• Josh Flint

    Figuring Out Our Stance On Ethanol

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     by Josh Flint
     on July 27, 2010

    Most experts predict the ethanol industry will hit the blend wall within the next year or so. At this point, ethanol plant capacity will exceed the amount needed to blend 10% ethanol into all of our nation's fuel. To continue an upward trend in corn demand for the industry, groups are pushing legislators to mandate additional ethanol production. Until recently, all of these groups were pushing for an increase in the minimum ethanol blend from 10% to 15%. Growth Energy bucked the trend on…

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    It's Good To Hear an Optimistic Take on the Future of Ag

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     by Josh Flint
     on July 19, 2010

    It's tough to listen to Moe Russell without feeling optimistic for this business of farming. Russell, president of Russell Consulting Group, gave a great presentation at Wyffels' Corn Strategies meeting in Decatur last week. Consider this statement from Russell. "There's no other industry where you can make more money than the one you're in (farming)." Russell backs this up by comparing his clients' success to other financial benchmarks. For example, George Steinbrenner had a lifetime…

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    We Could Learn a Lot From Potato Commercial

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     by Josh Flint
     on July 13, 2010

    A few days ago, I caught the tail end of a great commercial. I had to get on Youtube so I could see the whole thing. You can watch the commercial at the end of this blog. Basically, it's a bunch of potato growers arguing over where the best potatoes come from. They're standing in potato fields, with a bag of Lay's, tossing friendly jabs at growers from other states. At one point, a California grower says the best potatoes come from California. The New England grower is quick to respond…

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    Is July 4 Becoming Dependence Day?

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     by Josh Flint
     on July 4, 2010

    Happy birthday, America. Most Independence Days put me in a patriotic mood. While I'm grateful for what our veterans have done for us, I'm a bit somber this July 4. I miss the leadership and values that were inherent to our grandfathers' and great-grandfathers' generations. I'm concerned the ideals and values that shaped this great nation are slowly eroding away. I realize I'm preaching to the choir here. Of all the demographic groups in this nation, you'd be hard pressed to find a group…

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