Unemployed? Feeling Broke? Urge Congress to Pass Pending Free Trade Agreements

In Administration, Current News, Exports, General, International, Legislation, Politics, Trade by Cathryn

The majority of average Americans are still painfully cognizant of the recession’s impact upon their lives.  With high levels of unemployment and little disposable income, regular Americans wonder what the government has done to bail them out.  Right now, Congress has a chance to improve the lives of 22,500 people while improving the economy as a whole simply by passing …

Ethanol Makes More Sense Than Ever For America

In Activism, Blogroll, Current News, Ethanol, Legislation, Policy, Politics by Mark

According to the Oil and Gas Journal, all U.S. oil companies combined control less than 10% of the world’s oil reserves, and the world’s ten largest oil and natural gas companies are 100% owned by foreign governments. Ponder that statistic for minute and then tell me our quest for more and better alternative sources of domestic energy is a bad …

Corn Congress Underway

In Audio, Corn Congress, government, Legislation by Chuck

Corn growers are in Washington, DC taking care of business. It’s the semi-annual Corn Congress. Corn farmers from across the country will gather in Washington the week of July 12 for a series of team and committee meetings, Capitol Hill visits with lawmakers and the semi-annual Corn Congress, where grower-leaders from 28 states will elect four new members of the …

Land Use Rules & Regs Vitally Important

In Audio, Education, Events, Land Use, Legislation by Chuck

Kicking off the NCGA Land Use and Carbon Impacts of Corn-Based Ethanol Conference and welcoming participants was Conference Chairman, Jamey Cline, NCGA Director Biofuels and Business Development. I spoke with him after the opening session. Jamey says that regulations from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and from EPA on the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) have brought up a number …

Ohio Corn Growers Helping Educate Farmers

In Audio, Education, Legislation, State Groups by Chuck

It’s always good to see what the various state corn grower organizations are doing. Right now the Ohio Corn Growers Association have a nice building getting lots of activity on the grounds of the Farm Science Review. One of their board members has been involved with it for many years. He’s Ron Rockhold, pictured on the right. Ron says he …

Groups Write President to Support Ethanol Tariff

In Ethanol, Legislation by Cindy

Seven commodity and ethanol organizations have written a letter to President Bush in support of the secondary tariff on imported ethanol. The groups called attention to the importance of the tariff for the nation’s growing ethanol industry, as well as to the nation’s energy, economic, and environmental security. The organizations writing the letter include: National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers …

Farm Bill Drags On and On and On

In Farm Bill, Farming, Legislation by Cindy

“If farmers ran their business like we’re running this Farm Bill negotiation, we wouldn’t have any food to eat.” That statement from Congressman Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) pretty well sums up the frustration felt by farmers and some lawmakers at this point with planting season here and no farm bill. Congress got another one week extension of the current farm bill …

Show Me the Ethanol

In Ethanol, Legislation by Cindy

Missouri is prepared for a law requiring a ten percent ethanol blend to kick in next week. According to an article in the Kansas City Star, most of the gasoline sold in Missouri already being blended with ethanol. The law “sent a tremendous signal,” said Gary Marshall, chief executive officer of the Missouri Corn Growers Association, and E-10 now meets …

Senate to Change Energy Bill

In Current News, Energy Bill, Legislation by Cindy

The Senate fell one vote short in a procedural vote to move the Energy Bill passed by the House that includes tax increases for oil companies. The White House had threatened to veto the bill over that issue. Majority Leader Harry Reid now says they will eliminate the tax title to get a revised energy package approved later today. “We …