Corn Growers in the Sunbelt

In Audio, Events, Farming by Cindy

The National Corn Growers Association had a presence last week at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia for the first time. NCGA president Chip Bowling of Maryland visited with attendees at the event, including USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden who grew up on a Georgia peanut farm, and got to see some crops he doesn’t normally see. “I got …

Farmland Coming to a Theater Near You

In Audio, Events, USFRA by Cindy

The latest screening of the feature length film documentary Farmland was a star-studded event this week in Washington D.C. While the movie has been previewed at several events this year, including the Commodity Classic, this one not only helped celebrate National Agriculture Day, it also marked the official announcement of its upcoming theatrical release. On the red carpet here at …

Ag Day Celebrates America’s Family Farmers

In Events, General, USFRA by Cathryn

It can seem like everyone has a “day.” From margaritas to ravioli, calendars could become a dizzying disaster trying to keep on top of what is being “celebrated” every day of the year. Today is different though. Today, America celebrates the American icons that provide abundant food, feed and fuel. Today, we celebrate farmers. Officially, Ag Day was created to …

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 …

Meaningful Act Tells a Bigger Story

In Events, General by Mark

I didn’t know Kyle Hendrix but I wish I had. Nor do I know Jake Moore, the young man who recently set up a moving tribute to his fellow farmer who passed away too young from cancer. Moore recently arranged a fitting recognition for his best friend, Hendrix (31) that lined up dozens of tractors and combines along the route …

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 …

Commentary from Former Ag Secretaries

In Audio, Environmental, Ethanol, Events, Farm Bill, government by Cindy

A highlight of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting annual meeting last week in Kansas City was a panel featuring three former secretaries of agriculture – Bob Bergland of Minnesota who served under President Carter from 1977-81; John Block of Illinois who served President Reagan from 1981-86; and Clayton Yeutter of Nebraska who was agriculture secretary for George H.W. Bush …

USDA Economist on Outlook for Grains

In Audio, Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Events by Cindy

A highlight for the 2012 Export Exchange this week in Minneapolis was a presentation by USDA Chief Economist Dr. Joe Glauber on the supply and demand outlook for coarse grains, both in the United States and globally. Needless to say, much of his focus was on the impact on this year’s drought in the U.S. “What looked like was going …

Auto Technicians Get Ethanol Message

In E85, Ethanol, Events by Cindy

The ethanol industry reached out to auto mechanics and technicians from around the country last week at events held as part of Automotive Service and Repair Week (ASRW) in New Orleans. The Renewable Fuels Association, Bobby Likis Car Clinic Network and Ricardo Engineering teamed up to bring that message on the trade show floor of the Congress of Automotive Repair and …