Corn Growers Adopt New Logo

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Corn Growers Association has unveiled a new logo for their identity. It’s the first time the organization has adopted a new brand in many years. “In August, we reached a record membership level of 36,216 individual dues paying members,” said NCGA President Bart Schott, a corn farmer in Kulm, N.D. “We’ve also got a record number of entries …

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USDA Speaks, Ethanol Industry Reacts

Joanna Schroeder

The ethanol industry praised USDA Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack today and expressed gratitude for his department’s commitment to fulfill the administration’s goal of transitioning to renewable energy. This morning at the Press Club in DC, Vilsack announced a series of measures aimed at supporting the rural economy and reducing dependence on foreign oil that include support for corn-based ethanol. “The …

ACE, Biodiesel, biofuels, biomass, corn, Ethanol, Growth Energy, NCGA, RFA, UNICA

ACE, NCGA, UNICA React to EPA’s E15 Decision

Joanna Schroeder

In an EPA press conference this morning, Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation Gina McCarthy announced that an E15 Waiver, originally requested by POET and championed by Growth Energy along with other industry allies, was now approved for model year 2007 and newer vehicles and light duty trucks. E15 is not, however, approved for use by other types of vehicles …

ACE, blends, Ethanol, Ethanol News, NCGA

Anti-Ethanol Camp Exit Tents Prepared to Attack

Joanna Schroeder

The anti-ethanol camp has exited their tents today to hold a press conference against the suggested changes to VEETC and the ethanol tariff that the ethanol industry proposed last week. In response, the four organizations that are leading the charge to create a new road map for ethanol have jointly responded to the attack. In a statement released today from …

ACE, biofuels, blends, corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Flex Fuel Vehicles, food and fuel, Growth Energy, NCGA, RFA

Corn Crop Lower But Ethanol Stays Steady

Cindy Zimmerman

Corn production for this year was cut by four percent in the latest forecast out this morning from USDA, a bigger drop than expected by the industry. Corn production is now forecast at 12.7 billion bushels, down 3 percent from last year’s record production of 13.1 billion bushels. Yields are now expected to average 155.8 bushels per acre, down 6.7 …

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NCGA President Says DDGS Sales Conference Critical

Chuck Zimmerman

One of the attendees I spoke with this morning at the Export Exchange 2010 conference is the President/CEO of the National Corn Growers Association, Rick Tolman. I asked Rick what he thought about the conference and its importance to the industry. Rick says it’s critically important and that the DDGS export market is one of the bright spots in the …

Audio, corn, Distillers Grains, NCGA, RFA, USGC

VeraSun Creditors Drop Corn Repayment Suit

Joanna Schroeder

Back in August, dozens of corn growers who sold corn to bankrupt VeraSun plants across the country in 2008 received letters asking them to repay the money. Should the farmer not comply, the letters threatened to take legal action but stipulated that they would accept payment to 80 percent of what the farmer received for their corn sales to VeraSun. …

corn, Ethanol, NCGA

Corn Growers Stress Ethanol Efficiency Gains

Cindy Zimmerman

Recent studies show the significant efficiencies spurred by growth and development in the ethanol industry, according to the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA). “As we see it, this is just the tip of the iceberg,” said NCGA First Vice President Bart Schott. “Ethanol has proven to be an advantageous green alternative to foreign and ecologically precarious sources of petroleum. These …

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ACE Honors Corn Growers for Ethanol Promotion

Cindy Zimmerman

The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) honored corn growers for their efforts in promoting ethanol at the 23rd Annual Ethanol Conference and Trade Show in Kansas City this week. The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and 11 corn grower states were recognized by ACE with the “Paul Dana Marketing Vision Award” for their support in making the BYOEthanol campaign possible. …

ACE, corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, NCGA

The Economics of Ethanol from Corn Cobs

Cindy Zimmerman

Producing a significant amount of ethanol strictly from corn cobs is possible but would require a specific set of circumstances to be economically feasible, according to a new report from Purdue University researchers. In the report “The Economics of Harvesting Corn Cobs for Energy,” Matthew Erickson and Wallace Tyner found that factors such as corn yield, farm size, harvesting equipment …

biomass, corn, Ethanol, Ethanol News, feedstocks, NCGA