EPIC Responds to Record Oil Prices

Ethanol Promotion and Information CouncilOmaha, NE – January 2, 2008 (AgNewsWire) – While ethanol detractors continue to spend millions mounting a smear campaign against alternative fuels, consumers bear the brunt of the economic pain as oil prices trade above the $100.00 a barrel mark.

Record oil prices translate into record profits for the petroleum industry. The impact upon the economy is being felt in many business sectors. Motorists struggle with gas prices that are 85 cents higher a gallon than a year ago, and record heating oil prices present tough choices for many homeowners. Family budgets are stretched thin. American consumers continue to be powerless as they endure rising energy costs and frequent supply shortages.

America’s foreign oil bill continues to climb, to a record total of nearly one billion dollars a day, and oil from the Middle East accounts for approximately 17 percent of U.S. oil imports. This business as usual approach is a failure.

Full Release

Ethanol Report on Energy Bill

RFAAttached is an audio report with Renewable Fuels Association President Bob Dinneen on the signing of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007

The report is 7:03 in length and is voiced by reporter Cindy Zimmerman. It is in the format of a complete program called The Ethanol Report. Please feel free to use as you wish, edited or in its complete form. If you have any problems downloading the audio file, please contact ZimmComm New Media at 573-896-5842.

Audio File:

(8:00) ethanol-report-4.mp3

More information about the Renewable Fuels Foundation can be found at www.renewablefuelsfoundation.org.

Missouri Beef Council Introduces “Speaking of Beef”

Missouri Beef Industry CouncilColumbia, MO (AgNewsWire) The Missouri Beef Industry Council has introduced a new industry speaker’s bureau program called “Speaking of Beef.”

Executive Director John Kleiboeker says the beef check-off sponsored program features volunteer cattle producers who will be visiting local civic and business organizations to address key issues important to the beef industry and discussing how those issues impact local business and residents.

“We’re really excited about ‘Speaking of Beef’ and the potential it has for helping folks in all areas of Missouri to learn more about beef production and beef consumption and all about the beef cattle industry here in Missouri,” said Kleiboeker.

Seven cattle producers from different areas of the state have volunteered for the first “Speaking of Beef” tour. One of them is MBIC chairman James Rickman, a producer from Stockton.

“Basically, what we’re doing is putting together a task force of producers that are going to try and educate Chambers of Commerce, Kiwanis, Lion’s Club and those type of organizations about the economic impact of Missouri’s beef industry and food safety,” Rickman said.

Other topics producers are prepared to address include the environment, beef’s nutrient profile, animal welfare, and different choices of beef that are available.

Full Release

Audio Report on Informa Study

RFAAttached is an audio report with Bruce Scherr, CEO of Informa Economics which just completed a comprehensive study of the relationship between corn prices and the overall Consumer Price Index for food. The report also contains a comment from Chippewa Valley Ethanol general manager Bill Lee who chairs the Renewable Fuels Foundation, which commissioned the report.

The report is 6:05 in length and is voiced by reporter Cindy Zimmerman. It is in the format of a complete program called The Ethanol Report. Please feel free to use as you wish, edited or in its complete form. If you have any problems downloading the audio file, please contact ZimmComm New Media at 573-896-5842.

Full Release

Hartwig Discusses Status of Energy Related Legislation

RFAAttached is an audio interview with Renewable Fuels Association Communications Director Matt Hartwig on the importance of getting a new Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).

The interview is about 7:00 in length and was conducted by reporter Cindy Zimmerman at the NAFB Trade Talk on Thursday. It is in the format of a complete program called The Ethanol Report. Please feel free to use as you wish, edited or in its complete form. If you have any problems downloading the audio file, please contact ZimmComm New Media at 573-896-5842.

Full Release

RFA President Discusses Poll Results and New Coalition

RFAAttached is an audio interview with Renewable Fuels Association President Bob Dinneen on the results of a new poll commissioned by RFA and on a new coalition of organizations called Renewable Fuels Now.

The interview was conducted by reporter Cindy Zimmerman and is in the format of a complete program called “The Ethanol Report.” Please feel free to use as you wish, edited or in its complete form. If you have any problems downloading the audio file, please contact ZimmComm New Media at 573-896-5842.

Full Release
– with audio

Missouri Beef Producers Fund Research for Consumers

Missouri Beef Industry CouncilColumbia, MO (AgNewsWire) Finding a faster, more efficient way to detect contamination in food products is the goal of a new research project being funded by the Missouri Beef Industry Council (MBIC) through producer beef checkoff dollars.

According to MBIC Executive Director John Kleiboeker, the study will focus on new technology capable of detecting both E. coli 0157:H7 and salmonella simultaneously in ground beef.

“Utilizing the technology will allow the process for evaluating E. coli and salmonella presence in ground beef to go much, much more quickly than any technology that we currently have,” said Kleiboeker.

University of Missouri food scientist Dr. Azlin Mustapha will lead the study with the ultimate goal of reducing the incidence of food products contamination and food-borne illnesses.

Full Release

National Poll Shows Strong Bipartisan Support for Renewable Fuels Like Ethanol

nullWashington, DC (AgNewsWire) – Americans of all stripes agree: We want greater use of renewable fuels like ethanol. According to a new national poll released today by the Renewable Fuels Now Coalition, 74 percent of Americans believe we should increase our use of domestically produced renewable fuels like ethanol.

In addition, 87 percent of Americans maintain the federal government should actively support the development of a renewable fuels industry in this country, and 77 percent think Congress should encourage oil refiners to blend more ethanol into their gasoline products.

Full Release

New Halex GT Offers Glyphosate with Residual Control

SyngentaGreensboro, N.C., (October 23, 2007 – AgNewsWire) – Syngenta Crop Protection today announced federal registration for Halex™ GT, a new post-emergence corn herbicide for Agrisure® GT and Roundup Ready® corn hybrids. Halex GT offers the convenience of glyphosate with the added benefit of broad-spectrum, residual control of the toughest broadleaf weeds and grasses in corn including ragweeds, waterhemp, lambsquarters, pigweeds and foxtails. Halex GT will be available for the 2008 growing season.

“After several years of testing formulations and conducting efficacy trials, Syngenta has developed a state-of-the art herbicide specifically designed for glyphosate-tolerant corn growers who want a simple, one-pass post-emergence program that delivers improved performance over glyphosate alone,” said Gordon Vail, technical brand manager, Syngenta Crop Protection. “In field comparison trials conducted over the past four years, Halex GT has consistently outperformed and out-yielded both one-pass and two-pass glyphosate programs.”

Halex GT is powered by mesotrione, the active ingredient in Callisto®, which provides season-long residual control allowing for greater application timing flexibility. Growers no longer need to delay post-emergence applications waiting for weeds to emerge. Halex GT will clean up weeds present in the field at application and keep fields weed-free until crop canopy.

Full Release

New Missouri Beef Industry Council Officers Elected

Missouri Beef Industry CouncilColumbia, MO (AgNewsWire) The Missouri Beef Industry Council (MBIC) board of directors has elected new officers for the 2008 fiscal year.

James Rickman of Stockton was elected as chairman of the board which administers the $1 per head beef checkoff in Missouri. Rickman was recently re-elected to represent beef producers in Southwest Missouri to serve his second three-year term. He encourages his fellow producers to stay informed about programs being funded by the beef checkoff.

“If they get involved, attend some of the Farm Fests, or see the Beefmobile when it’s at their local sale barn, they would be amazed at just exactly what their dollar is doing for them and how I believe in turn it’s helping the whole beef industry,” Rickman said.

Rickman owns manages a cattle feeding operation in Stockton and co-owns Farmer’s Market of Boliver with his brother, John Rickman. He lives in Stockton with his wife, Jessica and their two young children, Jenna and Jack.

Leon James, a cow-calf operator from Hurdland in Knox County, was elected Vice Chairman of the board. He has served on the board for four years now and says he has learned quite a bit about the beef checkoff in that time.

Full Release