Ethanol Tax Incentives Appropriate and Necessary

In Blogroll, Ethanol, government, Politics by Mark

So why does the ethanol industry think it needs to continue receiving tax incentives? There are the general answers such as to allow a relatively new industry to compete; to give a domestic fuel source a leg up, to compete against the most highly subsidized industry in history…Big Oil. Those are all kind of trite and simplistic. Bob Dinneen, CEO …

Farmers Need to Make Their Voice Heard

In Activism, Blogroll, government, Politics by Mark

For many of you the harvest season is over, but the process of cleaning and repairing your equipment and prepping fields for spring planting is just beginning. Here’s hoping that in this busiest of seasons you won’t forget to vote in the Nov. 2, 2010 election. Many local and state races are expected to be very close which means your …

Farmer Best at Telling Their Own Story

In Activism, Blogroll, Corny News, Education, Farming, Promotion by Mark

 Building off a successful campaign conducted across Nebraska a year ago, Nebraska Corn Farmers have created a new series of messages that feature several Nebraska farm families sharing facts about how today’s corn farmers are more sustainable than ever. The Sustaining Innovation campaign echoes a promotional campaign conducted in Washington, D.C. by the Corn Farmers Coalition which is comprised of …

Oil Execs Say the Darndest Things!

In Blogroll, Current News, Ethanol, Politics by Mark

“You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on.” George Bush If you are a Bill Cosby fan you probably have fond memories of his show “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” I would suggest the networks might want to consider a new program entitled “Leaders and Captains of Industry …

Response to PETA Article in Sacramento Bee

In Activism, Blogroll, Conservation, Current News, Education, Farming, Guest Blogger, Livestock, Promotion by Mark

 Today’s guest blogger is Jeff Fowle a fourth generation family farmer and rancher from Etna, California. He also writes a blog called Common Sense Agriculture.  I am writing in response to the opinion piece that was published in your Lifestyle section on October 11, 2010. It is sad that you would publish an article by an animal rights activist that …

Why I Grow Corn

In Blogroll, Education, Farming, General, Land Use by Guest Blogger

This guest blog comes compliments of Darin’s Ramblings and farmer Darin Grimm. Please note this is a rant, I hope it doesn’t detract from the quality I want to bring to this blog, but it’s my thoughts this morning, so I’ll share. I’m tired of seeing the constant bashing that corn gets in social media or even pop culture today. …

Ag’s Emerging Voices Making a Difference

In Activism, Blogroll, Farming, Social Media by Mark

Remember when social media was the shared black & white TV at the coffee shop? Whatever happened to college kids avoiding extra work? Since when did young farmers become social activists, bloggers, and even models for national advertising campaigns? It’s a brave new world and it couldn’t come too soon. Don’t get me wrong, I have spent much of my …

A Sweet Taste of Truth

In Blogroll, Corny News, Current News, Food, HFCS by Mark

So what wine goes best with myths and lies? Apparently someone better figure this out quickly as the American public is getting served up a lot of misleading information and in some cases out right fabrications regarding what they eat. The latest list of food fibs and myths come from the Editors of Eating Healthy Magazine who expose a number of urban …