Coronavirus is Latest Threat to Ethanol Industry

Cindy Zimmerman

The impact that coronavirus is having on the energy markets is just the latest threat to the solvency of the U.S. ethanol industry, coming on top of weather, trade disputes and small refinery waivers that hurt producers last year. In a media conference call Thursday, Renewable Fuels Association leaders discussed the impact of these hits on ethanol producers and the …

Audio, Ethanol, RFA

NCBA Urges Steps to Maintain Beef Supply

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is working to maintain an adequate supply of beef for U.S. consumers during the current COVID-19 outbreak. NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane says they have taken a number of steps to help protect the value chain, starting with sending a request to Vice President Mike Pence for assurance that meat inspection …

AgWired Animal, Animal Agriculture, Audio, Beef, Livestock, NCBA

Agriculture Groups Urge Action on Farm Labor

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture organizations are urging immediate action on the evolving farm labor situation to avoid impacting the nation’s food supply during this critical time. The Agriculture Workforce Coalition (AWC) called on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to recognize all H-2A as well as any other non-immigrant visa petition involving an agricultural worker visa consular processing functions as essential and direct U.S. …

Ag Group, Audio, labor

ZimmCast 639 – Conversation with BigIron Realty

Chuck Zimmerman

Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. In this crazy pandemic panicked world I think we need a dose of normalcy. Don’t you? Well, listening to a good podcast fits the bill IMO. First though, I just want to say that ZimmComm is committed to be ready, willing and able to find creative solutions for your agricultural marketing and communications needs.  …

Agribusiness, Audio, Equipment, Farming, Farmland, Financial, ZimmCast

Syngenta News from Commodity Classic

Cindy Zimmerman

Syngenta had a couple of big announcements at the 2020 Commodity Classic, including a collaboration with Truterra (formerly Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN) to offer a “step-change in stewardship and conservation best practices for U.S. growers while helping them focus on maximizing acre-by-acre productivity and profitability.” This technology-based alliance will make use of data analytics from both the Truterra™ Insights Engine and …

Audio, Commodity Classic, Corn, Soybean, Sustainability, Syngenta

USB Puts Protein First

Carrie Muehling

A panel at the 2020 Commodity Classic in San Antonio discussed the role played by all types of protein when it comes to global nutrition efforts. “We know that worldwide we are going to have an extreme need for protein by the year 2050,” said Polly Ruhland, United Soybean Board (USB) CEO. “We know that protein is one of the …

Audio, Commodity Classic, Soybean, USB

Rural Leaders Urge Trump to Support Farmers

Cindy Zimmerman

Farmer leaders and biofuel producers from the Midwest today expressed their concerns about news that the Trump administration has reversed course and decided to side with oil companies in their court battle against biofuels. The debate centers around a unanimous court decision that would halt the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) abuse of Small Refinery Exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel …

Ag Group, ASA, Audio, Corn, Ethanol, NCGA

Herbicide Acquisitions Enhance AMVAC Portfolio

Cindy Zimmerman

AMVAC was pleased to announce 10 new products at the 2020 Commodity Classic, including the recent acquisition of four herbicide brands from Corteva Agriscience™. These products are complementary tank-mix partners for a variety of primary herbicides used in the U.S agricultural market. They are particularly valuable for enhancing weed control performance against increasing numbers of troublesome weed species. The products …

AMVAC, Audio, Commodity Classic, Corn, Herbicide

Bayer Initiatives Focus on Sustainability

Carrie Muehling

Bayer is focused on sustainability with three specific commitments to bring about positive changes within the agriculture industry over the next 10 years. “Bayer has the opportunity and the responsibility to really be part of the solution when we think about the major challenges that are facing ag today, and those might include climate change, growing population and limited resources,” …

Audio, Bayer, Commodity Classic, Sustainability

Bayer Launches Soybean Products, Programs for 2020

Carrie Muehling

Bayer continues to roll out new products and efforts to help farmers fight weed resistance during the coming growing season. The company plans to launch XtendFlex soybeans in spring of 2020, pending regulatory approval. “It’s really important when you think about all the challenges growers have on their farms from the resistance to the tough to manage weeds where growers …

Audio, Bayer, Soybean