Energy, Ag Scholarships Available from CHS

Joanna Schroeder

Current college students and soon to be college students who are interested in alternative energy and agriculture are eligible to apply for scholarships from the CHS Foundation. The major giving entity of CHS Inc., more than 300 scholarships will be awarded in 2016. One hundred $1,000 scholarships will be made to high school students who choose to pursue agricultural-related degrees …

Agribusiness, Education, Renewable Energy

Bill Howell Wins New Holland Boomer 47

Joanna Schroeder

Bill Howell was the winner of the 2015 Growth Energy Individual Member Sweepstakes and took home a Boomer 47, a 47 hp tractor customized with Growth Energy racing decals. The contest was sponsored by New Holland and Growth Energy and Howell was presented with his Boomer 47 in Carroll, Iowa this week. “We are proud to support farmers and those …

Agribusiness, biofuels, Growth Energy, New Holland

Why Energy & Ag Businesses Need Crisis Plans

Joanna Schroeder

A recent ZimmComm poll asked the question, Does your agribusiness/operation have a crisis communications plan?” and I was surprised and honestly a bit disturbed as a former public relations person, that so many respondents didn’t believe a crisis communications plan was necessary. And this in light of the rise in undercover videos, avian flu outbreaks, meatless Mondays, (cow farts causing) …

Agribusiness, Audio

Biodico Westside Bioenergy Facility Begins Production

Joanna Schroeder

The Biodico Westside bioenergy facility is now in production in San Joaquin Valley, California. Biodico President and Rounder Russ Teall says the 20 million gallon-per-year biodiesel facility is the first world’s first fully sustainable liquid biofuel facility. “Biodico Westside Facility is a result of years of research and development to produce biofuels that make good environmental, social and business sense,” …

advance biofuels, Agribusiness, Biodiesel, Renewable Energy, Solar

Oilseeds, Corn Rise on Biodiesel, Ethanol Numbers

John Davis

Futures prices for oilseeds, such as soybeans, as well as the price of corn rose after the federal government’s announcement on the amount of biodiesel and ethanol to be blended into the nation’s fuel supply. This report from Nasdaq says soybean prices rose to a five-week high, while corn prices also saw some gains. Buying in the soybean-oil market also …

Agribusiness, Biodiesel, corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Soybeans

#Ag Industry Split on Final #RFS Rules

Joanna Schroeder

The #Ag industry is split on the final #RFS (Renewable Fuel Standard) rules that were released yesterday by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). While the RVOs (renewable volume obligations) were an improvement over the proposed rules released in May of this year, the #Ag industry is calling on the EPA to further strengthen the legislation and increase the amount of corn …

Agribusiness, Biodiesel, biofuels, EPA, Ethanol, RFS

Tier 4 Regulations Could Give Propane, CNG Boost

Joanna Schroeder

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published its final Tier 4 regulations that affect heavy duty vehicles, construction equipment and agriculture equipment. Past Tier 4 emission standards have decreased particulate matter and NOx levels over time and it’s is now on engine manufacturers to refine engines to further reduce Nitrogen Oxide emissions that enter into the air. Unless of course, …

Agribusiness, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), EPA, Equipment, Propane

Growth Supports Next Energy Generation

Joanna Schroeder

The next generation of renewable energy, and by extension agricultural experts, are in college and now have an opportunity for some financial support. Growth Energy is providing $90,000 in scholarships over the next three years to students majoring in agricultural education.  The “Upper Division” scholarships will be awarded by the National Association of Agricultural Education and given to students during …

Agribusiness, biofuels, biomass

New Holland Hero Growing for Energy

Joanna Schroeder

This year during the Expo Milano New Holland announced its “heros” as part of its “Seeds of Life Series“. One such hero was Brazilian Victor Campenelli, who grows 37,000 acres of corn and sugarcane and also has a cattle operation in Southern Brazil. Looking in to the future, Victor is looking forward to building a power plant utilizing cane straw. …

Agribusiness, bioenergy, biomass, Brazil, Electricity, New Holland

NFU Fly-In Focuses on RFS

Joanna Schroeder

The National Farmers Union (NFU) 2015 Fall Legislative Fly-In took place this week in Washington, D.C. and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was on the top of the list when growers from around the country met with White House official, Congressional staffers and members along with Senators and Representatives. Farmers Union members expressed concerned about a stalling of the RFS …

Agribusiness, biofuels, NFU, RFS