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    Soy Checkoff Recognizes Market Developer, Biodiesel Board PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by United Soybean Board   
    Wednesday, 04 March 2015 15:38
    United Soybean Board Announces Its Outstanding Achievement and Excellence in Oil Awards ST. LOUIS (March 3, 2015) – The United Soybean Board (USB) recently awarded two of its highest honors to a market developer and an organization that have been instrumental in developing major new opportunities for U.S. soybeans that have greatly impacted the profit potential for all U.S. soybean farmers. USB gave its Outstanding Achievement Award to international aquaculture market developer Michael Cremer, Ph.D., and its Excellence in Oil Award to the National Biodiesel Board (NBB).

    “The board is excited to have the opportunity to honor both Dr. Cremer and NBB and thank them for their contributions to the U.S. soy industry,” says Bob Haselwood, USB chairman and soybean farmer from Berryton, Kansas. “Both recipients have played a large role in moving our industry forward, and for that we are extremely grateful.”

    Cremer, the U.S. Soybean Export Council’s international aquaculture senior program adviser, has dedicated more than 30 years to helping the U.S. soy industry realize its potential with a growing consumer of soy. Through his work in aquaculture, he helped the Asian aquaculture industry become a more sustainable industry that is using more U.S. soy every year in fish feed.

    “I am deeply honored to receive this award,” says Cremer. “Working with the U.S. soybean industry has been the highlight of my career.  I have been doubly blessed, to have had one of the best aquaculture jobs in the world and to work with folks that I call both colleagues and friends.”

    Biodiesel is one of the most researched renewable fuels on the market, and, as an advanced biofuel, one that is leading the way in the market. None of this would have been possible without the expertise and dedication of NBB. Checkoff-funded research shows biodiesel has added 74 cents per bushel to the price soybean farmers receive, increased domestic crush and returned value to the entire soybean industry – even those on the meal side of the equation.

    “The National Biodiesel Board’s partnership with the United Soybean Board is the perfect example of teamwork that hits the ball out of the park every time,” says NBB CEO Joe Jobe. “As a key customer of U.S. soybean oil making a significant contribution to soybean profitability, we are truly honored to be recognized.”

    The 70 farmer-directors of USB oversee the investments of the soy checkoff to maximize profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers. These volunteers invest and leverage checkoff funds to increase the value of U.S. soy meal and oil, to ensure U.S. soybean farmers and their customers have the freedom and infrastructure to operate, and to meet the needs of U.S. soy’s customers. As stipulated in the federal Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soy checkoff.

    For more information on the United Soybean Board, visit www.unitedsoybean.org
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    Soy Checkoff Positions U.S. Soy Industry as Global Leader PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by United Soybean Board   
    Tuesday, 03 March 2015 12:17
    Upcoming gathering of global oilseed industry will give U.S. soy family an opportunity to lead

    ST. LOUIS (Feb. 27, 2015) – When farmer-leaders of the United Soybean Board (USB) wrote the organization’s current long-range strategic plan, they included their vision that U.S. soybeans will be the leader of the global oilseed industry. This summer, USB will join the American Soybean Association and the U.S. Soybean Export Council in leading the global oilseed industry during the 18th International Oilseed Producers Dialogue (IOPD), to be held here in the United States for the first time since 2006.

    “This event brings together oilseed industries from all over the world – Asia, Australia, Europe and South and North America,” says Bob Haselwood, soybean farmer from Berryton, Kansas, and USB chairman. “It really highlights that we all have the same goals, and it helps us to find ways to work together to achieve these goals. We’re looking forward to hosting our oilseed colleagues and leading the way to a successful IOPD 2015.”

    In addition to hosting the IOPD event, a gathering of representatives of both North and South American soybean farmers will come together as part of the International Soy Growers Alliance (ISGA). ISGA, which represents 90 percent of the world’s soybean production, works to advance issues important to soybean farmers in North and South America, such as approval of biotech events.

    “ISGA is all about showing a united front,” says Jared Hagert, soybean farmer from Emerado, North Dakota, and USB vice chairman. “USB has been involved in several ISGA missions to meet with governments of major soy-importing countries, such as China, and talk about the importance of science-based approval systems for biotech varieties. There is not a stronger signal we could send than standing together with farmers from Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay with a common view on an issue.”

    Exact dates and locations will be announced in the coming months.

    The 70 farmer-directors of USB oversee the investments of the soy checkoff to maximize profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers. These volunteers invest and leverage checkoff funds to increase the value of U.S. soy meal and oil, to ensure U.S. soybean farmers and their customers have the freedom and infrastructure to operate, and to meet the needs of U.S. soy’s customers. As stipulated in the federal Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soy checkoff.

    For more information on the United Soybean Board, visit www.unitedsoybean.org
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    Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/unitedsoy
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    Iowa Biodiesel Board applauds signing of fuel tax bill PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by Iowa Biodiesel Board   
    Monday, 02 March 2015 09:00

    Increased motor fuel tax contains biodiesel incentive, shoring up support from state

    DES MOINES – The Iowa Biodiesel Board today praised the signing of a bill that will raise the state’s fuel tax while providing a small incentive for biodiesel. A provision of the bill, signed by Gov. Terry Branstad, gives a partial exemption to the new tax for diesel blended with at least 11 percent biodiesel (B11).

    The increase of 10 cents a gallon for both diesel and gasoline will help repair and improve Iowa’s roads and bridges. Biodiesel blends of B11 and above will receive a 3-cent exemption for 5 years.

    “We commend our state legislators and Governor Branstad for once again demonstrating leadership in fostering Iowa-grown energy,” said Grant Kimberley, executive director of IBB. “Such thoughtful energy policy will stimulate biodiesel production and usage, generating economic activity and benefiting the state.”

    Kimberley added that IBB members are hopeful the 5 year sunset will be extended to 10 years down the road.

    Iowa biodiesel plants produced 227 million gallons in 2014, down slightly from the 2013 record of 230 million gallons. Yet the state’s 10 operating biodiesel plants have an annual capacity of more than 300 million gallons, showing a lost economic opportunity for Iowa.

    New research shows in 2014, the increase in economic activity generated by biodiesel production supported more than 4,300 full-time equivalent jobs. It contributed more than $471 million to the state’s Gross Domestic Product. Other research shows biodiesel adds 74 cents a bushel to the price of soybeans, lowers soybean meal feed costs for livestock producers by $25 - $40 a ton and also adds value to livestock production.

    The Iowa Soybean Association also supported the bill.

    Biodiesel is an advanced biofuel made from agricultural byproducts and co-products, including soybean oil. The Iowa Biodiesel Board is a state trade association representing the biodiesel industry.

     
    NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR IOWA FARM ENVIRONMENTAL LEADER AWARDS PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
    Friday, 27 February 2015 13:56

    (DES MOINES) – Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Sec. of Agriculture Bill Northey today encouraged Iowans to nominate farmers for the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award who have taken voluntary actions to improve or protect the environment and natural resources of our state. Nominations are due by June 15, 2015 and the nomination form can be found at www.iowaagriculture.gov/EnvironmentalLeader.asp.

    The award is a joint effort between the Governor, Lt. Governor, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources to recognize the efforts of Iowa’s farmers as environmental leaders committed to healthy soils and improved water quality.

    “The Iowa Water Quality Initiative is growing due to farmers’ engagement in the plan,” Branstad said. “The Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award is our chance to recognize producers who are going the extra mile in their land stewardship.”

    “Iowa’s farmers are leading the way in environmental stewardship through collaborative, science-based practices,” said Reynolds. “The Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award allows the state to recognize the famers who feed the world and continue to drive Iowa’s economy.”

    Farmers that are nominated should have made environmental stewardship a priority on their farm and incorporated best management practices into their farming operation. As true stewards of the land, they recognize that improved water quality and soil sustainability reaps benefits that extend beyond their fields to citizens of Iowa and residents even further downstream.

    Nominations may be submitted on a year-round basis and are due by June 15th of the year to be considered for the award. Farm owners and operators are eligible for consideration.

    “Iowa is leading the way in using voluntary, science-based practices to protect our soil and improve water quality.  This would not be possible without the thousands of farmers who have collectively invested millions in conservation practices on their farms.  This award is an opportunity to highlight those farmers that are leading the way and going above and beyond to adopt conservation practices on their farm,” said Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey.

    An appointed committee of representatives from both conservation and agricultural groups will review the nominations and select the winners. The recipients will be recognized at the Iowa State Fair.

    Since creation of the award in 2012, 219 farm families have been recognized. Winners are presented a certificate as well as a yard sign donated by Monsanto. Hagie Manufacturing also sponsors a recognition luncheon for award recipients following the ceremony.

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    USDA-NIFA and United Kingdom-Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Partner for Animal Disease Prevention Research PDF Print E-mail
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    Written by USDA Office of Communications   
    Monday, 23 February 2015 11:51

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the United Kingdom's Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) today announced five jointly funded research awards that total more than $2.3 million from NIFA and £2.3 million British pounds ($3,502,683 equivalent) from the BBSRC for the US-UK Collaborative Animal Health and Disease and Veterinary Immune Reagents program. This US-UK partnership addresses high impact diseases and animal health issues relevant to both countries.

    "As a leading livestock producing nation, the health of the people in the United States and around the world depends on the safety, security, and quality of the livestock we produce," said Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA director. "These grants enable an international research partnership that looks to control the spread of pathogens, ensuring we can effectively reduce the health risks and environmental impacts of food production worldwide."

    Steve Visscher, BBSRC Deputy Chief Executive, International, said: "A growing world population means that safe and secure food supplies are going to become more and more important in the years to come. The scale of such challenges require increased international collaboration, and this partnership of co-investment between BBSRC and NIFA will allow world-leading researchers in both countries to work together to combat livestock diseases and safeguard food supplies."

    Global food supply and food security are directly affected by animal production and health. They play an important role in the economy, but also in the sustainability and growth of agriculture worldwide. Research funded through this program will look at the biological and physiological mechanisms in relation to disease prevention in ruminants (cattle, goat, sheep), swine, poultry, equine, and aquaculture species. Specifically, the projects will address the development of immune reagents, breeding for genetic resistance to disease, studying the ecology of diseases spread by vector insects, and developing improved vaccines. The discoveries made through these projects will improve animal health and well-being, enhance production efficiency, and support the safety of animal products by addressing challenges facing animal agriculture.

    The USDA and BBSRC 2014 partnership concentrated on the following areas:

    Animal health and disease:

    • Research on emerging diseases and diseases of agriculturally relevant animals of high economic consequence in both the U.S. and U.K. (viral, bacterial, and parasitic diseases)
    • Alternatives to current antimicrobials and anthelmintics used to treat disease in agricultural animals in both the U.S. and U.K.

    Veterinary immune reagents:

    • Development of publicly accessible immunological reagents for agriculturally-relevant animal species.

    Fiscal year 2014 awards supported by USDA include:

    • Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa., $499,999 - Host Resistance to Avian Pathogenic E. Coli (collaborative with the University of Edinburgh)
    • Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan., $499,995 - Control of Emerging Bunyaviruses (collaborative with the University of Glasgow)
    • USDA Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, Md., $477,903 - Reassembly of Cattle Immune Gene Clusters for Quantitative Analysis
    • USDA Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, Md., $500,000 - Swine Immune Toolkit: Development of new immune reagents for swine health, vaccine and disease studies (collaborative with the University of Bristol)
    • USDA Agricultural Research Service, Athens Ga., $325,000 - Evolution of the High Pathogenicity Phenotype in Avian Influenza Virus (NIFA is supporting years 2 and 3 of this award with $325,000; ARS is supporting year 1 with $175,000.)

    Fiscal year 2014 awards supported by BBSRC include:

    • Swine Immune Toolkit: Development of new immune reagents for swine health, vaccine and disease studies. University of Bristol, £335,835 (collaborative with USDA ARS)
    • Reassembly of cattle immune gene clusters for quantitative analysis. The Pirbright Institute, £478,615
    • Control of emerging bunyaviruses. University of Glasgow, £597,187 (collaborative with Kansas State University)
    • Host Resistance to Avian Pathogenic E. coli. The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, £521,083 (collaborative with Iowa State University)
    • M2 gene splice variants in pathogenesis, transmission and induced immunity against highly pathogenic avian influenza virus. The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, £461,362

    More information on the BBSRC grants can be found on their website. Enter the project title into the search function.

    NIFA funded the grants through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). AFRI is NIFA's flagship competitive grant program and was established under the 2008 Farm Bill. AFRI supports work in six priority areas: food safety, nutrition and health; plant health and production and plant products; animal health and production and animal products; bioenergy energy, natural resources and environment; agriculture systems and technology; and agriculture economics and rural communities.

    Through federal funding and leadership for research, education and extension programs, NIFA focuses on investing in science and solving critical issues impacting people's daily lives and the nation's future. For more information, visit www.nifa.usda.gov.

    The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Our aim is to further scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.

    Funded by Government, BBSRC invested over £484M in world-class bioscience in 2013-14. We support research and training in universities and strategically funded institutes. BBSRC research and the people we fund are helping society to meet major challenges, including food security, green energy and healthier, longer lives. Our investments underpin important UK economic sectors, such as farming, food, industrial biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

    For more information about BBSRC, our science and our impact see: www.bbsrc.ac.uk.

    For more information about BBSRC strategically funded institutes see: www.bbsrc.ac.uk/institutes.

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