Ethanol at the World Food Prize

Cindy Zimmerman

Biofuels in general and ethanol in particular were part of the discussion at the World Food Prize symposium in Des Moines this year. Despite the food versus fuel controversy that permeated the headlines for 2008, there seemed to be more acceptance of biofuels as being able to co-exist with food production and being part of the overall global agriculture picture. …

Audio, food and fuel, RFA, World Food Prize

Ethanol Plants Could Get USDA Loans

Cindy Zimmerman

Ethanol plants that have been hurt by dramatic fluctuations in commodity prices this year could be eligible for assistance from the US Department of Agriculture. Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer told reporters after an address to the World Food Prize breakfast in Des Moines Friday that “some plants are under pressure because they’ve been speculating on corn.” Schafer said there …

Ethanol, Government, World Food Prize

Soybean Board Building Demand for Biodiesel

Cindy Zimmerman

The United Soybean Board has been actively building demand for biodiesel on behalf of soybean farmers since 1990 and the opportunities continue to grow on a global basis. USB was one of the soybean industry sponsors of the World Food Prize luncheon in Des Moines this week which gave CEO John Becherer, pictured here with one of this year’s WFP …

Audio, Biodiesel, International, World Food Prize

Senator Grassley at World Food Prize

Cindy Zimmerman

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa paid a visit to the World Food Prize breakfast on Friday morning to introduce the secretary of agriculture and make a few comments of his own about the importance of American agriculture in feeding the world, as well as honor his colleagues from the Senate, George McGovern and Bob Dole, who are this year’s …

Audio, Biodiesel, Ethanol, Government, International, World Food Prize

American Farmers Can Help the World Produce Food and Fuel

Cindy Zimmerman

The answer to feeding a growing world population lies with building on the success of the American farmer, according to Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer, who addressed the World Food Prize breakfast Friday morning in Des Moines. “Our focus should be on sharing our technology, equipment and know-how, processes and procedures to help farmers all over the world boost the productivity …

Audio, food and fuel, World Food Prize

World Bank President on Biofuels

Cindy Zimmerman

The president of the World Bank made an appearance at the World Food Prize symposium Thursday on World Food Day and commented on world production of food and biofuels during a press conference. Robert Zoellick noted that some biofuels are more efficient than others, like sugarcane ethanol in Brazil, and he believes that “biofuels in the future are going to …

Audio, Biodiesel, Ethanol, International, World Food Prize

World Food Prize Winners on Food and Fuel

Cindy Zimmerman

The ability of the world to grow enough agricultural crops to produce both food and fuel was a topic of discussion at the World Food Prize symposium in Des Moines on Thursday, which was also World Food Day. This year’s World Food Prize honorees, former Senators George McGovern and Bob Dole, pictured here with 2003 World Food Prize laureate Catherine …

Audio, Biodiesel, Ethanol, International, World Food Prize

Soy Biodiesel Means Fuel and Protein

Cindy Zimmerman

Making soybeans into biodiesel is no food versus fuel competition – rather it is food AND fuel. “When you talk about soy biodiesel, you can actually burn the soy and eat it too,” says Jim Hershey, who is executive director for both the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) Program and the World Soy Foundation. During a World …

Biodiesel, food and fuel, International, World Food Prize

Biotech for Biofuels

Cindy Zimmerman

Pioneer Hi-Bred International continues to work on increasing agricultural productivity to both feed and fuel the world. Pioneer president Paul Schickler spoke on a panel at the World Food Prize symposium in Des Moines Wednesday and one of his points is that biotechnology can “address both the food availability issue as well as making a meaningful impact on our dependence …

Agribusiness, Audio, Biodiesel, corn, World Food Prize