Relaxing at Sturgis With Good Music

Chuck Zimmerman

I’m betting there are a few Toby Keith fans out there in the AgWired community so I thought I’d share a photo from his performance at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally at the Buffalo Chip Campground. After a long day of working with the Renewable Fuels Association on their sponsorship of the rally it’s really nice to kick back and enjoy …

Ethanol, RFA

Boats Go Fast on Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

Whoever says that ethanol hurts marine engines has never seen boats running at more than 80 miles an hour on E-10. Boat racers from coast to coast gathered this past weekend in the ethanol-producing town of Garnett, Kansas for the National Boat Racing Association (NBRA) “Garnett Ethanol Hydroplane Nationals.” The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) partnered with NBRA earlier this year …

Corn, Ethanol, RFA

Green Floyd is Willin’

Chuck Zimmerman

For your entertainment pleasure Green Floyd will now perform their ethanol version of Willin’. This was recorded at the recent National Ethanol Conference and I hope you enjoy it. Apologies to Lowell George but I think he would have loved it! Green Floyd lyrics include: I’ve been kicked by the press Shunned by Wall Street Got my margins caved in, …

Energy, Ethanol, National Ethanol Conference, RFA

Green Floyd Walks the Line

Cindy Zimmerman

Here’s a little video clip from the ethanol producer group known as “Green Floyd” that played at the recent National Ethanol Conference. The Green Floyd band is made up of Frontline Bioenergy CEO Bill Lee, Neil and Tom Koehler with Pacific Ethanol and Paul Kamp with Inbicon. This song is a parody of Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the Line” with …

Corn, Ethanol, National Ethanol Conference, RFA, Video

Ethanol Sunset in Arizona

Cindy Zimmerman

At the National Ethanol Conference here in Phoenix, AZ last night we were blessed with one of the famous desert sunsets. We have been covering the 16th annual conference, which also marks the 30th anniversary of the Renewable Fuels Association, on our sister website This is the fifth year we have covered the conference and we enjoy it more …

Ethanol, RFA

State of the Ethanol Industry Live

Chuck Zimmerman

Good morning from Phoenix, AZ and the National Ethanol Conference. We’re going to stream the opening remarks and state of the industry speech for you starting at 8am MST. On the stage will be Renewable Fuels Association Chairman, Chuck Woodside and President/CEO Bob Dinneen. After their remarks I’ll post the audio and recorded video for you as soon as I …

Audio, Ethanol, RFA, Video

State of the Union Talks Trade and Biofuels

Cindy Zimmerman

President Obama made some folks in the ag industry happy with his State of the Union (SOTU) address Tuesday talking about the importance of both biofuels and free trade agreements. Corn farmers and representatives of the renewable fuels industry were especially pleased to hear the president say that America needs to “break our dependence on oil with biofuels.” “The success …

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

Obama Signs Bill Giving Death Tax Relief

Cindy Zimmerman

President Obama held a public signing ceremony for the tax bill passed by Congress this week that delivers early Christmas presents for everyone, giving farmers and ranchers good reason to be thankful this holiday season. Securing meaningful estate tax reform for farm and ranch families has been a top priority for the American Farm Bureau Federation. “We commend President Obama …

AFBF, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Corn, Ethanol, Government, Growth Energy, NCBA, NCGA, RFA


Cindy Zimmerman

There were lots of ethanol issues to discuss at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting annual Trade Talk event in Kansas City last week. The topics included the lame duck session of Congress, importance of renewing biofuels tax incentives, doing more to invest in cellulosic ethanol, labeling for E15 at the pump, just to name a few. Renewable Fuels Association …

Audio, Ethanol, NAFB, RFA

Limited E15 Waiver Approval Fosters Mixed Emotions

Joanna Schroeder

The agriculture and ethanol industries responded favorably to the EPA’s decision to approve the voluntary use of E15 in cars manufactured in 2007 or later. The increase in ethanol blended into gasoline fuels could help the ethanol industry have a home for another 4-5 billion gallons per year. Last year, Growth Energy filed the E15 Waiver and after several delays, …

AFBF, Ethanol, Growth Energy, NCBA, NCGA, RFA