Censky Nominated as Deputy Ag Secretary

cindy zimmerman

Over two months since he took office, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is finally getting some nominations to fill USDA positions. Late Thursday, Perdue announced that President Trump has nominated American Soybean Association CEO Stephen Censky to be Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. “Our work has only just begun in delivering results for the people of American agriculture, and the experience and …

ASA Director Elected Vice Chairman of NBB

Lizzy Schultz

The American Soybean Association (ASA) was present during this week’s National Biodiesel Board (NBB) membership meeting in St. Louis, with ASA Washington staff and numerous state soybean association staff and farmers in attendance. During the meeting, ASA Board member Mike Cunningham was re-elected to the NBB Governing Board, as well as the new vice chairman of the organization. The agenda …

Clariant Opens Biotech Research Center

Kelly Marshall

A new Group Biotechnology Research Center has been opened near Munich.  Clariant, a leader in specialty chemicals, hosted a ceremony in which the key to the facility was symbolically handed over to CEO Hariolf Kottmann and the Head of Clariant’s Group Biotechonology Andre Koltermann. “Alongside the Clariant Innovation Center (CIC) in Frankfurt, the new Clariant Biotech Center (CBC) is another …

Dieselex Gold Challenge at #FarmProgressShow

Cindy Zimmerman

The gold standard for diesel is the fuel that powered the engines at the 2015 Farm Progress Show – as it has for many shows before. “We’re happy to do that to get our fuel in the equipment to show what it can do,” said Randy Moore with the GROWMARK FS Energy Division of the Dieselex Gold brand. “Dieselex Gold …

Very Mixed Results to ZimmPoll on RFS

Chuck Zimmerman

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “Will EPA change RFS volume proposal?” The EPA recently released a new proposal for biofuels volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard – one that has made no one happy but particularly corn farmers and ethanol producers who note that the agency is not implementing the law as intended. EPA held a public hearing …

Support Biodiesel This Planting Season

Cindy Zimmerman

National Biodiesel Day is March 18, and the Iowa Biodiesel Board is suggesting that farmers ask for and use biodiesel as they head into spring planting. “We’re challenging every farmer in Iowa to request that their fuel distributor offer biodiesel blends this spring,” said Grant Kimberley, IBB executive director and a soybean farmer who uses biodiesel on his farm. “A …

Using Technology to Create Efficiency, Increase Profitability

Melissa Sandfort

At the recent National Biodiesel Conference a number of commodity groups were represented. Frank Legner, Legner Farms is a member of the Illinois Soybean Association and attended the conference to get an update on biodiesel for grower members back in Illinois. He talks about how he uses precision agriculture and Ag Leader software technology on his farm where they grow …

Farm Polices Impact on Precision Ag

Jamie Johansen

Member of the National Corn Growers Association Board and director of Western Iowa Energy, LLC, Kevin Ross, chatted with Chuck after the opening session at the 2014 National Biodiesel Conference. They discuss farm policy and how precision agriculture technology has impacted his farming operation where he raises cattle and grows corn and soybeans. Kevin shared that if we don’t move …

WI Farm Technology Days to Feature Soy Biodiesel

John Davis

For the first time in the nearly 60-year history of the Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, all the diesel equipment at the three-day event will run on biodiesel made from soybeans. The Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board (WSMB) will sponsor the soy biodiesel at the event July 9-11, 2013: “We are thrilled to showcase the benefits of soy biodiesel at the 2013 …

Nothing Runs Like a Deere on Biodiesel

Cindy Zimmerman

Everyone knows the famous slogan “Nothing Runs Like a Deere” which has been used by the company for decades. But with more John Deere equipment approved for biodiesel, well that slogan needs to be updated a little! John Deere demonstrated its vast array of diesel equipment able to run on biodiesel during the recent Biodiesel Vehicle Showcase. In addition to …