ASA Calling For Investigation of USB

Chuck Zimmerman

All is not rosy in the soybean world as evidenced by a release sent out this morning by the American Soybean Association. “Serious ethical, legal, and financial allegations have been raised about how farmer checkoff funds and program activities are being conducted,” said ASA President John Hoffman, a soybean producer from Waterloo, Iowa. “These significant allegations have caused ASA to …

Soybean, USB

USDA Makes Unprecedented Change in Crop Report

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today did something it has never done before – adjusted its official October acreage and production estimates for six field crops. “There has never been a complete reissue of a crop production report, with a lock up and with the secretary’s briefing,” said Joe Prusacki with USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service. USDA revised the numbers …

Corn, General, Soybean, USDA

Iowa Farmer Participates in World Food Prize

Cindy Zimmerman

There were many corporate, government and organization types at the World Food Prize symposium last week in Des Moines – but there were lots of real farmers as well, from all over the world. The opportunity for farmers from different countries to network with each other is very valuable, especially for sharing ideas to increase productivity. Laura Foell is a …

Audio, Soybean, USB, World Food Prize

Soybeans Feeding the World

Cindy Zimmerman

The role of soybeans in helping to feed a growing world population was emphasized at the World Food Prize events in Des Moines this past week by the prominent presence of soybean industry groups like the United Soybean Board. I spoke with USB CEO John Becherer (pictured here on the right with World Food Prize Foundation president Ambassador Ken Quinn) …

Audio, Soybean, USB, World Food Prize

Soy Sponsored World Food Prize Luncheon

Cindy Zimmerman

Several soybean groups – including the United Soybean Board, Iowa Soybean Association, Soy Foods Council, WISHH, and World Soy Foundation – jointly sponsored the luncheon today at the World Food Prize symposium. There was a record crowd of more than 750 in attendance, including over 100 students participating in the WFP Youth Institute. Appropriately, the event today is held on …

Audio, Soybean, USB, World Food Prize

World Food Dialogue for Solutions

Cindy Zimmerman

Even though the word “crisis” is being used liberally here at the World Food Prize Norman Borlaug Symposium, there is a great deal of focus on solutions to feeding a growing global population. The “Global Agricultural Crisis of the 21st Century” was the topic of the keynote speaker for the symposium kickoff, Sir Gordon Conway, who is chief scientific adviser …

Audio, Biodiesel, Biotech, Ethanol, International, Soybean, World Food Prize

Commodity Panel at AEM Ag Exec Forum

Cindy Zimmerman

Three commodity organization representatives attempted to answer the question on everyone’s mind right now regarding commodity trends – where are we headed? Steve Censky of the American Soybean Association, Fred Stemme with the National Corn Growers Association and Alan Tracy of US Wheat Associates all made presentations and took questions from the audience at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers AgExecutive …

AEM, Audio, Corn, Soybean, Wheat

RR2Y Soybean Technology Coming In 2009

Chuck Zimmerman

One of the people bringing technology to farmers in the field here at the Farm Science Review is Agrow/Dekalb Field Advisor, Troy Putnam (pictured on the Monsanto Mobile Greenhouse). Troy says that the exhibit is helping promote the Roundup Ready 2 Yield launch. He describes it as second generation technology that will be in the Asgrow line. Farmers, he says, …

Audio, Farm Science Review, Monsanto, Propane, Seed, Soybean

Monsanto Mobile Greenhouse at Farm Science Review

Chuck Zimmerman

Monsanto has their traveling mobile greenhouse on location here at the Farm Science Review. It’s filled with plants at various stages of growth and has been receiving a lot of traffic. The unit is 28 feet long and showcases Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans. The mobile green house is a unique way to show the benefits of the new technology. …

Farm Science Review, Monsanto, Propane, Soybean, Video