You can’t turn a corner at the 2008 Commodity Classic trade show without seeing something about ethanol. A record crowd is attending the Classic this year – more than 4450 people and over 140 media are in Nashville and the corn-fed enthusiasm is driven in a large part by the ethanol buzz.
Everybody who is anybody in the ethanol industry is here – the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council, Renewable Fuels Association, American Coalition for Ethanol, National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition, 25 by ’25 and more. Not to mention that ag input dealers from machinery to seed are touting products to help growers produce more corn per acre for both food and fuel.
But its only just begun. Friday will feature Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer during the general session followed up by a John Deere Learning Center Session on Starch and Cellulose as Ethanol Feedstocks. And Saturday night everybody will be “Corn Fed” with a concert featuring the lovely and talented Shannon Brown.