08/30/2009 - Member eNewsletter
International Institute for Ecological Agriculture
August 30, 2009
The Alcohol Fuel Revival Heads East!
Following the tremendous success of our recent workshops, we are pleased to announce we have now scheduled two more events on the East Coast. The cost is $267, and early registrants will receive a $100 coupon credit toward the purchase of an alcohol fuel conversion kit for their vehicle. Sign up on our mailing list to be notified as dates are confirmed … and tell your friends!
Alcohol Can Be a Gas! News
IIEA is coming to Pennsylvania and New York! Registration for both events costs just $267, and early registrants receive a coupon for $100 off one of our alcohol fuel conversion kits. Don’t miss these great opportunities to get an early start in the alcohol fuel revolution!
Pennsylvania — September 18th: In conjunction with the 5th annual Pennsylvania Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Festival, David and the IIEA team will be in Kempton, Pennsylvania this month (a 90-minute drive from Philadelphia). Click HERE for information about the festival.
The workshop opens Friday, 9/18 at 5:00 pm with a two-hour registrant mixer at IIEA’s presentation tent on the festival showgrounds at Kempton Community Center. Click HERE for directions. The workshop then runs 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, at the same location.
Click HERE for further details and registration.
New York — October 9th: In October, David and the IIEA team will be at Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3)—our first New York appearance in three years!
The program opens Friday, 10/9 at 5:00 pm for a two-hour registrant mixer at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center Cortland (our host hotel). The Ramada’s address is 2 River Street, Cortland, NY 13045 (about 24 minutes from Ithaca). Click HERE for a map & directions:
The actual workshop runs 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday, at the TC3 main campus: 170 North St., Dryden, NY 13053 (Dryden is about 12 miles from Ithaca and 11 miles from the Ramada). Click HERE for directions.
Click HERE for further details and registration.
Click HERE to watch a 53-minute Wisconsin Eye Public Television interview with David Blume, recorded on July 7, 2009. Dave presented a two-day alcohol fuel workshop that weekend at Madison Area Technical College (MATC), as part of its Renewable Energy Certificate program. Hear Dave describe Ford Motor Company’s recent sponsorship of our alcohol fuel efforts, and watch him fuel a F150 truck (donated by Ford) on E-85 ethanol at a Madison gas station. Barbara Anderegg, MATC instructor and project director, is also interviewed.
1. (9:30) - David Blume on Wisconsin’s WEAU 13 TV News: Click HERE to watch a recent Wisconsin Farmer’s Union interview with Dave. It provides a brief refutation to some of the most common ethanol myths and describes how small-scale ethanol production can to generate 26 million permanent, nonexportable U.S. jobs.
2. (2:30) - Alcohol fuel workshop intro & testimonials on YouTube: We invite you to share this brief promotional video with your friends! In it, Dave introduces and discusses his book and two-day workshop, and six past participants describe their experience. Click HERE to watch.
3. (5:34) - Ford’s first flex-fuel vehicle: the Model T: Click HERE to view another YouTube video of Dave in the lobby of Ford Motor Company’s Michigan World Headquarters, where he lifts the hood on a Model T and demonstrates its dual-fuel capability.
In an August 2009 article in Growing magazine, author Jenan Jones Benson looks at “Weathering the Economic Crisis.”
Benson begins by saying “It’s not news that the country is facing tough times economically. Commercial growers feel the pinch as well, but for the agricultural industry, the news isn’t all ‘bad’. Farmers, overall, may fare better than other occupational groups.”
Benson goes on to interview David Blume and fellow experts to garner their insights on optimizing production for working growers.
An excerpt appears below. Click HERE to read the entire article.
“Weathering the Economic Crisis”
by Jenan Jones Benson
first posted on http://www.growingmagazine.com/article-3433.aspx
Prices remain uncertain
With oil prices continuing to fluctuate, budgeting for fuel, transportation, fertilizer and plastic seems to be a guessing game. In recent months, the market has had relief from last summer’s highly elevated costs. Recent cost declines don’t put producers at ease. However, continued moderation in fertilizer costs is anticipated and oil prices are rising with air temperatures at this writing. In mid-March, The Financial Times reported that Opec favored prices around $75 a barrel, but the group was hesitant at that time to cut production. In late March, prices ran approximately $20 below that goal.
Growers are uncertain as to what rewards their crops will bring this season. Coming off a year of high prices, the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects a 20 percent drop in 2009 farm income.
Strategies to survive recessionary times
Farmer, ecologist and energy expert David Blume rightly points out that food is an essential item, but high input expenses and low market prices can make producing it financially risky for growers. How can farmers stay afloat during difficult times?
Even in tough times, there are bright spots and new possibilities for innovative growers. Blume, a Californian who farms in Georgia, says the biofuels industry can be a significant boon for agriculture.
“There is opportunity in blending fuel and food production,” he adds. “If food prices drop, energy prices may not.”
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