Saturday, July 17, 2010

snapshOTT of agriculture

"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.    


Heather @ 3 kids and lots of pigs said...

Great picture and great job of explaining ethanol. Thanks for linking to my Farmer Fridays post on the types of corn and for your tip on including more than just field corn and sweet corn. Have a great weekend!

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

Dallas Clark showed up at a middle school basketball tournament at our school last year, to watch his nephew play. People LOVE him around here!

I'm not going to lie though, the jury's still out as far as ethanol is concerned. I don't like the way it affects my feed prices, and I'm not sure it's a reasonable alternative to oil. But, I like what it's doing for the grain farmers, and it's definitely a step in the right direction!

Cris Goode said...

That event was really cool. I was really impressed by General Wesley Clark.

MILLIE said...

I agree with Katie...the jury is still out on ethanol...but then no one knows what energy direction we are going. Maybe we'll be doing different things. Growing our own energy sure does sound good. Thanks for the blog award..I'll have to talk with Jane over at Going Jane. LOL

Lana said...

You have to check out
for a different,funny take on almost the same picture!

Great blog. I think we are all headed in the right direction as I sit hear and watch our windmills go 'round and 'round.

Southern Reflections said...

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zentmrs said...

That is cool! I always find it interesting to hear about public figures' "other" lives.

Bird said...

Great to hear about US agriculture too!

Thanks for sharing a piece of your life and passions with us. Those sunflowers reminded me of a certain bee-day party ;)

Thanks for your sweet comment!