IA Governor Branstad on #Ag at #FarmProgressShow

Joanna Schroeder

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad touted Iowa as an agricultural leader during this year’s Farm Progress Show. He visited exhibitors and stopped by the BASF Media Tent to speak with reporters about key ag issues. I spoke with him about three issues: trade, water quality, and ethanol. Speaking on the topic of TPP Gov. Branstad said we have problems with both parties. …

Agribusiness, Audio, Ethanol, Farm Progress Show, trade, water

#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

NCGA President Welcomes Ethanol Back to Virginia

Kelly Marshall

Great Plains Inc. opened their Hopewell, Virginia ethanol plant this week.  National Corn Growers Association President, Chip Bowling, was on hand to congratulate the company on its accomplishment and express his hope for further expansion of ethanol on the East Coast. “We are excited to see ethanol production back up and running in Virginia,” said Bowling. “The Hopewell plant will …

Ag Group, Ethanol, NCGA

Summer Events and Contests for Corn Growers

Lizzy Schultz

A series of field days are being offered throughout Illinois this summer, allowing interested Illinois farmers an opportunity to learn more about progressive agricultural practices and ways to improve the health of their soil. The series, sponsored by Soil Health Partnership, will showcase how changing nutrient management and tillage strategies, along with cover crop adoption, can create lasting economic and …

Ag Group, Conservation, Contest, Corn, Ethanol, NCGA, Soil, Soil Health Partnership, sustainability

Nebraska a Biobased Industry Leader

Joanna Schroeder

Nebraska is ramping up its bio-based partnerships. According to a recent Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED), bioscience companies employ more than 16,000 people in the state with the industry growing at a faster pace than the national average. For instance, several global and national companies are already located in Nebraska, including: NatureWorks (corn-based plastics), Novozymes (enzyme technology), Purac (lactic …

Agribusiness, bioproducts, biotechnology, Ethanol

Comment Period Opens on RFS

Kelly Marshall

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a proposal to cut corn ethanol in the Renewable Fuel Standard by nearly 200 million gallons.  The comment period for this proposal is opened to the public, now through July 11.  The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) urges farmers and consumers to submit a comment as soon as possible. The NCGA has created a webpage …

Ag Group, Corn, EPA, Ethanol, NCGA

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

Corn Production and Demand Expected to Set Records

Kelly Marshall

The latest USDA report says the nation may see an all time high in production of corn in 2016, possibly reaching 14.1 billion bushels.  Production is following demand, which is being driven by feed, ethanol and exports. “NCGA is pleased to see continuing demand increases in the ethanol, feed and export sectors in the report, but this report shows us …

Ag Group, Corn, Ethanol, Exports, livestock

Boaters Tell Congress: Ethanol is Best

Kelly Marshall

Certified mechanics, engine performance experts, and professional fishermen spoke to members of Congress this week to explain the importance of ethanol in protecting the environment.   Fuels America hosted the briefing in an effort to dispel myths and promote full implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard. “I want to take my grandkids fishing someday. That means having clean water and …

Corn, Ethanol, Government