IA Corn Indy 250 Race Day

Chuck Zimmerman

Welcome to race day here at the Iowa Speedway as we near the start of the Iowa Corn Indy 250, Presented by Ethanol. To get things started we had a press conference titled, “Ethanol: Fueling Our Future” which was coordinated by the Iowa Corn Growers Association. On hand were Iowa’s state senators, Chuck Grassley and Tom Harkin. Also on the …

Audio, Corn, EPIC, Ethanol

Getting Pitty With It

Chuck Zimmerman

These representatives of the Iowa Corn Growers were getting in some pit practice action this afternoon. Jeff Simmons, driver of the #17 Ethanol car for Rahal-Letterman Racing got his first laps on this track this afternoon. He’s peeling out of his pit behind them. He just got done dialing in the computer settings with his team in advance of what …

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ICGA Press Conference and Race Trophy

Chuck Zimmerman

The first press conference of the day was the unveiling of the trophy for Sunday’s Iowa Corn Indy 250. It’s a tall good looking trophy. The group show here consists of several board members and CEO, Craig Floss, speaking on the left. Craig made a short statement which you can listen to here: iowa-corn-07-icga-press-conf.mp3 Here’s some of the reasons why …

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Promoting Ethanol in Iowa

Chuck Zimmerman

It’s ethanol promotion time in Iowa and things are in full gear starting with this afternoon’s pump promotion at the Kum & Go in West Des Moines. I’ll be off to one taking place at a HyVee right near here (I’m working in Panera Bread at the moment) in just a little while. I got a few laughs today in …

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Iowa Corn Fueling IRL Race

Chuck Zimmerman

I saw a lot of this driving north into Iowa this afternoon. I’m in early to get ready for all the activities leading up to this weekend’s Iowa Corn Indy 250. I think it’s going to be one big corn growers tailgate party. What do you think? I know I got invited to one just today that wasn’t on my …

Corn, Ethanol

Bob Dickey is NCGA First VP

Chuck Zimmerman

The National Corn Growers Association got some work done at their board meeting in Kansas City this week. It included electing Bob Dickey of Laurel, NE, as its next first vice president. “It is a real honor for me to serve on the NCGA Corn Board, and I’m humbled that my fellow members have elected me to an officer position,” …

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Corn Talking on Sky Radio

Chuck Zimmerman

The National Corn Growers Association is using a new mechanism to help educate people about farming. It’s called Sky Radio. You can listen to it here (mp3 file). The next time you’re on an airplane, you may be in for a little “shop talk” about corn. The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is taking its environmental/stewardship message to the “skyways” …

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Is It The iCorn

Chuck Zimmerman

I’m not sure they would call it the iCorn. But a phone that’s made from corn is cool. Actually this story on Mobiledia says that NEC has developed a plastic made from corn that will be used in phones and computers. NEC Corporation has developed a corn-based bioplastic that conducts heat faster than stainless steel, and it aims to mass-produce …

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