Yield Barrier Breaker

Chuck Zimmerman

When it comes to breaking the yield barrier Virgil Sparks, Soybean Product Development, Syngenta Seeds is the man. His talk at the Syngenta Learning Centers event in Iowa this week was titled, “Breaking the Yield Barrier With Genetics and Technology.” He says that one of the main things he wants people to know is that Syngenta is very serious about …

Audio, Soybean, Syngenta

New Soybean Varieties

Chuck Zimmerman

We talked a lot about corn at the Syngenta Learning Center program in Iowa but soybeans were also a major topic of discussion. One of the presenters was Gene Kassmeyer, Head of Soybeans, Syngenta Seeds. Gene says that soybeans are a crop that’s changing rapidly. For one thing he says there are a number of new pest problems to deal …

Audio, Soybean, Syngenta

Going Global with Soy Gets Praise

Laura McNamara

The Solae Company, one of the world’s leading companies in soy protein manufacturing, singles out the global reach of communications agency Osborn & Barr. Solae commends Osborn & Barr for its global branding initiative. “We are impressed by Osborn & Barr’s broad experience in global branding and, particularly, their work in the agriculture and nutrition field,” said Michele Fite, vice …

Agribusiness, Food, Soybean

Soybean Checkoff Gets on Board with Tractor Pullers

Laura McNamara

Soybean Checkoff and the National Tractor Pullers Association are working together to promote the use of soy biodiesel. The United Soybean Board anticipates entertainment and education for the spectators of various summer tractor pulls. This summer the United Soybean Board (USB) and soybean checkoff will gear up with the National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA) to co-sponsor six events in the …

Biodiesel, Soybean, Tractor

USB Communications Contract RFP

Chuck Zimmerman

It’s my understanding that the United Soybean Board has issued an RFP for its Communications Contract. You can find the RFP on their website but will need to be registered to access it. I believe you can find it on this page.

Ag Group, Soybean

The NAMA Agribusiness Leader of the Year

Chuck Zimmerman

The word is out and the NAMA Agribusiness Leader of the Year is Dale Ludwig, Missouri Soybean Association. I just saw Dale at Commodity Classic and congratulated him. I guess we’ll see him in Dallas. The National Agri-Marketing Association has named Dale R. Ludwig, executive director/CEO of the Missouri Soybean Association and the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, the 2007 Agribusiness …

Ag Group, NAMA, Soybean

John Deere Says “Reach For The Stars”

Chuck Zimmerman

One of my sponsors for AgWired coverage of this week’s National Farm Machinery Show is John Deere. I know they’ve got a lot to see and talk about and we’ll get started on that tomorrow morning. One of those things though is their “Reach For The Stars” program which they launched with the American Soybean Association. John Deere representative, Seth …

Agribusiness, Audio, John Deere, National Farm Machinery Show, Soybean


Chuck Zimmerman

AnimalAg.orgSince animal agriculture represents the biggest market for soybeans, the United Soybean Board is making sure there’s a good online resource for the industry. I assume this is part of their animal ag initiative.

Ag Group, Soybean, USB

Ventura Foods Serving Low-Lin Oil

Chuck Zimmerman

ZimmCast100 - Kelly Brintle - Ventura FoodsSince we’re all worrying about our weight after the holidays and resolving to eat right in the new year I’m offering you an interview with Kelly Brintle, Ventura Foods who talks about low-linolenic soybeans, specifically Monsanto’s VISTIVE soybeans that can reduce or eliminate trans-fatty acids in processed soybean oil. He talks about how high the demand is for this healthy oil product and what that means for his company and farmers.

Agribusiness, Audio, Food, Soybean, ZimmCast

Crushing Growth

Chuck Zimmerman

Archer Daniels MidlandThe old food vs. fuel debate never ends. I am of the opinion that our farmers and agribusinesses can more than compensate for the needs of both. For example, take this announcement from ADM. They’re going to increase oilseed crushing capacity at a number of plants. I’m sure this is just one example of how we’ll continue to develop alternative fuel sources while still feeding the world.

Agribusiness, Biodiesel, Soybean