NCGA Highlights Need for E15 Change

Kelly Marshall

There is an EPA regulatory barrier against selling 15 percent ethanol blends between June 1 to September 15 and the National Corn Growers Association says it’s time for the rule to go. The organization is urging Congress to pass the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act (S. 517, H.R. 1311) to give consumers free choice at the pump year round. “This …

Ag Group, EPA, Ethanol, NCGA

Iowa Gov and Ag Groups to Make China Trip

cindy zimmerman

Iowa’s new governor and the state’s agricultural organizations miss Terry Branstad so much that they are already planning a trip to see him in China. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will lead an all-Iowa agriculture trade mission to China July 19-28 with representatives from the state’s corn, pork, soy, beef, egg, poultry, dairy and turkey industries. The trip marks the first …

Ag Group, AgWired Animal, AgWired Energy, AgWired Precision, Audio, Beef, Corn, Ethanol, Pork, Soybean

Trump’s Proposed Budget Meets Mixed Reviews

Kelly Marshall

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue offered a positive perspective, but farm groups are reacting to Trump’s proposed 2018 budget in the opposite way.   American Farm Bureau Federation, National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Conservation Districts, and whole list of Crop Insurance organizations oppose the $4 billion in cuts to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “I don’t …

Ag Group, Crop Insurance, Farm Bill, Government, USDA

AEM Hosts Rural Broadband Panel Discussion

Kelly Marshall

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) hosted a panel discussion to focus on the expansion of rural broadband. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and representatives from equipment manufacturers John Deere and HammerHead Trenches met on Capitol Hill on May 18th in conjunction with Infrastructure Week 2017.  The event was organized as part of AEM’s Infrastructure Vision 2050 initiative. Their initiative is “focused …

AEM, Ag Group, Audio, Infrastructure, Internet

Better Seed, Better Life Video Contest

Kelly Marshall

The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB), and the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America (Tri-Societies) are sponsoring the Better Seed, Better Life video contest. All graduate and undergraduate students in a plant-science discipline are invited to submit a video focusing on plant breeding innovations and …

Ag Group, ASTA, Contest, Video

ASTA Hosts Meeting to Discuss Weed Issues

Kelly Marshall

Earlier this week members of grower groups, seed companies, and state officials were hosted by the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) at a meeting to find solutions for troublesome weeds like Palmer amaranth. Attendees exchanged ideas for both short- and long-term fixes and stressed the importance of following seed regulations when purchasing. “Weeds like Palmer amaranth move through many different …

Ag Group, ASTA, Weed control

Soil Health Institute to Unveil National Plan

Kelly Marshall

The Soil Health Institute (SHI), a leading resource for science-based soil health information, is unveiling a National Soil Health Action Plan they’ve been developing with the help of experts, including those in agriculture, for the past four years. The announcement will take place on May 18 at 9:00 a.m. a the First Amendment Lounge, National Press Club in Washington D.C. …

Ag Group, Soil, Soil Health Partnership

AgGateway Hosting eConnectivity Seminar

Kelly Marshall

AgGateway’s Mid-Year meeting is coming up next month on June 12-15. This year’s event in Altoona, Iowa will feature an Ag Retail eConnectivity Seminar on Tuesday, June 13 from 10:00 to 3:00 pm. Ag retailers and service providers are encouraged to come and learn about the benefits of electronic connectivity in their businesses. “This seminar is an excellent opportunity for …

Ag Group, AgGateway, Events

ASTA Sets Sail in June

Kelly Marshall

With the theme “Voyage of Better Seed,” the 2017 American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) Annual Convention June 21-24 in Minneapolis will focus on science and policy issues related to the development and free movement of quality seed worldwide. ASTA president and CEO Andy LaVigne says a number of special sessions and tours are planned for the week, including an Opening …

Ag Group, ASTA, Audio, Events, seed