Agriculture Celebration Planned for RNC

In Events, Politics, State Groups by Cindy

Agriculture will be in the spotlight for thousands attending the Republican National Convention next week. The Minnesota Agri-Growth Council is hosting AgNite, a celebration of America’s food and agriculture industry, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008, during the second night of the RNC in the Twin Cities. The evening event will showcase the food, agriculture and energy industries in a unique and …

McCain at the Iowa State Fair

In Ethanol, Politics, Trade by Cindy

Republican presidential candidate John McCain visited the heart of the corn belt Friday, ate a pork chop on a stick and talked about increasing trade opportunities for agriculture. During a speech at the Iowa State Fair, McCain promised to open markets for agricultural products. “There’s $150 to be made for every hog that’s raised and pig that’s raised in this …

Missouri Corn Pleased With Primary

In Ethanol, Politics, State Groups by Cindy

Both candidates for Missouri governor this fall now support ethanol. The Missouri Corn Growers are breathing a sigh of relief today as pro-ethanol Republican gubernatorial candidate Kenny Hulshof defeated Sarah Steelman, who had vowed to cancel the state’s 10 percent ethanol standard for gasoline. In November, Hulshof will face Democrat Jay Nixon, who also supports the ethanol standard. “Some candidates …

Candidates Address Agriculture Issues

In Farming, Politics by Cindy

Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain spoke to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Council of Presidents meeting in Washington DC last week by teleconference, both pledging their continued support for American agriculture. However, they shared different ideas on how they would accomplish that. Sen. McCain (R-Ariz.), first to speak, pledged to support trade agreements that will open markets to …

Grab the Tissue Box

In Ethanol, Food Prices, Politics by Cindy

When the representatives from the National Corn Growers Association met with officials from the Grocery Manufacturers Association recently to talk about their anti-ethanol campaign, they not only refused to back down, they warned that the attack was just beginning and would intensify. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa says GMA is starting a new ad campaign that is expected to be …

Big Oil Grilling

In Ethanol, Politics by Cindy

Some senators got an early start on summer grilling season Wednesday by putting the heat on Big Oil. As crude oil prices jumped over $4 to settle at more than $133 a barrel, oil company executives faced tough questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on why prices continue to climb. The oil executives defended their profits and the price increases …

Corny Analogy

In Current News, Farm Bill, Farming, Politics by Cindy

It’s not every day that the mayor of the nation’s biggest metropolitan area uses a farming analogy to make a point, but that’s what New York’s Michael Bloomberg did today in a speech to the U.S. Conference of Mayors. While accepting the National Mayoral Leadership Award for his efforts to combat climate change, Bloomberg launched into a tirade against Congress …