Coal from Corn

In Current News, General, New Products by Cindy

It could become the next great fuel source from the agricultural community. A Nebraska-based biomass supplier and manufacturer has debuted a product it touts as “Coal from the Farm.” Next Step Biofuels has launched PowerPellets, a green fuel made from corn stover – all the leaves, cobs and stalks leftover after the corn is harvested – that burns like coal …

Future of Plastics

In New Products by Cindy

When we think about petroleum, we generally think about the stuff that makes our cars run – which is definitely what most of it is used for in this country. But a significant amount goes into “Just one word – plastics.” That famous line from the 1967 film “The Graduate” can be applied to the great potential in plastics from …

Toys from Corn

In New Products by Cindy

Who knew you could build a dinosaur from corn? Look at this – a dino made out of cornstarch-based building blocks colored with food dye that can dissolve in water. Amaizing! The product is EnviroBLOX™ by Cadaco Toys. According to the company website, they are a safe and fun construction toy. No glue or magnet needed, simply moisten the blocks …

Don’t Waste Your Corn Cobs

In Equipment, New Products by Chuck

Corn cobs aren’t just for pipes anymore. Now we’re seeing some real interest in utilizing them for a variety of purposes and for farmers that could mean extra income. You might think cellulosic ethanol production first but look at this list of other uses for cobs: livestock feed supplement for mixed rations, livestock and pet animal bedding, blending cobs with …

Corn-based Packages for Corn Chips

In Current News, Food Prices, New Products by Cindy

Frito-Lay has announced a new packaging initiative that’s a chip off the old chip. Starting next year, all Frito-Lay multigrain SunChips (which are made with whole corn) will come packaged in the first fully compostable snack chip bag made from plant-based materials – that is, corn-based. According to the company, “the change is designed to significantly improve the environmental impact …

Corn is Better for Baby Bottoms

In New Products by Cindy

What could be better for baby – or Mother Earth – than kinder and gentler diapers made from corn? Corn-based diapers have apparently been around for a couple of years now, first made by a Swedish company called Nature Baby Care, but they are getting a bit more buzz lately. If you search around on the web, you will find …

Corn Toilet Paper Wipes Up in Competition

In New Products by Cindy

The next big new use for corn could be on a roll. Purdue University students Janie Stine, David Jaroch and Jessamine Osborne have created a corn-based biodegradable toilet paper called Nature’s Silk that took the $10,000 top prize in the 2009 Indiana Student Corn Innovation contest. “We were sold on the idea of Nature’s Silk from the beginning,” said Osborne, …

Corn Products at Commodity Classic

In Classic, New Products by Cindy

Some exhibitors at the Commodity Classic not only have new products to help corn growers be more productive, they also are showcasing new products made from corn. Take the BASF booth, for example. They are showcasing a carpet in their exhibit made from corn polymers, and giving away plastic coffee cups made from 100 percent corn plastic, as Dan Westberg …

Iowa Offers Value Added Grants

In New Products, State Groups by Cindy

The Iowa Corn Promotion Board is reactivating its Value-Added Grant Program to provide financial assistance to farmer-owned cooperatives, businesses, groups and individuals interested in establishing value-added corn-based businesses. “We’ve used these grants in the past for ethanol plant feasibility studies, a pilot project to turn PLA into milk bottles, marketing and business plans on distillers grains use as fertilizer, a …

Corn Cob Harvester

In Ethanol, Farming, Media, New Products by Cindy

The new Vermeer corn cob harvester announced this week by the company was on display earlier this month at the cob harvesting event sponsored by POET at project LIBERTY in Iowa. Vermeer says the CCX770 Cob Harvester new wagon-style cob collection system “will revolutionize corn harvesting by enabling farmers to harvest corn and cobs simultaneously.” The harvester is towed immediately …