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President:
David Adams, Lake Geneva
Vice President:
Cal Dalton, Pardeeville
Secretary/Treasurer:
Tom Gillis, Roberts
Directors-at-large:
Ken Rosenow, Oconomowoc
Randy Woodruff, Chippewa Falls
Howard Hartmann, Prairie du Sac
Jim Zimmerman, Rosendale
Joe Zenz, Lancaster
Randy Hughes, Janesville
Ex-Officio Directors:
Kari Blazei-Kuehl, Didion Milling
Tom Bressner, WABA
Executive Director:
Bob Oleson, Palmyra

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Wisconsin Drivers Like Ethanol

A recent statewide opinion poll shows Wisconsin citizens favor the use of ethanol in fuel by a two- to-one margin, with sixty percent supporting blending ethanol into gasoline. The support is consistent across all geographic regions of the state and all demographic groups.

"These results show that Wisconsin drivers realize the benefits of using ethanol fuel,” says Wisconsin Corn Growers Association (WCGA) President Brian Long, Weyauwega. “It’s truly outstanding to see such broad support for this homegrown fuel choice."

The poll also found that people have an overwhelmingly good feeling about those who grow corn in the state, with corn farmers receiving a positive rating of 70, on a scale of 1 – 100. Seventy percent also agree with the statement “compared to 30 years ago, farms that grow corn are more efficient with more product produced from the same land for less cost.”

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Big Oil Fails to Offer Renewable Fuel

A new “Consumer Choice Report Card” released by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) grades some of the largest, most well-known retail gasoline chains based on whether they are providing consumers with alternatives to regular gasoline that cost less, reduce pollution and are higher octane for better engine performance.
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Wisconsin Farmer Issues Ethanol Challenge

 Wisconsin farmer Allen Hass is challenging corn growers across the country to fill their tanks with ethanol while promoting it as the smart way to support rural economies, reduce fuels prices and lower our country’s dependence on foreign oil; and to prove his commitment his family farm is donating $50,000 to kick start the effort. 

 
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E85 Fuels Something Special for Wisconsin

Wisconsin agricultural ambassador Alice in Dairyland drives across the state to her many events in a flex-fuel Tahoe powered by E85 - 85% ethanol fuel - provided by the Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board.
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Study: Ethanol Production Doesn't Lower Cattle Profits

Net cash farm incomes for beef-cow and dairy operations is up since provisions of the biofuels mandate went into effect according to a study using Texas A&M University’s Agricultural & Food Policy Center’s premier farm-level modeling system and data from the University of Missouri’s Food & Agricultural Policy Research Institute.
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US Livestock Eating more Distillers Grains

For the first time in history distillers grains will replace more than one billion bushels of corn in US livestock feed rations saving the livestock industry significant expenses.
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Corn Ethanol Energy Positive Since 1990s, Gets Better All the Time

USDA's Chief Economist Joseph Glauber announced publication of a report by the Office of Energy Policy and New Uses that surveyed corn growers for the year 2005 and ethanol plants in 2008, which indicates the net energy gain from converting corn to ethanol is improving in efficiency. The survey asked ethanol producers to respond to questions about ethanol yield (undenatured) per bushel of corn and energy used in the plants. The 2008 updates presented in the report recorded the effects of current practices used by corn producers and ethanol processors.

This report measures all conventional fossil fuel energy used in the production of 1 gallon of corn ethanol. For every British Thermal Unit (BTU) unit of energy required to make ethanol, 2.3 BTUs of energy are produced. The ratio is somewhat higher for some firms that are partially substituting biomass energy in processing energy. Since the last study in 2004, the net energy balance of corn ethanol has increased from 1.76 BTUs to 2.3 BTUs of required energy.
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Ethanol Industry Means Jobs for Wisconsin

Wisconsin would suffer significant job losses and a severe decline in economic activity if the tariff on foreign-subsidized ethanol is allowed to lapse at the end of the year. A study by the University of Missouri found that Wisconsin would loose 1,374 jobs the first year after the tariff lapses, 4,721 in the second year, and 6,972 in the third year. The year-to-year economic declines in Wisconsin would reach $307 million in the first year, $884 million in the second year, and $1.2 billion in the third year after the tariff lapses.
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Biofuels Promote Longer Life

Biofuels could add years to people’s lives according to a recent article in the Daily Californian regarding a scientific assessment from UC-Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
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Ethanol Plants Don't Change Land Use

Two new, independent studies on ethanol land use impact both conclude that modern ethanol production doesn't impact land use patterns significantly.
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Distillers Grains Presentations Now Posted Here

The rapid growth of the dry grind ethanol industry has resulted in larger supplies of DISTILLERS GRAINS (DG) than ever before that are:
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Wisconsin Ag Connection Headlines
Sign-Up for Dairy Margin Protection Program Extended -- 10/30/2014

Wisconsin to Get Funding to Boost Honey Bee Health -- 10/30/2014

PDPW Webinar to Focus on Beef and Dairy Sectors -- 10/30/2014

WATA to Hold Farm Safety & Marketing Education Event -- 10/30/2014

USDA Expands Credit Program for Beginning Farmers -- 10/30/2014

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