Using Technology to Create Efficiency, Increase Profitability

Melissa SandfortAg Leader, Biodiesel, Software

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 … Read More

Farm Polices Impact on Precision Ag

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Audio, Biodiesel, Corn, Soybeans, technology

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 … Read More

WI Farm Technology Days to Feature Soy Biodiesel

John DavisBiodiesel, Soybeans

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 … Read More

Nothing Runs Like a Deere on Biodiesel

Cindy ZimmermanBiodiesel, Equipment, John Deere

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 … Read More

AEM Defends Biofuels Mandate

Melissa SandfortAgribusiness, Biodiesel, Equipment, Ethanol

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 … Read More

Drought Impact on RFS

Chuck ZimmermanBiodiesel, Ethanol, ZimmPoll

Our latest ZimmPoll asked the question, “How will drought impact the Renewable Fuel Standard?” We’re certainly in a major drought at this point and we know it will have an impact on the corn crop. Of course who knows how significant that will be? The next crop report ought to be very interesting. Our results show that 39 percent think … Read More

First USDA Virtual Office Hours on Twitter

Chuck ZimmermanBiodiesel, Ethanol, Government, USDA

Tomorrow (April 5) at 1:30pm EDT, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack will hold the first “USDA Virtual Office Hours on Twitter.” Most of you probably know how this works, especially if you’ve been a participant in AgChat. I’d recommend using TweetChat, Twubs or an app like TweetDeck or HootSuite to follow along. It looks like these planned monthly sessions will focus … Read More