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Minnesota Farmer Takes Over as NCGA President

Cindy Zimmerman

Minnesota farmer Harold Wolle, takes over as president of the National Corn Growers Association this week with a theme of “shaping the future.” During a press conference today, Wolle talked about his goals over the next year, saying reauthorizing a farm bill that reflects the priorities of corn growers will be a pressing concern. “My most immediate objective is to …

Audio, Corn, Ethanol, Farm Bill, NCGA

Trump Visits Farmers in Iowa to Campaign

Cindy Zimmerman

Former President Donald Trump spent Sunday in Iowa talking to farmers about what his administration did for them and what he hopes to do for them in a second term. From trade deals to WOTUS to ethanol, Trump touted his support of farmers during a speech in Ottumwa. “The American farmer is a big deal,” said Trump. “I will remain …

Audio, Ethanol, politics

2023 American Coalition for Ethanol Annual Conference

Chuck Zimmerman

Cindy has been working on the ACE Annual Conference and you can find her stories on and also in our AgNewsWire virtual newsroom. Here’s a taste from the start of the conference. The increased emphasis on reducing carbon provides a great opportunity for the ethanol industry and everything counts when it comes to getting that carbon score down. In …

ACE, Ag Groups, Audio, Energy, Ethanol

Brazilian State Interested in Nebraska Water Management

Cindy Zimmerman

One of the largest global producers of corn, soy, cotton, and corn ethanol is looking to Nebraska, via the University of Nebraska and the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute (DWFI), for aid in mapping out the region’s available surface and groundwater resources for sustainable irrigation development. Governor Mauro Mendes of the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil, recently met with …

Audio, Corn, Ethanol, Food, Irrigation, Water, Water for Food

Couser Provides Grassroots Input to EPA

Cindy Zimmerman

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan recently appointed members for the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee (FRRCC), including Iowa livestock producer and ethanol investor Bill Couser. Established in 2007, the FRRCC provides independent policy advice, information, and recommendations to the EPA administrator on a range of environmental issues and policies that are of importance to agriculture and …

Audio, Beef, EPA, Ethanol

Farm Groups Join Push for Summer E15

Cindy Zimmerman

Farm organizations joined ethanol groups in a letter calling on President Biden to get ahead of rising fuel costs by authorizing sales of E15 this summer. National Corn Growers Association, National Sorghum Producers, American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union signed the letter, along with the Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy, noting that current conditions are similar to …

AFBF, Corn, Ethanol, NCGA, RFA

USDA Under Secretary Discusses Climate Strategies

Cindy Zimmerman

USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Robert Bonnie spent an hour with members of the American Coalition for Ethanol last week, answering questions on various climate and conservation topics and stressing the administration’s support for biofuels. “I hope you know this administration has a strong commitment to ethanol,” Bonnie began. “There’s a lot of alignment between things that …

ACE, Audio, climate, Conservation, Environment, Ethanol, USDA

Rabobank Analyst Sees Potential in SAF

Cindy Zimmerman

The sky seems to be the limit for the future of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and can be a real opportunity for farmers, according to RaboResearch Senior Grains & Oilseeds Analyst Owen Wagner. Wagner was at Commodity Classic last week talking about how sustainable aviation fuel fits into the landscape for commodity demand. “This (SAF) is not just for vegetable …

Audio, Biodiesel, Biofuels, Commodity Classic, Corn, Ethanol, Soybean

Highlights from the National Ethanol Conference

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association 2023 National Ethanol Conference last week in Orlando coincided with the release of EPA’s proposed rule to allow year round sales of E15 ethanol, making it a very timely event with attendance back to pre-pandemic levels. This edition of the Ethanol Report podcast includes highlights from the NEC, including remarks from RFA President and CEO Geoff …

Audio, Ethanol, Podcasts, RFA

Iowa Governor Receives RFA Industry Award

Cindy Zimmerman

A well-deserved award was presented during the National Ethanol Conference in Orlando by the Renewable Fuels Association last week to Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds for her untiring efforts on behalf of the entire ethanol industry. The award was presented the day after a major victory for the governor in the proposed rule from EPA that will allow her state and …

Audio, Ethanol, National Ethanol Conference, RFA