New Campaign to Defend Fuel Choice

In Ethanol, Video by Cindy

Allowing America to be pro-choice when it comes to fuel is what the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is all about and a new ad campaign directed at Washington policy makers is making that point as the oil industry ramps up its anti-choice effort to repeal the law which has helped increase the use of biofuels at the pump. Fuels America …

Immigration Policy Impacts Food Affordability

In feed, Food, government, Livestock, Video by Cindy

Thanks to highly mechanized planting and harvesting, plus the advantage of a crop that can be stored for long periods of time, corn growers are largely able to function without the use of a migrant work force. But, even those row crop farmers who don’t directly employ migrant laborers have a reason to care about comprehensive immigration reform. The dairy …

EPA Seeks Better Relationship with Agriculture

In Audio, Environmental, government, Video by Cindy

For many farmers and ranchers, the federal agency that best exemplifies the cynical phrase “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you” is the Environmental Protection Agency. During a Senate confirmation committee hearing last week, President Obama’s nominee for EPA Administrator admitted that the relationship between the agency and those working in agriculture could be improved. “I think …

Vilsack Biofuels Pep Talk

In Audio, Biofuels, Ethanol, USDA, Video by Cindy

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack hit two meetings in one city last week, appearing at both the National Ethanol Conference and the National Biodiesel Conference in Las Vegas and serving as the biofuels industry cheerleader to rally the troops in an uncertain time. “A critical component to the success of rural America is in the renewable fuel and energy industry,” Vilsack …

Meet the Faces of Farming & Ranching

In Audio, USFRA, Video by Cindy

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) has found four fresh Faces of Farming & Ranching to represent American agriculture to the general public. The four represent a range of agricultural commodities including corn and soybeans, hogs, cattle, and dairy and they were chosen through on-line voting and a panel of judges from nine finalists announced last month at the …

Romney on the Farm

In Audio, Ethanol, Farm Bill, Politics, Video by Cindy

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney put his focus on agriculture and rural policy on Tuesday with the release of an agricultural policy white paper and a visit to an Iowa family farm. Romney pledged to get a farm bill passed as president and blamed President Obama for the failure of Congress to do so yet, despite the fact that Republican …

Illinois Family Farmers and Kenny Wallace

In Audio, Ethanol, NASCAR, State Groups, Video by Chuck

Last weekend was an Illinois Family Farmer weekend at the Chicagoland speedway for the NASCAR races. Family Farmers car driver Kenny Wallace stopped by to visit with corn growers attending Saturday’s Dollar General 300 Nationwide Series race, including Illinois Corn Marketing Board chairman Kent Kleinschmidt and his wife Sara. “He’s a real friendly guy and easy to get along with,” …

MO Corn Growers Honored for Flood Documentary

In State Groups, Video by Cindy

The video tale of the flooding destruction of Missouri farm land has been recognized as an award winner in two categories. The 33rd Annual Telly Awards named the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council (MCMC) and Missouri Corn Growers Association (MCGA) documentary as a Bronze winner in both the online video-documentary and online video-social responsibility categories for the short documentary, “Underwater and …

More Friendly Farm Family Faces in the Capitol

In Farming, General, government, Promotion, Video by Cindy

Friendly farm family faces will be greeting those who work in and visit the nation’s capitol again this summer. The Corn Farmers Coalition (CFC) is launching its major advertising campaign by taking over every available ad space at Union Station. The effort will also put prominent facts about family farmers in Capitol Hill publications, radio, frequently used websites, and other …

Video Spreads Farmers Fight Message

In Education, General, Social Media, Video by Cindy

The newest advocate video for agriculture features a young African-American woman in an urban setting encouraging everyone involved in the industry to “Stand Up” and fight for farmers. Jasmine Dillon, a Texas A&M University graduate student in Animal Breeding, stars in the video which was part of the “Farmers Fight Agvocacy Day” effort by TAMU on April 12. Among those …