Discussing New Research At CUTC

David LoosAt the recent Corn Utilization and Technology Conference our very own David Loos, Technology and Business Development Director, moderated a panel titled, “Life Cycle Analyses Applications to New Technologies.”  One of the issues that takes up a lot of his time is ethanol.  And ethanol was a big part of the conversation at the CUTC as you might imagine.  I spoke with David during a break.

Dave says that new technologies that are increasing production while reducing inputs are proving that corn can be very sustainable.  I asked him what he’s working on that needs to become better known by the public.  He says that science is “on our side” on issues like yield increases, inputs, green house gas emissions from growing corn or producing ethanol.  He says it’s our job to make sure the research gets done, is documented and delivered to audiences like EPA.  He pointed to new research by the University of Illinois-Chicago which found that energy consumption by ethanol plants is down about 30 percent.  I’ll have more on that in another interview with one of Dave’s panelists.  Dave also talks about his goal of having EPA recognize corn ethanol as an advanced biofuel.  The research and science backs it up.  The challenge is getting regulators to recognize it!

You can listen to my interview with David here: download (mp3).

Here’s a link to a bunch of photos from the conference: CUTC Photo Album

Chuck Zimmerman Posted by Chuck Zimmerman
AgWired

Leaders Under Construction

I spent yesterday in a sea of blue.
Blue FFA jackets that is.
I was in Decatur for the YEA! Youth Conference put on by the Illinois Farm Bureau and affiliates, where more than 450 FFA members from across the state came together to be “Leaders Under Construction.” Many great agriculture industry representatives were present to help the students discover the tools necessary for being a successful leader in agriculture. They had 10 different sessions to choose from, ranging from communication to career development.

I spent most of my time in the career fair representing Illinois Corn, but did sneak away for a few minutes to watch Tricia Braid Terry lead a session on social media. She did a wonderful job getting the kids motivated to get on the social media bandwagon!

It was great to meet with so many wonderful kids and see what the future of ag holds. I think it says a lot when over 400 high school students come together and have the maturity and respect these young people had. It is not only a testament to FFA and what a great program it is, but I think it is goes to show what great farming/agricultural families these kids come from.

You can see coverage on the Illinois Farm Bureau Youth Education facebook page.

By: Becky Finfrock
ICGA/ICMB Communications Assistant