RFS Uncertainty Hurting Farm Income

Joanna Schroeder

The uncertainties around the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) are threatening farm income and hurting the economic stability of rural economies. A new white paper from the National Farmers Union (NFU) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), using recent USDA data on net cash income for American farmers and ranchers, states that income is expected to decline by 26 percent …

Agribusiness, Audio, Biofuels, Corn, Ethanol, NCGA, NFU

Growers Adopting Enogen Corn for Ethanol

Joanna Schroeder

Growers are adopting Enogen corn for ethanol production and acres are expected to exceed 400,000 in 2016. Syngenta said there were 225,000 acres in production during the 2015 growing season and with the expected expansion and 16 ethanol plants utilizing the biotech corn designed specifically to enhance ethanol production, 1 billion gallons of ethanol per year will be produced. “This …

Agribusiness, Corn, Ethanol

Farm Broadcaster Wins Ethanol Media Award

Cindy Zimmerman

Tom Riter of WNAX in Yankton, SD was awarded this year’s American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Excellence in Media award at last week’s annual meeting in Omaha. Riter is pictured here receiving the award from ACE Director of Communications Chuck Beck. Riter is a veteran farm broadcaster and a native of Rock Rapids, Iowa. He is a regular contributor to …

ACE, Ethanol, Media, NAFB

Busy Year for America’s Renewable Future

Cindy Zimmerman

It was only eight months ago that America’s Renewable Future (ARF) was launched in Iowa with the goal of educating presidential candidates about agriculture and biofuels in general and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in particular. But what the coalition has accomplished in that short time has been so impressive that the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) recognized them with …

ACE, Audio, Award, Ethanol, Livestock, politics

America’s Renewable Future Talks to Trump

Cindy Zimmerman

America’s Renewable Future (ARF) is less than one year old, but has already made an impact when it comes to educating presidential candidates about the importance of agriculture and renewable fuels. Eric Branstad, son of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, was one of the main organizers of the coalition which just launched in January of this year. “Since then we’ve been …

ACE, Audio, Biofuels, Ethanol, politics

Grains Council Chair Stresses Excellence in Exports

Cindy Zimmerman

Nebraska farmer Alan Tiemann was recently elected chairman of the U.S. Grains Council and he is excited about the work they are doing to expand exports of ethanol and the co-product Distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) used for livestock feed. “For this coming year, my theme is ‘Excellence in Exports,’” said Tiemann during an interview after his address to …

ACE, Audio, Corn, Ethanol, Exports, Feed, Grains, USGC

#Ag Not on Republican Soapbox Agenda

Joanna Schroeder

Apparently agriculture is not a main agenda item during the Iowa State Fair for many Republicans. During the Des Moines Register’s Soapbox series speeches, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Senator from South Carolina Lindsey Graham failed to discuss any ag issues in detail and only Walker and Fiorina made comments but only when answering crowd questions. I …

Agribusiness, Audio, Biofuels, Environment, Ethanol, Fairs, politics

Democrats Webb, O’Malley Tout Support for Ag, Energy

Joanna Schroeder

Democratic hopeful presidential candidates Jim Webb and Martin O’Malley touted their support for ag and energy yesterday during their speeches from the Des Moines Register’s Presidential Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair. They have some fundamental issues in common, including the need for better education and to bring the American dream back to Americans through a stronger economy and better wages. …

Agribusiness, Audio, Energy, Ethanol, Fairs, politics

Huckabee Gets His #Pork On at Iowa State Fair

Joanna Schroeder

Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey is encouraging everyone, including presidential candidates, to #GetYourAgOn at the Iowa State Fair. Well Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas and 2008 winner of the Iowa Republican Caucuses, is definitely getting his #GetYourAgOn with his love of pork. He kicked off his Des Moines Register Presidential Soapbox speech saying, “Porkchop on a stick. …

Agribusiness, Audio, Biodiesel, Ethanol, Fairs, politics, Pork, Renewable Energy

Free Fuel Happy Hours at Sturgis Buffalo Chip

Chuck Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has been providing free E10 fuel fill-ups for bikers at the Buffalo Chip Campground during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for the past four years, and every year Chip owner Rod “Woody” Woodruff is first in line. Cindy borrowed my new Golden ZimmComm Microphone to interview Woody during her first trip to the annual event. “RFA …

Ag Group, Audio, Biofuels, Energy, Ethanol, RFA, Video