(Posted Thu. Aug 23rd, 2012)

Ethanol RocksAugust 23:  In celebration of the agricultural industry’s annual migration to the Farm Progress Show next week in Boone, Iowa, the National Corn Growers Association is inviting show attendees to stop by the Iowa Corn Growers Association booth to learn about what NCGA and its state affiliate are doing for their members.


“With school starting, NCGA is taking this opportunity to reach out to high school and college students, along with FFA and Ag Club coordinators to sign up for our “Ethanol Rocks” video contest,” said NCGA First Vice President Pam Johnson. “In addition to finding out more about this program, show attendees can stop by the Iowa Corn Growers Association booth, visit with corn growers and learn what NCGA and Iowa Corn are doing to promote our industry at the national and state levels .” 


Students and coordinators attending the Farm Progress Show can enter to win a Sony Handycam and NCGA backpack filled with goodies to get them started on their video project. The contest is looking for short videos (2 minutes or less) from active high school and college students that highlight the benefits of ethanol fuel blends to the U.S. environment and economy. One first-place contest winner will receive $1,500 and one $500 second place award will be given – each at two levels, for high school and college. The “Ethanol Rocks” contest entry deadline is 5 p.m. Central Time, Monday, October 15.


Iowa Corn will have opportunities at the booth to sign an online petition to keep the RFS strong and a chance to win a 2013 Commodity Classic registration. They also will have educational materials on hand pertaining to important programs, topics and policies affecting the corn industry.


At 2 p.m. each day, Iowa Corn will host membership VIP educational sessions. Attendees will hear from the Iowa Corn Collegiate Advisory Team, CommonGround and industry spokespersons.  The sessions will cover involving young people, CommonGround and the faces behind the program, the economics of stover and feed feasibility trials with stover.


If you plan to attend the Farm Progress Show, stop on by the Iowa Corn booth, located just inside the gate at booth 26N.