NRCS Talks Changes at #AgMedia 2016

Kelly Marshall Leave a Comment

The USDA National Resources Conservation Program (NRCS) took the opportunity to get the word out about the latest in the program services at the recent Ag Media Summit in St. Louis, Missouri. Jamie Johansen had the opportunity to speak with Mark Rose, Director of NRCS, about the upcoming changes for fiscal year 2017. Rose told AgWired the Conservation Stewardship program …

Conservation, Government, USDA

Biodegradable & Renewable Lubricants by BioBlend

Joanna Schroeder Leave a Comment

One of the great aspects of the United Soybean Board’s Biobased Stakeholders Dialogue that took place at USDA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. is showcasing the up-and-coming biobased technologies. One of the exhibitors at the event was BioBlend and to learn more about their products, Cindy Zimmerman spoke with Bill Smith. The company makes biodegradable and renewable lubricants. The company, founded …

Audio, biobased, Soybean, USB, USDA

2016 Wallace-Carver Fellows Announced

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Thirty seven students from across the country have been confirmed for the prestigious Wallace-Carver Fellowship. The fellowship, made possible with the support of The World Food Prize Foundation and The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), offers exceptional college students the opportunity to collaborate with world-renowned scientists and policymakers through paid summer internships at leading USDA research centers and offices across …

Ag Group, Agribusiness, Agriculture Education, Award, Internship, University, USDA, World Food Prize

BioSynthetics Perfecting Soy-based Petro Alternative

Joanna Schroeder

BioSynthetics Technologies was a featured company during the 2016 Biobased Stakeholders Dialogue that recently took place at USDA headquarters in Washington, D.C. The company is a USDA transfer partner and during the event spoke about their soy-based motor oil. To learn more, Cindy Zimmerman spoke with Greg Blake who is the company’s director of strategic development. Blake explained that USDA …

Audio, biobased, Soybean, USB, USDA

#Biobased2016 Helps Build Demand for #Soybeans

Cindy Zimmerman

Lewis Bainbridge is a farmer from South Dakota who serves on the United Soybean Board and is one of the stars of a new video touting the benefits of biobased products for the nation – Red, White and Biobased. “That video is a neat tie-in to show different partnerships,” he told me during the Biobased Stakeholders’ Dialogue this week in …

Audio, biobased, Soybean, USB, USDA, Video

Secretary Vilsack Addresses #Biobased2016

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was the keynote speaker at the United Soybean Board 2016 Biobased Stakeholders’ Dialogue at USDA headquarters today. Vilsack was impressed with the wide range of biobased products on display at the event. “You all are helping to transition our entire economy,” he said. He called the whole biobased products initiative over the past several years a …

Audio, biobased, Soybean, USB, USDA

USDA Announces $8.4 Million For Disadvantaged Farmers

Lizzy Schultz

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that $8.4 million in competitive grants are now available to support the work of partner organizations that provide training, outreach and technical assistance for socially disadvantaged, Tribal and Veteran farmers and ranchers. The financial support is offered through USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, also …

Ag Group, Award, Farming, Government, Ranching, USDA

Record #Soybean, Higher #Corn Acres Planted

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) planted acreage report for this year estimates record soybean plantings and increased corn acres over last year. The report estimates U.S. soybean planted area at a record high 83.7 million acres, up 1 percent from last year, while corn growers increased their acreage from last year by 7 percent to 94.1 million acres, making …

Audio, Corn, MGEX, Soybean, USDA

USDA Finalizes Crop Insurance Provisions

Kelly Marshall

The Risk Management Agency (RMA) of the USDA says the final safety net provisions from the 2014 Farm Bill are now in place.  The new measures help protect farmers and ranchers agains weather disasters, market volatility and other risk factors.  Currently the RMA has put interim rules into place to complete provisions for some programs and give them the authority to …

Insurance, USDA