• Josh Flint

    Understanding Auto Manufacturers' Concerns with E15

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     by Josh Flint
     on February 21, 2011

    There’s been a lot of talk about the EPA’s recent E15 waiver at the 2011 National Ethanol Conference in Phoenix, Ariz. When the waiver notice came out, I knew right away it wasn’t likely to fully satisfy ethanol proponents. Expanding the waiver to include vehicle model years 2001 and newer was commendable, but as Renewable Fuels Association’s Bob Dinneen points out, that’s only about 61% of the U.S. auto fleet. One thing I didn’t give a lot of thought…

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    What Are You Willing To Pay More For?

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     by Josh Flint
     on February 18, 2011

    A month ago, I installed a new radio in my car. I’ve replaced the radio in other cars, but this was the first time I did it myself. Previously, I was under the impression that paying someone to install it was well worth the expense. This time, it would have cost roughly $70 to install it. Considering the radio retailed for about $125, I didn’t see the value in bumping my bill up to $200 for something I could do myself. It took me about three hours, but I got it done. It…

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    The State of Illinois Has Really Done It This Time

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     by Josh Flint
     on February 9, 2011

    A lot of my Missouri relatives enjoy razzing me about Illinois’ state of financial distress. They poked fun when the state increased our income tax. “Whatever,” I said. “At least we don’t pay outrageous annual sums in personal property tax to register our cars.” Today, I’m ready to move to Missouri. Sitting in my tax preparer’s office, I was completely stupefied when she asked if I would like to disclose any large purchases via the internet…

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    Scratching the Surface

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     by Josh Flint
     on February 9, 2011

    Whew! The Master Farmer stories are officially written and ready for press. Each year, this is a fun, yet extremely daunting, task. Meeting the winners and photographing their farm is a pleasure. It’s great to pick their brains and ask anything and everything about their farm and life. For me, the history portion is very interesting. I love hearing how the Master Farmer’s ancestors ended up in Illinois. It’s also intriguing to hear how the farm operation evolved over the…

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    The Definition of a Premium Lie

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     by Josh Flint
     on February 1, 2011

    I think some folks on television need to be reminded of the definition for organic food. Here it is, unabridged, from the USDA’s website. Organic food production: a system that is managed in accordance with the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) of 1990 and regulations in Title 7, Part 205 of the Code of Federal Regulations to respond to site-specific conditions by integrating cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance…

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