OUR NATION’S WATERWAYS KEEP AMERICA MOVING!

RELATED CURRENT EVENT: A new Water Resources and Reform Development Act is in conference committee right now where the House and Senate are trying to iron out their differences in the two bills passed in their chambers. The final bill will hopefully change the funding mechanism for Olmsted Lock and Dam repairs, which are significantly over time and budget, freeing up money to begin construction on a new locks and dams on the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. For more information on Illinois’ desperate need for new locks and dams, click here!

HOW AMERICA IS FEEDING & FUELING THE COUNTRY

The weather outside is frightful! So we’re going to continue celebrating agriculture in December with video week! Enjoy …

RELATED CURRENT EVENT: The EPA just announced last month that they are reducing the amount of corn-based ethanol retailers are required to blend into their gasoline. This impacts around 500 million bushels of corn demand, thus lowering corn prices and having drastic economic effects in rural America. Want to learn more? Click here!

TRIVIA WEEK: OUR LOCKS AND DAMS ARE HOW OLD?

We’re having Trivia Week this week on Corn Corps … hope you’ll join us by putting your guess in the comments!  We’ll draw a winner each day for an IL Corn prize pack!  Have fun …

barge5. The locks and dams we are current using to carry crops and other goods up and down the Mississippi River were built …

a. just after Lewis and Clark’s expedition South
b. during the Civil War
c. just before the Cuban Missile Crisis
d. during the native American “Trail of Tears” trek

TRIVIA WEEK: HOW MUCH CORN IS USED FOR ETHANOL?

10% ethanol

4. What percentage of the corn grown in the U.S. is made into ethanol?

a. 100%
b. 75%
c. 50%
d. 25%

ANSWER: about 25% when we consider that one third of the ethanol corn reenters the livestock feed marketplace as DDGS.

corn use

Source: USDA ERS, Feed Outlook, 1/12

And World of Corn http://www.ncga.com/upload/files/documents/pdf/2012_woc_metric.pdf

TRIVIA WEEK: ETHANOL IS MORE EXPENSIVE AND CAUSES GAS PRICES TO INCREASE?

We’re having Trivia Week this week on Corn Corps … hope you’ll join us by putting your guess in the comments!  We’ll draw a winner each day for an IL Corn prize pack!  Have fun …

renewable fuel, E85, corn based ethanol3. Ethanol is more expensive than gasoline, true or false?

a. true
b. false

ANSWER:

http://www.cmegroup.com/trading/energy/ethanol/cbot-ethanol.html

http://www.cmegroup.com/trading/energy/refined-products/rbob-gasoline.html

Check the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for yourself … ethanol IS cheaper than gasoline.  It also stands to reason that a cheaper fuel blended can not make the total fuel more expensive!  This is one of the reasons that gasoline retailers don’t want to blend more ethanol.  They will lose market share to a cheaper product!

TRIVIA WEEK: HOW MANY FAMILY FARMERS ARE WOMEN?

We’re having Trivia Week this week on Corn Corps … hope you’ll join us by putting your guess in the comments!  We’ll draw a winner each day for an IL Corn prize pack!  Have fun …

family cornfield pics sep 2010 0082. How many family farms are run partially or fully by women?

a. 300,000
b. 700,000
c. over 1 million
d. 5,000

ANSWER: Of the 3.3 million U.S. farm operators counted in 2007 Census, 30.2 percent — or more than 1 million — were women. The total number of women operators increased 19 percent from 2002, significantly outpacing the 7 percent increase in the number of farmers overall. The number of women who were the principal operators of a farm or ranch increased by almost 30 percent, to 306,209. Women are now the principal operators of 14 percent of the nation’s 2.2 million farms.*

http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2007/Online_Highlights/Fact_Sheets/Demographics/women.pdf

TRIVIA WEEK! IS CORN A VEGETABLE OR A GRAIN?

We’re having Trivia Week this week on Corn Corps … hope you’ll join us by putting your guess in the comments!  We’ll draw a winner each day for an IL Corn prize pack!  Have fun …

Illinois, farm, field, farmer, country, scenic1. The corn primarily grown in Illinois is a …

a. vegetable
b. grain
c. candy
d. snack

 

ANSWER: GRAIN

Illinois farmers planted 12.1 million acres of corn last year, which is a lot for one state. Only 7,000 of those acres were sweet corn.  Sweet Corn is a vegetable, but the majority of the corn grown in Illinois is field corn which is a grain used for corn meal, corn starch, etc.

http://www.farmersfeedus.org/il/corn/10