New Appointments Good for Agriculture

In Administration, Ethanol, government, Politics by Cindy

President-elect Obama has announced former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack as his choice for Secretary of Agriculture and Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar as interior secretary. Both appointments are good news for the agriculture industry. Vilsack served two terms as governor of Iowa from from 1998 until 2006 and was a short-lived opponent of Obama’s in the presidential race. As governor, Vilsack …

World Food Conference to Focus on Biotech and Biofuels

In Administration, Biotechnology, Current News, Ethanol, Exports, Food Prices, Trade by Cindy

Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer will present a three pronged strategy to deal with rising food prices, climate change and energy security when he travels to Rome next week for the conference on World Food Security being held by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Schafer says the strategy is basically to “provide food and other support …

Schafer Explains Bush Comments

In Administration, Current News, Ethanol by Cindy

Comments by President Bush this week that corn prices are affecting food prices required some explanation after the fact by Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer. During a speech this week at the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference 2008, Bush said, “Corn ethanol holds a lot of promise, but there’s a lot of challenges. If you’re a hog-raiser in the United …

Schafer Addresses Feed Costs For Cattle Producers

In Administration, Ethanol by Cindy

New Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer made his first major public policy speech today at the Cattle Industry Convention in Reno, NV where high feed costs are a major topic of conversation. Schafer addressed the issue in his remarks, stressing that the situation is short term. “For today and tomorrow the growing demand for ethanol is likely going to mean that …