Biodiesel Benefits Farmers and Livestock Producers

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Midwest soybeans are fueling the country from coast to coast. The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has a goal of supplying 10 percent of the nation’s diesel fuel by the year 2022, equating to about four billion gallons per year. NBB Board Member and Nebraska Farmer Greg Anderson said the northeast market for heating oil is a bright spot, while California will soon be the number one market for biodiesel. He said that’s important during a challenging agriculture economy.

“We do have the production capacity to serve this market. We have America’s advanced biofuel providing some 64,000 jobs across the country – good paying, clean energy jobs – as well as really making agriculture profitable,” said Anderson. “We need biodiesel to keep adding almost a dollar per bushel value to our crop, making soybean oil 11 to 20 cents per pound more valuable, just because of biodiesel.”

U.S. farmers grow over four billion bushels of soybeans each year, producing 22 billion pounds of soybean oil. Biodiesel production uses about one third of the domestic soybean crush.

Hear more with Cindy’s interview from NAFB Trade Talk: Interview with Greg Anderson, National Biodiesel Board

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Survey Shows LibertyLink System Rates Highest With Growers

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Results from an independent market research survey of growers in 21 states conducted by Kynetec have found that the LibertyLink® system by Bayer was the highest rated trait platform of the year.

The study found that 97 percent of growers who planted LibertyLink this year rated it “good” to “excellent,” beating out both new and established platforms currently on the market. The results also revealed that better control of resistant weeds was the most important factor in a seed trait decision.

“The results from this research are indicative of the tremendous growth we have seen over the last few years,” said David Tanner, Liberty product manager at Bayer. “In the last three years, LibertyLink has gone from six percent market share in 2015 to more than 20 percent in 2018. The growth continues as growers experience the system and get excited about it.”

The study surveyed nearly 500 growers who made seed decisions on their operation in August 2017. Growers rated their experience with various platforms, what they look for when making planting decisions and their satisfaction with trait and herbicide performance.

Tanner explains more about the survey in this interview – Interview with David Tanner, Bayer Liberty Product Manager

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Effective Weed Control Program Ideas from FMC

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Mike Harper, Industry Relations Manager for FMC was on hand for the NAFB Convention and Jamie got to talk to him about weed management programs. It’s that time to look ahead to the 2018 season and Mike offers some ideas for growers.

In the interview you’ll hear Mike talk about how to put together an effective weed management program, how to prevent weed resistance to new dicamba and 2,4-D systems and why soil residual herbicides are so important. When it comes to residual herbicides pre-plant you get a clean field to start with which makes your post applications more effective.

Mike provides more ideas for growers who are planning for their 2018 season. Listen or download it here: Interview with Mike Harper, FMC

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New John Deere Turf Products Offer Comfort, Durability

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L to R: Tiffany Turner and Maureen McCormack with John Deere, Eric Larson and Kelly Schwalbe with Sage

New products from John Deere’s turf division include the new XUV 835 and XUV 865 Gators, with three across seating available for the first time. The new Gators come in three trim levels, the E Series, M Series and R Series. The M and R Series Gators offer the option of a cab.

“In the R Series, it is a premium cab. This thing is like riding around in your most comfortable pickup truck. It is plush cloth seats, it’s full heating and cooling, it has sound dampening so it blocks out a lot of the exterior noise. It is a nice vehicle,” said Maureen McCormack, media relations for turf products.

John Deere is also rolling out the brand new 2025R compact utility tractor and has updated its 3E Series, as well. Farmers can order these vehicles now, with more availability coming in early 2018.

Learn more in Chuck’s interview from NAFB Trade Talk: Interview with Maureen McCormack, John Deere

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SMART Dairy Farmers

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This episode of the SMART farmer podcast comes from the 2017 World Dairy Expo where Jamie Johansen sat down with Chris Galen of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) to have him explain some of the many ways dairy producers are SMART farmers when it comes to efficiency and sustainability.

NMPF was one of the founding members of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance with the goal of helping to educate the non-farming public about issues such as animal welfare and food labeling. Galen talks about the successful National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program created in 2009 that has helped the dairy industry make continuous sustainability progress.

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Top Priorities for Cattle Producers

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Each year the NAFB Trade Talk allows us to get updates from each segment of the agricultural community. As a beef producer, I am always eager to step into the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) booth to hear the latest on policy issues impacting my family. Colin Woodall, senior vice president government affairs, is no stranger to the Golden Mic and this time we talked about top priorities for cattlemen in the 2018 farm bill.

“Our top priority is to establish a vaccine bank to help protect us from foot and mouth disease. The current vaccine bank is obsolete and not prepared in the event of the reintroduction of foot and mouth disease in this country. It is going to take about $150 million a year to make this happen. The only way we can get this done is in a farm bill,” Woodall said.

Repeal of the Death Tax is another key issue NCBA is pushing. Woodall said they are optimistic that a full tax package will be wrapped up by Christmas. Good news for us all!

Listen to my complete interview with Colin as he takes us further into the above issues and also comments on the slow approval of USDA leadership and the recent World Health Organization guidelines on antibiotics. Interview with Colin Woodall, NCBA

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Animal Ag Bites 11/20

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  • The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is applauding U.S. House of Representatives passage of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. NCBA President Craig Uden said the approval is a “step in the right direction,” but promised to continue to fight the provision in the bill that would limit the ability of some businesses from deducting interest expenses.
  • The Leavenworth Livestock Research Center, located near Sleepy Eye, Minn., is a 2,500-head wean-to-finish facility expected to make big advancements in the research sector of the swine industry. The facility offers the opportunity to do research in a realistic commercial production setting. The endeavor is a partnership between Hubbard Feeds and parent company, Alltech.
  • The National Pork Board is recognizing U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week and World Antibiotic Awareness Week with organizations such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Pork Board has approved a Checkoff investment of more than $6 million for antibiotic-related studies since 2000.
  • The U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB) has announced the release of USRSB Sustainability Metrics, the latest tool helping those who raise, buy, and sell beef understand ways to balance and improve their environmental impact, social responsibility, and financial bottom line. 
  • A recent study finds standing Magnetic Resonance Imaging may have an important role in identifying racehorses at risk of condylar fracture. The study imaged 26 cases with catastrophic condylar fracture (CCF) and 88 control cases without CCF. The study was presented at the British Equine Veterinary Association Congress in the United Kingdom and was selected as the winner of the Sam Hignett Award for Clinical Research.
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More Smart Solutions from AMVAC

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Jamie and the Golden ZimmComm Microphone were able to find about about more Smart New Solutions from AMVAC during the NAFB convention. Jim Lappin, AMVAC crop marketing manager for corn and soybeans, got another session to talk about some of the new products like ParaZone and ACROPOLIS™.

ACROPOLIS is a fungicide that combines two effective modes of action – tetraconazole and thiophanate-methyl – to prevent and arrest early infection in-plant and stop the establishment of frogeye leaf spot, including strobilurin-resistant biotypes. I’m glad Jamie got to do this interview because those are some big words for this guy! ParaZone is a (paraquat) herbicide. This is a product AMVAC acquired from Adama as part of the Syngenta/ChemChina deal.

Learn more about smart new products from AMVAC in the interview. Listen or download it here: Interview with Jim Lappin, AMVAC

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ASTA Spotlights Seed at NAFB

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ASTA team at NAFB – Chair Tracy Tally, past chair Risa DeMasi, staff Bethany Shively and Andy LaVigne

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) is excited about the role of seed in soil conservation and new plant breeding technology that could revolutionize the industry. Those were two of the topics ASTA officers addressed at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) annual trade talk last week.

ASTA chair Tracy Tally with Justin Seed Company in Texas says they were pleased that USDA recently announced the withdrawal of a proposed rule to revise biotechnology regulations through public comment that would impact the new field of gene editing. “We really need to make sure for the future that our regulatory and policies are set up where this technology can grow,” said Tally. “It needs to be a science-based approach.”

ASTA supports key aspects of the proposed rule, especially the recognition that some applications of gene editing result in plant varieties that are essentially equivalent to varieties developed through more traditional breeding methods, and should be treated as such from a policy perspective. Interview with ASTA Chair Tracy Tally of Justin Seed

ASTA’s annual Farm and Lawn Seed Conference is held in conjunction with the Western Seed Association’s Annual Meeting in Kansas City every year just prior to the NAFB convention. Risa DeMasi of Grassland Oregon says cover crops continues to grow as a topic of interest as more farmers are starting to use them in soil conservation efforts. “We’re really excited about just being able to talk about the good things that we’re doing to help farmers do the good things that they’re doing on the farm,” said DeMasi.

The latest cover crops survey found that acreage planted in cover crops has nearly doubled over the past five years. Interview with past ASTA chair Risa DeMasi, Grassland Oregon

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Zimfo Bytes 11/17

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  • Registration and housing for the 2018 Commodity Classic, February 27-March 1 in Anaheim, California, is now open. All registration and housing reservations should be made online at  
  • A nationwide economic impact study released Thursday found that more than one-fifth of the nation’s economy is linked, either directly or indirectly, to the food and agriculture sectors and that more than one-fourth of all American jobs are similarly connected. Twenty-two food and agriculture organizations commissioned the research, available at
  • The Missouri Department of Transportation added a new product to their lineup for dealing with ice and snow on the roadways. It includes a corn-based compound, called IceBan M20 or IceBan 300. The natural liquid concentrate residue from the wet milling of corn and production of alcohol is designed to keep roads ice-free longer.
  • Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) has selected Swanson Russell as its agency of record. BQA is sponsored by the Beef Checkoff Program and administered by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). The group aims to maximize consumer confidence in the acceptance of beef. BQA provides a training program that stresses best practices for cattle care and well-being. Swanson Russell will be providing full earned, owned, paid and shared services for BQA including creative, social media, media relations and digital strategy.
  • Aerial images of orchards can effectively tell farmers which almond trees aren’t getting enough water, according to the preliminary results of a five-year study by almond researchers at the University of California Cooperative Extension, with funding support from the USDA. Maintaining ideal irrigation levels is a challenge for farmers. Detecting deficient irrigation quickly is one way aerial images offer early warnings to growers.
  • Several members of the Brownfield Ag News team were honored during the 74th Annual National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) Convention. Anchor/Reporter Tom Steever received the coveted NAFB Farm Broadcaster of the Year Award. Steever also received first place in the NAFB program competition for newscast and feature. Also recognized with awards for newcast, feature and video production were Brownfield farm broadcasters Mark Dorenkamp, Julie Harker, Meghan Grebner and Shannon Yokely.
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