Biodiesel, Livestock Industries Work Together in Iowa

John Davis

The biodiesel and livestock industries are working together in Iowa. This news release from the Iowa Biodiesel Board (IBB) says poultry and livestock producers are seeing greater profits because of the green fuel. That was the message … at Western Dubuque Biodiesel’s plant, where soybean groups hosted a tour of the biodiesel facility and gave an economic presentation to members …

Ag group, Agribusiness, Biodiesel, livestock

Ethanol Advocate on a Mission

Cindy Zimmerman

Iowa cattle producer and ethanol advocate Bill Couser was a man on a mission this week in Washington DC with the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Fly-In. Couser finally got a sit down with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to talk about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and other issues. “I was able to schedule a half hour with …

ACE, Audio, Ethanol, Ethanol News, livestock

RFA Submits Comments on Animal Feed Rule

Cindy Zimmerman

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday on the supplemental rulemaking proposal outlining best practices for the regulation of animal food under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The act outlines regulations for animal feed, which includes the ethanol co-product dried distillers grain. RFA submitted comments earlier this year following the initial …

Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, livestock, livestock feed, RFA

Economist Still Opposes RFS Despite Livestock Recovery

Cindy Zimmerman

Despite the fact that livestock margins have made a dramatic recovery in the past few years as availability of feed has increased and prices have decreased, a leading livestock economist still opposes the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). “We’ve thrown billions of dollars at this industry already and it ought to have to stand on its own,” said Steve Meyer, Paragon …

Audio, corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, livestock, RFS

Ag Subcommittee Hears Pros and Cons of RFS

John Davis

The food versus fuel debate arose once again in front of Congress. At last week’s U.S. House Ag Subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., opponents and proponents of the Renewable Fuels Standard presented their arguments on the RFS and its impact on the livestock industry. One of the biggest opponents of the RFS is the poultry industry. Their members argued that …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, Ethanol News, food and fuel, Food prices, Government, Legislation, livestock, livestock feed, RFS

Global Farmers Learn Value of Ethanol

Cindy Zimmerman

Each year during World Food Prize week, the Truth About Trade and Technology Global Farmer Roundtable brings farmers from all over the world to visit Couser Cattle Company in Nevada, Iowa. Owner Bill Couser not only produces cattle, he also grows plenty of corn on his operation and is a big proponent of ethanol as a means of getting the …

Audio, Cellulosic, corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Iowa RFA, livestock, livestock feed

Tune in Live for Great RFS Debate

Cindy Zimmerman

Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen is live right now on AgriTalk in a debate with National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Executive Director of Legislative Affairs Kristina Butts over the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The Great RFS Debate is being co-hosted by Agri-Pulse. Dinneen is pictured here, left, as the debate begins. Next to Dinneen is AgriTalk host …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, livestock, RFA, RFS

Renewable Fuel Standard Debate This Week

Cindy Zimmerman

Representatives of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) will be squaring off to debate on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) this week in Washington D.C. AgriTalk and Agri-Pulse will be hosting the debate via broadcast and the web on September 12 starting at 11:00 am Eastern time live from the Longworth Building, Room 1300. …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, livestock, RFA, RFS

Impact of RFS on Agriculture

Cindy Zimmerman

Increased ethanol production has been good for corn growers, bad for poultry producers, but has overall helped increase farm income to record levels according to some testimony given in a House hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) this week. “The Renewable Fuel Standard is doing exactly what it was intended to do,” said National Corn Growers Association President Pam …

Audio, corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, livestock, livestock feed, RFS