Wind Powering America

Chuck Zimmerman

Helping me here at the Farm Progress Show is Kelcy Schroder, Iowa State University student. She’s here courtesy of the Monsanto, future ag journalist program, getting some new media experience. One of the first interviews she did was on wind power. Here’s her story: New Ag Markets are coming out everyday but Wind Energy is becoming more popular. Many of …

Audio, Government, Wind

Souped-up Supra

Cindy Zimmerman

At the American Coalition for Ethanol meeting last week, Brad Mayo of Nashville had his souped-up 1997 Toyota Supra on display, which he has fine-tuned to run on up to 95 percent ethanol. And not just run … run FAST! (Only in a street car race, of course – otherwise he drives the posted speed limit!) Brad was working on …

Audio, EPIC, Ethanol

ACE is the Place For Governors

Chuck Zimmerman

The American Coalition for Ethanol meeting in Kansas City featured the governors of rival states, one Democrat and one Republican, who both agree on the importance of ethanol to the economy. Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius told the record crowd attending the 19th annual ACE conference that to be successful, “our commitment to biofuels has to be real. It can’t just …

Audio, Ethanol, Government

ADM on Food vs. Fuel

Cindy Zimmerman

Archer Daniels Midland, better known as simply ADM, is the single largest ethanol producer in the nation and a significant biodiesel producer as well – in addition to producing feed and food products from both corn and soybeans. According to the company’s international website, they are one of the world’s largest agricultural processors of soybeans, corn, wheat and cocoa. We …

Audio, Biodiesel, Ethanol

Michigan Governor Pumps Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm was out pumping for ethanol Thursday at a Marathon gas station in Ypsilanti. Granholm joined Indy Racing League drivers Buddy Rice, Vitor Meira, Jeff Simmons and Kosuke Matsuura, arriving for the event with Simmons in a special 2-seater IRL show car. The event, sponsored by the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council, was the latest in a …

Audio, EPIC, Ethanol

Getting to Know 25x’25

Cindy Zimmerman

The alliance known as 25X’25 is gaining more visibility with its goal to have 25 percent of the nation’s energy supply come from renewable resources by the year 2025. Major organizations, congressional leaders and companies are backing the coalition and the momentum is growing. At the Ag Media Summit in Portland this week, Chuck sat down with Mike Bowman, one …

Audio, Energy

Developing Corn For Ethanol

Chuck Zimmerman

Testing For StarchI just finished up a day at Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc. in Raleigh, NC. Although I blogged the event on AgWired I did run into an interesting story about ethanol. Syngenta is developing an amylase enzyme trait into corn which they hope to have on the market by 2008. In this picture a Syngenta scientist is conducting a simple iodine test for starch. That’s because the amylase enzyme speeds up starch conversion to sugar.

Audio, Biotech, Ethanol, Production