(Posted Mon. Jun 18th, 2012)
June 18: Corn Growers and American Ethanol were out in force at Michigan International Speedway this weekend, with the American Ethanol Green Flag literally and figuratively flying high. Because growers and the American Ethanol team distributed 3,000 flags to campers prior to the races, it was impossible to miss the E15’s presence at during the weekend.
“It was a terrific weekend to be at the races,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer. “There was so much excitement on the part of the drivers and the fans, and you could not miss the involvement of our growers and others in spreading the word about America’s favorite renewable fuel.”
Family farmers hit the track Saturday, with Kenny Wallace driving a car acknowledging farmer’s contributions and linking their key role in providing ethanol to NASCAR and the average consumer. On Sunday, Austin Dillon made his 2012 Sprint Cup debut in a full American Ethanol paint scheme.
Growers hosted media at the track and talked to them about the success of using NASCAR to raise ethanol awareness nationwide. They also talked about other issues, such as the ongoing farm bill debate in Washington, where the Senate is expected to take action this week.
Niemeyer had the opportunity to meet with Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan before the race, to discuss several topics of importance to growers and thank her for the critical role in leadership in moving the farm bill through the Senate.