Companies Partner to Expand Corn Hybrid Choices

cindy zimmerman

Benson Hill Biosystems has entered into a partnership with Brownseed Genetics, a Wisconsin-based seed breeder of new corn hybrids that are higher in both oil content and essential amino acids. The new Brownseed hybrids, developed through conventional breeding methods, yield about 9 percent corn oil – nearly triple the normal production – and are rich in the amino acids lysine …

AgWired Animal, AgWired Precision, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Corn, Ethanol, Feed, seed

Luke Perry’s Ties to Farming and Biodiesel

cindy zimmerman

Luke Perry is being eulogized for many reasons upon his sudden passing this week at the age of 52, but not so much about his rural background and his support of biodiesel. Back in 2006, Luke Perry showed up at the National Biodiesel Conference in San Diego sporting an FFA jacket with his name on it and talked about the …

AgWired Animal, AgWired Energy, AgWired Precision, Audio, Biodiesel

Scott Pruitt Resigns From EPA

chuck zimmerman

Well, here’s news that probably won’t upset too many people I know. I’m actually amazed that this didn’t happen much sooner. Of course this had to happen during a pretty much vacation week for the ZimmComm Team and many, many other folks. Here’s some industry reaction on the announcement. I think you can sum it up that everyone is pretty …

AgWired Animal, AgWired Energy, AgWired Precision, Biodiesel, Biofuels, EPA, Ethanol, Government

Biodiesel Benefits Farmers and Livestock Producers

Midwest soybeans are fueling the country from coast to coast. The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has a goal of supplying 10 percent of the nation’s diesel fuel by the year 2022, equating to about four billion gallons per year. NBB Board Member and Nebraska Farmer Greg Anderson said the northeast market for heating oil is a bright spot, while California …

AgWired Energy, AgWired Precision, Audio, Biodiesel, NAFB

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 …

AgWired Animal, AgWired Energy, AgWired Precision, ASA, Biodiesel, Government, Soybean, USDA

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 …

Ag Group, ASA, Biodiesel, Company Announcement, Soybeans

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 …

Agribusiness, Biodiesel, bioproducts, biotechnology, Company Announcement, Research

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 …

Biodiesel, Ethanol, ZimmPoll

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 …

Biodiesel, Planting