2015 Biofuels Tour Special Edition: Day 2
September 17, 2015 - Issue #212View Full Issue
Tuesday, August 18
At the Monsanto Huxley Learning Center in Huxley, Iowa, attendees participated in an interactive tour that provided an in-depth overview of modern farming practices, including advancements in seed technology that improve yields, precision ag equipment that ensures proper seed to soil contact and seed placement, and big data programs that help farmers know more about their fields than ever before.
Participants toured Lincolnway Energy, a 55 million gallon per year capacity ethanol production facility in Nevada, Iowa. At the facility, participants learned all about the ethanol production process and ethanol co-products, including protein-rich distillers grains that are sold into livestock feed markets.
Later, Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) Senior Vice President Geoff Cooper provided an “Ethanol Myth Busters” presentation, dispelling a host of often repeated myths and misinformation about ethanol and the RFS. To view Cooper’s presentation, please click here.
Couser Cattle Company
At Couser Cattle Company in Nevada, Iowa, attendees were able to get up-close and personal with what owner Bill Couser calls, “the full circle of agriculture.” Couser Cattle Company is a multi-faceted livestock and row crop operation that finishes 5,000 to 6,000 head of cattle, while also farming about 5,000 acres of corn and soybeans.
Participants learned about row crops, raising cattle, feeding distillers grains, and the latest environmental stewardship practices from the 2011 National Cattlemen’s Foundation Environmental Stewardship Award winner, Bill Couser.