Farmers Offered Incentive to Use Propane

John Davis

Farmers are being offered an incentive to use clean-burning propane in their operations. During the recent Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Tx., Mark Leitman, director of business development and marketing for the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC), talked to Tom Steever with Brownfield Ag News and told him that his council is funded by a 4/10-of-a-cent checkoff that helps …

Audio, Commodity Classic, Propane

Ethanol’s Voice Heard at Commodity Classic

John Davis

It might not be a biofuels convention per se, but the recently completed Commodity Classic in San Antonio attracted lots of producers and advocates for the green fuels. Previously, I talked to Joe Jobe from the National Biodiesel Board about his group’s participation in the annual meeting of corn, wheat, soybean and sorghum growers. At the booth next door was …

Audio, Commodity Classic, Ethanol, Government, RFA

EPA Biodiesel Proposal, Tax Credit Priorities for ASA

John Davis

Soybean growers attending the recent Commodity Classic see the government’s proposal to cut biodiesel and the expiration of the federal biodiesel tax credit as their top priorities to take on this year. At a news conference at the annual meeting of corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum growers in San Antonio, American Soybean Association (ASA) Chairman Danny Murphy, a grower from …

Audio, Biodiesel, Commodity Classic, EPA, Soybeans

Biodiesel Finds Allies at Commodity Classic

John Davis

Commodity Classic is the annual meeting that attracts more than 7,000 corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum farmers, but it’s also a great place to find biodiesel and ethanol producers. Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) says they make sure to connect with their allies from the commodity groups, especially those soybean growers. “Biodiesel is made from a …

Audio, Biodiesel, Commodity Classic, corn, EPA, NBB, RFS, Soybeans

Vilsack Focused on Ways to Help Biofuels

John Davis

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says his discussions with his counterpart at the Environmental Protection Agency don’t focus on the message that biodiesel and ethanol advocates are already pushing: abandoning the current proposal that would cut the amount of biofuels mixed into the Nation’s fuel supply. “I’m looking for ways to help this industry, regardless of what EPA does,” Vilsack told …

Audio, Commodity Classic, USDA

Ethanol – The Biggest Rural Success Story

Joanna Schroeder

According to Robert White, the Market Development Director for the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol is the biggest rural success story for American farmers in the past decade. White discussed with Jamie Johansen how ethanol has been a boon for farmers during the 2013 Commodity Classic held last week in Kissimmee, Florida. Most farmers, says White, understand what impact ethanol has …

Audio, biofuels, Commodity Classic, Ethanol, RFA, RFS

Let’s Talk About Ethanol

Joanna Schroeder

Ron Lamberty is the Senior Vice President for American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) but he focuses mainly on market development. Lamberty has run gas stations for nearly 30 years and still operates a few. In his role with ACE, he works directly with gas stations to answer any questions they have about ethanol and ethanol blending. ACE, said Lamberty, during …

ACE, Audio, biofuels, Biofuels Beltway, Commodity Classic, Ethanol

Growers Asked to Join Grassroots Ethanol Efforts

Joanna Schroeder

Tara Chandra with Growth Energy spends much of her time working in the organization’s public policy sector. She helps with their social media efforts and other educational efforts as well as helps their member’s with their policy and communication efforts. Chandra was at the 2013 Commodity Classic that took place in Kissimmee, Florida talking to growers from across the country …

Audio, Commodity Classic, E15, Ethanol, Growth Energy

Ethanol High Priority for Corn Farmers

Cindy Zimmerman

Ethanol was high on the priority list for delegates to the National Corn Growers Association Corn Congress policy meeting last week during the 2013 Commodity Classic. NCGA President Pam Johnson said they will continue to fight the attacks on both the Renewable Fuel Standard and the approval of E15 in the marketplace. “We will not let these attacks stand,” said …

Audio, Commodity Classic, corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, NCGA

Sorghum for Ethanol Increases

Joanna Schroeder

Early March is an important time for the agricultural industry when they come together for Commodity Classic. With the challenges facing both the ag and energy industries, which go hand-in-hand, Terry Swanson, Chairman of the National Sorghum Producers said, “We have to be unified.” When compared to other commodities used to produce biofuels, sorghum growers are a relatively small group. …

Agribusiness, Audio, biofuels, Commodity Classic, Ethanol, sorghum