Is the Price of Corn Too Low?

In Farming, General, State Groups by Cindy

Here’s a little grist for the mill from the Missouri Corn Growers Association. Although corn prices have risen substantially over the past year, according to Dr. Jim McLaren, founder and president of StrathKirn Inc., it is inaccurate to think corn price increases have a large impact on food prices. “While news coverage abounds about the price of corn pinching consumer’s …

Call from the Combine

In Farm Bill, General, Legislation, Policy by Cindy

The National Corn Growers Association is urging its members nationwide to call their Senators on Thursday October 18 and talk to them about what they would like to see in the 2007 Farm Bill. “Right now the committee is scheduled to markup the farm bill Oct. 23,” said NCGA President Ron Litterer. “This is the time to let our senators …

Trading Places

In Current News, Exports, General, Trade by Cindy

The majority of U.S. agricultural organizations are strongly in favor of free trade, whether it be global or bilateral. The “level playing field” phrase is most often used as the reason for that support. Exports are a significant part of the agricultural economy of our nation, and therefore of the economy as a whole. According to USDA, agricultural exports hit …

Still No Farm Bill

In Current News, Farm Bill, General, Legislation by Cindy

Senate Agriculture Committee action on the 2007 Farm Bill was delayed again this week, with Ag Committee Chairman Tom Harkin citing “scheduling difficulties” as the reason for further postponing mark-up. The ag committee was waiting on the Senate Finance Committee to markup the Heartland, Habitat, Harvest and Horticulture Act of 2007 which will extend some tax incentives for renewable energy; …

Another Ethanol Myth Bites the Dust

In General by Chuck

Does the nation value wildlife and environmental protection more than ethanol and meat producers? So asked an article in the New Orleans Times-Picayune on Sunday. A continuing claim of the anti-ethanol bunch is that the pressure to grow more corn for food and fuel would lead to using environmentally fragile land for crops. They point to the 36 million acres …

NCGA is “Growing For The Future”

In General by Chuck

NCGA has a new video out and you can watch it on YouTube. It focuses on the connection between the nation’s corn growers and the land they farm. (Part One, Part Two, Part Three) Titled “Growing for the Future,” the story includes reminiscences from corn growers about the farming practices they grew up with, and how they’ve been able to …

An Oasis For Food and Fuel

In General by Chuck

This was too good a photo to pass up coming out of the Farm Progress Show. This convenience store is on Hwy. 48 just north of Decatur, IL and less than a mile from what many people call the “Super Bowl of Farm Shows.” Somehow the title says it all. We can have food and fuel if we want to. …

NCGA Past President Wins Inaugural Award

In General by Chuck

Producing more from every acre while reducing the environmental footprint on the farm are the hallmarks of U.S. farming today, says Leon Corzine, past NCGA president and one of five recipients to receive the new Abraham Lincoln National Agriculture Award. Leon received the inaugural award at the Farm Progress Show, in Decatur, Ill. for his efforts on behalf of technology. …

Rolling Stone Gathers Dross

In Ethanol, General by Cindy

The Merriam-Webster definition of “dross” includes words such as “scum,” “waste,” “impurity,” “something that is base, trivial or inferior.” All of that applies to the article in last month’s “Rolling Stone” magazine The Ethanol Scam: One of America’s Biggest Political Boondoggles. Peppered with choice four-letter words, the article is a re-hash of every criticism about ethanol there is, with no …

New Plant Produces Fuel AND Food

In Ethanol, Food vs Fuel, General by Cindy

LifeLine Foods is opening a new generation ethanol plant in St. Joseph, Missouri that could eventually put to rest the whole “food versus fuel” issue. The facility features a mill in the front of the plant that separates the corn kernel into fiber, protein and starches. This technique enables increased utilization of the starch within the kernel. The resulting higher …