Energy Independence No Greased Pig Fantasy

In Activism, American Ethanol, Biofuels, Current News, Environmental, Ethanol, Farming, government, Sustainability, Trade by Mark

There is an old saying…”make hay while the sun is shining.” Dating back to at least 1546 this traditional farmer logic translates into grab opportunity while you can. This has never been truer regarding the nation’s energy situation. A new report by the Energy Information Administration makes that abundantly clear. EIA says the greased pig fantasy of energy independence in …

Farmers Continue Fighting Cynical Snark with Open, Inclusive Conversations

In Activism, Current News, Food by Cathryn

Last week, Corn Commentary ran a post on how CommonGround volunteers have begun answering Chipotle’s claims and explaining why they are farmed but not dangerous. Click here to view. This week, more volunteers answered the call, creating fantastic content. In addition to the original post by Maryland farmer Jennie Schmidt, four Iowa volunteers also took the initiative to tell their …

Farmers Explain Why They Are Not Farmed and Dangerous

In Current News, Farming by Cathryn

Have no fear, real farmers are here. And they want to tell you why Chipotle’s new TV series, “Farmed and Dangerous,” does not sit well with the farming community. For starters, the series, created for the online video-streaming service Hulu, mocks modern agriculture and warns viewers that today’s farming practices are dangerous and cruel. The new series features Buck Marshall, …

Growing Global Food Security through Growing Acceptance Modern Ag

In Biotechnology, Current News, Farming, Food, Food Prices by Cathryn

A Reuters news story released today confirmed that the advanced tools and practices used by modern American farmers can have a massive positive impact in reducing global hunger if more widely adopted. Assuming the idea of reducing human suffering holds near universal appeal, this finding demonstrates how arguments for a return to the farming ways of yesterdays and against the …

Big Oil Labels Family Farmers Extremists

In Activism, American Ethanol, Biofuels, Current News, E85, Environmental, Ethanol, Farming, Food vs Fuel, government, Policy by Mark

A true David and Goliath battle is under way between the nation’s family farmers and Big Oil in the form of the American Petroleum Institute (API). And farmers in recent weeks bounced a big rock off the head of the petroleum behemoth. At issue is American ethanol. For months the oil industry has been involved in a well-funded campaign of …

Oil Survey Shows Ethanol Is Clearly A Target

In Activism, American Ethanol, Biofuels, Current News, Environmental, Ethanol, Politics by Mark

What was the second biggest policy story of the year in eyes of the petroleum industry? According to a recent membership survey by the American Petroleum Institute reconsidering biofuel (ethanol) blending. What was the second biggest transportation, storage and refining story of the year? The battle over biofuels blending. And what was listed 2nd on oil’s list of things they …

In Defense of the RFS

In Biofuels, Current News, Ethanol, government by Cindy

Against a backdrop of golden distillers grains, a parade of speakers from state and federal government leaders to local corn farmers and ethanol plant owners spoke out Friday in Iowa against the EPA proposal to lower the volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2014. “The EPA proposal for 2014 guts the RFS which would lead to higher …