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May 16, 2012

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers disputes ethanol study findings

“If ethanol and other biofuels are such superior products, producers should join petroleum refiners in calling for an end to the Renewable Fuel....More
May 15, 2012

How ethanol has reduced gas prices

Ethanol reduced the average American household’s spending on gasoline by more than $1,200 in 2011, the RFA estimates....More
May 15, 2012

Iowa’s 2012 average cash rent jumps to $252 an acre

The average cash rent for corn and soybean cropland in Iowa is $252/acre for 2012, according to the latest Iowa State University (ISU) survey of cash....More
May 14, 2012

An unconventional Honey-Do list

This year we found a new place to put our new crop of honeybees. The honeybees were fine with the location. Apparently, one tree in the area did not....More
May 10, 2012

Biofuels having multibillion-dollar impact on global economy

“A growing biofuels industry in developing nations who import the bulk of their energy needs will bring wealth, jobs and prosperity while reducing....More
Apr 30, 2012

End of corn planting on a northwest Ohio farm

We finished planting corn on April 24. Everything was working so smoothly that I wish I would have had more corn acres to plant. I had a....More
Apr 26, 2012

“Champions of Change” discuss renewable energy future with President Obama today

The 25x'25 Alliance asks President Obama “to allow U.S. agriculture to help the auto industry meet new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE)....More
Apr 23, 2012

Very early planting in Illinois

Most years I plan to begin planing YC between April 15 and 25 and be finished by May 10. This year I will have all of our corn planted by April 25....More
Apr 18, 2012

Obama administration committed to renewable fuel infrastructure

“At the same time, we’re taking steps to help level the playing field,” Zichal said. “Not only has the administration supported repealing subsidies....More
Apr 16, 2012

Getting the planter in the field

This week there was a lot of dust flying in NW Ohio. I would guess that 2% of the corn has been planted.  My family started planting on....More
Apr 09, 2012

Big tillage week in NW Ohio

This was a big week for tillage in NW Ohio. Tractors rolled every day....More
Apr 06, 2012

New ethanol blender pumps opening next week in Nebraska

Incentives, such as $50 ethanol fuel gift cards and significant discounts for ethanol blends, will be offered to drivers next week in Nebraska....More
Apr 06, 2012

The Mayor of Carbopolis

Make a note: If you’re going to tour a sugar processing plant, be sure to take a spoon with you....More
Apr 02, 2012

Spring improvement projects

We have had the first dry weather here in Ohio since late summer of last year.  Tractors were rolling in the fields in the last of March....More
Mar 30, 2012

Senators work to keep energy title in new farm bill

The senators are working to keep the Rural Energy for America Program, Biomass Crop Assistance Program and Biorefinery Assistance Program from....More
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