In World of Polluters Oil Has No Rivals

In Administration, American Ethanol, Biofuels, Conservation, Ethanol, Events, government, Policy, Politics, Sustainability by Mark

They call it black gold and Texas Tea but I prefer to call it environmental anathema; that rare combination of disgrace and abomination.  Better that than using the words that I would like to use that got my mouth washed out with soap as a child. Ok, Thanksgiving is almost upon us so I want to purge a little bile …

Before You Criticize, Take a Look at Your Own Backyard

In Environmental, Farming, Sustainability by Cathryn

In recent conversations about the environment, some fingers have been pointed toward corn farmers. The finger pointers wrongly allege that growing corn emits massive amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. If you want to see an enviro-villain responsible for a far greater percentage of our nation’s CO2  emissions, just look out your front door. Residential lawns actually emit more …

Corn-based Biopolymers to Replace Petroleum-based Plastics

In Audio, CUTC, Research, Sustainability by Chuck

Finding new uses for corn… and ways to treat our environment a little bit better… were the hot topics at this summer’s Corn Utilization Technology Conference. Jay-lin Jane, Ph.D., Iowa State University, chaired the discussion on how biopolymers made from corn can be a sustainable, renewable, alternative to petroleum-based plastics. “The most common use for this type of material is …

This Earth Day, Bang a Bongo for Ag

In Activism, Environmental, State Groups, Sustainability by Cathryn

This Earth Day, a lot of people will gather in parks and at events across the country to both celebrate our amazing planet and look for ways to protect it. In St. Louis, just a few miles down the main east-west corridor from the National Corn Growers Association’s headquarters, concerned citizens and eco-enthusiasts alike will converge upon Forest Park, weather …

Want Cutting-Edge Technology in Your Workplace? Farmers Do Too

In Biotechnology, Conservation, Education, Environmental, Farming, Food, General, Production, Sustainability by Cathryn

Imagine how differently a day at the office might have been in 1961.  A secretarial pool takes the place of word processing software.  Googling a subject might take hours and physical labor sifting through back editions of the paper or encyclopedias and still yield limited results.  Email communications require a phone call, paper memo or even a written letter sent …

Thinking the Local Food Movement Would Be Good for the Economy? Think Again.

In Farming, Food, Food Prices, Politics, Sustainability by Cathryn

Local food is sexy.  Like any trend, interesting, powerful people seem to love it. From Michelle Obama to a slew of celebrity chefs, everyone seems to be talking about the exact farmer from which they purchased their lettuce.  The hottest restaurants include menu descriptions that read like a list of the most prominent family from every bordering local community.  On …

What Does It Really Take to Feed Your Family?

In Farming, General, Media, Sustainability by Cathryn

America has a love affair with farmers.  From iconic imagery, like American Gothic, to reality television shows that help a handsome young farmer in his quest for a wife, we have inherited a respect for their independence and dedication.  Even with 98.5 percent of the population completely removed from agriculture, images of the American farmer permeate our culture and construct …

Need a Direct Line for Info on Beef?

In Food, Livestock, Sustainability by Cathryn

In an age of new media and self-proclaimed experts, getting credible information on food can feel like playing telephone in grade school.  At the end of the game, the message doesn’t sound at all like the original, and no one is quite sure who changed it. The many myths surrounding “magical” grass-fed beef illustrate this point precisely.  Oft touted for …

High Productivity Agriculture Necessary For Sustainability

In Audio, Biotechnology, Environmental, Farming, International, Sustainability by Chuck

The emcee for the Global Farmer to Farmer Roundtable conducted by Truth About Trade & Technology was Bob Thomson. He says the participating farmers were looking at what it’s going to take to thrive in the next several years. High on their list is modern technology. He says they realize that to feed the projected population equivalent of two more …

NCGA Board Member Talks Global Farming

In Audio, Biotechnology, Events, Farming, International, Sustainability, Trade by Chuck

NCGA board member, Pam Johnson, is a northern Iowa corn and soybean grower. She farms with her husband and sons and is one of the participants in the Truth About Trade & Technology, Global Farmer to Farmer Roundtable. She is not only participating in the roundtable discussions but was also on the panel of this morning’s Biodiversity World Tour town …