Putting Agriculture in the Political Spotlight

In Audio, Biofuels, Ethanol, General, Politics by Cindy

Nine potential Republican presidential candidates were asked their opinions on various agricultural issues at the Iowa Ag Summit in Des Moines on Saturday. Comments made by at the event by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, former New York Gov. George Pataki, …

RFS for President!

In Biofuels, Ethanol, government, Politics by Cindy

The 2016 presidential campaign is starting to percolate and in Iowa the biofuels industry is making the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) their candidate. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad last week announced a major new bi-partisan campaign called America’s Renewable Future that will promote the RFS to both candidates and caucus-goes for the 2016 Iowa Presidential caucuses. “I’m very passionate about the …

How One Cattleman Views Corn

In Ethanol, International, Livestock by Cindy

We’ve highlighted Bill Couser of Couser Cattle Company several times on this blog but this week was the first time I had the opportunity to meet and spend some quality time with this great guy and his fabulous wife and son during the Truth About Trade and Technology Global Farmer Roundtable. The Couser operation has been a stop for the …

Biotech Could Help Feed the World

In Audio, Biotechnology, Distillers Grains, Farming, International by Cindy

The list continues to grow of newspapers, organizations and companies opposed to California’s Proposition 37, that would require the labeling of any foods containing genetically modified crops. “It’s just awful in my opinion,” said Truth About Trade & Technology (TATT) Chairman Emeritus and former American Farm Bureau president Dean Kleckner. “It’s as though there’s something wrong with biotech. Seventy percent …

Praying for Nine Inches

In Biotechnology, Farming, General, weather by Cathryn

With harvest nearing 90 percent completion, many news stories address the impact of the drought in the past tense. The drought hit farmers. The drought impacted yields. The drought of 2012 did this or that. According to climatologists and meteorologists who know what is needed to grow, farmers across the Midwest should be praying for nine inches. Why is that …

Growing Corn, Feeding Cattle and Producing Ethanol

In Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Events, Farming, feed, Food, Food vs Fuel, International, Production, Video by Chuck

We often hear about friction between the producers of corn and livestock over the growth in the production of ethanol. One Iowa farmer had an idea to diversify his operation and do both! Judging by the tour that the TATT Global Farmer to Farmer Roundtable participants received at his farm, Couser Cattle Company, he’s doing it very successfully. Our host …

What’s So Bad About Corn?

In Current News, Ethanol, Food vs Fuel, State Groups by Cindy

A Washington Post reporter asked the musical question “What’s So Bad About Corn?” in an article that features Iowa Corn Growers Association president Tim Recker and Iowa Corn Promotion Board chairman Julius Schaaf. “I got 225-bushel corn that I’m doing right now, which is phenomenal,” Recker said by cellphone from a field near the town of Arlington. That’s 225 bushels …