Ethanol Cost Analysis

RFA-logo-13A new analysis by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) shows that over the past four years, ethanol has been the most economically competitive motor fuel and octane source in the world.

In this interview, RFA Senior Vice President Geoff Cooper gives some of the major findings of the report, talks about why it has particular relevance in the California market, and how the study suggests that the cost of producing ethanol in the US will continue to fall.

Geoff Cooper, Renewable Fuels Association

Interview with National Corn President

ncgaMembers of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) had a busy week in the nation’s capital last week – hearing from and meeting with administration officials and lawmakers, saying goodbye to retiring industry leaders, and inspiring new young leaders.

In this interview with NCGA president Martin Barbre of Illinois, he talks about their conversation with EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe, what they talked to lawmakers about, how his crop looks, and much more.

Interview with NCGA president Martin Barbre

UAV Flying High at Progress City

PAASlogoAg UAV’s were flying around Progress City in Decatur, Illinois in the first of its kind Precision Aerial Ag Show held July 9-10.

AG UAVs in the AirInterview with Stu Ellis

FAA and UAVsInterview with attorney Brendan Schulman on UAVs and the FAA

Hick Chick Chat with Central Illinois FarmersHick Chick Chat with Leon Corzine and Jim Reed

American Ethanol 200 Wins Big in Iowa

The American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen took place on Friday, July 11, 2014 and ethanol had a big win. Syngenta donated $108,000 to Growth Energy as part of its $1 per American Ethanol Presented by Enogenacre program to help support ethanol infrastructure. Syngenta’s $1 per acre program is a three-year program where the company donates $1 for every acre of Enogen trait corn that is planted. Enogen was specially developed to improve ethanol production.

In addition, Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP)’ Delayne Johnson spoke about being the first ethanol plant in the world to produce cellulosic ethanol from a kernel of corn. The plant’s Adding Cellulosic Technology uses the Enogen corn trait (as does their first gen ethanol production) and Syngenta has stepped in to work with QCCP to license the technology to other plants around the world.

The speakers in the press conference included:

  • David Withersoon, Syngenta
  • Kelly Manning, Growth Energy
  • Delayne Johnson, Quad County Corn Processors
  • Monte Shaw, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association

Visit the 2014 American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen photo album.

Syngenta Press Conference: Syngenta American Ethanol 200 press conference

Syngenta Donates $108K for Flex Fuel Infrastructure: David Witherspoon interview

QCCP-Syngenta Collaboration Produces Cellulosic Ethanol – Delayne Johnson interview

Twin Cedars FFA Raises Money for Ethanol Infrastructure – Josh Lopez interview

Impact of California Drought

ca-droughtA new study from the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences shows the current drought is the third most severe on record and is responsible for the greatest water loss ever seen in California agriculture.

The study was released during a press briefing this week in Washington, D.C., providing updates estimates on the drought’s effects on Central Valley farm production, presents new data on the state’s coastal and southern farm areas, and forecasts the drought’s economic fallout through 2016.

Speakers at the press conference were:
Study lead author Richard Howitt
UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences director Jay Lund
California Department of Food and Agriculture secretary Karen Ross

UC Davis California Drought study

Immigration Reform Action Day

western-growers-nassifA coalition of leading business, manufacturing, and agriculture groups – including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Partnership for a New American Economy, Business Roundtable, the American Farm Bureau Federation, AmericanHort, the National Association of Manufacturers, and Western Growers – held a Day of Action for immigration reform on July 9.

The group held a national press conference in Washington and events in more than 40 congressional districts across 20 states calling on Congress and the Administration to work together to enact immigration reform. Speaking at the national press conference was Tom Nassif, president and CEO of the Western Growers Association.

Tom Nassif, Western Growers, Immigration reform comments

Also making brief comments regarding agriculture at the end of the audio clip are first, National Association of Manufacturers president Jay Timmons, followed by Business Roundtable president John Engler.

2014 Farm Progress Show Preview

2014-fpsThe 2014 Farm Progress Show is coming up August 26 – 28 in Boone, Iowa.

The Farm Progress Show is the nation’s largest outdoor farm show. Highlights include side-by-side field demonstrations of combines, tillage tools, and precision agriculture products. More than 600 exhibitors from the nation’s leading large and shortline equipment manufacturers, seed and crop protection companies, educational institutions, livestock equipment manufacturers and many additional agriculture input suppliers are showcased at the show each year. In conjunction with the show, country music star, Jerrod Niemann, will take center stage for a live country music concert at the newly renovated ISU Harvester Plaza on Wednesday, Aug. 27, in Ames.

Show manager Matt Jungmann previews this year’s event in this interview. Interview with Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress Show

RFA Report Fails Oil Companies on Consumer Choice

RFA-logo-13A new “Consumer Choice Report Card” released by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) grades some of the largest, most well-known retail gasoline chains based on whether they are providing consumers with alternatives to regular gasoline that cost less, reduce pollution and are higher octane for better engine performance. The “Big Five” oil companies all scored at the bottom of the list — with fewer than 1 percent of stations offering American made, renewable alternatives like E85 or E15 — while a number of major independent retail chains received “A+” grades, with more than 25 percent of their stations offering E85 or E15.

RFA president and CEO Bob Dinneen and RFA Senior Vice President Geoff Cooper held a media call to discuss the report and scorecard.

Listen to or download the call here: RFA report on how oil companies block renewable fuels

MapShots AgStudio Expo Discusses Many Topics on July 28th, 2014

MapShots will cover various topics at its upcoming AgStudio Expo held July 28 at the Union Station Hotel, St. Louis, Mo. MapShots holds this meeting yearly to highlight their AgStudio line of products to new customers and discuss updates with existing customers. This is held the day before the InfoAg Conference which is the preeminent conference for agricultural technology applications and data management.

The main topics to be discussed this year are basic ag data management, variable rate management, agronomic data integration and the business of farming. These topics will be discussed and questions answered can make your ag supply business or farm more efficient and profitable.

For additional information or for registration to attend, please contact MapShots at or call 678-513-6093.

MapShots, Inc. provides innovative solutions for data management by producers, service providers and third-party developers in the agriculture industry. With its AgStudio, AgStudio Select, AgStudio Maps and Ag Director programs, MapShots provides the agricultural industry and developers the right products to gather and manage data. The AgStudio platform is designed to take advantage of today’s communication technologies, including the internet, wireless and newly developed communications. visit for additional information or call (866) 886-7616.

EPA Chief Discusses Water Rule

gina-mccarthy-epaEnvironmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy held a conference call with media this morning in advance of her trip to Missouri this week to talk about the proposed Waters of the United States rule, or WOTUS.

On the call with McCarthy was Missouri corn and soybean farmer Bill Heffernan, who will host her on his farm in Rocheport tomorrow to view soil conservation practices used to protect local waterways. On Thursday, she will deliver a speech on Waters of the US at the Kansas City Agribusiness Council Luncheon.

Listen to her comments and questions from the media here. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy press call

AgLeader Technology’s Road Tour in Illinois

_DSC0011 Ag Leader Technology held the first of its kind Technology Meets Dirt Road tour throughout the state of Illinois in five locations. Ag Leader Technology is out in the fields this summer bringing the latest precision technology to Illinois farms in the Technology Meets Dirt Road Tour. The events allowed farmers to get hands-on experience with the latest Ag Leader technology to help manage seed, fertilizer, water and data.

AgLeader Technology Meets Dirt photo album

Ag Leader Technology Meets Dirt in IllinoisInterview with Michael Vos, AgLeader Technology

Ag Leader Technology for Seed, Water and Nutrient Management
Interview with Iowa farmer Matt Cannon
Interview with Aaron Friedlein, Ag Leader
Interview with Matt Olson, Ag Leader

Hick Chick Chat with Ag Leader TechnologyHick Chick Chat with Matt Wolf, Ag Leader

Hick Chick Chat on Data ManagementHick Chick Chat with John McGuire on Data Management

Ag Leader Intellislope® Demonstration Video

Ethanol for Independence Day

dinneen-capitolIn this interview, Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO Bob Dinneen talks about how ethanol is reducing our dependence on foreign oil and reducing gas prices, the new milestone reached this week in cellulosic ethanol production and why the government needs to be expanding the use of biofuels rather than contemplating scaling back our nation’s renewable energy policy.

Interview with RFA CEO Bob Dinneen on ethanol for Independence Day

NCBA Awaiting WTO Decision on COOL

ncba-logoThe World Trade Organization has reportedly made a decision on the case against the United States mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law by Canada and Mexico, but it may be some time yet before we hear what it is.

In this interview, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Associate Director of Legislative Affairs Kent Bacus talks about the background on the WTO case, why the decision is being kept confidential for now, and where NCBA stands on the issue.

Interview with Kent Bacus, NCBA

Advanced Ethanol Council Interview

coleman-thumbIn this interview, Advanced Ethanol Council (AEC) executive director Brooke Coleman talks about his take on the CBO report, as well as Phantom Fuels legislation in Congress, and the delay on EPA issuing a final rule for 2014 volume obligations under the RFS.

EPA officials said earlier this year that they expected to have a final rule by the end of spring, or at least the end of June, but that has not happened yet and Coleman explains they now have until the end of September.

Ethanol Report with Brooke Coleman, Advanced Ethanol Council