On behalf of Corn Growers in Colorado and our nation, I’m compelled to address misinformation leading the Fort Collins City Council to consider phasing out use of E85 fuel for city vehicles.
Recent City Council meeting coverage by Kevin Duggan ("City might phase out use of corn-based ethanol fuel") reflected often-cited misinformation about corn-based ethanol stubbornly perpetuated through media channels and now landing in a city council work session.
Subsidies a boondoggle?
Pictured: Charlie Bartlett
One of the research projects funded by the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) is the South Platte Basin Efficiency Monitoring water project.
Congratulations to Don Rutledge on his appointment to the National Corn Growers Association’s Production & Stewardship Action Team (PSAT).
“Stewardship is not a passing fad for farmers. It is an obligation we fulfill each day of the year. Implementing good stewardship practices allows us to produce an abundance of corn while relying on fewer crop inputs. American farmers have a positive story to tell that is backed by sound data.
Mark Sponsler, executive director of Colorado Corn is no stranger to discussions about water challenges in Colorado. “We are deeply involved in helping to address alternatives to the dry-up of agricultural land and have identified several projects within our Research budget for the coming year,” said Sponsler. Mark was invited to the Arkansas River basin meeting to provide feedback from ongoing discussions in the South Platte River basin and to give an agricultural perspective on water challenges.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) deadline of October 31, 2011, is fast approaching for implementation of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES); a system that requires a new permitting process on already regulated practices. A vote in the Senate on H.R.
50 for Colorado Agriculture and the Eastern Plains
Katrina Davis, Ethanol Project and Membership Manager for Colorado Corn participated in the 50 for Colorado Ag Tour in Burlington. The event was hosted by Steve and Darlene Scott of Scott Farm Enterprises. Steve is a third-generation Burlington area corn farmer and serves as President of the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee.
Staff members Katie Thimgan and Katrina Davis attended the annual two-day farm show held in the largest corn producing county in the state, Yuma. In addition to Colorado, the event draws farmers from Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming and Wisconsin. Colorado Corn Grower President Byron Weathers and board members Don Rutledge and Steve Edwards were on hand to visit with folks about some of our project involvement: Phreatophyte removal on the Republican River, ethanol infrastructure needs, and policy.
Staff member Katrina Davis attended the Clean Cities Statewide Stakeholder Meeting in Boulder. Clean Cities is part of the U.S. Office of Energy and operates under the Efficiency and Renewable Energy Vehicle Technology program. They are a network of nearly 100 nationwide Clean Cities coalitions that bring together private companies, fuel suppliers, local governments, vehicle manufacturers, national laboratories, state and federal agencies, and other organizations to implement alternative-transportation solutions in their communities.
A 45-cent-per-gallon tax credit for ethanol blenders may not be eliminated in its entirety after all, as the U.S. House of Representatives looks to piece together a compromise on the issue rather than pass the bill approved by the Senate back in June.
According to legislative staff for U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., the Senate’s June bill that approved ending the tax credit for ethanol by the end of July was a nonstarter in the House.
Mark made a presentation to the Greeley Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee on Tuesday August 2nd titled “Corn, Energy, and Common Misconceptions”. He highlighted leading myths that dominate public media attention and provided thought provoking facts and perspective to a group of about 15 community leaders. Attendees also viewed a NASCAR produced video which complemented the presentation with interviews and information about the racing organization’s adoption of ethanol into the fuel for every race on the NASCAR circuit starting with 2011.