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Jeanne, Top Producer Editor, grew up on a beef cattle operation in Southwest Missouri and now writes from the heart of corn country in Eastern Iowa.

From Farm Field to Football Field

Oct 20, 2009
I’m not an Indianapolis Colts football fan, but I am a fan of what the sports franchise is doing for the state’s biofuels industry.
In a new partnership called Hoosier Horsepower, the Colts will team up with Indiana’s soybean and corn farmers through the state’s checkoff funds to educate Indiana consumers about the many benefits of using biofuels. Indiana leads the nation in terms of biodiesel blending capabilities.
The Hoosier Horsepower program centers around an educational component that is a multidimensional effort designed to connect with and educate students of all ages. Colts tight end Dallas Clark, who grew up in rural Iowa, will serve as the official spokesperson of the Hoosier Horsepower program.

For example, high school students will have the opportunity to participate in a biofuels video contest where the students submitting the top entries win scholarships. As part of the program, for each catch Clark makes during the season the Colts will donate $100 on behalf of Indiana corn and soybean farmers to the scholarship fund.

Middle school students will be targeted with a newly created biofuels education curriculum package and have the chance to earn prizes from the Colts. And elementary students will have the chance to meet the Colts’ mascot, Blue, by entering a coloring contest featuring soy crayons or creating their own biofuels and Colts themed posters.
This kind of partnership is a win-win for both the Colts and agriculture – it helps the Colts connect with fans of all ages throughout the state while highlighting the state’s biofuel efforts.
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COMMENTS (2 Comments)

I know I’m probably not the first to mention this but I wanted to get your thoughts. I read an article recently that NASA calculated the area of Lawns in the US to be 50,000 square miles a little more than the area of the state of Mississippi.

After reading an article on corn stover to ethanol and another one you wrote on stover pellet power, I couldn’t help but wonder why we don’t collect the lawn debris for processing into fuel.

1st most people would like to take it off their yards but have no place to go with it.

2nd if it is allowed to compost into the yard it decays into CO2 and Methane both of which are GHGs. {Green house gasses}

3rd It looks like it could be a good resource for fuel.

Roughly, 10,000 lbs /acre/ year @ 7000 BTUs / dry lb = 70,000,000 BTUs / acre or 44,800,000,000 BTUs /square mile X 50000 =2.24E+15 BTUs possible. Or, at 8600000 BTU/ barrel of crude oil about 260,465,116.3 barrels of oil.

I don’t know how that converts to a CO2 or methane release to the atmosphere or what our carbon footprint would look like if we were saving that much oil, however, it would have to be significant. We could just offset the fossil-fuel-coal in a coal fired power plant with this green fuel and save all that fossil carbon from the atmosphere not even mention the methane creation or release. Also, No interference with existing crops and the harvest would progress over a six or eight month period with a huge labor force already working on the harvest.

Steve Wahls
401 Pacific St.
Loomis NE

5:53 PM Oct 28th
Ethanol is a joke. Get rid of it.
1:17 PM Oct 20th
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