by 3 percent over the 2018 requirement, and maintains a 15-billion-gallon requirement …

Audio, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Ethanol

FDA Considering Fake Meat and Milk

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The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is spending time this month discussing meat and milk. Last week, FDA held a public meeting to discuss foods produced using animal cell culture technology – mainly lab-grown fake meat products – and which agency should be in charge of regulating. The meat industry believes fake meat should be regulated by USDA. “Any …

AgWired Animal, Audio, Dairy, Government, Meat

Inari Aims to Transform Agriculture

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A new plant breeding technology company called Inari Agriculture is being introduced today with the mission to transform agriculture and its impact on society and the environment by developing a more personalized plant breeding approach. Inari is a Flagship Pioneering company headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., which started in early 2016 and has since recruited more than 80 leading research scientists …

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Southern Peanut Growers Celebrating 20 Years

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The 2018 Southern Peanut Growers Conference is celebrating 20 years this week, July 19-21 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Miramar Beach, Florida. The gathering brings together peanut farmers and industry partners from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi. The three-day event provides farmers with information about peanut production, legislative issues, marketing and promotions. In addition to the conference sessions, …

Audio, Peanuts, SPGC

ZimmCast 590 – Precision, Pork, Podcasts

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Happy Independence Day week. This episode of the ZimmCast will introduce you to some other farm podcasters you may not be familiar with. If you are not subscribing to podcasts then get started. There are many really good programs and quite a few that have started recently. In this week’s program I’ll share the following: The Raven Precision Podcast – …

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Expanded Portfolio Includes New Enogen Varieties

Carrie Muehling

Among fans attending the NASCAR Xfinity Series Iowa 250 presented by Enogen at Iowa Speedway on Father’s Day was Craig Ehlers, a farmer and Golden Harvest dealer from northwest Iowa. Golden Harvest is expanding its 2019 portfolio with 37 new corn hybrids and 17 new soybean varieties. Among the new offerings are seven new Enogen hybrids for use in selected …

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AMVAC Purchases Bayer Bromacil Business

Chuck Zimmerman

AMVAC Chemical Corporation recently announced the purchase of the Bromacil herbicide business in the United States and Canada from Bayer Crop Science. The transaction is unrelated to the acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer, and financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. I spoke with Greg Warren, Marketing Manager, AMVAC, about the transaction and what it means to the company. …

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Increasing Profit Margins for Ethanol

Carrie Muehling

Ethanol production has become a key market for U.S. corn, but margins are often tight. New technology would allow existing ethanol plants to convert a part of their production into making plant-based chemicals that have higher values, with profits that could be passed along to corn growers. “We know that ethanol today is a commodity that has been really pressed …

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Planted Acreage Report Surprises

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA’s planted acreage report out Friday contained some surprising numbers for the trade. The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimates 89.6 million acres of soybeans planted in the United States for 2018, down 1 percent from last year, and corn area planted is estimated at 89.1 million acres, also down 1 percent from last year. All cotton planted area for …

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