FMC Recommends Growers Use Preemergence Herbicides in Late Planted Soybeans

Philadelphia, May 15, 2008 — From Minnesota to Mississippi, cool temperatures and soggy conditions are keeping soybean farmers out of the fields. As planting dates slip into May and beyond, some soybean growers may consider foregoing a preplant or preemergence herbicide as part of their cultural practice. But experts warn that could be a very costly decision. According to Bob …

Ethanol Industry Holds Food Price Press Briefing

Attached is an audio report featuring comments from four agriculture and ethanol industry leaders who participated in a press conference on April 30 about the role of biofuels in food price increases. Featured are former Agriculture Secretary John Block, National Corn Growers Association CEO Rick Tolman, National Farmers Union president Tom Buis (buy’-us) and Renewable Fuels Association president and CEO …

EPIC and South Dakota Corn Utilization Council Announce Blender Pump Program

Sioux Falls, SD. (May 1, 2008 – AgNewsWire) – South Dakota is poised to lead the nation in raising public awareness for higher blends of ethanol with a new blender pump initiative announced Thursday. Through a partnership between the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC) and the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council (SDCUC), the initiative will help gas station retailers …

Ethanol Report – RFA Reacts to Criticisms

Attached is an audio report featuring comments from Renewable Fuels Association President Bob Dinneen on a number of topics coinciding with the annual RFA board of directors meeting in St. Louis this week. He talks about the angst felt by ethanol producers seeing their product maligned in the media and why the Texas governor’s request for a waiver of the …

Make it Ethanol for Earth Day

Omaha, Neb., (April 22, 2008 – AgNewsWire) – If every car in America would use a ten percent blend of ethanol for one week, the amount of greenhouse gases produced in the U.S. would be reduced by nearly 1.3 billion pounds. That is according to calculations done by life sciences researcher Nathan Danielson, president of BioCognito. “What we did was …

Ethanol Industry Getting Greener

Attached is an audio report featuring comments from Renewable Fuels Association President Bob Dinneen on a new report from Argonne National Laboratory about the increased efficiency of U.S. ethanol plants, as well as how higher oil prices are the real cause of food price inflation. Full Release

Green Racing Showcased in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, Fla. (April 4, 2008 – AgNewsWire) – St. Petersburg, Florida will be the site of the greenest racing event in history April 5-6 when both the IndyCar Series and the American Le Mans Series will compete on the streets in the Honda Grand Prix and Acura Sports Car Challenge. This is the second year that the IndyCar Series …

Ethanol Leaders Talk About Future

Attached is an audio report featuring comments from four ethanol industry leaders about the future of the ethanol industry and what role the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) will play in it. Audio sound bites are included from RFA Vice Chairman Tom Branhan of Glacial Lakes Energy in Watertown, South Dakota; Renewable Fuels Foundation chairman Bill Lee with Chippewa Valley Ethanol …

National 2008 Ag Day Essay Winner Named

The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) has announced the national 2008 Ag Day Essay Contest winner, Katlin Wiest. ACA called upon seventh- to 12th-grade students nationwide to submit original essays of 450 words about the importance of agriculture in the United States. Under the theme “Agriculture – Bigger Than You Think,” students were encouraged to focus their essays on the …

National Agriculture Day Events

National Agriculture Day takes place on the first day of spring as a way to celebrate American agriculture and the farmers who help provide the food, fiber, shelter, energy and other materials we use on a daily basis. In honor of this special time of the year, the Agriculture Council of America (ACA) hosted events in Washington, D.C. on March …

Highlights from the National Ethanol Conference

Attached is an audio report featuring comments from presenters at the 13th annual National Ethanol Conference last month in Orlando. Audio sound bites are included from Renewable Fuels Association president Bob Dinneen, National Corn Growers Association CEO Rick Tolman, Informa Economics CEO Bruce Scherr, and Assistant Energy Secretary Andy Karsner. Full Release

EPIC Hires New Executive Director

Omaha, Neb. (March 4, 2008 – AgNewsWire) – The Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC) has a new executive director. She is Toni Nuernberg, who comes to EPIC from ACA International in Minneapolis where she worked for 29 years, the last 12 as Chief Operating Officer of ACA International Holding Company Inc. and its for-profit subsidiaries. Nuernberg says when she …

Audio Interview With RFA Chairman

Attached is an audio interview with Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Chairman Chris Standlee, executive vice president of Abengoa Bioenergy. Standlee discusses developments in cellulosic ethanol, disputes with the recent “Science” article studies and the upcoming 13th annual National Ethanol Conference in Orlando, February 25-27. Full Release

Ethanol Report on Upcoming National Ethanol Conference

Attached is an audio interview with Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Bob Dinneen on the 13th annual National Ethanol Conference coming up February 25-27 in Orlando. Dinneen talks about what the conference is about and why those involved in the renewable fuels industry should attend. Full Release

Cellulosic Ethanol to Premiere at Sebring

Sebring, Fla. (January 29, 2008 – AgNewsWire) – In a technological breakthrough for both renewable fuels and racing, cellulosic ethanol will be used for the first time in motor sports this year, paving the way for eventual consumer use of the biofuel. KL Process Design Group (KL) of Rapid City, SD, will supply the American Le Mans Series with cellulosic …