June 20, 2014


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On the agriblogging highway this week Cindy was in Washington, DC for the USB Biobased Products Stakeholders Dialogue. Chuck tried to make it the quarterly NAMA Executive Committee mtg. in Chicago but only made it as far as Atlanta before plane problems and weather forced to return to ZimmComm World Headquarters.

The National Agri-Marketing Association has a couple of events coming up that you should get on your calendar. The annual NAMA Fall Conference will be in Chicago, IL in September and NAMA Boot Camp will be in Kansas City in August.

Speaking of bio-based products, our new ZimmPoll asks, "How important are bio-based products to agriculture?"

Here are some interviews from this week you might have missed:

Now for some news from the ZimmComm News Network:
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NAMA Happenings and Updated

The Executive Committee of the National Agri-Marketing Association met yesterday and even though I could not make it thanks to plane problems and weather I got all caught up with President Kenna Rathai this morning. So this week's program is our conversation in which Kenna talks about what the committee discussed or did during the quarterly meeting. MORE

High Standards Required for Food Marketing

Recent Food Dialogues panelist Clarke Caywood (left), Professor, Integrated Marketing Communications Dept., Northwestern University, has some interesting perspectives when it comes to the topic of "Integrity in Food Marketing. MORE

United Fresh Awards Highlight Innovation, Creativity

Attendees to the United Fresh Produce Association's annual convention and expo in Chicago cast their votes throughout the show for fresh produce innovation and recognized this year's New Product Awards in five categories. More than 40 fresh fruit and vegetable innovations competed in the categories of Best New Food Safety Solution, Best New Fruit Product, Best New Packaging, Best New Packing/Processing Equipment, and Best New Vegetable Product. MORE


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Amyris & Total Prepare to Market Biojet Fuel
With the recently revised ASTM standard for jet fuel, Amyris and Total are now in the process of preparing to marketing their drop-in jet fuel that contains up to 10 percent blends of farnesane. The fuel, which has undergone extensive in-flight testing, meets all performance requirements set for Jet A/A-1 fuel used by the global commercial aviation industry. MORE

GRFA: UN Sustainable Goals Must Include Biofuels

This week the 12th session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals began at the United Nations in New York City. In response to the meeting, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) is encouraging participants to include specific targets for biofuels developments as part of UN's sustainability goals. In addition, GRFA stressed to delegates that the use of sustainable biofuels as a replacement for crude-based transportation fuels significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions while diving investments in agriculture.  MORE

E85 Found for $1.39 Less Than Gas in Iowa



For several months, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) has been tracking wholesale E85 prices in Iowa and this week found the largest price differential since they began the E85 Price Listing Service: $1.39 per gallon less than gasoline wholesale. MORE

BASF Functional Crop Care

Functional Crop Care is the newest division of the BASF agricultural business, broadening what it means for the company to protect crops and help farmers get the most out of every acre. MORE

Agrivi Brings Farm Management to Nigerian Farmers

Agrivi, an ag tech startup from London, is starting expansion to Nigeria in cooperation with it's Nigerian distributor Goldridge Development Company. They aim to help Nigerian farmers in i proving their farming productivity by bringing them knowledge and tools for making smart decisions through it's cloud farm management software. MORE

Educator Training Adds New Resources for Teachers


Summer is here and that means the 2014 Educators Training Event is right around the corner. August 5-7, Ag Leader will be holding the 5th annual training event tailored towards educators at the high school, community college and university level. This year we have some exciting news to share regarding the Educational Solutions Package. We are placing the final touches on the Online Educational Curriculum that was briefly introduced at last year's training event. This online platform provides resources, materials, a discussion board, along with other various items that will make teaching precision ag and SMS software topics much easier.  MORE



Secretary Vilsack from Brussels


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is in Europe this week meet with European agricultural and trade officials and other industry stakeholders. Vilsack is visiting with officials in Brussels, Luxembourg, Paris, and Dublin to discuss the expansion of agricultural trade, the importance of agriculture's role in the U.S.-European Union (EU) Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP), and the benefits the trade agreement will have to both the American and European economies. MORE


BASF Ag Media Summit 
The semi-annual BASF Ag Media Summit was held June 10-12 in the home state of the crop protection division, North Carolina. MORE


2014 ASTA Convention
The American Seed Trade Association 131st annual meeting was held June 11-14, 2014 in Indianapolis. MORE




Topigs & Norsvin Announce Merger During WPX14                     


A major announcement was made during this year's 2014 World Pork Expo: TOPIGS International and Norsvin International have merged into one company: Topigs Norsvin. The merger will create a global swine breeding company with annual revenues in excess of US $179 million. The newly merged company's headquarters will be located in Vught, the Netherlands. TOPIGS Nederland, Varkens K.I. Nederland and Norsvin SA were not part of the merger. Both companies are farmer owned and focus on genetic progress from applied research and development. Minority shareholders include farmer-owned meat processors and a feed supplierMORE

Hay & Forage Expo Right Around the Corner


Hay and forage producers can learn more about hay and forage production at the 28th annual Hay & Forage Expo. MORE

USDA Approves First PEDv Vaccine

USDA this week granted the first conditional license for a vaccine against Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) to Harrisvaccines of Ames, Iowa. MORE
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