Forbes Fuzzy Math

In Biofuels, Conservation, Environmental, Ethanol, Food vs Fuel by Cathryn

Forbes proved that by carefully presenting numbers in a persuasively plotted manner one can confuse a reader this weekend in its story “It’s Final – Corn Ethanol Is Of No Use”. Referencing the recent United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group reports released at the end of last month, energy writer James Conca conca-cocted a seemingly sensible argument. …

The Future’s so Bright…

In Audio, Biofuels, Biotechnology, Commodity Classic, Conservation, Ethanol by Cindy

Martin’s got to wear shades. That was National Corn Growers Association president Martin Barbre looking like a rock star at the final Corn Congress session of Commodity Classic. Not by choice, he actually broke his regular glasses the night before and had to wear his prescription shades to read. But, Martin really does think the future is bright for corn …

2014 Resolution: Put Environment Back in EPA

In Activism, American Ethanol, Biofuels, Conservation, Corny News, Environmental, Ethanol, General, Policy, Water by Mark

I am rapidly getting in the holiday spirit but before I get to relaxed and magnanimous I have to send one final love letter to my friends in the petroleum industry. So with thoughts of sugar plums dancing in my head here goes: In doing my regular reading today I came across three separate stories that if looked at individually …

In World of Polluters Oil Has No Rivals

In Administration, American Ethanol, Biofuels, Conservation, Ethanol, Events, government, Policy, Politics, Sustainability by Mark

They call it black gold and Texas Tea but I prefer to call it environmental anathema; that rare combination of disgrace and abomination.  Better that than using the words that I would like to use that got my mouth washed out with soap as a child. Ok, Thanksgiving is almost upon us so I want to purge a little bile …

Don’t Till for Me Argentina

In Conservation, Farming, International by Cindy

Argentina may be about 10 years behind the United States in adoption of precision farming technology, but the country is probably 20 years ahead in adoption of no till practices. That was one of the most interesting bits of information I gleaned about Argentinean farming during the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) 2013 Congress in Argentina last week. The …

Corn Growers Support Conservation in Action

In Audio, Conservation, USDA by Cindy

“Without soil, we’re out of business.” That is the simple reason why corn growers support cutting edge conservation practices, according to Illinois farmer Dan Cole, a member of the National Corn Growers Association Production & Stewardship Action Team (PSAT) who took part in last week’s Conservation Technology Information Center 2013 Conservation in Action Tour. “PSAT is in charge of water …

American Ethanol and NASCAR Make a Splash in USA Today

In American Ethanol, Conservation, Ethanol, Media, NASCAR by Cathryn

In an era of compartmentalized media, USA Today holds a unique position. A truly national newspaper with circulation only surpassed by the Wall Street Journal, USA Today reaches Americans across the country every day with bright graphics and its bold layout. This Friday, American Ethanol and NASCAR celebrated hitting the three million mile mark in a very public way running …

Want Cutting-Edge Technology in Your Workplace? Farmers Do Too

In Biotechnology, Conservation, Education, Environmental, Farming, Food, General, Production, Sustainability by Cathryn

Imagine how differently a day at the office might have been in 1961.  A secretarial pool takes the place of word processing software.  Googling a subject might take hours and physical labor sifting through back editions of the paper or encyclopedias and still yield limited results.  Email communications require a phone call, paper memo or even a written letter sent …

Do Not Let Awareness of this Springs Flood Recede Along with the River

In Activism, Conservation, Environmental, Farming, General, Politics, Water by Cathryn

In a summer plagued by extreme weather, farmers along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers watched as water swelled from its banks and, eventually, covered many of their fields.  These farmers continue working to salvage the 400,000 acres lost to the flood. This is about more than flooded farms and homes though– this is about people’s lives and livelihoods. 2011 has …

Practicing Socially Responsible Social Media

In Conservation, Food, Social Media by Cathryn

Yesterday, like most Mondays, tweets linking to vegetarian recipes and reminders of “Meatless Mondays” littered the screen.  Armchair activists urged their online minions to help save the planet from either incinerating or freezing by simply selecting meat-free options weekly on a day designated solely due to a public love of alliteration. Like clockwork, retweets of the original musings of the …