Friday, November 28, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
For the second year, I have the honor to present one ethanol retailer and one biodiesel retailer with the Secretary’s Renewable Fuels Marketing Awards during the PMCS Annual Meeting in Jan. These awards are an opportunity to recognize fuel retailers that have gone above and beyond in their efforts to sell renewable fuels. Awards are presented for both the marketing of ethanol and biodiesel.
Iowa is truly the national leader in renewable fuels, and that would not be possible without support from retailers that market these home-grown fuels.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
It will be interested in seeing how campaign rhetoric translates into policy. I am looking forward to learning who will be the new leaders at USDA, but also at EPA, the Department of Energy and other areas that impact agriculture in the Obama administration.
In Iowa, there were certainly some bright spots for Republicans in races for the state legislature. In addition, there were a number of good candidates elected on both sides of the aisle who understand agriculture and renewable energy and I believe will work to make sure Iowa remains a leader on these vital issues.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
This is an exciting time in agriculture, but it is also very unsettled. Higher cost for inputs and increased prices for commodities have created new opportunities, but also raised the stakes. The wide price swings we’ve seen for both corn and soybeans this year have created new risks for both farmers and agribusinesses. As a result, it’s vital farmers are taking the appropriate steps to manage their risk and understand what protections are in place.
For more information on VeraSun and the Grain Indemnity fund, visit the Department's website at www.iowaagriculture.gov/grainwarehouse.asp