Farmers in Midwest Have New Reason to Invest Ethanol Crops

Laura McNamara

The Midwest is getting three new ethanol production plants. Washington Group International has received $150 million worth of cost-reimbursable contracts from E85 Inc. for the construction of E85’s first three ethanol plants in the Midwest region. Washington Group will provide procurement, construction, commissioning, and start-up services for the facilities in Wahoo, Neb., and Red Oak and Council Bluffs, Iowa. Each …

Agribusiness, Corn, Ethanol, Farming

Corn Commentary on YouTube

Chuck Zimmerman

If you want to learn the facts about water usage and corn then Rick Tolman, NCGA CEO, will fill you in. This is a short video interview I did with Rick at the recent NAFB Convention. I shot several while I was in their booth. It was pretty dark in the Trade Talk room so a light is now on …

Ag Group, Corn, Video

Cheese Fuel

Laura McNamara

A Wisconsin entrepreneur says producers don´t have to rely on corn, or even cellulosic waste, to create ethanol. Joe Van Groll, Owner of Grand Meadow Energy, LLC, says he can create ethanol from cheese water waste. Joe says this new method for creating ethanol is a great alternative. He points out that the ethanol industry is the target of negative …

Corn, Ethanol, Farming, Food, Technology

Dupont Supports Ethanol Production

Laura McNamara

Ethanol production has taken off and DuPont is now offering corn growers a way to measure the demand for corn in ethanol production. Dupont says its QualiTrak technology will help spur the growth of the ethanol industry. Ethanol plants have a new tool to enable them to increase the amount of ethanol they produce per bushel of grain. DuPont business …

Agribusiness, Corn, Ethanol, Farming, Technology

BASF in Germany

Laura McNamara

It’s certainly no surprise that crops are cultivated in Germany, but some of the country’s farms, equipment and practices held a few surprises. Both the German Agricultural Society and John Deere hosted a visit to the BASF Gutsbetrieb Rehhütte, or the BASF Deer’s Den Farm, in Limburgerhof, Germany left a couple reporters from our group incredulous at how clean a …

Agribusiness, BASF, Corn, Ethanol, Farming, Government, John Deere, Research, Tractor

NCGA Is All Ears

Chuck Zimmerman

The National Corn Growers Association is one of the Trade Talk exhibitors and a NAFB convention sponsor. Last night at our opening reception they were all “ears.” During Trade Talk I had a chance to conduct a series of video interviews which we’ll be using on their Corn Commentary website. This new media world means that we have multiple options …

Corn, NAFB

Corn Smut Contest

Chuck Zimmerman

Corn smut is not pretty. But that’s what the National Corn Growers Association is looking for. Actually they’re looking for a different kind of corn smut: Pick up a newspaper, turn on the evening news, listen to the radio. Corn growers are polluting the water, eroding the soil, causing global hunger. We’d cry if it weren’t so darn outrageous. Instead, …


Getting Creative with Corn

Laura McNamara

The first-ever Morningstar Farms Veggie Creations Contest is being touted as a success. The contest urged vegetable enthusiasts to showcase their creative veggie creations. Melissa Pantel-Ku of Chagrin Falls, Ohio created the winning photo/video entry entitled, “The Unicorn: An a-MAIZE-ing beast.” Selected by veggie sculptor and founder of Veggy Art, James Parker, Melissa has won a trip for two to …

Corn, Food

Farmers Matter to NCGA

Chuck Zimmerman

Farmers matter to everyone since we do have to eat. NCGA has come up with a creative way to say “thanks.” It’s the Farmers Matter website and video contest. If you’ve got a creative video way to thank farmers then enter. As the nation’s corn farmers harvest the largest crop in history, the National Corn Growers Association and its state …

Ag Group, Corn, New Media