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Commodity Communicator Weekly

February 8, 2013

VILSACK PRAISES BIODIESEL INDUSTRY FOR RECORD FARM INCOME. . . . .In his keynote address at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo  in Las Vegas, Nev., U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stated dependence on foreign oil is less than 50 percent and dropping, “in large part because of the advancements this industry has made,” all while boosting farm income.   He cited the biodiesel industry as a large reason for our country’s record farm income, and that it has promoted job growth, provided consumer choice and reduced our dependence on foreign oil.
. . . . .The Agriculture Department will release new 10-year agricultural projections on Monday at 11 a.m. EST. USDA’s Agricultural Projections through 2022 will be posted to the Office of the Chief Economist’s website at and will be available in MS Word and PDF formats.
USDA publishes the projections each year in February. The projections are developed by interagency committees in USDA, with the Economic Research Service having the lead role in the preparation of the report. The new projections cover crop and livestock commodities, agricultural trade and aggregate indicators, such as farm income and food prices, through 2022.

E15 GASOLINE UNLAWFUL AND UNSAFE TO USE IN OUTDOOR POWER EQUIPMENT. . . . .The Association of Small Engine, Utility Vehicle and Outdoor Power Equipment Manufacturers and Suppliers is about to launch a major PR campaign against E15 and ethanol in general.

. . . . .The EPA released its proposed 2013 RFS percentage standards.  The proposal is open for comment for 45 days after it is published in the Federal Register.

The proposed 2013 overall volumes and standards are:
Biomass-based diesel (1.28 billion gallons; 1.12 percent)
Advanced biofuels (2.75 billion gallons; 1.60 percent)
Cellulosic biofuels (14 million gallons; 0.008 percent)
Total renewable fuels (16.55 billion gallons; 9.63 percent)

The agency’s regulatory announcement states that the proposed cellulosic standard complies with the U.S. Court of Appeals decision from last week.

FIELDSCOUT GREENINDEX+NITROGEN APP AND BOARD. . . . .Spectrum Technologies have developed an app to help you check to make sure you have enough nitrogen.  Use an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, with the FieldScout GreenIndex+ App ($99 thru iTunes App Store) to capture and compute the DGCI of your plants, and indicate their chlorophyll/nitrogen levels.

GRAZING LANDS CONFERENCE. . . . .The Arkansas Grazing Lands Coalition, in cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, is hosting a grazing lands conference for producers and landowners who want to have more profitable and resource-rich operations. The conference will be held March 12-13 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Little Rock. Speakers include Joshua Dukart, a holistic management educator from Bismarck, N.D., and Dr. Bruce Anderson, a forage specialist with the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. Registration is $125, which includes most meals. For additional information, phone 501-682-2915 or visit

COMMODITY CLASSIC. . . .This three day convention and trade show is open to all friends of corn, soybeans, wheat and sorghum- from growers to member associations to agribusiness to farm media.  Commodity Classic is February 28 – March 2 in Kissimmee, Florida.  For more information or registration, please visit

. . . . .On Wednesday, February 13, Arkansas State University will host its annual agribusiness conference at the Convocation Center on the campus in Jonesboro. The event will feature speakers including Joe Outlaw, agriculture economist with Texas A&M, and Bart Chilton, Commodity Futures Trading Commissioner. Their focus will be on the farm bill and commodity markets. Anyone is welcome to attend the meeting

. . . . .A grain bin safety training program is scheduled for Thursday, March 14 at the Brinkley Convention Center, 1501 Weatherby Drive in Brinkley. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; the program will begin at 10 a.m. Lunch and refreshments will be served.

Please see the attached letter and information below. We are asking for your assistance in spreading the word in your community, about the grain bin safety training program. We appreciate your effort in making this training program a success.  

Grain Bin Safety Training Letter.pdf
Group Registration Form.pdf
Individual Registration Form.pdf
Tentative Agenda.pdf

DISCOUNT CHILD SAFETY/BOOSTER SEATS. . . . . Members can purchase a child safety seat for $25 each and a booster seat for only $15.  Order forms are available at your local Farm Bureau office or you can order online at

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