"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered than by improving a country's agriculture." -George Washington
Now you may be wondering why General Wesley Clark, Dallas Clark and I are in a picture together???? Well, we all have an interest in agriculture, and in particular, ethanol. Corn based Ethanol or E85 is made from field corn. (Most corn you see growing in the countryside is what we call field corn and ends up becoming livestock feed. To learn more about the differences between sweet corn, field corn and popcorn check out Farmer Fridays at 3 Kids and Lots of Pigs) However, some field corn does go to biorefineries and becomes ethanol. In 2009 Indiana Farmers planted 5.7 million acres to corn, and throughout the years farmers have become more and more efficient at producing more corn on less land. This is due to a lot of things such as technology, corn genetics and machinery. As more flex fuel vehicles are becoming available, consumers have an option to purchase and drive these vehicles, use E85 and support farmers and these homegrown biofuel resources.
Now back to explaining the picture at the top of this post. I grew up in a family where both sets of grandparents had farms and raised corn and soybeans. I went on to college and majored in an agricultural curriculum and now have a job in agriculture. Dallas Clark, receiver for the Indianapolis Colts, grew up in rural Iowa and had family that farmed corn and soybeans. He has partnered up with the Indiana Corn Marketing Council for a program called Hoosier Horsepower: for every reception/catch Clark makes during the season the Council will donate money to a scholarship fund. And, General Wesley Clark is an advocate for lessening our dependence on foreign oil and utilizing home grown resources in order to produce biofuels. They were both at an Ethanol Forum I had the opportunity to attend, and I was very excited to get my picture taken with them, and a chance to tell you more about agriculture.