Presidential Possibles Take on Ag Issues

Cindy Zimmerman

Nine potential Republican presidential candidates were asked their opinions on various agricultural issues at the Iowa Ag Summit in Des Moines on Saturday. Each taking a seat on a stage with agribusiness entrepreneur Bruce Rastetter for 20-30 minutes were former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, South Carolina …

Audio, Biofuels, Ethanol, politics

NASCAR Starts 5th Year with American Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

Chuck took a last minute trip to the Daytona 500 this past weekend courtesy of New Holland, where American Ethanol celebrated the start of the fifth year of its partnership with NASCAR. “They’ve put over six million hard-earned miles at high RPMs on these race cars,” said Tom Buis of Growth Energy at the race on Sunday. “They got better …

Audio, Ethanol, Growth Energy, NASCAR, New Holland

Former USTR Talks Trade at Ethanol Conference

Cindy Zimmerman

Former U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk was the keynote speaker at the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) National Ethanol Conference this week where the theme was “Going Global” with an emphasis on exports. “I want to thank you for your very strong and vocal support for a very smart trade policy for our country over the years,” said Kirk, who served …

Audio, Ethanol, Exports, Trade

Bob Dinneen Live Stream of State of Ethanol Industry

Chuck Zimmerman

This morning at 8am central we will live stream the session from the National Ethanol Conference featuring Renewable Fuels Association CEO Bob Dinneen. Bob will deliver this annual state of the industry address a few minutes after 8am and we’ll be recording it so that you can watch and listen later if you miss the broadcast or want to review …

Ag Group, Audio, Biofuels, Ethanol, National Ethanol Conference, RFA, Video

20th National Ethanol Conference Kicks Off

Cindy Zimmerman

Football Hall of Fame member Kenny Houston helped Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Bob Dinneen get the early activities for the 20th annual National Ethanol Conference underway on Ash Wednesday in Dallas. Houston is a former American football defensive back who played for the Houston Oilers and then the Washington Redskins between 1967 and 1980, but today he …

Audio, Ethanol, RFA

The Andersons Grain Group President to Retire

Cindy Zimmerman

The Andersons, Inc. Grain Group President Denny Addis has announced plans to retire in May. According to the company, Ethanol Group president Neill C. McKinstray will assume leadership over both groups at that time. “Denny has a stellar 43-year record with The Andersons and during his tenure has exhibited faithful service and exceptional leadership,” says Hal Reed, Chief Operating Officer. …

Agribusiness, Ethanol, Grains

Andersons’ New Campaign Focuses on Diversity

John Davis

Grain, ethanol, and plant nutrient company The Andersons is emphasizing the diversity it brings to agribusiness. This news release from the Ohio-based company says its new brand campaign “And Beyond” includes a refresh to the corporate website www.andersonsinc.com and associated promotional materials. “The ‘And Beyond’ campaign builds on the equity of the previous ‘And’ theme that we’ve had in place …

Agribusiness, Ethanol

NFU Disagrees with RFS Report Recommendations

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Farmers Union (NFU) represented agriculture on a Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) advisory group that helped develop a new report on “Options for Reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard.” “It was very important that agriculture that supports the renewable fuels industry be present at the table,” said NFU vice president of programs Chandler Goule, who notes that while the meetings …

Ag Group, Audio, Biodiesel, Ethanol, NFU

Corn and Soybean Groups React to EPA Decision

Cindy Zimmerman

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced they will not be finalizing the 2014 applicable percentage of standards under the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) until next year. They also announced that the compliance deadline for 2013 RFS standards will also take place in 2015. Both corn and soybean groups reacted to the announcement, which impacts ethanol and biodiesel production …

ASA, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Corn, EPA, Ethanol, Government, Soybean

Why RFA Loves Farm Broadcasters

Cindy Zimmerman

Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) president and CEO Bob Dinneen loves coming to the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Trade Talk event each year, but not for the reason you might think. “It’s not just because you get to do 25-30 interviews in a day,” said Dinneen, pictured here with DeLoss Jahnke of WMBD/WIRL in Peoria. “It’s because you’re interacting with …

Audio, Ethanol, NAFB, RFA