CELEBRATE ETHANOL DURING SUNDAY’S NASCAR RACE AT DAYTONA

Ethanol, racing, daytonaBe a part of history as American Ethanol and your corn checkoff help start the engines when NASCAR kicks off the 2011 season in Daytona.  You are officially invited to celebrate your part in making Sunoco Green E15 the official fuel of NASCAR.

Please join the broadcast on FOX as millions watch the green ethanol flag start the race and a new era for ethanol made from corn.  The NASCAR move to American Ethanol will showcase the performance you have known about for years.  Now everyone will know thanks to your corn checkoff investment.

FRIDAY FARM PHOTO

Today’s photo comes from Becky Smith in Northeastern New Mexico.  Like much of the country, they have been fighting bitterly cold temperatures and snow.  This calf was born in the middle of a snow storm and to protect him they had to bring him in to keep him warm and alive.  Pictured here is Becky’s daughter comforting the little guy.  In her mind, the one sure-fire way to make him feel better was to read to him for hours.

To protect and care for all His creation, God made ranchers (and ranch kids).

You can follow Becky on Twitter @PurelyMom and check out her blog Pursuit on the High Prairie!

FRIDAY FARM PHOTO

After the blizzard and cold snap we’ve had this week, I wanted to warm things up a bit for this Friday Farm Photo.  This picture comes from Monica Stevens in Knox County Illinois, I don’t know about you, but it makes me long for summer! 

You can check out more of Monica’s photos on her website!

If you have a picture you’d like to submit for a Friday Farm Photo, send it to ilcorn@ilcorn.org and you could be here next week!

US EPA APPROVES E15 FOR MOST CARS!

“The Environmental Protection Agency announced that E15 — consisting of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline — is safe for engines in cars, light trucks and sport-utility vehicles from model years 2001 through 2006.”

This is a exciting day for corn growers and ethanol manufacturers alike!  Today, our photo is a nighttime shot of Adkins Energy, LLC in Lena, IL which we can see here is beautiful as well as good for the environment and great for national security.  Corn-based ethanol is truly a win-win product.

Read more about the EPA’s recent E15 decisions:

EPA APPROVES E15 FOR 2007 MODEL YEAR CARS AND NEWER 
USEPA LABEL CAUSES UNNECESSARY FEAR
ETHANOL BY-PRODUCT: GREAT FOR LIVESTOCK

CELEBRATING CONVENTIONALLY PRODUCED BEEF

Tim Lenz and beef herd

The Illinois Corn Growers Association immediate past President, Tim Lenz, manages a beef herd in what we’d call a “conventional” way.  These cows eat grass and corn, among other things I’m sure, before they reach market weight and head off to become hamburger.

These cows do not produce organic beef – and its a good thing.  Organic products haven’t been fairing real well in terms of safety lately.  Read more about that in this LA Times article or in this article about the Jimmy John’s incident.

The point?  American’s need a little more realism in their purchasing life.  Conventional food and organic food might have their differences, but safety isn’t one of them.

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ETHANOL PROVIDES ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

CELEBRATE MAPLE SYRUP DAY!

 

funks grove, maple sirup

Its maple syrup day and we’ve got some of the best maple sirup just a few miles south of the Illinois Corn office in Central Illinois.  Visit the Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup website to read all about their rich history and even richer sirup!

For some fun ideas on how to celebrate Maple Syrup Day, click here!

FRIDAY FARM PHOTO

This photo was snapped way back in 1982 by Ed Nicholson (you can follow him on Twitter @ederdn) while on vacation in Colorado.  The cooler belonged to his brother, an ag teacher.  One comment that surfaced during our focus groups was that farming is a thankless job.  Guess things haven’t changed in the last 30 years.  
 
Do you have a picture you’d like to share?  Send it to bfinfrock@ilcorn.org and you might just be the next Friday Farm Photo!