Investigate the Golf Courses

In Environmental, Ethanol, Sustainability by Ken

NCGA has a wealth of information when it comes to the use of water in corn and ethanol, and one of the factoids we use is that the average-size ethanol plant uses about as much water as a municipal golf course. Regarding this subject, I found this recent article from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association made a good point. Snippet: The …

EPA Report Shows Ethanol is Making a Difference

In Environmental, Ethanol by Cindy

A new Environmental Protection Agency report released last week indicates that ethanol additives in gasoline have helped clear the air, ground and water. The EPA report documents the success of clean fuels programs implemented by the agency, including the replacement of MTBE with ethanol in reformulated gasoline (RFG). Ethanol use in RFG increased and MTBE use decreased — In the …

Compare Fertilizer Use Correctly

In Environmental, Sustainability, Video by Chuck

A subject that is very misunderstood when it comes to growing corn is fertilizer. Here’s another installment of our Corn Commentary video series that was produced at the recent National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention. In it NCGA CEO Rick Tolman helps you better understand what’s going on in corn production as it relates to fertilizer. For example, Rick says …

Corn Water Truths

In Environmental, Video by Chuck

At the National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention NCGA’s Rick Tolman took time to dispell some myths about the use of water by the corn industry. He’s got some great facts and figures to explain why the numbers being bantered about as doomsday speak are really meaningless when put in perspective with the information those same people don’t say or …

Media Misses Point of NRC Report

In Current News, Environmental, Ethanol by Cindy

According to the Science Daily release on the National Research Council report “Water Implications of Biofuels Production in the United States” released today, “the committee that wrote the report examined policy options and identified opportunities for new agricultural techniques and technologies to help minimize effects of biofuel production on water resources.” This would be a positive thing, as noted in …

Working For Cleaner Air in Minnesota

In E85, Environmental by Chuck

The American Lung Association of Minnesota has a YouTube video about their “Path to Cleaner Air” exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair. It focuses on how “Biofuels like E85 (ethanol) and biodiesel are making Minnesota’s air cleaner and greener.” Thanks to Bob Moffitt, Communications Director, Clean Fuels & Vehicle Technologies Program, American Lung Association of Upper Midwest, for bringing it …

Could Biofuels Benefit the World’s Hungry?

In Environmental, Ethanol, Food vs Fuel, Sustainability by Cindy

Now here’s a story that flies in the face of the whole food versus fuel flap. Worldwatch Institute, “an independent research organization that works for an environmentally sustainable and socially just society,” has just authored a new book called Biofuels for Transport: Global Potential and Implications for Energy and Agriculture. In it, the authors make the startling claim that the …

Genetically Engineered Sustainability

In Biotechnology, Environmental, Sustainability by Cindy

This photo from the image library of the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows crops or products that have either already been genetically engineered or are involved in ongoing or planned transgenic studies. Biotechnology and genetic engineering are often a source of controversy because of fears that modifying crops genetically could impact human health or biodiversity or something. But a recent …

Conservation Critical for Corn

In Environmental, General by Cindy

“Conventional tillage is no longer conventional,” says Kyle Nickel with the Conservation Technology Information Center. “It’s a thing of the past.” That’s a quote in this week’s American Farm Bureau Federation editorial by Anne Keller, AFBF Director of Issues Management. She writes: In fact, a county-by-county crop residue management survey by the CTIC shows only about 33 percent of all …