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Soy Checkoff Studies Cost of Losing EU Market for Biodiesel PDF Print E-mail
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Written by United Soybean Board   
Monday, 02 April 2012 09:04
EU Policy Shuts Off Pumps on U.S. Biodiesel, Costing U.S. Soybean Farmers $1.1 Billion

ST. LOUIS (April 2, 2012) – A soy checkoff study shows a European Union renewable-energy policy would ultimately cost U.S. soybean farmers money by lowering U.S. soybean prices.

The study, funded by the United Soybean Board (USB), shows the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive, which currently excludes biodiesel made from U.S. soybean oil in renewable energy quotas, could decrease U.S. soybean prices by as much as 35 cents per bushel. If left unresolved, the regulation would cost U.S. soybean farmers more than $1.1 billion per year.

The checkoff contends the policy unfairly singles out biodiesel made from U.S. soy. USB Immediate Past Chair Marc Curtis says the checkoff continues to work with the American Soybean Association (ASA) on efforts to gain inclusion for biodiesel made from U.S. soy.

“The EU is the second-largest market for U.S. soybeans, and that market is at risk due to this regulation,” says Curtis, a soybean farmer from Leland, Miss. “We can use this study to show allied organizations and the U.S. government how much of an impact this regulation would have on U.S. soybean farmers. It will also give the U.S. government facts to demonstrate to the European Commission that the regulation needs to be based on sound science.”

ASA continues to work with the U.S. government to reach an agreement with the EU to include biodiesel made from U.S. soy in the policy. Meanwhile, the U.S. government will begin sending certificates with every shipment of U.S. soy to the EU. The certificates will verify U.S. soy complies with U.S. conservation laws and regulations that satisfy the policy’s criteria.

According to the study, the EU biodiesel regulation would negatively affect the price of U.S. soybeans as well as the cost of shipping U.S. soy to other markets. U.S. soybean farmers currently enjoy a 10-cents-per-bushel advantage over farmers from Brazil and Argentina on soy shipments to Europe, the study shows. However, on shipments to China and India, that shipping advantage over South America drops to less than 3 cents per bushel.

The EU’s policy requires all transportation fuels used there to include 10 percent renewable energy. In order to qualify as a renewable fuel, it must reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 35 percent. The Europeans claim biodiesel made from U.S. soy reduces GHG emissions by only 31 percent. Soy-checkoff-funded research shows biodiesel made from U.S. soy reduces GHG emissions by between 39 percent for U.S. soybeans shipped to and crushed in Europe and 49 percent for processed U.S. soy biodiesel shipped to Europe. USB has funded efforts to provide this data to key decision makers in the EU and in other parts of the world.

Soybean oil remains the dominant feedstock for biodiesel production in the United States, and the soy checkoff funds most of the U.S. biodiesel research and promotion through the National Biodiesel Board.

The 69 farmer-directors of USB oversee the investments of the soy checkoff to maximize profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers. These volunteers invest and leverage checkoff funds to increase the value of U.S. soy meal and oil, to ensure U.S. soybean farmers and their customers have the freedom and infrastructure to operate, and to meet the needs of U.S. soy’s customers. As stipulated in the federal Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soy checkoff.

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The Old Creamery offers summer theatre camps! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Shelley Klimes   
Monday, 02 April 2012 07:58
Amana- The Old Creamery’s Theatre for Young Audiences is once again offering weeklong theatre camps this summer.

Calamity Jane and the Showdown at Dry Gulch is a brand new musical set in the Old West with great parts for boys and girls. This is a weeklong workshop for children who are interested in exploring the exciting world of theatre. The camp is designed to give children ages 7 and up the opportunity to work and perform with professional actors from The Old Creamery Theatre Company while they rehearse and present a play.

Camp Creamery: Calamity Jane and the Showdown at Dry Gulch will be held at The Old Creamery Theatre in Amana July 9 through 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Campers will need to bring a sack lunch each day. Cost is $65 per child and includes the workshop and
a T-shirt. No prior experience is needed but the cast is limited to 60 actors and participants must be able to attend rehearsal every day. Registration is first come, first served and everyone that signs up will be cast in the show. Final performances of the show will be on July 13 at 7 p.m. and July 14 at 11 a.m on The Old Creamery’s Main Stage.

For more information or to register visit or contact Jackie McCall at 319- 622-6034 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Scholarships will be available for those in need thanks to the generosity of this year’s camp sponsor, Transamerica.

The Old Creamery Theatre Company is a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1971 in Garrison, Iowa. The company is celebrating 41 years of bringing live, professional theatre to the people of Iowa and the Midwest.

Schilling Supports Transportation Extension PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andie Pivarunas   
Monday, 02 April 2012 07:33

Continues his push for long-term transportation reauthorization

Washington, DC – Congressman Bobby Schilling (IL-17) released the following statement today in support of H.R. 4281, the Surface Transportation Extension Act, which would extend surface transportation spending authority for 90 days, making no substantial changes to the current transportation system:

"I would still prefer a long-term transportation bill, but I'm supporting today's 3-month transportation extension to avoid current projects coming to a grinding halt.  This does not change the fact that America's infrastructure is given a grade of 'D' by the American Society for Civil Engineers.  The meaningful, large-scale transportation projects necessary to create a modern, safe, and efficient infrastructure system take years to plan, approve, and put in motion.  We need to come to bipartisan agreement on long-term legislation that works to address rising gas prices and will allow states and localities to move forward with badly-needed infrastructure improvement plans."


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Broadway at the Adler Theatre Announces 2012-2013 Season! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Adler Theatre   
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 12:46
Broadway at the Adler Theatre Announces 2012-2013 Season!
The Broadway at the Adler Theatre 2012-2013 season, presented by Lujack Lexus, will feature a line-up of smash-hits including, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, WEST SIDE STORY, ROCK OF AGES, CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE, A CHORUS LINE and ELVIS LIVES!

Subscriptions for the upcoming season are now available for purchase at the Adler Theatre Box Office (136 E. 3rd St.), at, or by calling 563-326-8522.  Tickets for individual shows will go on sale at a later date.
Subscribers enjoy the following benefits:
  • Best seats in the house
  • No waiting in line
  • More discounts & advance notice on added shows
  • Lost ticket insurance - free
The times and dates for the productions are as follows:
Fiddler on the Roof, Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 7:00 PM
Cirque Dreams Holidaze, Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 7:00 PM
A Chorus Line, Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM
West Side Story, Monday, February 18, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Elvis Lives!, Friday, March 22, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Rock of Ages, Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 7:30 PM
For a synopsis of each performance, please visit

Click here to subscribe online today!  Prices range from $130 to $320 depending on series package and seating choice.  Click here to download an order form.  Call 563-326-8522 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

Straight No Chaser
Tuesday, April 17; 7:30 pm
Adler Theatre

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American Red Cross More Amazing Stories this Red Cross Month PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gail McGovern   
Friday, 23 March 2012 14:28
Dear Friend,

When Red Cross Month began on March 1, a few weeks ago, we couldn’t have predicted what would happen.

The very next day, deadly tornadoes ripped through communities in the Midwest and South, leaving thousands of families reeling as they struggled to clean up the wreckage of their homes and rebuild their lives.

Almost immediately, Red Cross relief was mobilized to the scene. Donations flooded in from all over the country, as our responders, volunteers, and supporters pitched in time and donated blood. It added up to an incredible outpouring of support that truly embodies the collective spirit of Red Cross Month.

Our work together this month continues to prove what we’ve always known: for the Red Cross community, everyone in need is a neighbor, whether they’re down the street, across the country or around the world.

Whether you’ve recently donated, given blood, taken a class or received help after a disaster, we thank you, and we would love to hear from you – share your Red Cross story today.

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