RFA Ethanol Podcast

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Carrie Muehling

  • American Agri-Women will host its 26th annual symposium in Washington, D.C., starting at 9 a.m. on June 10th, with the focus on private and public land use agreements.
  • Carol Kitchen has been named GROWMARK Vice President, Energy and Logistics. She will replace Mike Builta, who passed away unexpectedly in April.
  • Amy L. Vincent and Feng Gao, both scientists with the Agricultural Research Service, will receive the Arthur S. Flemming Award for their outstanding scientific achievements in the fields of animal health and remote sensing, respectively.
  • Insight FS awarded 10, $1,500 scholarships to high school seniors and college students pursuing a degree in agriculture.
  • Culver’s guests showed their support in a big way for agricultural education on Culver’s Scoops of Thanks Day, donating more than $104,000. The fundraiser is part of Culver’s Thank You Farmers® Project and involved guests donating $1 in exchange for a single scoop of Fresh Frozen Custard. The proceeds raised across Culver’s over 700 restaurants will go to local FFA chapters and other agricultural organizations.
  • The Partnership for Ag Resource Management (PARM), a project of the IPM Institute of North America, has been surveying ag retail locations since 2012 on adoption rates of products and services that benefit both the environment as well as ag retail and customer pocket books. Ninety ag retail locations representing over 5.3 million acres in the Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi River Basins participated in PARM’s 2018 season products and services survey. Participants reduced an estimated 6.4 million pounds of total phosphorus, 1.2 million pounds of dissolved reactive phosphorus and 60 million pounds of total nitrogen. Find the report here.
  • The Fertilizer Institute President & CEO Chris Jahn stressed the importance of safety when handling fertilizers, both by retailers and by growers. TFI sent out a reminder about safety guidelines and operating procedures to all its members and affiliated state associations.
  • Ag producer sentiment dropped to its lowest level since October 2016, erasing all improvements recorded following the November 2016 election. The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer, based on a mid-month survey of 400 agricultural producers across the U.S., declined 14 points in May to a reading of 101, down from 115 in April.
  • Amyris, Inc., a leader in the development and production of sustainable ingredients for the Health & Wellness, Clean Beauty and Flavors & Fragrances markets, announced the appointment of Kathleen Valiasek, formerly Chief Financial Officer, to Chief Business Officer effective immediately.
  • Fastline Media Group™ announced a strategic partnership with Iron Solutions™, Inc.
  • Bayer announced a collaboration with Arvinas, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company based in New Haven, Connecticut. The new life science research partnership uniquely leverages the full potential of Arvinas’ novel PROTAC® technology, coupled with leading expertise of Bayer in health and agriculture to develop innovations for the benefit of patients and farmers.
  • The Agricultural Retailers Association sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue describing the risk of unintended consequences that the disaster relief legislation will have on agribusiness and requesting him to implement legislation in a way that will not harm agricultural retailers and distributors.
  • Online registration is open for CTIC’s 12th annual Conservation In Action Tour, which will include a packed program of farm visits, facility tours, informative presentations and an up-close look at real-world conservation practices in central Iowa on August 20-21. Register here.
  • Kubota Tractor Corporation recently announced the new M4 Series to the company’s utility tractor line.
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