Ethanol Fueling Legends Ride at Sturgis Rally

Joanna Schroeder

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is in full swing and one of the highlights of the event is the 2013 Legends Ride. The event started in Deadwood, South Dakota and ended at the Legendary Buffalo Chip Campground where the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is a sponsor. This is the site where RFA is also pumping free 93 octane E10 for riders. …

Ag Group, Audio, Ethanol, RFA

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and Ethanol Fuel

Chuck Zimmerman

On my way to Sturgis, SD this weekend for my second trip to the Legendary Buffalo Chip Campground and the 73rd Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. I’ll be working with our good friends at the Renewable Fuels Association. They are partnered with the event and venue to promote the use of ethanol fuel to motorcycle enthusiasts. And having been there once, …

Biofuels, Ethanol, RFA

Senate Farm Bill Markup Today

Cindy Zimmerman

The Senate Agriculture Committee meets this morning to consider the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013, their version of a “Farm Bill.” Yesterday, farm broadcasters meeting in Washington D.C. had the chance to interview a number of representatives from various agricultural and renewable fuels organizations and most of them had something to say about what the House and …

Ag Group, ASA, Audio, Dairy, Farm Bill, Government, NAFB, NAFB Washington Watch, NCBA, RFA

Obama Picks for Energy and EPA

Cindy Zimmerman

President Obama announced his picks for Secretary of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency administrator on Monday. The President nominated MIT professor Ernest Moniz as energy secretary and EPA official Gina McCarthy as administrator for the agency. While Moniz is a virtual unknown, McCarthy has served as EPA’s assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation and her appointment is …

Corn, Ethanol, Government, Growth Energy, NCGA, RFA

Sequester Could Cause FSIS Inspector Furlough

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has shaken up the meat and poultry industry with his comments about how sequestration might impact agriculture during a speech to the National Ethanol Conference last week. Answering a question about funding for a farm bill, Vilsack talked more broadly about what might happen after March 1 if Congress fails to act and sequester creates automatic …

Audio, Ethanol, Government, Livestock, NCBA, RFA, USDA

Zimfo Bytes

Talia Goes

Farm Bureau has announced its 2013 strategic action plan. The annual soy & grain trade summit agenda is now available. Renewable Fuels Association and the Renewable Fuels Foundation announced that Wade Hunt, Nebraska will attend the 18th Annual National Ethanol Conference: Driving Forward. Cotton Inc. has announced its 2012 biotechnology award recipients.

Cotton, Farm Bureau, RFA, Zimfo Bytes

Season’s Greetings from RFA

Chuck Zimmerman

Season’s greetings from our friends at the RFA. Burn a little ethanol in your tank this season and help out American farmers while reducing our dependence on foreign oil! Wishing you a happy holiday season and a great New Year from the dedicated staff of the Renewable Fuels Association.

Ag Group, Ethanol, RFA

EPA Denies Ethanol Waiver Request

Cindy Zimmerman

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has denied a petition by the governors of poultry producing states that would have waived the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and its requirement for ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply. In its decision to deny the request, EPA said Friday that the RFS itself is not causing economic harm and that suspending the standard would …

Audio, Beef, Corn, Dairy, Ethanol, Feed, Livestock, NCGA, Pork, Poultry, RFA

Ag Group Leaders Trade Talk on Policy

Cindy Zimmerman

Having the National Association of Farm Broadcasting annual meeting start the day after a presidential election gives leaders of agricultural organizations plenty to talk about at Trade Talk. In this edition of the ZimmCast, we hear from farmer leaders, lobbyists and staff members with eight different agricultural and renewable energy organizations commenting on the election, farm bill, fiscal cliff and …

AFBF, Audio, Corn, Ethanol, Farm Bill, Farm Bureau, Growth Energy, NAFB, NCBA, NCGA, RFA, ZimmCast

“Fuels America” Campaign Launched

Cindy Zimmerman

In the face of increasing calls to waive the nation’s Renewable Fuel Standard, biofuel industry stakeholders today announced a major new communications campaign to educate consumers and policy makers about the benefits of renewable fuel to America’s economy, energy security and environment. The new coalition – Fuels America – includes several agricultural organizations in addition to ethanol companies and groups …

Audio, Corn, Ethanol, Growth Energy, NAWG, NCGA, RFA, sorghum, Wheat