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Regulations; Policy Issues; Ag Economy; Biotech; and, Political Notes

Regulations Tim Devaney reported yesterday at The Hill Online that, “The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) water rule passed a crucial test Thursday, gaining the approval of the agency’s internal review board. “The EPA’s Science...Show More Summary

How General Mills Creates Content

The Social Media Manager for General Mills is Kevin Hunt. We learned about how his company tells their story via online content creation during this year’s AgCatalyst conference. Kevin shared some tips about how they create content via their blog, “A Taste of General Mills.” I liked hearing Kevin start with the blog in our interview since I still believe... Read More

Mega-Role of Micro-Influencers at AgCatalyst

As marketers we often want to have those big names behind our brand. But what about all the “little” voices out there that are talking about or even being brand advocates for you? Chris Baggott, Husk Farms, says you should not forget them. There are a lot of them. Chris was one of the AgCatalyst presenters. He says that the... Read More

PERC Calculators Estimate Propane Cost Savings

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has just released a suite of cost calculator tools for customers in three of the industry’s fastest-growing markets: agriculture, commercial landscape, and on road fleets. The calculators...Show More Summary

Using Social Listening for Content Ideation at AgCatalyst

Ideation is the forming of ideas or concepts. When it comes to online content creation where do you get the inspiration for your ideation? How about social listening? That’s a take away from the AgCatalyst session by Hannah Godfrey, Brandwatch. Show More Summary

Wrapping up the 2014 CTIC Tour

2014 CTIC Conservation in Action Tour Photo Album The CTIC Conservation in Action tour of the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) was the most interesting of the tours I have attended so far. I grew up just east of the Everglades in Broward County and did agricultural reporting in Florida for ten years, but I never really had the chance to... Read More

Idaho dry bean industry sets sights on Costa Rica - AgMinute for October 22, 2014

Idaho's dry bean industry sees Costa Rica as one of its best potential new markets and the Idaho Bean Commission will use a $18,000 specialty crop grant to try to make inroads into that Central American nation. Click here for the full story

WTO panel rules COOL detrimental to Canada, Mexico - AgMinute for October 21, 2014

A WTO compliance panel on Monday ruled an amended U.S. country of origin labeling measure has a detrimental impact on imported Canadian and Mexican livestock. Click here for the full story

Crisis group addresses Idaho grain losses - AgMinute for October 20, 2014

A crisis response group convened by Idaho's Speaker of the House is trying to find ways to help growers in Southern Idaho deal with the huge losses in wheat and barley production they suffered this year due to unusually heavy August and September rains. Click here for the full story

Florida State Rep on CTIC Tour

A member of the Florida legislature joined us on CTIC Conservation in Action tour of the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) last week to learn more herself about the various conservation efforts in the region. Representative Katie Edwards...Show More Summary

Wanted: People to advise Washington on wolves - AgMinute for October 17, 2014

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife seeks members for its panel to advise the agency on wolf recovery. Click here for the full story

Cattleman band together against new checkoff - AgMinute for October 16, 2014

Cattlemen are banding together to fight Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack's intention to resolve a stalemate in the beef industry over amending the national beef checkoff by establishing a supplemental, secondary beef checkoff under a 1996 generic promotion act. Click here for the full story

Mexican trucking pilot expires - AgMinute for October 15, 2014

A three-year pilot program of allowing Mexican trucks to deliver goods in the United States has expired and the Department of Transportation has not said what's next. Click here for the full story

Learn More About Plant Sap Analysis

Michelle Gregg is the Executive Director for Crop Health Laboratories (CHL) and Leah spoke with her about the new company’s upcoming event and opportunities they have for growers across the country. Part of CHL’s business model is using an existing technology that is new to North America. Show More Summary

Ag Economy; Policy Issues; Regulations; Biofuels; and, Climate

Agricultural Economy Yesterday, the Federal Reserve Board released its Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions. Commonly referred to as the “Beige Book,” the report included several observations with respect to the U.S. agricultural economy. Show More Summary

Idaho corn maze one of nation’s best - AgMinute for October 14, 2014

An Idaho corn maze is receiving national attention again but its owner said while the recognition is fun, he's more interested in educating urban folks about agriculture while entertaining them. Click here for the full story

AEM Confident Despite Farm Equipment Sales Drop

Farm equipment sales are down significantly this year, but the head of the Association of Equipment Manufacturer‘s Ag Sector remains optimistic about the industry. “We’re in the business of feeding and harvesting food and you need equipment to do that,” says Charlie O’Brien, AEM Senior Vice President and Ag Sector Lead. Show More Summary

Arizona: Mexican wolf proposal would be ‘disaster’ - AgMinute for October 13, 2014

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission’s concerns are outlined in a letter sent to ranching groups in the region. Click here for the full story

Talking Advanced Biofuels in Minneapolis

Hello from Minneapolis and the National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo. This is the first of two stops for me this week before heading back to ZimmComm World Headquarters. The first panel of the conference is moderated by Tim Portz, VP of Content, BBI International. This panel, talking about “Assessing the Health of Federal Biofuels Policy and Its Long Term... Read More

Flavors fuel food industry, but remain a mystery - AgMinute for October 10, 2014

Last month, five consumer and environmental groups sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration expressing their concern about the flavor industry, which determines the safety of its own ingredients. Click here for the full sto...

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