Multiple Marketing Personalities Confounding

In Corny News, feed, Food, New Products by Mark

Does anyone else besides me get the impression that pet food companies are sporting multiple marketing personalities these days? They run about willy-nilly on television and online espousing the benefits of grain free dog food. These commercials and marketing materials are constructed in such a way as to make you believe dog food that contains corn is bad for your …

People, Plants Both Suffering from Cold, Wet Feet

In Corny News, General, Production by Cathryn

Feeling a little bit damp and cool? Is there a chill running through your bones? Young corn plants trying to grow in many parts of the Corn Belt feel the same way right now. Delving more deeply into why the first crop condition report issued by USDA shows only 74 percent of the crop in good or excellent condition, one …

A Corn-y Conversation

In Corny News, Farming, General, State Groups, Video by Cathryn

Iowa CommonGround volunteer Julie Kenney brought the story of corn to internet viewers everywhere recently during an interview with Iowa Girl Eats blogger Kristin Porter. The video, made possible by the Iowa Food and Family Project, explains both the different types of corn people see in the field driving by as well as what their uses. Find out more about …

It’s Candy Corn Time!

In Corny News, General by Cindy

At the same time of year when combines are running in the corn fields, billions of kernels of candy corn are being popped in mouths around the country. That’s right, I said billions. According to the National Confectioners Association, 35 million pounds of candy corn are sold around Halloween, which is approximately 9 billion individual kernels of corn. That’s kind …

Have a Little Corn with Your Beer

In Corny News, New Products, New Uses by Cindy

Plato is quoted as saying “He was a wise man who invented beer.” With craft beers all the rage now, a wise brewery is taking a second look at corn as a main ingredient. Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, Maryland calls its new brew Agave Cerveza. Our latest Brewhouse Rarities release, Agave Cerveza, is the artisanal answer to the easy-drinking, …

Cut through the Dizzying Deluge of Confectionery Confusion

In Corny News, Food, HFCS by Cathryn

If you have anything in common with the blog staff at Corn Commentary, you probably have no clue what you might get your significant someone for Valentine’s Day yet. You may have spent endless hours flipping furiously through webpages on your phone with a blank mind and pounding pulse. What could bring a smile to the face of someone who …

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 …

Newspaper’s Credibility At Issue

In American Ethanol, Biofuels, Blogroll, Corny News, Ethanol, Farm Bill, Farming, feed, Food, Food Prices, Media, Policy, Politics by Mark

In 36 years of being directly involved in agriculture and the issues that make it so…interesting, frustrating, rewarding, and painful…I have only seen one positive story written about the issues effecting the profession, especially ethanol, in the Chicago Tribune. I remain convinced to this day that it was a mistake that slipped by editors and that the cub reporter responsible …

Peterson Farm Brothers Heat Up a Cold Florida Night

In Activism, Classic, Corny News, Current News, Events, Farming, Social Media by Cathryn

Commodity Classic heated up a cold Florida night last week when the Peterson Brothers took center stage during the Evening of Entertainment. The family farmers, whose “I’m Farming and I Grow It” video went viral last spring, accepted honors from event sponsor Monsanto for their work to promote the image of modern agriculture. The brothers, who have created a series …

Sweet News about Your Valentine’s Day Sweets

In Activism, Corny News, Food, Guest Blogger, HFCS by Cathryn

Today, Corn Commentary offers a guest post from blogger Sara Ross, a CommonGround Iowa volunteer. Ross, along with 85 volunteers in 15 states, is participating in a movement that looks to open a conversation between the women who grow food and those why purchase it. CommonGround was formed by the National Corn Growers Association, the United Soybean Board and their …