Another Thought for National Ag Day

In General by Ken

As someone new to agriculture, I first heard John Phipps at the recent Commodity Classic, and I was impressed by his poise, his intelligence, his humor and his broad knowledge of (and deep affection for) his primary audience. That said, one of his more recent blog posts really shouldn’t seem all that unusual. As he concludes it: America works. And …

Water and Whine

In Ethanol, General by Cindy

If you are going to talk about water use, at least put it in perspective. The hue and cry over ethanol’s water use has been led by the claim that one gallon of ethanol requires 1700 gallons of water to produce. That figure, as Ken pointed out in the previous post, counts the water used to grow the corn, most …

Say WHAT??!!!

In Ethanol, General, Media by Cindy

An oil company executive this week whined that they are being unfairly attacked by the media. Say what?! According to a Reuters report, from the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association meeting in San Diego, Valero Energy Corp Chief Executive Bill Klesse “blasted U.S. policy makers, the U.S. Congress, the press and environmentalists for conducting a “serious attack” on the oil …

Fight Fallacies with Facts

In Ethanol, General, Media by Cindy

If you have 40 minutes to spare, listen to this impassioned speech by Assistant Energy Secretary Andy Karsner at the recent National Ethanol Conference: [audio:http://www.zimmcomm.biz/rfa/nec-08-karsner.mp3] I mean to tell you, this guy was FIRED UP about the need for combating the misinformation about renewable fuels and he implored the media to get the whole story. “We invite you to be …

Sorghum Added to Classic Next Year

In Classic, General by Cindy

Next year’s logo for Commodity Classic will have four amigos, instead of just three. Sorghum will join corn, soybeans and wheat for the 2009 Commodity Classic Feb. 26-28 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center on Lake Grapevine in Grapevine, Texas. “We are very excited to take part in Commodity Classic in 2009,” said National Sorghum Producers President Dale …

Corn-Fed Conference Two

In Classic, Farming, General by Cindy

As Ken commented on the previous Shannon Brown post – if you miss her at the National Ethanol Conference, you can see her in Nashville at the Commodity Classic. “Corn Fed” Shannon will join John Conlee, Joe Diffie, Carolina Rain and The Steeldrivers for an exclusive show at the Grand Ole Opry during the Evening of Entertainment wrapping up the …

Show Me Economic Growth

In Ethanol, General, State Groups by Cindy

Missouri corn growers are reminding residents – and lawmakers – in the capital city of Jefferson that ethanol is helping the state’s economy. According to a University of Missouri economic impact study, ethanol production in Missouri is expected to reach 350 million gallons annually by the end of 2008. This growth would create 5,613 jobs, generate $63 million in tax …

Chatting About Corn Commentary

In Audio, General by Chuck

This week I paid a visit to the world headquarters of the National Corn Growers Association to meet with Mimi Ricketts and newcomer Jennifer Crichton. I got to see Rick’s new ride in person and took my own picture. While I was there I recorded a short discussion with them about the whole Corn Commentary project. I think you’ll find …

Corn and Soybeans Go Hand in Hand

In General by Cindy

A headline in Barron’s this week says “Soybeans Bow to King Corn,” and notes that because of the energy bill’s increase in ethanol “it now looks as though the oilseed may spend another year riding in the back seat” when it comes to acreage. Corn and soybeans are like two sides of the same coin – yin and yang, as …

Corn Hits a High Note

In Farming, General by Cindy

Corn futures jumped to a 12-year high Monday after Friday’s USDA report predicted lower ending corn stocks for this fiscal year. According to Bloomberg, corn futures for March delivery rose 17 cents, or 3.4 percent, to $5.12 a bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade. The price earlier jumped the exchange’s 20-cent limit to $5.15, topping the record for a …