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

Corn Growers Call for Careful Analysis Over RFS

John Davis

At least two governors, Bev Perdue of North Carolina and Mike Beebe of Arkansas, have petitioned the EPA to waive the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for ethanol in light of the drought gripping much of the corn-producing region of the country. The National Corn Growers Association… which has alliances with the livestock producers who want to see lower feed prices …

Corn, Ethanol, Government, RFA

Ethanol Goes Open Road With New Ad

Chuck Zimmerman

A new ethanol ad has debuted that focuses on the fact that ethanol is saving consumers at the pump. Following on the success of its long-running “Right Here, Right Now” ads, the Renewable Fuels Association is debuting a new ad which focuses on ethanol’s ability to lower gas prices at the pump and offer consumers relief in a difficult economy. …

Ag Group, Biofuels, Ethanol, RFA, Video

Corn and Ethanol Groups Respond to RFS Waiver Request

Cindy Zimmerman

Corn growers would rather see a waiver request than attempts to eliminate the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) but the ethanol industry thinks it will still be denied by EPA. In response to the request for a waiver announced this morning by livestock and poultry groups, National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Garry Niemeyer of Illinois called it “premature to ask …

Corn, Ethanol, Growth Energy, NCGA, RFA