Checkoff Update May, 2011

NEBRASKA CORN CHECKOFF UPDATE

May 2011

Ethanol, Blender Pump Openings and Promotions Continue Across Nebraska The Cenex station in Ogallala was the latest grand opening of new blender pumps across the state. The event allowed the Nebraska Corn Board to promote ethanol at various blends along with flex fuel vehicles. Aurora Coop also held a promotion recently in cooperation with USDA Rural Development and the Nebraska Ethanol Board. The promotion was an opportunity for USDA to announce their blender pump grant program. I-80 Speedway was the latest opportunity to promote ethanol. The promotion included an informational booth, signs and an interview on the value of ethanol.

NCB Sponsored Interns Begin in Lincoln, WDC The Nebraska Corn Board welcomed our new intern Lance Atwater on staff. Lance, a native of Ayr, Neb. and a junior UNL Ag Economics major will handle crop progress updates, corn export data and and assist with market development, communications and social media programs. Additionally, the Nebraska Corn Board sponsors a summer intern in the National Corn Growers Association’s Washington, DC office. Alissa Doerr, a Creighton, Neb. native and also majoring in Ag Economics at UNL, began her duties this month and will assist in researching such topics as free trade agreements, ethanol and farm policy along with shadowing the NCGA lobbyists on the Hill.

NCB Director on USGC Corn Mission Nebraska Corn Board farmer director Dennis Gengenbach, just returned as part of the U.S. Grains Council corn mission to China. The small team of producers from across the corn belt, along with Council staff visited with Chinese producers to gain a better understanding of the ongoing spring corn crop potential and also future corn and distillers grain demand.

NCB Promotes Corn and Water Facts during Ground Water Festival The Nebraska Corn Board was part of the Groundwater Festival in Grand Island recently that is coordinated by the Central Platte NRD. The festival brings in third and fourth graders to learn about environmental stewardship of groundwater. Kelsey Pope, ag promotion coordinator with the Nebraska Corn Board, promoted this theme through a question and answer Bingo game with the students.

Kernels of Truth…

  • A recent study by Iowa State University of the University of Wisconsin determined that ethanol reduced wholesale gasoline prices by an average of $.89 per gallon in 2010.
  • According to the USDA, National Ag Statistics Service, Nebraska farmers intend to plant 9.5 million acres of corn, the most since 1933.

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