Ethanol Report Looks at Industry COVID Recovery

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The U.S. ethanol industry is in a much better place compared to a year ago when production was nearing a record low and plants were closing as a result of efforts to contain COVID-19.

In this edition of The Ethanol Report, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Geoff Cooper provides an update on where the ethanol industry is today, in terms of working with the new EPA, getting COVID relief for producers, the Supreme Court case on small refinery waivers, and what 2022 means for the RFS.

Ethanol Report 3-31-21 (21:54)

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USDA Report Reveals Planting Intentions

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USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Prospective Plantings report released this week reveals producers intend to plant an estimated 91.1 million acres of corn in 2021, up less than 1% from last year, and 87.6 million acres of soybeans, up 5% from last year.

Planted acreage intentions for corn are up or unchanged in 24 of the 48 estimating states. The largest increases are expected in the Dakotas, where producers intend to plant a combined 8.90 million acres, an increase of 2.00 million acres from 2020. Producers across most of the Corn Belt intend to plant fewer acres than last year. If realized, the planted area of corn in Idaho and Oregon will be the largest on record.

If realized, the 2021 soybean estimate will be the third highest planted acreage on record. Compared with last year, planted acreage is expected to be up or unchanged in 23 of the 29 states estimated.

All wheat planted area for 2021 is estimated at 46.4 million acres, up 5% from 2020. This represents the fourth lowest all wheat planted area since records began in 1919. Winter wheat planted area, at 33.1 million acres, is up 3% from the previous estimate and up 9% from last year. This is the seventh lowest planted acreage on record.

The Prospective Plantings report provides the first official, survey-based estimates of U.S. farmers’ 2021 planting intentions. NASS’s acreage estimates are based on surveys conducted during the first two weeks of March from a sample of nearly 80,000 farm operators across the nation.

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Precision Ag News 3/31

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  • Golden Harvest® released its Agronomy in Action 2021 Research Review to help corn and soybean farmers across the country prepare for the upcoming season. The Agronomy in Action 2021 Research Review provides a comprehensive review of applied and practical agronomic studies conducted during the 2020 growing season at Golden Harvest Agronomy in Action research sites, with more than 150 pages of insights to help farmers make research-based decisions this season.
  • Vestaron is proud to announce a collaboration with Bee Friendly Farming® (BFF). This partnership represents the two groups’ shared mission to promote and protect honey bees and their vital role as agricultural pollinators.
  • The Fertilizer Institute, along with the International Fertilizer Development Center, The Nature Conservancy, and the National Corn Growers Association, announced the organizations and products selected for Phase two trials in the Next Gen Fertilizer Challenges.
  • Midwestern farmers are one step closer to the prospect of growing a new cover crop that will generate a cash margin while supporting regenerative agriculture. CoverCress Inc. announced it has raised another $8 million to fund its final stage of crop development and scale up for its first commercial planting for the fall of 2022.
  • ServiTech, Inc. announced a long-term partnership with Sentera, under which FieldAgent by Sentera will deliver industry-leading field imagery, crop health monitoring and change detection technology to support the ServiTech Bridge platform, improving grower outcomes through more informed management decisions.
  • The Mosaic Company and AgBiome announced a strategic collaboration, aiming to discover, develop and launch novel biological approaches to enhancing soil fertility.
  • BASF and AgBiome have signed an agreement to bring a new biological fungicide to the market in Europe, and key countries in the Middle East and Africa. Developed by AgBiome, and marketed as Howler® in the United States, the biological fungicide with multiple modes of action provides preventive, long-lasting activity on a broad spectrum of soilborne and foliar diseases.
  • Ag entrepreneur and crop input veteran Frank Peterson has joined Meristem Crop Performance Group, LLC, one of the fastest-growing direct-to-farm crop input suppliers in America. Peterson becomes Meristem’s sales and business director, western region.
  • Ceradis Crop Protection B.V., a global developer and marketer of environmentally friendly plant nutrition and crop protection solutions, has formed a distribution partnership with WinField® United for its CeraMax® bio fungicide seed treatment.
  • Arva Intelligence is excited to announce the Arva Carbon Ready Program to support trusted advisors and their growers to prepare for emerging carbon markets.
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2021 Alltech ONE Ideas Conference Stays Virtual

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In 2020, the Alltech ONE Ideas Conference was the first to test the new waters of virtual events. This year, the global agri-food conference will again be in a virtual format on May 25–27.

Now in its 37th year, Alltech’s flagship event continues to be an invaluable industry resource, with unmatched content and innovative ideas, inspiration and motivation from world-class speakers. The virtual platform provides on-demand tracks, streaming keynote presentations and live Q&A chats with select speakers — and this year, it will also offer an interactive networking experience, allowing attendees to connect with their peers from around the world.

“We are on the cusp of a new golden age of agriculture, a time when our spirit of innovation will inspire an even greener revolution,” said Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech. “The Alltech ONE Ideas Conference is a connection point for changemakers to exchange ideas that will shape the future of agri-food and our planet.

The conference typically attracts over 3,500 attendees from more than 70 countries to Lexington, Kentucky, but last year the first Alltech ONE Virtual Experience attracted more than 21,500 registrants from 126 countries, with continued registration throughout the year and engaging new content released monthly. This year’s virtual event features tracks in the aquaculture, beef, business, crop science, dairy, equine, health and wellness, pet, pig, and poultry sectors.

Registration for ONE is now open.

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CUTC Moved to 2022

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The Corn Utilization & Technology Conference (CUTC) has been moved to June 6-8, 2022 and it is because of the continuing situation with COVID-19. What is definitely continuing are statements and posts from a variety of sources that seem to completely contradict each other. It is definitely a nightmare for meeting and event planners. On the one hand you have customers and members who would gladly meet in person and on the other you have facilities with restrictions making it impossible to hold a meeting and companies that still have travel bans on their employees.

The National Corn Growers Association will, however, have a “special virtual CUTC session on May 13, 2021, 10 a.m. CT, “Funding for Research, Development and Commercialization”. This will be a FREE event, featuring panelists that can speak to a wide range of funding opportunities and mechanisms.” You can register for it here.

Speaking for many people I know, I can’t wait until we can get back together in-person without fear of this virus.

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Animal Ag News 3/29

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  • Registration is now open for the 2021 World Pork Expo presented by the National Pork Producers Council. Pork producers and other industry professionals will gather for three days of networking, education and innovation on June 9-11 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Attendees, media and exhibitors can register by visiting the World Pork Expo website.
  • Dr. Lon Whitlow, professor emeritus, NC State University, leads a webinar titled “An Introduction to Mold and Mycotoxins: Toxic Effects and Preventative Management” to provide producers with mold and mycotoxins identification, prevention and treatment techniques. The webinar is available for free at Phibro Academy, Phibro Animal Health Corporation’s digital information platform, and can be accessed here:
  • Select Sires and the J. R. Simplot Company’s Animal Sciences division are pleased to announce Simplot’s SimVitro® HerdFlex™-branded beef embryos are now available through all Select Sires member cooperatives nationwide.
  • At its March board meeting, the FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative Board of Directors reviewed approved policies and identified this year’s top priorities. During the cooperative’s ninth annual meeting held on February 12, cooperative delegates approved new policy in several key areas, including federal milk order reform, international trade policy, incentive programs, and commodity advertising, research, and promotion programs. Policies adopted at the meeting guide the legislative agenda for the cooperative in the year ahead.
  • Cattle producers are encouraged to submit their best calving season photos to the company’s Calving Season Sweepstakes for a chance at daily prizes to help power through the calving season. Zoetis is asking cow/calf producers to enter the sweepstakes at by submitting pictures of their calves. All calving photos are welcome, whether it’s late-night shots from the barn, kids helping with the new animals, cows with baby calves, or producers simply caring for their calves by bottle-feeding or wrapping them in blankets. Every qualifying photo submitted to through May 21, 2021, will earn entry into the sweepstakes. There is a limit of one photo submission per day during the sweepstakes. Zoetis will draw daily winners to receive a prize package consisting of a Zoetis-branded cooler full of helpful things to get through calving season, with an approximate retail value of $225.
  • Americans are buying more beef, pork, poultry, and lamb than ever as increased time at home during the pandemic sent meat grocery sales soaring by 20% from 2019 to 2020. The national analysis shows that three out of every four Americans agree meat belongs in healthy, balanced diets (up by nearly 20% since 2020), and 94% say they buy meat because it provides high-quality protein.
  • Michael Dykes, D.V.M., president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association, gave video comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture on a food purchase and distribution program to succeed the Farmers to Families Food Box Program created in 2020. In the three minutes allotted to him, Dykes advocated for dairy products to remain a primary component of USDA’s food purchase program for their unparalleled health benefits, and he provided recommendations to the department on crafting a program that does not distort dairy markets.
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Industry Ag News 3/26

Cindy Zimmerman

  • Farm Journal announces Courtney Yuskis has been promoted to senior vice president, Enterprise Solutions. Yuskis will lead the data-driven technologies that power Farm Journal’s market analytics, insights and activation solutions, including the company’s Trusted Intelligence Platform.
  • Alltech, a global leader in the animal health industry, is applying its more than 40 years of scientific innovation and proven nutrition expertise to human health. Launching on March 24, Acutia, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alltech, combines science and sustainability to provide high-quality supplements that enhance everyday nutrition and improve long-term wellness.
  • As the industry emerges from a full year under the COVID-19 cloud, a clear majority (88%) of equipment manufacturers report a positive outlook for 2021, according to a new survey released by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. More than half (55%) of the respondents from leading equipment manufacturers expect sales to increase or remain stable despite the ongoing impact of the global pandemic.
  • The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol has reached the milestone of welcoming more than 300 brand, retailer, mill and manufacturer members since it opened enrollment six months ago..
  • Gate 39 Media, a full-featured marketing agency and technology consulting firm dedicated to serving the financial and agricultural industries, has announced the addition of Kaitlin Vrsek as its new Agricultural Marketing Strategist.
  • AdFarm has launched a US-focused consultancy, Calibrate, aimed at providing strategic insights and advising for businesses marketing to agricultural producers. Calibrate by AdFarm will serve business clients by helping them align more effectively to their agricultural audiences – ensuring content is authentic and accurate, generating quality producer insights that are informative and actionable, and refining how they leverage ag channels.
  • American Farm Bureau Federation Chief Economist Dr. John Newton has been tapped to serve as Chief Economist for Ranking Member Boozman on the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.
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Field Notes From Koch Agronomic Services – Episode 11

Chuck Zimmerman

The Field Notes podcast series from Koch Agronomic Services (Koch) breaks down the science and technology behind agronomy to help growers do more with less.

The experts we’ve heard from on our previous episodes have covered topics ranging from how different crops use nitrogen to the 4R’s of Nutrient Stewardship and how growers and retailers work together to choose the best input for an operation. If you haven’t checked out the previous prior ten episodes, you can find them on your favorite podcast platform.

Spring Planting

In this episode, we look at preparing for spring planting. You’ll hear from two experts: Jared Miller, master agronomy advisor for MKC and Garrett Buschjost, territory business manager for Koch Agronomic Services. They’ll discuss the impact unpredictable spring weather has on nitrogen and the solutions available to growers to address nitrogen loss.

You can listen to the program here: Spring Planting (11:29)

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USDA Announces Pandemic Assistance for Producers

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA has unveiled a new initiative for farmers, ranchers and biofuels producers impacted by COVID-19 market disruptions – Pandemic Assistance for Producers (PAP).

USDA is dedicating at least $6 billion toward the new programs. The Department will also develop rules for new programs that will put a greater emphasis on outreach to small and socially disadvantaged producers, specialty crop and organic producers, timber harvesters, as well as provide support for the food supply chain and producers of renewable fuel, among others. Existing programs like the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) will fall within the new initiative and, where statutory authority allows, will be refined to better address the needs of producers.

USDA will reopen sign-up for CFAP 2 for at least 60 days beginning on April 5, 2021. The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) has committed at least $2.5 million to improve outreach for CFAP 2 and will establish partnerships with organizations with strong connections to socially disadvantaged communities to ensure they are informed and aware of the application process.

Listen to Secretary Vilsack announce the new initiative to farm broadcasters. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack on Pandemic Assistance for Producers (9:53)

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ZimmCast 667 – Feeding the Economy & Fueling Your WiFi

Chuck Zimmerman

Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast.

Since it is Ag Week and we just celebrated Ag Day I want to say thank you to farmers and everyone in the food and agribusiness industries for helping feed the world.

Ag Week emphasizes the importance of agriculture and in this program I’m sharing a conversation about a new impact study of the food industry to the U.S. economy. It’s titled, “2021 Food and Agriculture Industries Economic Impact Study.” To learn more about it I visited with Connor McKoy, Communications Director for the Biotechnology Innovation Organization. The study is impressive and there is a whole website dedicated to it and making the information simple to navigate.

After that discussion I move on to how farms and rural households can enhance and extend their wifi coverage with new products from Ayrstone Productivity. Bill Moffitt, President, talks about their newest Ayrmesh products.

So, that’s the ZimmCast for this week. I hope you enjoyed it and thank you for listening.

Listen to the ZimmCast here: ZimmCast 667 - Feeding the Economy & Fueling Your WiFi (26:01)

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