AG SECRETARY TO DISCUSS ENERGY TODAY

Cindy Zimmerman

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns will hold a tele-news conference on Wednesday to discuss a comprehensive energy strategy to help farmers and ranchers mitigate the impact of high energy costs, create long-term resiliency, and promote renewable fuels

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Ethanol “Changing the way grain is being marketed”

Cindy Zimmerman

Chuck ConnerUSDA’s number two official says ethanol production is growing so fast now it is changing the dynamics of grain marketing in this country. U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Conner says at this point, “we are going to have to go back and re-evaluate our own methods of calculating posted county prices and the determination of local prices because ethanol plants have changed that dynamic substantially.”

Ethanol, Government

Governors Trading Down To A Hybrid

Chuck Zimmerman

There’s an interesting story that summarizes how many state governors are parking their sports utility vehicles in favor of new hybrid vehicles that run on alternative fuels. You can find it in the Belleville NewsDemocrat. I think it’s interesting to see public officials actually practicing what they preach for a change. Of course, it makes you wonder if they sneak out at night and drive around in their big SUV’s!

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