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

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 …

Ag Leader, Biodiesel, Software

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 …

Ag Group, Audio, Biodiesel, Corn, Soybeans, technology

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 …

Biodiesel, Equipment, John Deere

AEM Defends Biofuels Mandate

Melissa Sandfort

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers has spoken out in defense of an important driver of agricultural equipment demand, urging the EPA to deny requests to waive the required use of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Several governors have filed waiver requests with the EPA to waive the RFS claiming economic hardships from higher corn prices due to the …

Agribusiness, Biodiesel, Equipment, Ethanol