Why the RFS is Important to Corn Farmers

In Audio, Ethanol by Cindy

Despite the challenges that come every year with farming, Iowa corn grower Mark Recker sees his future and the future of his children in the industry, in part because of what the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has meant for rural communities like his in Fayette County. “The RFS is the one shining star that has brought opportunities back to this …

Speaking Out for RFS

In Audio, Biofuels, Ethanol, government by Cindy

You might remember the turnout in December 2013 at an EPA hearing after the release of the recalled 2014 volume obligations (RVO) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Over 100 people from across the country testified on behalf of the RFS. That hearing was held near Washington DC. Imagine what the turnout will be like on June 25 for a …

NCGA with NAFB on Capitol Hill

In Audio, Biofuels, Biotechnology, Ethanol, Legislation, Policy by Cindy

Members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB) were on Capitol Hill last week talking with lawmakers, administration officials, and industry organizations about topics important to agriculture, and the National Corn Growers Association was happy to once again be part of that event. NCGA Executive Vice President Jon Doggett, Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs Manager Clint Raine, and Director …

Motor Club Finds No Ethanol-Related Claims

In Audio, Ethanol by Cindy

AAA has been an outspoken critic of the move to 15% ethanol blended fuel but there are other motor clubs that don’t tow that line. Gene Hammond with Association Motor Club Marketing and Travelers Motor Club, which represent 50 years in the business and over 20 million members, says they studied their claims over the past several years to see …

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, …

Leno Anti-Ethanol Rant Smells Like BO

In Audio, Biofuels, Ethanol by Cindy

This picture from an April 2008 Popular Mechanics article written by former Tonight Show host Jay Leno shows him with a 2006 Corvette Z06 that he said “has a top speed of 208 mph and runs on a homegrown alternative to gasoline – cleaner burning E85 ethanol.” In this interview with DomesticFuel in 2007, Leno talks about biodiesel specifically but …

#Classic15 Memorable Moments

In Audio, Commodity Classic, USDA by Cindy

Ribbon Cutting by Pocket Knife The Commodity Classic trade show ribbon cutters were having a hard time with some dull scissors so it came down to a pocketknife to start the show. Good reason to pack it in your suitcase or drive to an event – you never know when that pocketknife can come in handy! Record Crowd Once again, …

EPA Official Apologizes to Ethanol Industry

In Audio, Ethanol by Cindy

Last year at the National Ethanol Conference in Orlando, EPA’s Director of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality told the ethanol industry that the agency intended to finalize the volume requirements for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by the end of spring 2014. As everyone knows that never happened and at the 2015 National Ethanol Conference in Dallas last …

NASCAR Starts Fifth Year on E15

In American Ethanol, Audio by Cindy

Fuel with 15 percent ethanol, known as E15, has been approved for sale by the Environmental Protection Agency since January 2011. Two months later Sunoco Green E15 debuted at the 2011 Daytona 500. American Ethanol celebrated the start of the fifth year of its partnership with NASCAR at the Great American Race this weekend. “They’ve put over six million hard-earned …

Soil Health Hinges on Farmers

In Audio, Conservation, Farming, soil health partnership by Cindy

The first year of the Soil Health Partnership (SHP), introduced at the 2014 Commodity Classic, enrolled 20 farmers in six states to be demonstration sites for the effort and by the end of five years they expect to have 100. These farmers have agreed to basically be the “guinea pigs” to help other farmers learn from their experiments and innovations. …