CIRB Annual Meeting was Virtual Success

Cindy Zimmerman

The 57th Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) Annual Meeting was a virtual success. Michael Torrey, CIRB Executive Vice President, said they were pleasantly surprised to have a record turnout for their first ever virtual meeting, which gave many more a chance to participate. “Allowing several individuals within companies, and participants from overseas, and even a lot of non-members, to …

Audio, CIRB, Crop Insurance

Role of Crop Insurance in Climate Change Policy

Cindy Zimmerman

The Role of Crop Insurance in Climate Change Policy was the theme for the closing panel of the 57th annual Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau meeting held virtually Thursday. The panel included Bruce Knight, Strategic Conservation Solutions, LLC; Callie Eideberg, Environmental Defense Fund; Jonathan Coppess, University Of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, College of Agricultural & Consumer Economics; and Josh Tonsager, National Association …

Audio, CIRB, climate, Conservation, Crop Insurance

Virtual CIRB Meeting Gets Ag Economic Update

Cindy Zimmerman

The food and agriculture economies are continuing to feel the impact of COVID-19 as the pandemic enters a second year of global disruption. “Beginning in mid-March, when it was declared a pandemic in the United States…the impact on agriculture was immediate,” said American Farm Bureau Federation chief economist John Newton, speaking today at the virtual 57th annual Crop Insurance and …

Audio, CIRB, Crop Insurance

Senators Question EPA Nominee on RFS and WOTUS

Cindy Zimmerman

The Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule and the Renewable Fuel Standard were two topics Environmental Protection Agency nominee Michael Regan addressed during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Wednesday. Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) called WOTUS the “one that everyone ought to be concerned about because that’s the number one issue.” Regan, who …

Audio, Biodiesel, Biofuels, climate, EPA, Ethanol, Water

Preview of the 57th CIRB Annual Meeting

Chuck Zimmerman

The Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau is holding its virtual 2021 CIRB Annual meeting tomorrow February 4, hosted on Zoom. CIRB’s 57th Annual Meeting will feature distinguished speakers, such as Dr. John Newton from American Farm Bureau Federation and Jim Wiesemeyer from Pro Farmer, to provide updates for the crop insurance industry. You can find the agenda here. A virtual …

Ag Groups, Audio, Insurance, Virtual

Vilsack Ready to Return to Old Job in New Times

Cindy Zimmerman

Former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack appeared before the Senate Agriculture Committee Tuesday to be questioned about his goals if confirmed to return to his old job as the new Secretary of Agriculture. Joking that he realized it was Groundhog Day and he was “back again,” Vilsack noted that “this is a fundamentally different time.” In his opening statement, Vilsack outlined …

Audio, Biodiesel, Ethanol, USDA

Daugherty Water for Food Podcast Episode 5

Cindy Zimmerman

This episode of the Daugherty Water for Food podcast features a discussion on water law with the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center. Water regulations, and the subsidies and penalties that follow them, are not easy to change when a major weather event impacts water storage and use. As more and more weather events occur due to climate change, some advocates …

Audio, Podcasts, Water, Water for Food

China Starting to Buy U.S. Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

Reports that China is buying U.S. ethanol again sent a positive message to the industry Tuesday that the Phase One trade agreement promises may yet be met. During an investor call, Archer Daniels Midland Co-Chief Financial Officer Ray Young said they believe China has already made commitments “in the first half of the year for U.S. ethanol equal to the …

Audio, Corn, Ethanol, Exports, Trade

Former Sen. Daschle Comments on Split Senate

Cindy Zimmerman

Former South Dakota Senator Tom Daschle shared his thoughts on a 50-50 split Senate during an appearance on a panel at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Summit Tuesday. He offered advice from his own experience in the 107th Congress in 2001, the only other time in history there was a split Senate. “It’s going to take good chemistry, it’s going …

Audio, Ethanol

2021 Alltech Agri-Food Outlook

Chuck Zimmerman

The Alltech ONE Virtual Experience continues in 2021. This morning Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech, spoke with a panel of experts to go beyond the numbers and explore the trends shaping the future of agri-food. The presentation focused on results from the 10th annual Alltech Global Feed Survey and the second annual Women in Food & Agriculture …

Agribusiness, Alltech, Animal Agriculture, Animal Health, Audio