Japanese Journalists Visit Nebraska Corn Country

In Farming, International, Media, State Groups by Cindy

A team of journalists from Japan were in Nebraska last week, hosted by the Nebraska Corn Board as part of a U.S. Grains Council trade mission. For some, it was the first time they ever saw corn growing in fields. The group visited Darr Feedlot in Cozad, a corn farm in Seward, the Monsanto Water Utilization Learning Center in Gothenberg, …

Bringing Hope to Africa

In Administration, Farming, International, USDA by Cindy

Earlier this month, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton paid a visit to Nairobi, Kenya where they met with agricultural officials and visited the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI). “We must help Africa produce enough food to feed its people and create economic opportunities for this continent,” Vilsack said during the appearance. “We can provide seed …

Ag Economist on Indirect Land Use

In Audio, Ethanol, International, Land Use by Cindy

The International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress/Ag Media Summit in Fort Worth this week featured a “Great Debate” between retired Kansas State ag economist Barry Flinchbaugh and former Texas congressman Charlie Stenholm. Their topics were ag policy and trade but some of the focus was on the new cap and trade legislation, climate change and indirect land use. During an …

Missouri Corn Grower at the United Nations

In Biotechnology, Farming, International, State Groups by Cindy

Missouri corn grower Rob Korff recently had the opportunity to tell United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon about the important strides American farmers have made to produce more abundant, affordable food. Korff, who is vice chairman of the Missouri Corn Growers and chairman of the National Corn Growers Association Biotechnology Working Group, took part in a United Nations food …

Transition to a Global Biofuels Economy

In Audio, Ethanol, International by Cindy

Farm Foundation hosted another segment in their “Transition To A Bio Economy” conference series last week in Washington DC, focusing this time on “Global Trade and Policy Issues.” There were a number of very interesting presentations made at the conference, but here is just a sampling that provided commentary relevant to corn. Seth Meyer with the Food and Agricultural Policy …

Take the 30 Year Challenge

In Farming, International, Policy by Cindy

The challenge of feeding a growing global population may require some radical new thinking outside the traditional agricultural box. That’s why the Farm Foundation has organized a competition looking for “innovative and promising public policy options to address the challenges agriculture may face in providing food, feed, fiber and fuel over the next 30 years.” The best ideas will win …

Allah and Ethanol

In Ethanol, International by Cindy

The idea that ethanol could be a sin under Muslim law is getting lots of attention in the blogosphere. Recently, a prominent Muslim scholar in Saudi Arabia warned that using alcohol-based biofuels in cars could be a sin. The warning was issued by Sheikh Mohamed Al-Najimi, a member of the Saudi Islamic Jurisprudence Academy, based on the Islamic directive that …

Feeding and Fueling the World

In Farming, General, International by Cindy

The answer to feeding a growing world population lies with building on the success of the American farmer, according to Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer, who addressed the World Food Prize breakfast last week in Des Moines. “Our focus should be on sharing our technology, equipment and know-how, processes and procedures to help farmers all over the world boost the productivity …