FlexFuel Ferrari

In E85, Ethanol, State Groups by Cindy

It’s all about being flexible at the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit – flexible fuel, that is. Take Ferrari, for example. The Associated Press picked up on the story that Ferrari is experimenting with ethanol to help its luxury sports cars produce lower emissions and improve fuel economy. Ferrari said Monday it developed an engine for …

Missouri Proposes New E85 Incentives

In Ethanol, State Groups by Cindy

Missouri Governor Matt Blunt has unveiled a plan to provide $2 million in tax incentives to fuel retailers who install E-85 ethanol pumps. According to a press release from the governor’s office, there are only 92 gas stations capable of pumping E-85 out of the more than 4,300 stations in the state. These tax credits would help offset the cost …

Illinois Corn Growers Promote at Rose Bowl

In State Groups by Chuck

People attending the Rose Bowl learned a little bit about corn and ethanol thanks to the Illinois Corn Growers. Too bad the local team didn’t win. This graphic is an example of the messages they used for this promotional opportunity. The game on the field may not have yielded the desired results that the University of Illinois football program had …

What’s So Bad About Corn?

In Current News, Ethanol, Food vs Fuel, State Groups by Cindy

A Washington Post reporter asked the musical question “What’s So Bad About Corn?” in an article that features Iowa Corn Growers Association president Tim Recker and Iowa Corn Promotion Board chairman Julius Schaaf. “I got 225-bushel corn that I’m doing right now, which is phenomenal,” Recker said by cellphone from a field near the town of Arlington. That’s 225 bushels …

Is the Price of Corn Too Low?

In Farming, General, State Groups by Cindy

Here’s a little grist for the mill from the Missouri Corn Growers Association. Although corn prices have risen substantially over the past year, according to Dr. Jim McLaren, founder and president of StrathKirn Inc., it is inaccurate to think corn price increases have a large impact on food prices. “While news coverage abounds about the price of corn pinching consumer’s …

New Coalition Releases Polling Data

In Current News, Ethanol, Food vs Fuel, State Groups by Cindy

A new coalition is leading the charge for Renewable Fuels Now – not tomorrow, not next week – NOW! And they have some new polling data that indicates Americans in general feel the same way. According to a new national poll released today by the Renewable Fuels Now Coalition, 74 percent of Americans believe we should increase our use of …

Thank a Farmer Video Contest

In Farming, State Groups by Chuck

As we near the Thanksgiving holiday it’s time to think about thanking U. S. farmers who feed us. Corn Commentary is now interlinked with the new NCGA/state affiliates website called Farmers Matter. The website was created to thank farmers and help educate consumers about growers’ dedication for producing the safest, most abundant food and feed supply on Earth, while also …

Introducing the Buckeye Renewable Fuels Association

In Audio, Ethanol, State Groups by Chuck

The NCGA is a sponsor of the Cellulosic Ethanol Summit which concludes today in Washington, DC. I was on hand and learned a lot about where things stand when it comes to a new process to make ethanol. While there I ran into Mike Wagner who has long been a leader in the corn industry, most recently with the Ohio …

South Dakota’s Kernels of Truth

In Food vs Fuel, State Groups by Chuck

The South Dakota Corn Utilization Council has started a program called “Kernels of Truth.” Here’s what it’s all about: Kernels of Truth: Learn more about the facts behind food, fuel and farming in South Dakota. Prices at the grocery store are higher. But the truth is, corn prices have little effect on the retail price of food. Find out more …

Why WRDA?

In Current News, Policy, State Groups by Cindy

Despite a looming veto threat, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) conference report Monday evening by a vote of 81-12, making a WRDA victory within grasp. National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Ken McCauley says “It’s unfortunate the administration is threatening veto. Our infrastructure cannot keep pace with demands and is falling apart. We must …