EPIC Joins Growth Energy

Chuck Zimmerman

The Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (long time ZimmComm client) announced today that it is going to be joining Growth Energy. Actually the board is recommending the transition to its membership but I think it’s safe to say that the plan will be approved. Here’s an excerpt from a statement by EPIC Executive Director, Toni Nuernberg. I am proud to …

Ag Group, Energy, EPIC, Ethanol

Get a Hat Like Ryan’s

Cindy Zimmerman

The Ethanol Promotion and Information Council is inviting NAFB members to get a hat while they’re hot. The first 30 farm broadcasters who stop by the EPIC booth at the NAFB Trade Talk to do an interview will receive a limited edition Team Ethanol cap – just like the one Indy car driver Ryan Hunter-Reay is wearing in this photo …

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Ethanol Car Runs Strong in Iowa

Chuck Zimmerman

This year’s Iowa Corn Indy 250 is over and as usual, ethanol won. Actually, Dan Wheldon, Target Chip Ganassi Racing won the race. You can see plenty of victory lane pictures in my photo album. However, I was rooting for Team Ethanol. They ran as high as 3rd place but according to driver, Ryan Hunter-Reay, they lost a gamble on …

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My Iowa Pace Car Ride

Chuck Zimmerman

After today’s ethanol press conference the media were treated to rides out on the track in the Iowa Speedway Pace Car. I got to do one at Indy a couple years ago in a truck so this was different. Our driver was Davey Hamilton. Even though we only went about 95 mph, the curves were tough to deal with. As …

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Getting The Inside Look at Ethanol

Chuck Zimmerman

We had an inside look at ethanol press conference here at Iowa Speedway this morning. Participating were (l-r), Toni Nuernberg, EPIC, Craig Floss, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Mike Sobetski, LifeLine Foods and Troy Hobbs, Monsanto. They helped answer questions journalists here had about the fuel that’s burning in these IndyCars. You can see individual posts with each of them on …

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Practice Time at Iowa Speedway

Chuck Zimmerman

The first practice session for the Iowa Corn Indy 250 is just about to conclude and Team Ethanol’s #17 car is doing very well. I’ve got another interview scheduled with him in about 45 minutes. Ryan Hunter-Reay clocked a practice lap at 181.676 mph and is currently 7th fastest. The track was heating up this afternoon as we have a …

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Ryan Hunter-Reay Pumps Up Team Ethanol

Chuck Zimmerman

I finally got to meet the Team Ethanol driver, Ryan Hunter-Reay. Ryan was on hand at the Kum & Go pump promotion and posed here with the Highway Patrolmen who helped us with security and traffic and other drivers. He’s the tall guy on the left. Cindy and Laura have already had a chance to meet him. This is my …

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Talking Ethanol With Pioneer’s Russ Sanders

Chuck Zimmerman

Pioneer Hi-Bred is sponsoring the Iowa Corn Indy 250 again this year and I spoke to Russ Sanders, Marketing Director, about how the company is involved. He’s pictured here (left) with Team Ethanol driver, Ryan Hunter-Reay and EPIC Director of Communications, Joanna Schroeder. Russ says that the company sees a great opportunity in the biofuels arena and their participation in …

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Pumping Hands And Gas

Chuck Zimmerman

Consumers in Ankeny, IA were treated to a little relief at the gas pump today when the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council teamed up with Kum & Go for a pre-race ethanol promotion. Regular (E10) was selling for $2.50/gallon and E85 was $1.85. I filled up my flex fuel van before I left. Four of the IndyCar drivers were on …

EPIC, Ethanol

EPIC Member Website Re-designed

Chuck Zimmerman

While I’m on the subject of the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council, I realized that I’ve neglected to mention their newly designed member website. I think it’s a great example of how a “blog” can be your primary website. EPIC staff, (occasionally, Cindy and myself), easily and frequently update the website with fresh information that their members want and need …

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