April 24, 2015

2015 BioIndustry Summit Set At North Dakota State University

This year’s summit will be the first to include a government networking event where innovators, entrepreneurs and investors will be able to visit informally with program specialists from a number of state and federal agencies.

Agriculture, technology and industry interests will converge during the 2015 Bioindustry Summit on May 28 in the Memorial Union on the North Dakota State University campus.

The summit will explore changing market, technological and political conditions and their impacts on the region’s bioeconomy.

“With volatile energy and agricultural commodity prices, interest in value-added opportunities is growing,” says David Ripplinger, NDSU assistant professor and bioenergy specialist. “The summit is a premier venue for farmers, innovators, entrepreneurs, academics and government to meet.”

The summit is sponsored by NDSU, NDSU Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, the Bio Science Association of North Dakota, North Dakota Farmers Union, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council, North Dakota Soybean Council and North Dakota Alliance for Renewable Energy.

A research and development showcase will highlight research from regional scientists. Interested individuals should submit their ideas using the summit’s electronic system.

This year’s summit will be the first to include a government networking event where innovators, entrepreneurs and investors will be able to visit informally with program specialists from a number of state and federal agencies. A roundtable will be held to discuss opportunities and challenges facing the region’s bioeconomy.

The summit will open with registration and a continental breakfast at 7:45 a.m. on May 28. U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp will be the keynote speaker.

Other speakers include:

  • John Hoeven, U.S. senator (invited)
  • Kevin Cramer, U.S. representative
  • Doug Goehring, North Dakota agriculture commissioner
  • Rina Singh, Biotechnology Industry Organization senior director of policy
  • Joel Stone, Green Biologics president
  • Mark Elless, U.S. Department of Energy technology manager
  • David Grewell, Biopolymers and Biocomposites Research Team chairperson, Iowa State University
  • Rick Vierling, National Corn Growers Association director of research and business development
  • Brendan Jordan, Great Plains Institute vice president
  • Patrice Lahlum, North Dakota Alliance for Renewable Energy coordinator

The registration fee is $100 for professionals before May 22 and $125 after that date. The fee for students is $50. Registration includes access to all events, breakfast, lunch and two breaks.

For more information, contact Ripplinger at (701) 231-5265 or david.ripplinger@ndsu.edu or Ken Hellevang at (701) 231-7243 or kenneth.hellevang@ndsu.edu.

Visit http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/bioepic/2015-bio-industry-summit to learn more about the summit, register, or submit a poster abstract.


U.S. Grains Council Gives 2015 Corn Crop Its Own Facebook Page

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) this week launched a new Facebook page – Growing the 2015 U.S. Corn Crop – as a direct channel for communication between farmers and overseas customers about the condition and quality of the 2015 U.S. corn crop.

“This page helps illustrate this year’s theme of Global Awareness, Global Connections,” said USGC Chairman Ron Gray.

“We are more globally connected than ever, and we are constantly looking for ways to use modern communications tools to build the connections between our farmers and their customers around the world. We are excited about this opportunity to increase awareness of how the 2015 U.S. corn crop is growing.”

All U.S. corn farmers and international customers are invited to like and post on the page. The Council encourages U.S. corn producers to post regular updates on the progress of their corn crop with photos or videos and commentary. The Council will also be providing some content for the page, including videos tracking the season as experienced by three farmers in Indiana, Iowa and Texas.

All farmers interested in contributing to the page are welcome to complete a webinar-based social media training that will be offered by the Council on April 23 at 11 a.m. Eastern and again on May 12 at 2 p.m. Eastern. Interested parties should email grains@grains.org for more information.


Not All Fluids Are Created Equal

Equipment experts say high-quality energy inputs, including hydraulic fluid, engine oil and premium diesel fuel will help equipment deliver the precision performance necessary for a more efficient planting season this year.

We spoke with Andrew Hamilton, technical services and quality manager for CHS.

CHS Cenex Andrew Hamilton