Field to Market Offers Measurable Sustainability

Kelly Marshall

Addressing the issue of sustainability with international buyers of U.S. grains at the Export Exchange 2016 was Field to Market data and technology director Paul Hishmeh. Field to Market focuses on quantifiable sustainability in agriculture and Hishmeh brought an overview of what that looks like to the conference, which is co-sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the Renewable Fuels …

Ag Group, Audio, Energy, environment, Exports, Grain, International, sustainability

#FarmProgressShow Runs on @FSServices Fuel

Cindy Zimmerman

There are lots of vehicles and farm equipment on the grounds at the Farm Progress Show and it’s GROWMARK FS and STAR Energy that keep them all running. “Not only do we offer the fuel for the field demonstrations, we also do all the generators, the air conditioning and power in the tents, but also during the set up,” says …

Audio, Energy, Ethanol, Farm Progress Show, FS System, Growmark, propane

RFS Celebrates 11 Years

Kelly Marshall

Monday marks the 11th anniversary of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  More than a decade later, this program is one of the most successful biofuels programs. “Our government challenged the biofuels industry to produce the world’s cleanest, most affordable and sustainable fuel for cars and trucks. We delivered – and America continues to benefit,” said Adam Monroe, President, Americas, Novozymes …

Energy, Government

Turf Feeding Systems Making Jatropha More Sustainable

Joanna Schroeder

Jatropha has been a crop in and out of favor as a feedstock to produce advanced biofuels such as biodiesel and biojet fuel. One criticism of the crop is that it is difficult to produce sustainably. Mexican company Zphere Works is launching a project in the Mexican Yucatan to produce 30 million gallons of biojet and biodiesel fuel using jatropha …

agronomy, Energy, Soil, water

Manito Transit Joins @EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership

Joanna Schroeder

Manito Transit has become a partner in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay Transport Partnership program. A subsidiary of GROWMARK, Manito Transit transports fuels, fertilizers, crop protection products and more via tank trucks throughout the Midwest. The SMARTWAY registrants work with the EPA and adopt tools and approaches to track and reduce emissions and fuel use. “This partnership reinforces …

climate, Energy, environment, Growmark, sustainability

American Ethanol Launches NASCAR Sweepstakes

Kelly Marshall

NASCAR will soon surpass 10 million miles of racing on American Ethanol E15 blended fuel.  This year will also mark the expansion of E15 availability at fuel pumps across the nation.  To celebrate both of these milestones, American Ethanol is holding a sweepstakes contest to send two lucky winners to the ultimate NASCAR experience. American Ethanol and NASCAR have been …

Corn, Energy, environment, Ethanol

$3.50 May Be New ‘Corn Norm’

Lizzy Schultz

The impact of corn prices varies between producers in different divisions of agriculture, with some producers benefiting from higher prices, and some benefiting from lower prices. Many factors seem to demonstrate that the new long-term “normal” for corn prices may be $3.50 per bushel, and Cody Heller, CEO of Central Wisconsin Ag Services (CWAS), has offered his insight into the …

Ag Group, Corn, Energy, Ethanol, RFS

PERC Launches 2016 Propane Farm Incentives

Kelly Marshall

The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) announces the release of the 2016 Propane Farm Incentive Program.  This nationwide research and demonstration provides farmers with purchase incentives of up to $5,000 toward new propane-powered farm equipment. Sponsored by PERC, the 2016 Propane Farm Incentive Program offers incentives of $300 per liter of engine displacement for irrigation engines, $30 per kilowatt …

Agribusiness, Energy, propane

Farmers Need RFS Certainty to Remain Profitable

Joanna Schroeder

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to announce final rules for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) this November after months of delay and push back from the agriculture and biofuels industries. As it currently stands, the volume levels set for 2015 and 2016 are lower than the law mandates. As a result, a new white paper finds that American farmers …

Agribusiness, Audio, Cotton, Energy, Ethanol, NCGA, NFU

Low Propane Prices, Fuel Agreements Mean Savings

Kelly Marshall

Now is the time for producers to talk to their marketers about propane pricing, advises the Propane Education & Research Council.  Currently prices are low and fall harvest will be here soon. “With propane prices reaching near record lows and harvest and grain drying season right around the corner, now is a good time for producers to talk with their …

Agribusiness, Energy, Harvesting