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

New Holland Stresses Support for Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

New Holland Agriculture announced a major new national “blue is back” advertising campaign at the 2012 Commodity Classic last week and stressed the blue tractor company’s support for homegrown fuel. New Holland North American VP Abe Hughes says they believe that more acreage will be planted this year than anytime in recent history and part of the reason is ethanol. …

advance biofuels, Cellulosic, Commodity Classic, corn, Equipment, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Growth Energy, New Holland

RFS May Top Farm Bill in Importance to Corn Growers

Cindy Zimmerman

Maintaining the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) may be more important to corn growers than a new farm bill. “If you took a poll of our members, and we may well do that at our Commodity Classic next week, I would say that they view the RFS as more important than the farm bill,” said National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Vice …

Audio, Commodity Classic, corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, National Ethanol Conference

Registration Open for Commodity Classic

Cindy Zimmerman

Registration is now open for the 16th Annual Commodity Classic in Tampa, March 3-5. The annual event will be “smooth sailing” for soybean, corn, wheat and sorghum farmers and biofuels will be a big part of the event, as always. Growers who attend the 2011 Commodity Classic are sure to benefit from the value of attending a trade show with …

Commodity Classic, conferences, corn, sorghum, Soybeans

Biodiesel – A Great Success Story

Joanna Schroeder

“Biodiesel is a great fuel. It’s a great success story,” said Rob Joslin, the President of the American Soybean Association when I asked him during an interview (see below for audio) why biodiesel is so important to our country. While the biodiesel has had great success, it is currently facing a challenge – the $1 per gallon tax credit expired …

Audio, Biodiesel, Commodity Classic, Legislation