Ethanol Promotion Goes Global

Cindy Zimmerman

The Interamerican Ethanol Commission has been successfully launched. Florida Governor Jeb Bush joined Roberto Rodrigues, President of the Superior Council of Agrobusiness and Brazil’s Former Minister of Agriculture, and Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank, to launch the new commission in Coral Gables on Monday. During the event, Governor Bush also presented the Akerman Senterfitt Annual Ethanol …

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Surveys and Studies on Value of Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

Several recent surveys and studies relating to ethanol provide some insight into what consumers think about ethanol, how biotechnology can help fill the demand for both food and fuel, and how domestic sources of energy like ethanol can help revitalize the rural economy. This “Fill Up Feel Good” podcast discusses the results of these studies. The “Fill up, Feel Good” …

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Corn Growers Cautiously Optimistic About Higher Prices

Cindy Zimmerman

The Associated Press reports that corn prices are at their highest levels in a decade and growers are looking at planting as much as 10 million more corn acres next year, according to Chris Hurt, a Purdue University agricultural economist. “It’s a wonderful time for corn producers. They’re extremely excited, but they’re also apprehensive because they’ve seen booms before and …

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Looking at Bright E85 Future

Cindy Zimmerman

A recent pledge by the nation’s top automakers to produce more E85 vehicles is great news for the industry, according to the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition. “The automobile manufacturers are behind this effort,” said NEVC Deputy Director Michelle Kautz. “Daimler-Chrysler, Ford, General Motors and Nissan all agreed that they’re going to have half their production flexible fuel by the year …

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Sky Could be the Limit for Corn Yields

Cindy Zimmerman

Over the past decade, corn yields have been increasing an average of 3.4 bushels per acre per year. That is double the average of the previous decade and all indications are that will continue, which is good news for the corn ethanol industry. Pioneer Hi-Bred International senior marketing manager Joe Foresman says regarding corn yields, “With the genetic advancements that …

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25 x ’25 Could Help Rural Economy

Cindy Zimmerman

The alliance known as 25X’25 has just completed a study that outlines the positive impact producing 25 percent of the nation’s energy supply from renewable sources by 2025 could have on rural America. According to J. Read Smith, co-chair of the 25x’25 Project Steering Committee, “Not only would reaching the goal drastically reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources, it …

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Biofuels Big at NAFB

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Association of Farm Broadcasters annual meeting in Kansas City brings about 100 broadcasters and a few hundred more agricultural industry company and organization representatives together each year. Hundreds of interviews are done in a span of six hours during an event called “Trade Talk.” Ethanol and biodiesel were especially big topics at Trade Talk this year – at …

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Talking Biofuels in Kansas City

Chuck Zimmerman

Cindy and I are attending the National Association of Farm Broadcasters Convention in Kansas City this week. It follows the National Agri-Marketing Association’s Agribusiness Forum. I’m sure we’ll have several posts for you over the next few days that will include interviews with some people we hope you’ll find interesting. For example, at yesterday’s Forum session one of the presenters …

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Biofuels Could Complicate WTO

Cindy Zimmerman

The International Food and Agricultural Policy Trade Council has conducted the first comprehensive assessment of how World Trade Organization disciplines may apply to the rapidly expanding biofuels sector. The study sets out key WTO issues that need to be clarified, such as the classification of biofuels and their feedstocks and whether they are to be considered industrial, agricultural or environmental …

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