A new “Consumer Choice Report Card” released by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) grades some of the largest, most well-known retail gasoline chains based on whether they are providing consumers with alternatives to regular gasoline that cost less, reduce pollution and are higher octane for better engine performance. The “Big Five” oil companies all scored at the bottom of the list — with fewer than 1 percent of stations offering American made, renewable alternatives like E85 or E15 — while a number of major independent retail chains received “A+” grades, with more than 25 percent of their stations offering E85 or E15. View the full story or the entire report card.
Get your clubs ready, leave your worries behind, and enjoy food and fun while hitting the links for 18 holes of golf with the Michigan Corn Growers Association. This year's outings will be held at Centennial Acres in Sunfield on Wednesday, August 6 and at Verona Hills Golf Club in Bad Axe on Wednesday, August 20. Visit the website to find more information or to register online.
Michigan Corn is conducting a survey about the different ways that farmers receive information and we want to hear from you. We will then use this information to better tailor our communcations to you, the growers. Please fill out the survey online.
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has begun the formal process of collecting public comments on a proposal that would allow river barge traffic on the east side of Lake Michigan as far north as the Port of Muskegon. Allowing river barge access on Lake Michigan will give Michigan’s agriculture industry more access to efficient and cost-effective water transportation. Public comments on the proposal will be accepted until August 25, 2014. You can learn more about the proposal and submit comments online by visiting Regulations.gov and searching for docket ID number USCG-2013-0954.
The upcoming mid-Michigan section of Annie’s Project will take place on six consecutive Tuesday evenings, beginning on September 9 through October 14, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at GreenStone Farm Credit Services in St. Johns. Annie’s project is a workshop that empowers farm women to be better business partners in the ever-changing, dynamic, and complex world of agriculture. More information about the workshop, including registration, is available online.
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