Overdue Farm Bill Passed

In Farm Bill, government by Cindy

After a what seemed to be a never-ending labor process, Congress has finally delivered a new farm bill – well past its 2012 due date. National Corn Growers Association President Martin Barbre, like most farmers, was happy to see the long process come to an end. “While it’s not perfect, we’re pleased to see the bill contains many provisions we’ve …

RFS Hearing in the Heartland

In Audio, Ethanol, government by Cindy

The turnout was huge in Des Moines Thursday for a “Hearing in the Heartland” to support the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The event was hosted by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and included comments from dozens of lawmakers, government officials, farmers, biofuel producers, and other interested parties from seven states – as well as a crowd of hundreds. “I urge President …

Big Oil Labels Family Farmers Extremists

In Activism, American Ethanol, Biofuels, Current News, E85, Environmental, Ethanol, Farming, Food vs Fuel, government, Policy by Mark

A true David and Goliath battle is under way between the nation’s family farmers and Big Oil in the form of the American Petroleum Institute (API). And farmers in recent weeks bounced a big rock off the head of the petroleum behemoth. At issue is American ethanol. For months the oil industry has been involved in a well-funded campaign of …

In Defense of the RFS

In Biofuels, Current News, Ethanol, government by Cindy

Against a backdrop of golden distillers grains, a parade of speakers from state and federal government leaders to local corn farmers and ethanol plant owners spoke out Friday in Iowa against the EPA proposal to lower the volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2014. “The EPA proposal for 2014 guts the RFS which would lead to higher …

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 …

WRRDA Bills Flows Out of House Committee

In Audio, government, Transportation by Cindy

The House Transportation Committee made a long-awaited move Wednesday and introduced a water resources development bill that adds an extra R to WRDA and provides some hope that improvements will finally be made to outdated locks and dams on waterways that move crops to export markets. According to the committee, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (WRRDA) …

EPA Head Visits Iowa

In Administration, Audio, Environmental, Ethanol, government by Cindy

The newly confirmed head of the Environmental Protection Agency visited the Iowa State Fair last week, where she spoke about her goal of building a better relationship with farmers. “My commitment to you is that at the end of my term, we will have a stronger, more productive, more trusting relationship between EPA and the agriculture community,” said EPA Administrator …

Cellulosic Ethanol From Corn

In Audio, Ethanol, government, Video by Cindy

Despite what the critics have to say, commercial cellulosic ethanol is already a reality and the fastest pathway is by getting more from traditional corn ethanol. The latest achievement is the groundbreaking of a new cellulosic “bolt-on” ethanol plant in Galva, Iowa. Quad County Corn Processors Cooperative general manager Delayne Johnson says the Adding Cellulosic Ethanol (ACE) project will increase …

Hearing Provides Government Perspectives on RFS

In Audio, Ethanol, government by Cindy

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing last week on government perspectives of the Renewable Fuels Standard. The hearing featured testimony from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Adam Sieminksi with the EIA, made several points during his testimony regarding the RFS. “The RFS …