John and Mark also did an extra segment called Market Plus. Did you download this week’s Market Plus segment? Here’s where you do that.
What is in store for this week? Well, producer Dave Miller is headed to Omaha to talk to Bob Dinnneen, President of the Renewable Fuels Association. Story is on delay in raising blending rate on E15. #MtoM
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How wet is it where you are? Lots of rain is making lots of problems. We will see if we can break this wet pattern this week.
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said Friday that he expects an E15 blend will become reality for consumers and producers of the fuel additive. E15 is a blend of 85 percent gasoline and 15 percent ethanol. The USDA could help open the door to the new blend if the Environmental Protection Agency approves the new fuel mix.
No official announcement is scheduled, but Vilsack says the E15 policy change will likely happen this year.
Also on Friday, Vilsack said he doubts shipping lanes will be closed because of the major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Those same shipping lanes were closed temporarily following Hurricane Katrina.
Friday’s comments were made in an extended interview between Market to Market host Mark Pearson and Secretary Vilsack in our studios.
***Update*** The official transcript is posted here now our website.
See parts of the interview in this week’s Market to Market broadcast. Check your local listings or watch online at http://www.iptv.org/mtom/
The entire interview will likely be posted next week on our website.
The Market to Market crew is putting the final touches on tonight’s broadcast. They will be bringing you the Rural Economic Summit from Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa.
It has been a busy week for the producers as they’ve traveled to Fort Madison and Ottumwa, Iowa. Plus Macon, Missouri to cover President Barack Obama’s White House to Main Street tour.
You can view the entire Ottumwa speech given by President Obama. Click on the video below. The first half is a speech, the second is Q and A.
This is the 3rd of four special “road editions” that we are producing this year. This time we’re focusing on alternative energy. Is it the commodity that will fuel an economic renaissance in rural America?
Wind energy is one of those components of the alternative energy economy. The president stopped in Ft. Madison to visit the Siemens Energy plant where wind turbine blades are produced.
Another part of the president’s midwest tour was a stop at POET’s biorefining facility in Macon, Missouri. POET is the world’s largest producer of ethanol with 1,500 employees, 1.6 billion gallons of fuel produced each year in 25 plants in 7 states.
Join us in discussing this program. Are the president’s ideas on track or does there need to be a different direction taken in jump-starting the economy?
We’ve got a Market to Market crew that has been at many of the stops this week and will bring those to you in this week’s edition of the show as part of our Rural Economic Summit.
The president touted wind energy’s ability to generate power and jobs while in Iowa. During a trip to Missouri, the president visited the world’s top producer of ethanol to see how process works. So how does alternative energy fuel the rural economy?
Check local listings for the airtime of Market to Market. You also will be able to view the program on our website.
On the third of four special “road editions,” Market to Market covers President Obama’s White House to Main Street Tour as a special “Rural Economic Summit.”
Obama’s tour stops at several Midwestern events aimed at strengthening the rural economy.
The first stop Tuesday will be at the Siemens Energy plant in Ft. Madison, Iowa. The facility produces massive 12-ton blades for the company’s 2.3 MW generators that each produce enough energy to power 600-700 homes. Siemens Energy received a $3.5 million federal tax credit back in January. The Siemens plant is the second largest employer in Lee County providing about 600 jobs. This event is open only to media.
Then, it’s on to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa – home of Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack — in Mt. Pleasant. Like the preceeding stop in Ft. Madison, this event is closed to the public.
A third stop is planned in Ottumwa, Iowa for a town hall meeting at Indian Hills Community College. The President will make a speech and answer questions from the audience.
Iowa Public Television will televise the town hall meeting live on its IPTV World Channel or .3 if you’re viewing inside the state of Iowa. Outside the broadcast region, you can view the event at: www.IPTV.org. The coverage is scheduled to begin around 4 p.m. CT.
The White House said Monday the Midwest tour is about the president talking and listening to small business owners, workers, everyday people living the challenges they face in recovery. This post covers most of the highlights of the President’s tour the next two days.
Wednesday’s tour includes a stop in Macon, Missouri at the POET biorefinery. Producing 1.6 billion gallons of renewable fuel annually, POET is the world’s largest producer of ethanol. The president will also visit a farm near Quincy, Illinois.
The White House released a report Tuesday from the Council of Economic Advisers, outlining four policies the President is likely to address this week:
Growing businesses and expanding employment opportunities.
Strengthening rural infrastructure
Strengthening the agricultural sector
Strengthening the labor force and improving the quality of life in rural America by investing in education and health care.
This week’s edition of Market to Market will feature coverage of the president’s tour as a special “Rural Economic Summit.“ Check local listings for your area.
The Senate on Wednesday put aside its partisan differences to extend the federal government's main water resources law, which promotes investment in port improvements, flood protection, dam and levee projects and environmental restoration.