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    • Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has announced the appointment of 19 members and 3 alternate members to serve on the United Soybean Board. The board is composed of 73 members representing 29 states and Eastern and Western regions.
    • Texas Governor Greg Abbott joined officials from Kubota Tractor Corporation, Commissioner John Sharp and local elected leaders in Fulton, Texas to announce a $1 million dollar donation of funds and equipment from Kubota to the Hurricane Harvey relief effort.
    • The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) has opened the application process for the 2018 IFAJ/Alltech Young Leaders Award. Each of IFAJ’s 43-member guilds may submit one nominee for the prestigious award, which recognizes outstanding young journalists who demonstrate great potential to become leaders in the agricultural journalism industry. The online application must be completed by January 12, 2018.
    • A record number of equipment manufacturing industry companies were recognized for their outstanding commitment to advocacy efforts on behalf of the industry at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ (AEM) recent Annual Conference. Thirty companies received AEM’s highest honor for their participation in I Make America, the association’s national grassroots campaign that advances the equipment manufacturing industry’s policy priorities. Twenty-two companies were recognized as Gold level supporters of I Make America, while an additional eight companies were honored as Legacy Award winners for reaching Gold level for five consecutive years.

    • Introducing the new RURAL TV app, now available on Amazon! The RURAL TV app is compatible with Amazon FireTV and Amazon FireStick products and includes hours of great programming in the Western Sports, rural lifestyle, entertainment, agriculture, and equine genre catagory. Customers can customize the programming by purchasing the exclusive genre packages which start at $2.99 a month, or customers can get all programming genres for just $9.99 a month.

    • Walmart has joined the Cotton LEADS program supporting responsible production practices by cotton growers. Walmart joins more than 480 companies worldwide which recognize both the environmental gains cotton growers in Australia and the United States continue to achieve and their commitment to meeting the challenge of growing sustainable cotton.
    • The Georgia Peanut Commission hosted a photo contest June 7-Oct. 1, 2017, to fill the pages of the 2018 Georgia Peanut Calendar, “Photos from the Field.”


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ZimmCast from #ARA2017

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This ZimmCast comes to you from the 25th annual Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) conference and expo in Phoenix. Chuck interviews ARA communications director Brian Reuwee, provides comments from BASF and Monsanto representatives about dicamba in 2018, and shares the comments of ARA’s retailer of the year award winners.

Brian was actually the subject of the ZimmCast at this time in 2014, back in Chuck’s Google glass phase. This is the fourth year that ZimmComm has attended the ARA conference to produce content, especially photos, and this year we also shot board and staff photos for the organization – a new service we have been offering lately. Check out the 2017 ARA Conference and Expo Photo Album and the AgNewsWire virtual newsroom for the ARA conference.

Listen to the ZimmCast here: ZimmCast 567 from the 25th Ag Retailers conference

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Biofuels Industry Reacts to Final RVO Numbers

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released today its final Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2018.

The agency finalized a total renewable fuel volume of 19.29 billion gallons, including 4.29 billion advanced biofuel – a slight increase from the proposal – and 288 million gallons of cellulosic biofuel. The agency maintained the requirement for conventional renewable fuels like corn ethanol at 15 billion gallons. EPA also kept the requirement for biomass-based diesel at 2.1 billion gallons again for 2019.

Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen says they are pleased that the final rule maintains the statutory requirement for ethanol. “The final rule is a marked improvement, increasing both total renewable fuel and cellulosic biofuel volumes by 50 million gallons over the proposed levels. Still, we would encourage EPA to closely monitor the commercialization of new cellulosic technologies, particularly regarding corn kernel fiber conversion, because we believe greater cellulosic production is likely. The RFS needs to remain a forward-looking program, driving investment in these new technologies.”

Hear Dinneen’s comments: RFA CEO Bob Dinneen comments on Final RVO

Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor – “The EPA’s on-time announcement upholds the statutory targets for conventional biofuels, which will provide much-needed certainty for hard-pressed rural communities. We would like to have seen a boost to the target blending levels for cellulosic biofuels, and we will continue to work with the administration to advance the RFS goal of further stimulating growth and showing U.S. leadership in 21st century fuels.”

Skor’s comments: Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor comments on Final RVO

American Coalition for Ethanol CEO Brian Jennings says the advanced biofuel volume of 4.29 billion gallons “represents a modest step in the right direction for the RFS” to “reassure retailers that it makes sense to offer E15 and flex fuels.”

Jennings’s comments – ACE CEO Brian Jennings comments on Final RVO

National Biodiesel Board chief operating officer Doug Whitehead says the industry is disappointed in the final numbers but optimistic moving forward “to right this wrong for future volumes.”

Whitehead’s comments – NBB's Doug Whitehead comments on Final RVO

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AMVAC® to Market and Sell ReTurn™ XL

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AMVAC® Chemical Corporation has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Rotam North America to market and sell ReTurn™ XL 42% insecticide/nematicide, a broad-spectrum oxymyl-based crop protection product which recently received federal registration to manage nematodes and control various sucking and chewing insects in potato, cotton, tobacco and peanut crops.

“AMVAC has been selected because of their long and successful history of crop protection sales, marketing and stewardship in specialty crops. It’s the right partnership to bring this product to key crop segments,” said Rotam North America Vice President of Global Marketing and Business Communications Tom Chavez.

AMVAC Vice President of Business Development and Marketing Peter Eilers said they are excited about the agreement. “We are well-aligned to market this product to specialty crop segments, and we will be working directly with distributors and retailers to ensure that the product gets into the hands of the grower in 2018,” said Eilers.

ReTurn XL includes two-way foliar and soil systemic activity for above and below ground protection, making it an excellent pest management option for growers. It allows for optimal control of key pests so that cotton, potato and peanut plants get off to their best start, helping to maximize the grower’s yield and return on investment.

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FBN Launches E-Commerce Platform

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Farmers have another option when it comes to buying inputs with a new e-commerce platform offered by Farmers Business Network (FBN).

FBN currently encompasses more than 16 million acres of farmland across the United States growing a variety of crops. FBN Vice President Charles Baron said customers can now buy inputs online with national pricing and financing programs to provide more transparency for growers.

“Buyers come to us wanting very specific genetics or very specific varieties of soybean, for example, or wanting a non-GMO crop,” said Baron. “If a grower is participating in FBN, then we can instantly identify them and bring them those opportunities as soon as we can get them from buyers. We’re out there working with buyers all across the country and all across the world to bring new premiums and bring offers for their crop.”

Baron said members can share data about agronomic practices, seed performance and price intelligence regarding seed and crop protection products. FBN also recently launched a crop marketing service.

Listen to Chuck’s interview from NAFB Trade Talk: Interview with Charles Baron, FBN

2017 NAFB Convention Photos

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Deere ExactApply™ Nozzle Control System Wins AE50 Award

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The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has recognized the ExactApply™ Nozzle Control System from John Deere with the AE50 Award for 2018. The award highlights the year’s most innovative designs in product engineering in the food and agriculture industry, as chosen by a panel of international engineering experts.

Introduced in 2016, the ExactApply Nozzle Control system provides sprayer operators a comprehensive solution that improves the coverage and control of spray applications due to an industry-exclusive Pulse Width Modulation (30 hertz pulsing) and automatic A/B nozzle switching from the sprayer cab. The system also offers operators turn compensation, individual nozzle on/off control, LED lights in each nozzle body for improved visibility, and smart diagnostics to improve, monitor and document sprayer applications at the nozzle.

Doug Felter, product marketing manager for sprayers at John Deere, says ExactApply enhances existing technology on the market and combines it into one innovative product completely integrated into John Deere R-Series Sprayers and rate control systems.

Listen to Felter talk about the nozzle system at the 2017 John Deere Product Reveal. Doug Felter, John Deere ExactApply Nozzle System

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ARA Presents Distinguished Service and Lifetime Awards

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The Agricultural Retailers Association recognized the 40-year career of William “Tip” O’Neill with the Jack Eberspacher Lifetime Achievement Award, and presented the Distinguished Service Award to long-time board member Steve Nielsen during the ARA Conference and Expo in Phoenix this week.

Nielsen, most recently general counsel and corporate secretary for United Suppliers, joined the ARA board of directors in 2011. He has been an active board member during his tenure. In 2012, he participated in the Leadership at its Best program, and later served as chair of the Public Policy Committee. He frequently advocates on behalf of the industry in Washington, D.C.

O’Neill has been with International Raw Materials since its founding in 1979. Based in Philadelphia, IRM is an international marketing company specializing in the wholesale distribution of fertilizers and industrial chemicals. For many years, he served on the ARA Executive Committee of the Board of Directors and has been a steadfast supporter of the fertilizer industry’s advocacy and education efforts.

Listen to remarks from both honorees:
ARA Distinguished Service, Steve Nielsen
ARA Lifetime Achievement, Tip O'Neill
2017 ARA Conference and Expo Photo Album

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Asmus Farm Supply Named ARA Retailer of the Year

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The Agricultural Retailers Association this week presented Asmus Farm Supply of Rake, Iowa with the 2017 Retailer of the Year at the ARA conference and expo in Phoenix.

The operation is lead by second-generation owners Harlan and Amy Asmus, who accepted the award along with their sons Garrett and Holden and daughter-in-law, Billie. Mark Helt, National Sales Manager for Monsanto, and ARA President and CEO Daren Coppock (far right), presented the award.

“Asmus farm supply started in the 1950s by my late father Harvey,” said Harlan. “Our customer relationships go deep-decades and three generations.”

“The family business goes beyond the ownership of the business. Everyone who works for and with Asmus Farm Supply is really part of that family,” said Amy.

AFS has five locations serving farmers in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota.

Read more about the Asmus’ from ARA, and listen to Harlan and Amy’s comments here: 2017 ARA Retailer of the Year

2017 ARA Conference and Expo Photo Album

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“Change not a Choice” for Agribusiness

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The recent merger of Dow and DuPont is just one of the high profile deals in the agribusiness world that mean significant changes for the industry going forward. DowDuPont Agriculture Division Leader Jim Collins addressed the current consolidation atmosphere in the industry as opening keynote speaker at the 2017 ARA Conference & Expo in Phoenix this week.

“I know this industry recognizes, perhaps more than any other industry, that change is not a choice,” said Collins. “We confront it almost every day, as Mother Nature presents us with new challenges.”

In his address, Collins discusses the factors fueling changes, and the “constructive consolidation” of DowDuPont: Jim Collins, DowDuPont, at ARA2017

2017 ARA Conference and Expo Photo Album

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Arizona FFA Leaders Welcome ARA Conference

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This morning the opening general session of the 2017 ARA Conference & Expo got underway. ARA President/CEO, Daren Coppock, introduced us to Anisa Hermosillo, Arizona State FFA President and Sarah Toth, State Secretary.

Our keynote speaker after Anisa and Sarah spoke said he hates having to follow FFA leaders on the stage. I think you will hear why since I recorded their comments and invocation. I hope you enjoy it.

Arizona FFA Welcome: Arizona FFA Welcome

2017 ARA Conference and Expo Photo Album

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