Smithsonian Wants Iconic Corn Ads

In Audio, Commodity Classic, Ethanol, General by Cindy

National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) CEO Rick Tolman had bushels of great corn farmer news to share at the recent Commodity Classic about what the organization has done in the past year and what is happening now. We have since learned that this was the last Commodity Classic for Rick, as he has announced that he will be retiring at …

Global Ethanol Discussion

In General by Cindy

It is always interesting to hear the perspectives of different countries during the National Ethanol Conference global panel and to see the similarities as well as differences in viewpoint. The panel was moderated by Bliss Baker, Global Renewable Fuels Alliance, and included Renewable Fuels Association president Bob Dinneen, as well as (from left to right): Joel Velasco, Senior Advisor to …

Faith, Family, Farming and Ducks

In Audio, General by Cindy

Even if you have never seen the show (like me) you probably know about Duck Dynasty by now, thanks to the controversy over comments made before Christmas by the program’s patriarch that sent the media into a tizzy. The oldest brother and newest member of the show’s cast – Alan Robertson, aka the “Beardless Brother” – appeared this week at …

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 …

AAA Scores an FFF on Ethanol

In General by Ken

The American Automobile Association claims to be a longtime supporter of ethanol, but its recent policy statement leaves one wondering to what degree this is really the case. The fact is, E15 is the most tested gasoline blend ever. To assert, like AAA, that consumers are ignorant of the new fuel blend does a disservice to consumers, and shows that …

More to Gasoline Than Meets the Eye

In American Ethanol, Biofuels, Blogroll, Environmental, Ethanol, General, Water by Mark

Ethanol isn’t poison and gasoline is. There….I have said it. It boggles my mind how much of the public buys into the oil industry propaganda related to ethanol, most notably some of the environmental community. Why someone who considers themselves an environmentalist would listen to big oil on energy topics and what is best for consumers leaves me perplexed. Even …

Smoke and Mirrors Business Approach

In General by Mark

Big Oil should be in the business of magic considering their recent success with smoke and mirrors regarding the changing role of petroleum and ethanol in the United States. Their virtuosity at deception, illusions, and insubstantial explanations is unrivaled. This highly profitable and clever global industry, and their well-paid minions, continues to feed the public a regular diet of misinformation …

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 …

Corn Crop Lowered but Record Still Expected

In General, USDA by Cindy

Despite a wet spring causing a challenging start to the season, the 2013 corn crop is still looking to break new ground this year, according to the latest USDA production estimate out Monday. “This crop should be a record crop,” said USDA chief economist Joe Glauber. “This is our first objective yield survey of the corn crop, showing a yield …

Catch Up with CommonGround

In General by Cathryn

Members of the National Corn Growers Association understand that, with so many important, productive programs underway, it can be difficult to keep up with the successes achieved by the farmer-funded, farmer-led association. From the American Ethanol partnership with NASCAR to the development of the National Agricultural Genotyping Center, members interested in tracking how NCGA puts their dollars to good use …