Tune in for State of Ethanol Industry Address

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The annual “State of the Ethanol Industry” address by Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Bob Dinneen is coming up this morning at 8:15 am central time live from the 23rd National Ethanol Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The live feed will be on the AgWired Facebook page.

We have been doing a live video stream of this address since 2007, but it is much easier these days with Facebook Live! For a walk down memory lane, you can check out all of the RFA NEC photo albums since 2007.

You can expect the “Reverend of Renewable Fuels” to have an especially passionate sermon this year, particularly targeted at the Lone Star State’s Senator Ted Cruz, who has been holding up the nomination of Bill Northey for USDA to force changes in the Renewable Fuel Standard. Yesterday, Dinneen penned a scathing op-ed for the San Antonio newspaper calling out Sen. Cruz for “scapegoating” the RFS.

Get a preview here and tune in for the main event at 8:15 am: NEC Preview with RFA CEO Bob Dinneen

2018 National Ethanol Conference Photo Album

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2017 Deer Hunt – John Deere Gator – Episode 3

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Hello and welcome to episode number three of a series of videos and posts I’ve been doing from the Crystal Pig Hunt Club (CPHC) 2017 Georgia deer hunting season. The season is over but I’ve got plenty of venison in the freezer. No monster rack this year. Our last hunt was just before the season ended in January.

My brother Paul and I got a chance to hunt the final weekend of the season in January and took some time before leaving camp to talk about using a John Deere Gator on the hunt.

You can see photos of the Gator in the wild here: 2017 Deer Hunt – John Deere Gator Photo Album

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Ag Policy Update: Farm Bill, Budget Deals & Trade

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The Missouri Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference took place over the weekend. I was able to attend with my husband and had great intentions to not ‘work.’ But when I heard topics being discussed that are timely and others might learn from, I couldn’t help but pull out my recorder and gather some content.

Missouri Farm Bureau’s Director of National Legislative Programs, Spencer Tuma, spoke to attendees during breakout sessions providing policy updates on topics like the farm bill, infrastructure, rural broadband and trade.

If you were sleeping last Thursday night, you may not have realized a government shutdown occurred. But Spencer shares how that shutdown impacted two key commodity groups.

“What that budget agreement does is fund our government until March 23rd through a continuing resolution, but it also had some really cool agricultural provisions including fixes to the current cotton and dairy program. Cotton was not eligible for the traditional commodity programs ARC and PLC. It has the STAX Program, which was plagued with low adoption rates. The current farm bill provisions for dairy, the Margin Protection Program, needed some serious work to be more effective for our farmers and ranchers,” said Tuma.

Even though this budget agreement will only last a short time, it did make those changes to the cotton and dairy programs permanent. “By addressing these through the budget process, it actually frees up some funding baseline in the upcoming farm bill to address some of the other commodity issues,” she added.

Listen to our complete conversation to learn more about the President’s incoming budget’s impact on infrastructure and rural broadband and how changes to trade agreement KORUS could impact U.S. agriculture. Interview with Spencer Tuma, Missouri Farm Bureau

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The Crystalyx BioBarrel Focuses on Environment

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The Crystalyx BioBarrel was on display in the Alltech booth during the 2018 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show. This unique barrel allows for optimal mineral intake and is environmentally friendly.

“Crystalyx products are unique because they are a low moisture block. They are a dehydrated molasses product which is continuously looking for moisture to soften. Cattle consume by licking. They can’t bite or chew it. This ensures intake is regulated,” said Dan Dhuyvetter, Ridley Block a division of Alltech.

Wheat straw, soy flour and a small amount of wood fibers make up the content of the biobarrel. The container will degrade over time yet still withstand precipitation.

Dan said as attendees see the biobarrel in the booth it strikes up great conversation and gets them wanting to learn more. If you are also interested in learning more listen here: Interview with Dan Dhuyvetter Ridley Block Operations

2018 Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show Photo Album

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ICYMI: National Biodiesel Conference

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The National Biodiesel Conference & Expo was held at the Fort Worth Convention Center January 22-24. The event included a vehicle showcase and ride-and-drive opportunity alongside demonstrations and presentations on the latest in the industry. This conference also celebrated the 25th anniversary of the National Biodiesel Board.

Among the highlights was an award to USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky for his work in helping develop the biodiesel industry during his years as CEO of the American Soybean Association. Other highlights – a panel with the makers of the Discovery Channel’s Hot Grease documentary about the biodiesel industry, a petroleum industry leaders panel, and the biodiesel vehicle showcase featuring the latest from Ford, John Deere, General Motors, Caterpillar, and Optimus – with a semi that served as the stage back screen.

In case you were not able to attend, here are some resources:

The Biodiesel Conference Blog
2018 National Biodiesel Conference Photos
2018 Biodiesel Conference Virtual Newsroom

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NCBA Names 2018 Beef Quality Assurance Award Winners

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2018 BQA Feedyard Award Winner – BLAC-X Farms

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association recognized winners of the 2018 Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) awards at the recent Cattle Industry Convention in Phoenix.

BQA Feedyard Award winner Peter Bakken of BLAC-X Farms, Inc. in Rock County, Minn., said the components of the program, which include low stress animal handling, pharmaceutical use, record keeping and feed management help to set important standards for the industry.

“It’s a standard set of practices that feedyards, whether they’re in Rock County, Minn. or in Little Rock, Ark., can follow the same set of animal raising and care practices so that at the end of the day the steak that’s on the plate or in the meat counter, the consuming public can have confidence that’s in been raised by a standard set of practices that everybody is following, not just us,” said Bakken.

2018 BQA Educator of the Year – Dr. Ron Gill, Texas A&M University

BQA Educator of the Year Dr. Ron Gill said reducing stress is a key component of the program.

“The main thing we’re talking about through livestock handling and stockmanship is to reduce stress on the cattle and the people that are handling them,” said Gill. “If we can reduce stress, we can cut down on sickness rates in those cattle, which allows us to use less antibiotics to treat respiratory disease and other illness. Everything starts kind of rolling together if we can keep stress down.”

Gill said the program offers a self-assessment tool for producers and encouraged more operators to use those tools to evaluate what they are currently doing and to see where they might make improvements.
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Animal Ag Bites 2/12

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  • The American Hereford Association will open for business Monday, Feb. 5, at its new headquarters location, 11500 N.W. Ambassador Dr., Suite. 410, Kansas City, MO 64153, in the Kansas City Northland. The mailing address for the new location is P.O. Box 901570, Kansas City, MO 64190.
  • NutriQuest has added a number of new team members, including Kenny Seidel as Senior Account Manager for Swine, Petra Chang, Ph.D. as Technical Sales and Service for Swine, and Liang (Ted) Chen, Ph.D. as a Dairy Research Coordinator. NutriQuest Business Solutions welcomes Kevin Christensen as a Consulting CFO serving the Midwest region. Jennifer Brown has also joined NutriQuest Business Solutions as a Consulting CFO.
  • National Cattlemen’s Beef Association offers Part 2 of 4 in its Cattlemen’s Genetics Webinar Series on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. CST. The webinar is titled “Show Me The Money: Are There EPDs For Profit?” Click here to register.
  • The Make It With Wool National Finals celebrated 70 Years on Feb. 3 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter. State winners in the junior and senior divisions gathered to compete for prizes and honors at the 70th annual national finals.
  • All American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and AQHYA members are invited to attend the AQHA convention as a way to stay involved with the horse industry, have an impact on decisions, voice opinions and learn new things. Click here to register for this year’s convention, scheduled for March 2-5 in Jacksonville, Florida.
  • The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) is excited to announce an additional PORK 101 course to be held in 2018 at the University of Florida March 5-7. The course will be offered March 5-7 at the University of Florida, May 22-24 at Texas A&M University, and October 22-24 at Iowa State University. Click here to register for one of the upcoming courses.
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Nebraska Congressman Praises Water for Food Forum

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Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) is very proud of the work that the Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska has been doing for the future of sustainable agriculture by encouraging the involvement of young people in the industry.

“Agriculture has become cool! I never thought I would see that,” said Fortenberry at the recent Water for Food International Forum at the World Bank. “Agriculture as a leading edge science integrated successfully into a holistic approach to ecology is capturing the imagination of many young people.”

Fortenberry says we are at a tipping point when it comes to natural resources, leading us into what he calls “economic regeneration…a holistic approach to the ecological system is the new thinking and the new dynamic,” he said.

Listen to his remarks at #Water4Food here: Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE)

2018 Water for Food Forum Photos

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The Power of Prevention

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Prevention truly is key when it comes to herd health. During the NCBA Trade Show in Phoenix, Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) vets were there to discuss the economic proof points on why stopping problems before they started leads to reduced antibiotic use and higher profitability for producers’ operations.

“We are seeing more and more people interested in preventing disease instead of having to treat it. It is very expensive to treat disease. We know if we can prevent diseases the cattle are going to do better, they are going to gain more and be healthier overall,” said BI’s Professional Services Veterinarian, Dr. Peggy Thompson.

Dr. Thompson said when an animal is sick early in life, they are 30-35 pounds lighter at weaning and that impacts a producer’s bottom line. It’s also more than just getting an animal vaccinated, timing is key.

Listen to my complete conversation with Peggy to learn more about the trends in preventative medicine we are seeing today.
Interview with Dr. Peggy Thompson, Boehringer Ingelheim

2018 Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show Photo Album

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Manito Transit Acquires Lobdell Transportation

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Manito Transit of Bloomington, Illinois has acquired the assets of Lobdell Transportation, Inc., a family-owned trucking company based in Lena, Illinois. The acquisition comes with 21 tractor units, 22 fuel tankers, and eight pressure vessels capable of hauling propane and anhydrous ammonia, as well as a two-bay maintenance shop. Manito Transit now operates 120 trucks, serving customers in 13 states.

“We are excited to build new relationships with external customers in this area, while expanding our footprint to better serve our current customer base,” said Brandon Curtis, Manito Transit General Manager. “We remain committed to providing excellent service for our patrons and this acquisition will enhance those efforts.”

Manito Transit, distributes fuel oil, biodiesel, soybean oil, ethanol, chemicals, lube oil, fertilizer, and propane for farm, commercial, and industrial use, serving Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Ohio, Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota.

I caught up with Brandon yesterday to find out more about this acquisition and what it means for their customers: Interview with Brandon Curtis, Manito Transit

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