Agriculture May Benefit From Cuba Relations

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The White House announcement Wednesday that the United States will begin the process of normalizing relations with Cuba brought positive responses from the agriculture industry. “Throughout history, agriculture has served as a bridge to foster cooperation, understanding and the exchange of ideas among people,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a statement. “I have no doubt that agriculture will continue …

AFBF, Ag Group, ASA, NFU, Rice, Soybean, Trade, USDA

Tax Extenders Package Passed

Cindy Zimmerman 1 Comment

Following the recent action by the U.S. House of Representatives, the Senate on Tuesday evening passed the package of tax incentives for 2014 that will expire once again in just two weeks. Noting the short term nature of the legislation, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden said, “With this tax bill, the Congress is turning in its tax homework 11 …

Government, Soybean

Commodity Classic Gets New Mobile App

John Davis Leave a Comment

Attendees of the upcoming Commodity Classic will have an easier time planning their schedules during the event. The mobile app, which can be downloaded from a variety of operating systems’ app stores, will give attendees fresh information on sponsors, trade show floor events, locations for sessions and exhibits, and other up-to-the-minute information on the nation’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and …

Ag Group, Apps, ASA, Commodity Classic, Corn, NAWG, NCGA, sorghum, Soybean

EPA Approves Bayer CropScience’s ILeVO® for SDS

Leah Guffey Leave a Comment

Bayer CropScience announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved its application for the registration of ILeVO®, the only seed treatment that protects the root system against infections caused by the Sudden Death Syndrome fungus and has activity against dangerous nematodes in the seed zone. Business to business strategy manager of seed growth, John Carlson says, “This is …

ASTA, Audio, Bayer, Soybean

ASTA CSS 2014 and Seed Expo Kicks Off

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The American Seed Trade Association CSS 2014 and Seed Expo is officially underway in Chicago and possibly may be a record crowd this year. “We have a great participation this year,” said ASTA president and CEO Andy LaVigne. “Beginning of this week, we had over 2700 registrants and that’s almost 100 more than we finished with last year and we …

ASTA, Audio, BASF, Corn, sorghum, Soybean

AgVoice4Choice Urges Growers to ACT Now

Cindy Zimmerman

Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report on the “Benefits of Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments to Soybean Production” concluding that “these seed treatments provide little or no overall benefits to soybean production in most situations.” Upon release of the report, a 60-day comment period was opened which concludes on December 22. So far, the comment website reports just …

Agribusiness, Crop Protection, Farming, Government, Insecticides, Soybean

Corn and Soybean Groups React to EPA Decision

Cindy Zimmerman

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced they will not be finalizing the 2014 applicable percentage of standards under the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) until next year. They also announced that the compliance deadline for 2013 RFS standards will also take place in 2015. Both corn and soybean groups reacted to the announcement, which impacts ethanol and biodiesel production …

ASA, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Corn, EPA, Ethanol, Government, Soybean

Sustainably Grown USSEC Markets

Jamie Johansen

National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s Trade Talk led me to the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) booth where I talked with Laura Foell. She is chairman of the USSEC, member of the United Soybean Board and an Iowa farmer. USSEC is comprised of United Soybean Board, American Soybean Association, state soybean associations and industry members. As a non-profit the council’s …

Ag Group, Audio, Exports, NAFB, Soybean

Soybean Farming Challenges

Cindy Zimmerman

During the recent Bayer CropScience Corn and Soybean Future Forum in Germany, soybean producers talked about the challenges ahead for farmers. American Soybean Association board member Richard Wilkins of Delaware believes that the most pressing challenges facing farmers right now include the need for deregulation of new technologies, public perception, and trade disruptions. At the same time, Wilkins believes that …

ASA, Audio, Bayer, Soybean, Sustainability

Bayer CropScience Dedicated to Corn & Soybeans

Chuck Zimmerman

Providing the welcome address at the 2014 Bayer CropScience Corn & Soybean Future Forum is Mathias Kremer, Head of Strategy. In his comments Mathias talks about the company outlook for the growth of the corn and soybean markets. Additionally, he says they are investing a billion euros in research and development. Listen to my interview with Mathias to hear a …

Agribusiness, Audio, Corn, Crop Protection, Crop Science, Soybean