February 24, 2017

NDFU Praises Trump for Support of Ethanol

North Dakota Farmers Union praised President Trump for his recent comments supporting ethanol and the renewable fuels industry.

“In a time of excess supply and less demand, it’s reassuring to hear the newly elected president support ethanol,” said NDFU President Mark Watne. “Ethanol drives the demand for corn, and corn helps increase commodity prices.”

trump-banner“Rest assured that your president and this administration value the importance of renewable fuels to America’s economy and to our energy independence,” Trump wrote in a letter to attendees of the National Ethanol Conference that was released on Tuesday. “As I emphasized throughout my campaign, renewable fuels are essential to America’s energy strategy.”

President Trump also said he was committed to reducing the regulatory burden on all businesses and reform regulations that impede growth, increase consumer costs, and eliminate good-paying jobs without providing sufficient environmental or public health benefit.

Watne said EPA’s interpretation of the Clean Air Act has restricted the sale of mid-level high-octane fuel such as E30. “National energy labs have demonstrated that high-octane blends do not impair performance in non-flex fuel or standard vehicles. The use of E30 would actually reduce harmful emissions more effectively than E10,” he said.


Keeping It Covered at International Crops Expo – Grand Forks

Berts Truck EquipmentProducers are gathered in Grand Forks at the Alerus Center for the International Crops Expo.

Information seminars will be offered throughout the day on Wednesday and Thursday, featuring the latest in potatoes, small grains, soybeans and dry edible beans.

The floor of the Alerus is packed once again for this year’s show – and we visited with Chris Pagnac, Sales Manager for Bert’s Truck Equipment, of East Grand Forks.

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Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman will Screen at Commodity Classic

Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman, fresh from its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival, will preview at Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas before it airs worldwide on Discovery Channel in August. The Discovery Impact film weaves together the stories of a Montana rancher, two Kansas farmers and a handful of Gulf fishermen who feed the world while stewarding the land and water they work. Based on a book by the same name, the documentary is a tribute to the unsung conservation heroes of America’s heartland.

Commodity Classic Logo“The men and women profiled in the book and film work tirelessly to protect America’s natural resources, make their operations more productive and resilient and leave a legacy for their children. They don’t receive much credit for their conservation achievements, and we’re trying to change that,” said Miriam Horn of Environmental Defense Fund.

Horn authored Rancher, Farmer Fisherman: Conservation Heroes of the American Heartland, on which the film is based. NCGA and EDF will host an audience Q&A with Horn after the screening.

“Most farmers I know have spent a lifetime trying to do a better job of protecting the soil and water resources on their farms. This love of the land and how to grow crops more sustainably is passed down in many cases for four generations or more,” said Brent Hostetler, National Corn Growers Association’s Sustainability Action Team chairman and a farmer from Plain City, Ohio. “This project opens public dialogue to challenge traditional notions and shows how modern farming and environmentalism can go hand in hand.”

The screening and audience discussion will be held in the Lila Cockrell Theatre during Commodity Classic’s Closing Learning Center Session on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 1:30–3:30 pm CDT. Anyone with a Commodity Classic badge may attend.