Blame Energy Prices for Higher Food Costs

Cindy Zimmerman

According to a new analysis of food, energy and corn prices conducted by John Urbanchuk of LECG, LLC, “rising energy prices had a more significant impact on food prices than did corn.” In fact, rising energy prices have twice the impact on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for food than does the price of corn, according to the report. “Energy …

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Propane Helping Out Dairies

Chuck Zimmerman

Here’s an interesting application for propane that targets the dairy industry from a company that’s known for making gas fired appliances. One of the companies that the Propane Education & Research Council is working with on some projects is Rinnai. One thing they’re doing that is real interesting is tankless water heaters. As you’ll hear in my interview with Mike …

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Propane Powered Mowers

Chuck Zimmerman

We think of propane as a cooking or heating fuel but how about mowers? I met Chris Row with Manchester Tank here at Propane Days and we talked about mowers. Chris says that his company is working with several OEM’s to bring propane powered mowers to market. I think they’re focusing on mower fleets primarily at this point. He says …

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Propane Days and PERC

Chuck Zimmerman

This morning I met with the President/CEO of the Propane Education & Research Council, Roy Willis. He was on hand at the sessions taking place for the 3rd Annual Propane Days here in Washington, DC. Roy says PERC’s goal here is to help educate policy makers so that they make good decisions based on sound science and research. I asked …

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Trucking With Propane

Chuck Zimmerman

As I promo’d last week, I’m here in Washington, DC at Propane Days. The Roush F-150 Propane Injection Truck is the first thing I got to learn about since it was on display right outside the hotel where the main program is taking place. To learn all about it I interviewed Tom Arnold, director, Roush Manufacturing. He says that the …

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Biodiesel Talk With Joe Jobe

Chuck Zimmerman

After Joe Jobe, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board did an XM Radio, Dave Nemo Show appearance I got a chance to interview him here at the CMA Music Festival. He’s really happy to get an opportunity this weekend to work with New Holland and Michael Peterson as they help promote biodiesel here. Earlier this year the NBB gave New …

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Ethanol: The Hot Rod Fuel of the Future

John Davis

Nearly 50 years in the business of engine performance should be enough experience to earn one the title of “Auto Performance Expert.” Gale Banks with Gale Banks Engineering started his business in 1958. His business, which consists of designing engines for various factories, manufacturing his own line of engines and developing after market performance products, is just a year shy …

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VeraSun Production Feeds EPIC Promotion

John Davis

VeraSun Energy, one of the country’s largest producers of ethanol, aims to expand its business as consumers become more educated about the fuel. Marketing Director Melissa Ullerich said VeraSun Energy supplies E85 fuel to more than 90 locations. Melissa said with plants in Aurora, SD, Fort Dodge, IA and Charles City, IA the company produces about 340 million gallons of …

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Food Price Inflation

Cindy Zimmerman

Ethanol continues to get more than its fair share of blame for higher food prices, but Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns urges people to look at the whole picture. Speaking to farm broadcasters in Washington D.C. recently, Johanns said that he hates to pick out one item in the food chain and start blaming it for rising costs. “Look at how …

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