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AAM URGES HOUSE AG COMMITTEE TO RESTORE BCAP FUNDING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 11, 2012

Press Release #17

President, AAM, Inc.
Larry Matlack
(620) 727-0333
larry@stingerltd.com
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WASHINGTON (RuralWire), July 11, 2012 – Larry Matlack, President of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM), in April commended the Senate Agriculture Committee on ensuring US farmers are at the forefront of providing a domestic renewable energy source, and reducing our dependence on foreign oil.  For over three decades AAM has dedicated itself to supporting domestically produced energy.  By utilizing American farmers to produce the needed feedstock, America can reduce its dependence on imported energy advocates for domestic, renewable energy sources,” explained Matlack.

 

The Senate passed Farm Bill provides the funding for various bio-energy programs including the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) which provides needed support to develop the infrastructure to deliver a new generation of bio-energy to market,” declared Matlack, a grain and forage producer from Burrton, Kan.  “AAM urges the House Agriculture Committee to reconsider their elimination the Collection, Harvest, Storage and Transportation payments of the BCAP program and restore the funding.”

 

Matlack stated “AAM urges the House Agriculture Committee to reconsider the Energy Title that eliminates mandatory funding for BCAP as well as several other renewable energy programs.  This action is a step back from being energy independent and gives a blank check to the Mid East to buy their oil.  Energy is not free; the choice is who receives the benefits.  I believe in saving money and balancing the Budget, but Americans are going to pay for energy, the question is who the check is going to. Domestic energy produces jobs, the employees pay taxes and the economy benefits just the same as U.S. produced food.  One has to wonder where the loyalty is when action in Congress benefits only foreign interests,” concluded Matlack.

 

AAM has been a leader in the advocacy of a strong agricultural community since their founding over three decades ago.  Toward that goal, AAM is a advocate for ensuring producers has a strong voice in matters affecting rural communities.

 

 

For more information about AAM go to the website, www.aaminc.org for more information.

 


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AAM stands for food and fiber producer and commodity PARITY. Parity is a term that denotes a fair commodity price adjusted for inflation to the commodity prices.  The Statutory Parity Index, established during the depression of the 1930s, reflects prices received in 1910-1914 (considered to be the last 5 normal years prior to the outbreak of World War I) when producers, middlemen, and consumers had a balanced income. Today, many commodities average less than PARITY. Meanwhile costs of trucks, combines, implements, tractors, and hired help have risen dramatically. AAM still demands a parity price for commodities. Go to AAM's website: http://www.aaminc.org/ for more information.

EPA DECISION CLEARS WAY FOR INCREASED ETHANOL USAGE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 22, 2012

Press Release #16

President, AAM, Inc.
Larry Matlack
(620) 727-0333
larry@stingerltd.com
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WASHINGTON (RuralWire), February 22, 2012 – Larry Matlack, President of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM), today reiterated his long time support for increasing the availability and usage of home grown ethanol.

 

“The decision by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to allow for the introduction of E15 to the market has been a long time coming” declared Matlack, a grain and forage producer from Burrton, Kan.  “AAM has been strong supporters of US ethanol manufacturers to reduce our dependency on foreign oil sources.  Any efforts to bring down the price at the pump will help farmers and ranchers with rising gas costs.”

 

Matlack stated E15 costs the average consumer 76 cents less than conventional gas.  “With reports of gas averaging almost $4 per gallon and possibly upwards of $5 towards summer, consumers need to encourage their local fueling stations to begin dispensing E15 as soon as possible.”

  

AAM has been a leader in the advocacy of a strong agricultural community since their founding over three decades ago.  Toward that goal, AAM is a very strong advocate for ensuring producers has a strong voice in matters affecting rural communities.   

 

For more information about AAM go to the website, www.aaminc.org for more information.

 


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AAM stands for food and fiber producer and commodity PARITY. Parity is a term that denotes a fair commodity price adjusted for inflation to the commodity prices.  The Statutory Parity Index, established during the depression of the 1930s, reflects prices received in 1910-1914 (considered to be the last 5 normal years prior to the outbreak of World War I) when producers, middlemen, and consumers had a balanced income. Today, many commodities average less than PARITY. Meanwhile costs of trucks, combines, implements, tractors, and hired help have risen dramatically. AAM still demands a parity price for commodities. Go to AAM's website: http://www.aaminc.org/ for more information.

AAM APPLAUDS DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S DECISION ON PARENTAL EXEMPTION RULE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 3, 2012

Press Release #15

President, AAM, Inc.
Larry Matlack
(620) 727-0333
larry@stingerltd.com
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WASHINGTON (RuralWire), February 3, 2012 – President of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM), today applauds Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis’ decision on withdrawing the flawed rule on a parent’s ability to utilize children under age 15 in their farming operations, commonly referred to as ”parental exemption.”  “Since farming began, parents have worked side by side with their children in the fields,” explained Matlack, a grain and forage producer from   “AAM urges the Department of Labor to use common sense by just withdrawing this rule change and not attempting to rewrite it!” 

 

“AAM would like to thank House and Senate agriculture leadership on standing up for rural communities on the issue,” stated Matlack.  As Stabenow noted, “I am glad the Department of Labor heard my concerns and the concerns of so many families in and decided to re-evaluate this rule. I was concerned when I learned about the proposed rules and urged the Department to have more conversations with farm families and listen to their views before making any new rules. Of course there should be safeguards to protect children from dangerous situations, but there needs to be an understanding that many children in rural communities learn about safety by helping their family on the farm.”

 

“As a father, I can understand the need to keep our children out of harm’s way,” continued Matlack.  “but this overregulation would have been disastrous to a fragile agriculture economy.  As Donald Jobgen, a rancher from Scenic, SD stated at our recent annual meeting, this rule as it was written would be the death of family ranching operations.”  As Secretary Vilsak said, “I want to applaud Secretary Solis and the Department of Labor for their decisions to re-propose this portion of the rule to ensure kids across the nation have the opportunity to learn the value and reward of good old-fashioned farm work, while still providing protection to children from the most dangerous aspects of farming.”

  

AAM has been a leader in the advocacy of a strong agricultural community since their founding over three decades ago.  Toward that goal, AAM is a very strong advocate for ensuring producers has a strong voice in matters affecting farmers and ranchers. 

 

For more information about AAM go to the website, www.aaminc.org for more information.

 


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AAM stands for food and fiber producer and commodity PARITY. Parity is a term that denotes a fair commodity price adjusted for inflation to the commodity prices.  The Statutory Parity Index, established during the depression of the 1930s, reflects prices received in 1910-1914 (considered to be the last 5 normal years prior to the outbreak of World War I) when producers, middlemen, and consumers had a balanced income. Today, many commodities average less than PARITY. Meanwhile costs of trucks, combines, implements, tractors, and hired help have risen dramatically. AAM still demands a parity price for commodities. Go to AAM's website: http://www.aaminc.org/ for more information.

AAM URGES USDA TO MAINTAIN  COUNTY OFFICE FIELD DELIVERY SYSTEM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2012

Press Release #14

President, AAM, Inc.
Larry Matlack
(620) 727-0333
larry@stingerltd.com
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WASHINGTON (RuralWire), January 26, 2012 – Larry Matlack, President of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM), today re-emphasized the need for maintaining the Service Center one-stop shop field delivery system for farmer and ranchers and to delay the proposed closing of 131 FSA County Offices.

 

“The continuation of the current one-stop shop for farm programs has provided farmers and ranchers of this country with a proven system to efficiently deliver complex federal farm programs,” declared Matlack, a grain and forage producer from Burrton, Kan.  “AAM offers its full support in efforts to preserve the system.  County Offices are crucial delivering disaster programs during 2011 and with a new Farm Bill being discussed, now is not the time to dismantle FSA Service Centers.”

 

Matlack stated AAM had supported USDA efforts in the early 1990’s to strengthen the county office services by bringing together the various agencies farmers and ranchers rely upon.  The one-stop service delivery system allowed US producers to complete all business under one roof and eliminated the need for unnecessary trips.

 

“I fully understand the challenges faced by budgetary constraints on FSA and USDA but to dismantle a proven service center when farmers and ranchers are struggling to recover from natural disasters will not provide ‘stronger service,’” explains Matlack.  “Forcing producers to drive sometimes 100s of additional miles to receive services is absurd and we encourage USDA to do what is right and maintain the one-stop service centers.”

  

AAM has been a leader in the advocacy of a strong agricultural community since their founding over three decades ago.  Toward that goal, AAM is a very strong advocate for ensuring producers has a strong voice in matters affecting the delivery of all federal farm programs.  

 

For more information about AAM go to the website, www.aaminc.org for more information.

 


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AAM stands for food and fiber producer and commodity PARITY. Parity is a term that denotes a fair commodity price adjusted for inflation to the commodity prices.  The Statutory Parity Index, established during the depression of the 1930s, reflects prices received in 1910-1914 (considered to be the last 5 normal years prior to the outbreak of World War I) when producers, middlemen, and consumers had a balanced income. Today, many commodities average less than PARITY. Meanwhile costs of trucks, combines, implements, tractors, and hired help have risen dramatically. AAM still demands a parity price for commodities. Go to AAM's website: http://www.aaminc.org/ for more information.

AAM Holds 33rd Annual Convention

  
  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2012

Press Release #13

President, AAM, Inc.
Larry Matlack
(620) 727-0333
larry@stingerltd.com

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Oklahoma City, Okla. (RuralWire) Jan. 10, 2011 – Members of the American Agriculture Movement met for their 33rd annual Convention January 5-7th at the Wyndham Hotel.

 

National AAM President Larry Matlack welcomed the group and reported on the continuing efforts of his organization to improve the image of ethanol and expand ethanol production through grain and cellulose feed stock. "AAM is working closely with other entities involved with ethanol production and it is important to continue these efforts in our ever-changing and improving technology of ethanol production" Matlack told the group.

 

Matlack also reminded the attendees that it was through the efforts of AAM that ethanol has become a player in renewable energy for the United States. Remember the "Still on the Mall", he asked, referring to an alcohol still that was constructed on the National Mall and actually produced alcohol, when farmers drove their tractor to Washington D.C. in the early 1980s, in the largest farm protest on record in the nation’s capital. "That was the beginning of the renewable energy ethanol program", Matlack concluded. He recalled making cookies from the distillers grain and serving those to members of congress, as well.

 

Josh Tickell, Director of the films "Freedom" and "Fuel" spoke to the group and related how interest was growing in renewable fuels, particularly Ethanol. He is working with the environmentalist movement as well as the ethanol industry to spread the word about how important ethanol and renewable energy is for our economy. “It is important that we work to dispel many of the myths and mis-information that is out there about Ethanol", Tickell told the group" "This industry requires lots of employees from the planting of the crop through the distillation and distribution of the final product" Tickell said. He pointed out the benefits all the way from the agriculture crop producer to the agriculture communities and even the environment. "We must do a better job of educating the public about Ethanol", Tickell told the group. That is the basis for his production of the films "Fuel" and "Freedom."

 

David Senter,  of the government relations firm KSCW, talked about the upcoming Farm bill debate. Senter said, "with many members of Congress un-willing to compromise, it is going to be difficult to reach a workable and viable farm program for producers" With many new Ag Committee members it is important to keep them informed of AAM's plans for the Farm Bill. AAM has been the leader in promoting "100% Parity" for all agriculture production since the organization began in 1978.

 

Members of AAM left the convention with a renewed confidence and determination to continue the fight for 100% Parity for all agriculture products in addition to working for a better environment and better national security energy program AND they intend to "keep an eye" on all pending farm legislation. "It is important that everyone understands the benefits of agriculture in their own community including the benefits of an ever growing and improving Ethanol industry" Matlack concluded.

 

2012 National Officers include:

Larry Matlack, KS., Pres.

John Willis, TN., VP

Jim Rice, KS Sec/Trea

 

For more information about AAM go to the website, www.aaminc.org for more information.

 


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AAM stands for food and fiber producer and commodity PARITY. Parity is a term that denotes a fair commodity price adjusted for inflation to the commodity prices.  The Statutory Parity Index, established during the depression of the 1930s, reflects prices received in 1910-1914 (considered to be the last 5 normal years prior to the outbreak of World War I) when producers, middlemen, and consumers had a balanced income. Today, many commodities average less than PARITY. Meanwhile costs of trucks, combines, implements, tractors, and hired help have risen dramatically. AAM still demands a parity price for commodities. Go to AAM's website: http://www.aaminc.org/ for more information.

AAM Commends Secretary of Energy Chu for Commitment to Project Liberty

  
  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2011

Press Release #11

President, AAM, Inc.
Larry Matlack
(620) 727-0333
larry@stingerltd.com

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WASHINGTON (RuralWire), July 14, 2011 – Larry Matlack, President of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM), today commended the leadership exhibited by United States Secretary of Energy Steven Chu for his recent commitment to support Project Liberty with a Department of Energy loan guarantee for America’s first commercial scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa.  This is truly an investment commitment for a better future for America.

 

“Secretary Chu has once again exhibited President Obama’s commitment to advance America’s domestic energy production by committing to assist in bringing commercial scale cellulosic ethanol production into reality,” declared Matlack, a grain and forage producer from Burrton, Kan.  “By advancing Project Liberty, we are moving ever closer to true liberty from the treacherous shackles of imported energy.”

 

Project Liberty, an initiative of Poet Energy, will use corn cobs, shucks and other residues of the corn plant to produce clean, renewable, domestic ethanol.  By using portions of the corn plant other than the actual grain, Project Liberty also moves the nation’s renewable fuel production away from the use feed and food.

 

“Project Liberty is the logical and critical next rung on the ladder upward for advanced, domestic, renewable fuel production,” explained Matlack.  “We all know that corn based ethanol is not the best long-term answer to our domestic fuel needs, but it is the best answer at this time.  Project Liberty provides the better answer for the future as well as hundreds of new American jobs with the dollars that would otherwise be sent to the Mideast for their oil and do help to fund those killing American service men and women there.

 

AAM has been a leader in the advocacy of domestic, renewable energy development since their founding over three decades ago.  Toward that goal, AAM is a very strong advocate of accelerating the advancement of biomass energy for industrial heat and power as well as cellulosic ethanol made from non-food crops.  AAM continues their unwavering support for corn-based ethanol as a key component of an overall renewable energy plan, but also realizes that it is not the single answer to obtaining energy independence. 

 

“America must use all domestic energy sources to achieve energy independence,” concluded Matlack, a direct descendent of Colonel Timothy Matlack the penman of the official 1776 Declaration of Independence. “Secretary Chu’s commitment to Project Liberty moves America closer to the long awaited day when America declares her energy independence.”


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AAM stands for food and fiber producer and commodity PARITY. Parity is a term that denotes a fair commodity price adjusted for inflation to the commodity prices.  The Statutory Parity Index, established during the depression of the 1930s, reflects prices received in 1910-1914 (considered to be the last 5 normal years prior to the outbreak of World War I) when producers, middlemen, and consumers had a balanced income. Today, many commodities average less than PARITY. Meanwhile costs of trucks, combines, implements, tractors, and hired help have risen dramatically. AAM still demands a parity price for commodities. Go to AAM's website: http://www.aaminc.org/ for more information.

AAM Reminds Senator Roberts of the Seventh Amendment

  
  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 11, 2011

Press Release #10

President, AAM, Inc.
Larry Matlack
(620) 727-0333
larry@stingerltd.com

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Matlack Declares Senator is "Intellectually Dishonest"

 

WASHINGTON (RuralWire), July 11, 2011 – Larry Matlack, President of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM), took serious issue with his home state U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., for remarks at a recent hearing held by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry on the pending rule changes to the 1921 Packers and Stockyards Act (PSA).

 

“Senator Pat Roberts’ remarks and questioning at last month’s hearing regarding new rules under authority of the Packers and Stockyards Act and administered by the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) were intellectually dishonest or intellectually incompetent,’ declared Matlack, a grain and forage producer from Burrton, Kan.  “When the Senator misquoted GIPSA Administrator J. Dudley Butler, using quotes out of context to make an erroneous point that the new PSA rules are a ‘lawyer’s dream, a plaintiff lawyer’s dream’ he either was intentionally misleading or woefully misinformed.  Either way, Kansas and the nation’s farmers deserve better representation.”

 

Matlack explained that the Butler quote was in reference to the PSA under the current rules and not the proposed rules. He continued to explain that the Senator was misrepresenting the quote in an effort to distort the truth of the issue, defeat the new PSA rules and deny farmers and stockgrowers their rights under the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which provides the right of a trial by jury in suits at common law.

 

“The American beef, pork and poultry producers have worked long and hard at a distinct disadvantage in the marketing arena because of the unfair and antitrust-violating system used by meatpackers and large integrated livestock corporations,” declared Matlack.  “It is disappointing, alarming and confusing to me that Senator Roberts is attempting to stop the process of updating our livestock marketing a full year after the proposed rules were published for comment.  Why is he attempting to stall access to fair markets for America’s farm families and even stooping to misrepresenting the facts to do so?”

 

“The real issue at hand is not whether the new PSA rules are a dream for lawyers, but whether they provide constitutional rights to farmers and stockgrowers when seeking fair and competitive markets for their livestock,” said Matlack.  “I challenge Senator Roberts to set the record straight and re-establish himself as a worthy representative of my state and the nation’s farmers and stockgrowers.  I also challenge him to defend the constitutional right of a trial by jury in suits at common law and therefore support the new PSA rules.


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AAM stands for food and fiber producer and commodity PARITY. Parity is a term that denotes a fair commodity price adjusted for inflation to the commodity prices.  The Statutory Parity Index, established during the depression of the 1930s, reflects prices received in 1910-1914 (considered to be the last 5 normal years prior to the outbreak of World War I) when producers, middlemen, and consumers had a balanced income. Today, many commodities average less than PARITY. Meanwhile costs of trucks, combines, implements, tractors, and hired help have risen dramatically. AAM still demands a parity price for commodities. Go to AAM's website: http://www.aaminc.org/ for more information.

Matlack Calls for Completion of GIPSA Rules

  
  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 20, 2011

Press Release #9

President, AAM, Inc.
Larry Matlack
(620) 727-0333
larry@stingerltd.com

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WASHINGTON (RuralWire), May 20, 2011 – Larry Matlack, President of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM), commended U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s leadership in advancing new pro-competition rules under authority of the Packers and Stockyards Act and administered by the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).  He also challenged the motives of 147 members of the U.S. House of Representatives who asked to halt the year-long process intended to improve competition in the livestock markets.

 

“The American beef, pork and poultry producers have worked long and hard at a distinct disadvantage in the marketing arena because of the unfair and antitrust-violating system used by meatpackers and large integrated livestock corporations,” declared Matlack, a grain and forage producer from Burrton, Kan.  “It is disappointing, alarming and confusing to me that so many members of the U.S. House of Representatives have called on Secretary Vilsack to stop the process of updating our livestock marketing in the eleventh month since the proposed rules were published for comment.  Why are they attempting to stall access to fair markets for America’s farm families?”

 

“Extensive hearings have been held to bring the light of day to this devastating system currently forced upon rural America,” added Matlack.  “Now that USDA is working to correct the destructive shortcomings in the markets, it reflects poorly on so many Members of Congress who are attempting to stop USDA from addressing the injustice perpetrated on American livestock producers.”

 

“AAM fully supports Secretary Vilsack in his endeavor to improve competition and bring fair markets to the livestock sector with the new GIPSA rules and we urge him to move forward.  We have been working on these critical issues for decades and should not allow the Secretary’s marketing improvements to drag on any more.”


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AAM stands for food and fiber producer and commodity PARITY. Parity is a term that denotes a fair commodity price adjusted for inflation to the commodity prices.  The Statutory Parity Index, established during the depression of the 1930s, reflects prices received in 1910-1914 (considered to be the last 5 normal years prior to the outbreak of World War I) when producers, middlemen, and consumers had a balanced income. Today, many commodities average less than PARITY. Meanwhile costs of trucks, combines, implements, tractors, and hired help have risen dramatically. AAM still demands a parity price for commodities. Go to AAM's website: http://www.aaminc.org/ for more information.

AAM Commends Senators Grassley and Conrad for Common Sense Approach to Ethanol Subsidies

  
  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2011

Press Release #8

President, AAM, Inc.
Larry Matlack
(620) 727-0333
larry@stingerltd.com

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WASHINGTON (RuralWire), May 9, 2011 – Larry Matlack, President of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM), today commended the leadership exhibited by U.S. Senators Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Kent Conrad, D-N.D., for their common sense approach to reforming the subsidies for ethanol blending during these modern times of federal budget deficits and a maturing ethanol industry.

 

“We commend Senators Grassley and Conrad for the introduction of the Domestic Energy Promotion Act of 2011,” declared Matlack, a grain and forage producer from Burrton, Kan.  “We also commend the bipartisan group of original cosponsors including Sens. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Al Franken, D-Minn., Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, Tim Johnson, D-S.D., and Ben Nelson, D-Neb., and urge other Senators to join in sponsoring the measure.”

 

The Domestic Energy Promotion Act of 2011 would extend the volumetric ethanol excise tax credit (VEETC) through 2016, but would reduce the tax credit using a sliding scale using the price of oil as the benchmark.  The current VEETC is 45 cents per gallon of ethanol blended into gasoline and is paid to the gasoline blenders.  Under the Grassley-Conrad plan, the VEETC would be reduced to 30 cents per gallon if oil is under $50 per barrel and would be further reduced if oil prices exceed $50 per barrel with no tax credit at all if oil prices exceed $90 per barrel.

 

The Domestic Energy Promotion Act of 2011 would also extend the cellulosic biofuel producer tax credit through 2016, reform and extend the alternative fuel vehicle refueling tax credit through 2016, extend the special depreciation allowance for cellulosic biofuel plants and reduce the ethanol import tariff in stages.

 

“The Grassley-Conrad plan extends the federal initiative for ethanol; the counter-cyclical nature of using a sliding scale based on oil prices is a much better approach to insure a safety-net for the next five years, but only when it is deemed necessary when compared to the price of oil,” commented Matlack.  “Most importantly, the Grassley-Conrad legislation is far superior to the legislation introduced by Senators Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. which would eliminate the VEETC as well as the import duties on ethanol or the shortsighted bill passed by the House of Representatives last winter that would block the use of 15-percent ethanol.  The common sense reforms of the Domestic Energy Promotion Act of 2011 are by far the best approach.

 
AAM has been a leader in the advocacy of domestic, renewable energy development since their founding over three decades ago.  Toward that goal, AAM is a very strong advocate of accelerating the advancement of biomass energy for industrial heat and power as well as cellulosic ethanol made from non-food crops.  AAM continues their unwavering support for corn-based ethanol as a key component of an overall renewable energy plan, but also realizes that it is not the single answer to obtaining energy independence.  America must use all domestic energy sources to achieve energy independence,” concluded Matlack.


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AAM stands for food and fiber producer and commodity PARITY. Parity is a term that denotes a fair commodity price adjusted for inflation to the commodity prices.  The Statutory Parity Index, established during the depression of the 1930s, reflects prices received in 1910-1914 (considered to be the last 5 normal years prior to the outbreak of World War I) when producers, middlemen, and consumers had a balanced income. Today, many commodities average less than PARITY. Meanwhile costs of trucks, combines, implements, tractors, and hired help have risen dramatically. AAM still demands a parity price for commodities. Go to AAM's website: http://www.aaminc.org/ for more information.

AAM Commends Senator Kirk and Representative Ribble for Leadership on Big Oil Subsidies

  
  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2011

Press Release #7

President, AAM, Inc.
Larry Matlack
(620) 727-0333
larry@stingerltd.com

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WASHINGTON (RuralWire), April 18, 2011 –Larry Matlack, President of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM), today commended the leadership exhibited by U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and U.S. Representative Reid Ribble, R-Wis., for their initiative in calling for the re-evaluation of federal subsidies to big oil corporations.

 

“At this deciding moment in history when crude oil prices exceed $100 per barrel; while gasoline and diesel fuel are at or close to $4 per gallon; as the nation’s debt continues to strangle our recovery; and Congress has just cut and plans to cut numerous supports for many critical programs for rural, urban and suburban Americans, it is refreshing to see true leadership from both sides of the Hill and both sides of the aisle to address the outrageous subsidies going to the large petroleum corporations,” proclaimed Matlack, a grain and forage producer from Burrton, Kan.

 

“I commend Senator Kirk and Congressman Ribble for their courage in stepping forward to help Congress better understand the reprioritization of our nation’s spending by calling for the re-evaluation the multi-billion-dollar subsidies the federal government doles out to already highly-profitable oil and gas corporations,” explained Matlack.  “Their initiative to break ranks with the ‘Good ‘ol Boys of Big Oil’ of their party is an admirable and patriotic act.”

 

President Obama as well as Congressional Democrats are calling for the reduction or elimination of the $40 billion in federal subsidies to big oil over the next five years.  In addition, Matlack cited a recent statement by former Shell CEO John Hofmeister who said, “In the face of sustained high oil prices it was not an issue—for large companies—of needing the subsidies to entice us into looking for and producing more oil. The fear of low oil prices drives some companies to say that subsidies should be sustained,” Hofmeister said. “And my point of view is that with high oil prices such subsidies are not necessary.” (National Journal Daily, Feb 11, 2011)

 

Matlack concluded his remarks by stating, “Senator Kirk’s and Congressman Ribble’s attempts to help their party’s reprioritization of how America supports our future energy needs is indeed a far better approach than those that would eliminate and destroy our growing, renewable, domestic energy sectors.  Those other so-called leaders continue to lead a misguided assault on wind, solar, ethanol and biomass which not only threatens our national security, but will mostly likely send more of our young American men and women into the hell of combat to protect the foreign oil fields and international shipping lanes to protect non-American energy supplies and line the pockets of the oil executives.”


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AAM stands for food and fiber producer and commodity PARITY. Parity is a term that denotes a fair commodity price adjusted for inflation to the commodity prices.  The Statutory Parity Index, established during the depression of the 1930s, reflects prices received in 1910-1914 (considered to be the last 5 normal years prior to the outbreak of World War I) when producers, middlemen, and consumers had a balanced income. Today, many commodities average less than PARITY. Meanwhile costs of trucks, combines, implements, tractors, and hired help have risen dramatically. AAM still demands a parity price for commodities. Go to AAM's website: http://www.aaminc.org/ for more information.

AAM Releases Farm Bill Statement of Policy

  
  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2011

Press Release #6

President, AAM, Inc.
Larry Matlack
(620) 727-0333
larry@stingerltd.com

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Task Force Releases Statement on Upcoming Farm Bill Debate

 

WASHINGTON (RuralWire), March 16 2011 Today, the farm bill task force of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM) released the organization’s Statement of Policy for the 2012 Farm Bill. At the organization’s annual convention in January, AAM President Larry Matlack assigned the leadership task force to review current farm policy and the organization’s priorities for the upcoming farm bill debate, citing the at least sixteen new members on the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture. 

 

“We believe that AAM can advance a farm bill that will meet the needs of family farmers and ranchers as well as goals of many of the new, fiscal conservatives on the House Agriculture Committee.  AAM has always fought for programs that best serve the American farmer, rancher, and forester no matter which political party supported those advances,” explained Matlack.

 

Key points of the AAM policy statement include:

 

  • Expansion of the Energy Title of the farm bill to assist the nation to achieve energy independence and to provide additional, local marketing opportunities for America’s farmers, including:
    • Continued development of renewable fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel,
    • Expansion of the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP),
    • New incentives for producing fossil-free biofuels,
    • New incentives to use biomass for cogeneration as well as industrial heat and power, and
    • Provisions to advance research for and utilization of wind generated nitrogen production.
  • Re-establishment of the non-recourse loan program to provide a floor price at the full cost of production for the major, strategic commodities and relieve the burden of tens of billions of dollars in subsidies from the shoulders of America’s taxpayers. 
    • The non-recourse commodity loan program, a legitimate price support system, is a much superior alternative to the current taxpayer funded subsidy scheme in addressing the debt and deficit challenging our federal government. 
  • Re-establishment of a U.S. reserve of the basic storable commodities; a significant portion of that reserve should be a Farmer Owned Reserve (FOR) for:
    • Domestic Food Security,
    • Domestic Energy Security, and
    • International Famine Relief.
  • Continuation of the simplification and expansion of the On-Farm Storage Facility Loan Program.

The American Agriculture Movement congratulates Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Congressman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., upon taking their new roles as chairs of the Senate and House agriculture committees. AAM also commends Secretary Vilsack for his continued leadership and full engagement to address the needs of the nation’s farmers, ranchers, foresters, consumers of food and energy, and taxpayers in the next farm bill.  We stand ready to assist all three in this critical endeavor.


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AAM stands for food and fiber producer and commodity PARITY. Parity is a term that denotes a fair commodity price adjusted for inflation to the commodity prices.  The Statutory Parity Index, established during the depression of the 1930s, reflects prices received in 1910-1914 (considered to be the last 5 normal years prior to the outbreak of World War I) when producers, middlemen, and consumers had a balanced income. Today, many commodities average less than PARITY. Meanwhile costs of trucks, combines, implements, tractors, and hired help have risen dramatically. AAM still demands a parity price for commodities. Go to AAM's website: http://www.aaminc.org/ for more information.

AAM Commends Senators Klobuchar and Johnson for Energy Incentives

  
  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2011

Press Release #5

President, AAM, Inc.
Larry Matlack
(620) 727-0333
larry@stingerltd.com

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Securing America's Future with Energy and Sustainable Technologies Act 

Critical to National Security

 

WASHINGTON (RuralWire), March 16 2011 Larry Matlack, President of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM), commended Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Tim Johnson, D-S.D., for their leadership and initiative in the introduction of the Securing America’s Future with Energy and Sustainable Technologies (SAFEST) Act.

 

“The move to advance domestic renewable energy during this time of turmoil in the Middle East, tragedy in Japan and the nationwide testing of household budgets because of skyrocketing fuel costs is timely, forward-thinking and certainly in the national security interest of America,” declared Matlack, a grain, forage and renewable energy producer from Burrton, Kan.  “AAM commends Senators Klobuchar and Johnson for shining a light onto the can-do American spirit during these trying times.”

 

The Klobuchar-Johnson legislation would develop American homegrown energy technologies by providing long-term incentives for the development of renewable fuels, renewable electricity, and increased energy efficiency.  Specifically, the legislation would establish:

  • New incentives for biofuels infrastructure and deployment;
  • A more cost-effective extension of tax credits for ethanol and biodiesel that reward efficient producers;
  • A strong renewable electricity standard of 25 percent renewable energy by 2025;
  • A strong energy-efficiency resource standard (1 percent per year); and
  • Targets for the availability of advanced vehicle technologies including hybrid, electric, and flex-fuel vehicles.

“We have within our reach the ability to produce enough fuel to replace all of the energy we currently import from the Middle East,” added Matlack.  “Actions by genuine leaders such as Senators Klobuchar and Johnson put us one more step toward that goal.” 

AAM has been a leader in the advocacy of domestic, renewable energy development since their founding over three decades ago.  Toward that goal, AAM is a very strong advocate of accelerating the advancement of biomass energy for industrial heat and power as well as cellulosic ethanol made from non-food crops.  AAM continues their unwavering support for corn-based ethanol as a key component of an overall renewable energy plan, but also realizes that it is not the single answer to obtaining energy independence.  America must use all domestic energy sources to achieve energy independence,” concluded Matlack.

 


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AAM stands for food and fiber producer and commodity PARITY. Parity is a term that denotes a fair commodity price adjusted for inflation to the commodity prices.  The Statutory Parity Index, established during the depression of the 1930s, reflects prices received in 1910-1914 (considered to be the last 5 normal years prior to the outbreak of World War I) when producers, middlemen, and consumers had a balanced income. Today, many commodities average less than PARITY. Meanwhile costs of trucks, combines, implements, tractors, and hired help have risen dramatically. AAM still demands a parity price for commodities. Go to AAM's website: http://www.aaminc.org/ for more information.

AAM Challenges Senator Coburn's Intellectual Integrity In His Crusade Against American Renewable Energy

  
  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2011

Press Release #4

President, AAM, Inc.
Larry Matlack
(620) 727-0333
larry@stingerltd.com

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Matlack calls the Coburn proposal "Anti-ethanol, Anti-American and downright Treasonous."

 

WASHINGTON (RuralWire), March 11 2011 Larry Matlack, President of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM), takes serious issue with a legislative initiative proposed by U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, R-Okla., which would eliminate support for the continued development of American-made, renewable energy.

 

Earlier this week, Coburn introduced legislation to eliminate the blenders’ tax credit for renewable fuel.  The biodiesel tax credit lapsed at the end of 2009 and was not reinstated until late 2010.  “The biodiesel industry went into a tailspin all of last year and it will take years for it to recover,” explained Matlack, a grain and forage producer from Burrton, Kan. “America’s mission toward the objective of energy independence cannot afford the devastation that would occur if a similar catastrophe was forced upon our ethanol industry should Senator Coburn’s bill become law.”

 

“As the turmoil continues to spread in the Middle East, world oil markets are in total disarray, and our American economic recovery is threatened by record fuel prices imposed upon working families at the pump, we cannot afford to turn our backs on all of the hard work and innovation expended on developing our American-made, renewable fuel refining capacity,” stated Matlack.  “This is not to say that we are inflexible to improvements in energy incentives, but everything needs to be on the table including the subsidies paid to the petroleum sector.  We may all be forced to take a haircut to met budgetary demands, but it should not just be renewables.”

 

“Senator Coburn’s assault on our domestic, renewable energy sector not only threatens our national security, but will mostly likely send more of our young American men and women into the hell of combat to protect the foreign oil fields and international shipping lanes to protect non-American energy supplies and line the pockets of the oil executives,” expressed the impassioned Matlack. 

 

Matlack continued his remarks by charging the Senator, “guilty of intellectual dishonesty for using a photograph on his website depicting an immature ear of sweet corn being forced into the fuel tank of a vehicle.  Never has sweet corn, a food product, ever been used to make one gallon of ethanol and the Senator knows this.  He is attempting to mislead the public that we use food crops to make fuel.  It just is not true.  We use field corn to make fuel, not food, and in fact according to recent analysis we only use just over three percent of the world’s grain supply to make ethanol[1].”

 

“I will go as far as to call the Coburn proposal anti-ethanol, anti-American and downright treasonous,” declared Matlack “The death of each American soldier killed with weapons bought or produced with the oil money that America sends to the Middle East would be on his hands as his actions are clearly aiding and financing our enemies.  The very act of introducing this legislation and attempting to get such a bill passed is, in my opinion, clearly treason.”


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AAM stands for food and fiber producer and commodity PARITY. Parity is a term that denotes a fair commodity price adjusted for inflation to the commodity prices.  The Statutory Parity Index, established during the depression of the 1930s, reflects prices received in 1910-1914 (considered to be the last 5 normal years prior to the outbreak of World War I) when producers, middlemen, and consumers had a balanced income. Today, many commodities average less than PARITY. Meanwhile costs of trucks, combines, implements, tractors, and hired help have risen dramatically. AAM still demands a parity price for commodities. Go to AAM's website: http://www.aaminc.org/ for more information.

AAM Takes Serious Issue with Sullivan Proposal to Increase the Regulatory Burden on Ethanol

  
  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 18, 2011

Press Release #3

President, AAM, Inc.
Larry Matlack
(620) 727-0333
larry@stingerltd.com

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Now is Not the Time for More Job-Killing Government Regulations

 

WASHINGTON (RuralWire), Feb. 18, 2011 –Larry Matlack, President of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM), takes serious issue with a legislative initiative proposed by U.S. Congressman John Sullivan, R-Okla., which would forbid the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) from moving to deregulate ethanol blends and advancing the use of more American-made fuel in the nation’s cars and trucks.

EPA is moving to allow five percent more ethanol to be sold at the nation’s gas pumps as a way to increase the use of the domestically produced, renewable fuel.  Until recently, an archaic regulation issued by EPA decades ago prohibited more than ten-percent ethanol blends in gasoline as it is considered a fuel additive rather than the actual actual fuel as it is used in these modern times.

“Congressman Sullivan’s measure to add more regulation to the domestic ethanol sector of our economy is a horrible step in the wrong direction,” said Matlack, a grain and forage producer from Burrton, Kan.  “It is time to reduce the regulatory burden on the American-made fuel business.  The outdated EPA regulation restricting the use of clean burning, renewable, domestic fuel must be reformed, and a self-described conservative such as Sullivan should know better.  

Matlack also questioned the motives of industry groups that support the burdensome regulations on ethanol.  “It is obvious that such groups supporting Sullivan’s move to add more regulatory burden onto the clean fuel industry are doing so out of unbridled self-interest – or as we call it here in farm country - GREED!” Matlack declared.  “When the American Petroleum Institute, the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association, foreign auto manufactures, the American Meat Institute and the National Turkey Federation support MORE JOB-KILLING GOVERNMENT REGULATION of the private sector, it is not hard to determine that they are doing so for their own financial gains at the expense of the farmers and refiners that make up America’s newest and fastest growing domestic energy sector.”

“I will go as far as to call the Sullivan proposal anti-ethanol, anti-American and downright treasonous,” declared Matlack “The death of each American soldier killed with weapons bought or produced with the oil money that America sends to the Middle East would be on his hands as his actions are clearly aiding and financing our enemies.  The very act of introducing this legislation and attempting to get such a bill passed is, in my opinion, clearly treason.”

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AAM stands for food and fiber producer and commodity PARITY. Parity is a term that denotes a fair commodity price adjusted for inflation to the commodity prices.  The Statutory Parity Index, established during the depression of the 1930s, reflects prices received in 1910-1914 (considered to be the last 5 normal years prior to the outbreak of World War I) when producers, middlemen, and consumers had a balanced income. Today, many commodities average less than PARITY. Meanwhile costs of trucks, combines, implements, tractors, and hired help have risen dramatically. AAM still demands a parity price for commodities. Go to AAM's website: http://www.aaminc.org/ for more information.

AAM Praises Vilsack Commitment and Leadership on Biomass

  
  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 18, 2011

Press Release #2

President, AAM, Inc.
Larry Matlack
(620) 727-0333
larry@stingerltd.com

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Matlack Commends “Ag Secretary for the 21st Century”

 

WASHINGTON (RuralWire), January 18, 2011 – Larry Matlack, President of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM), commended U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for his commitment and leadership in the area of biomass production and utilization for the nation’s energy needs.

“Secretary Vilsack has once again proven that he is the Ag Secretary for the 21st century,” declared Matlack, a grain and forage producer from Burrton, Kan.  “Secretary Vilsack understands the needs for America’s energy independence, for creating alternative markets for America’s farm and ranch families, for creating jobs in rural America and providing a balance between the energy needs of the nation and protecting the earth’s environment.”

In a recent statement on biomass, Secretary Vilsack said, “America's forest owners, farmers and ranchers can play a crucial role in providing renewable energy from wood, switchgrass and other agricultural products.  Homegrown energy can provide jobs in rural America while reducing greenhouse gases. Markets for woody biomass in particular can be especially important in allowing the U.S. Forest Service and other landowners to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire while restoring more natural conditions in our forests.”

“AAM takes this opportunity to compliment Secretary Vilsack on his commitment to renewable energy, specifically his leadership and initiative in implementation of the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP)” added Matlack.  “Renewable energy production has been a prime objective of AAM for over three decades and it is refreshing and an honor to have a Secretary of Agriculture pulling in the harness with us.

AAM has been a leader in the advocacy of domestic, renewable energy development since their founding over three decades ago.  Toward that goal, AAM is a very strong advocate of accelerating the advancement of biomass energy for industrial heat and power as well as cellulosic ethanol made from non-food crops.  AAM continues their unwavering support for corn-based ethanol as a key component of an overall renewable energy plan, but also realizes that it is not the single answer to obtaining energy independence.  “We are fortunate to have a Secretary of Agriculture that realizes that America must use all domestic energy sources to achieve energy independence,” concluded Matlack.

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AAM stands for food and fiber producer and commodity PARITY. Parity is a term that denotes a fair commodity price adjusted for inflation to the commodity prices.  The Statutory Parity Index, established during the depression of the 1930s, reflects prices received in 1910-1914 (considered to be the last 5 normal years prior to the outbreak of World War I) when producers, middlemen, and consumers had a balanced income. Today, many commodities average less than PARITY. Meanwhile costs of trucks, combines, implements, tractors, and hired help have risen dramatically. AAM still demands a parity price for commodities. Go to AAM's website: http://www.aaminc.org/ for more information.

AAM Focuses on the Positives of Renewable Energy

  
  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2011

Press Release #1

President, AAM, Inc.
Larry Matlack
(620) 727-0333
larry@stingerltd.com

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Task Force to Prepare for Upcoming Farm Bill Debate

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (RuralWire), January 11, 2011 – Larry Matlack, President of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM), highlighted the positive impacts of the short- and long-term benefits of renewable energy produced in the heartland, and his organization’s dedication to those objectives at their 32nd annual convention last weekend in Oklahoma City.  “Agriculture has received these positive impacts because of the proactive lead of many organizations such as AAM,” explained Matlack.  “For over three decades we have dedicated ourselves in the area of American-raised energy.”   

 

“Unlike many other farm organizations, who generally come late to the table after the visionary work has gone forward and the outcome is clear, AAM has always worked for what was best for America and America’s farmers,” said Matlack.  “Even today, some farm organizations collaborate with those seeking to delay the development of additional and newer renewable fuels and power from American agriculture and forests.  This is one major reason that it has taken over thirty years to bring biofuels into the picture as a major supplier of our transportation fuel.”

 

Matlack assigned a leadership task force to review current farm policy and the organization’s priorities for the upcoming farm bill debate, citing the at least sixteen new members on the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture.

“We believe that AAM can advance a farm bill that will meet the needs of family farmers and ranchers as well as goals of many of the new, fiscal conservatives on the House agriculture committee.  AAM has always fought for programs that best serve the American farmer, rancher, and forester no matter which political party supported those advances,” explained Matlack. 

 

Matlack was reelected as AAM President and John Willis of Brownville, Tenn., was reelected as AAM Vice President. 

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AAM stands for food and fiber producer and commodity PARITY. Parity is a term that denotes a fair commodity price adjusted for inflation to the commodity prices.  The Statutory Parity Index, established during the depression of the 1930s, reflects prices received in 1910-1914 (considered to be the last 5 normal years prior to the outbreak of World War I) when producers, middlemen, and consumers had a balanced income. Today, many commodities average less than PARITY. Meanwhile costs of trucks, combines, implements, tractors, and hired help have risen dramatically. AAM still demands a parity price for commodities. Go to AAM's website: http://www.aaminc.org/ for more information.

AAM Commends Congress and President for Energy Incentives

  
  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 17, 2010

Press Release #11

President, AAM, Inc.
Larry Matlack
(620) 727-0333
larry@stingerltd.com

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One Year Extension of Renewable Energy Tax Credits Critical for Nation’s Defense

 

WASHINGTON (RuralWire), Dec. 17, 2010 –Larry Matlack, President of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM), commended Congressional leadership in the U.S. House and Senate for passage of legislation this week to extend expired and soon-to-expire tax credits for ethanol, biodiesel, and wind generated electricity.  He also applauded President Obama for helping to broker the compromise on the huge tax extension bill which contained the energy incentives.

 

“The continuation of these critical incentives for the continued development of our nation’s domestically produced, renewable energy systems is key to America’s national security,” said Matlack, a grain and forage producer from Burrton, Kan. and a direct descendant of Timothy Matlack, American Revolutionary War patriot and master penman of the Declaration of Independence.  “We are thankful that the President and the Congress were able to negotiate a deal to keep these incentives in place for another year.”

 

The huge tax cut bill passed by Congress and enacted by President Obama’s signature on Saturday, which includes income, payroll and estate tax reductions and an extension of unemployment benefits, also included one-year extensions of;

  • Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) for ethanol of 45 cents per gallon,
  • Tariff on Imported Ethanol of 54 cent cents per gallon,
  • Small Producer Tax Credit of 10 cent per gallon for small ethanol producers producing no more 60 million gallon of ethanol a year,
  • Biodiesel Tax Credit of $1.00 per gallon (retroactive back to Dec. 31, 2009),
  • Alternative fuel vehicle refueling property of 30 percent investment tax credit for alternative vehicle refueling property, and
  • Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind generated electricity.

 “We have within our reach the ability to produce enough fuel to replace all of the energy we currently import from the Middle East,” added Matlack.  “Actions in Washington this week put us one more step toward that goal.”


AAM has been a leader in the advocacy of domestic, renewable energy development since their founding over three decades ago.  Toward that goal, AAM is a very strong advocate of accelerating the advancement of biomass energy for industrial heat and power as well as cellulosic ethanol made from non-food crops.  AAM continues their unwavering support for corn-based ethanol as a key component of an overall renewable energy plan, but also realizes that it is not the single answer to obtaining energy independence.  “America must use all domestic energy sources to achieve energy independence,” concluded Matlack.

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AAM stands for food and fiber producer and commodity PARITY. Parity is a term that denotes a fair commodity price adjusted for inflation to the commodity prices.  The Statutory Parity Index, established during the depression of the 1930s, reflects prices received in 1910-1914 (considered to be the last 5 normal years prior to the outbreak of World War I) when producers, middlemen, and consumers had a balanced income. Today, many commodities average less than PARITY. Meanwhile costs of trucks, combines, implements, tractors, and hired help have risen dramatically. AAM still demands a parity price for commodities. Go to AAM's website: http://www.aaminc.org/ for more information.

AAM Calls for Extension of Renewable Energy Incentives

  
  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 13, 2010

Press Release #10

President, AAM, Inc.
Larry Matlack
(620) 727-0333
larry@stingerltd.com

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American Made Renewable Energy Saves American Lives

 

WASHINGTON (RuralWire), Dec. 13, 2010 –Larry Matlack, President of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM), called upon Congress to extend expired and soon-to-expire incentives for ethanol, biodiesel, wind generated electricity and other domestic renewable energy production before the end of this year.

“Domestic, renewable energy is of the utmost importance for our national security,” declared Matlack, a grain and forage producer from Burrton, Kan.  “Every gallon of renewable fuel produced in America helps save the lives of Americans in the nation’s armed forces that are too often put in harm’s way as part of our old and misguided imported-energy addiction.”
 

“I would call the failure to continue to support our domestic renewable energy production, shortsighted, anti-American and downright treasonous,” stated Matlack. “The death of each American soldier killed with weapons bought or produced with the oil money that America sends to the Middle East is very serious and we cannot allow our government to jeopardize any more American lives for the sake of a few dollars.”
 

“Advancement and expansion of our domestic renewable energy resources is in the interest of our national security and saves American lives,” concluded Matlack.

AAM has been a leader in the advocacy of domestic, renewable energy development since their founding over three decades ago.  Toward that goal, AAM is a very strong advocate of accelerating the advancement of biomass energy for industrial heat and power as well as cellulosic ethanol made from non-food crops.  AAM continues their unwavering support for corn-based ethanol as a key component of an overall renewable energy plan, but also realizes that it is not the single answer to obtaining energy independence.  “America must use all domestic energy sources to achieve energy independence,” concluded Matlack.

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AAM stands for food and fiber producer and commodity PARITY. Parity is a term that denotes a fair commodity price adjusted for inflation to the commodity prices.  The Statutory Parity Index, established during the depression of the 1930s, reflects prices received in 1910-1914 (considered to be the last 5 normal years prior to the outbreak of World War I) when producers, middlemen, and consumers had a balanced income. Today, many commodities average less than PARITY. Meanwhile costs of trucks, combines, implements, tractors, and hired help have risen dramatically. AAM still demands a parity price for commodities. Go to AAM's website: http://www.aaminc.org/ for more information.

AAM Urges Action Against Inhofe Anti-Ethanol Proposal

  
  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 11, 2010

Press Release #9

President, AAM, Inc.
Larry Matlack
(620) 727-0333
larry@stingerltd.com

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Use Congressional Recess Town Hall Meetings To Let Congress Know the Inhofe Bill is Anti-American

 

WASHINGTON (RuralWire), Aug. 11, 2010 –Larry Matlack, President of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM), continues to take serious issue with a legislative initiative proposed by U.S. Senator James Inhofe, R-Okla., which would allow states to opt out of the current Renewable Fuels Standard.

 

“I would call the proposal anti-ethanol, anti-American and downright treasonous,” declared Matlack, a grain and forage producer from Burrton, Kan.  “The death of each American soldier killed with weapons bought or produced with the oil money that America sends to the Middle East would be on his head and clearly he is aiding and financing our enemy.  The very act of introducing this legislation and attempting to get such a bill passed is, in my opinion, clearly treason.”

“During this Congressional recess I urge all pro-American, pro-renewable energy, pro-energy independence voters to attend your local town hall meetings and let your Senators and Representatives know that the Inhofe proposal must be defeated,” declared Matlack.

The Renewable Fuel Standard, which advances the use of renewable motor fuels, was first enacted by President George W. Bush in 2005 and expanded in 2007.  The program requires the increased use of renewable ethanol and biodiesel with a goal of 36 billion gallons per year by 2022.

“I cannot understand the Senator’s motives on this issue,” stated Matlack.  “Does he not see the carnage brought about by our dependence on the importation of oil?  AAM, America’s farmers and America’s patriots will not allow this action to go unchallenged.”  

AAM has been a leader in the advocacy of domestic, renewable energy development since their founding over three decades ago.  Toward that goal, AAM is a very strong advocate of accelerating the advancement of biomass energy for industrial heat and power as well as cellulosic ethanol made from non-food crops.  AAM continues their unwavering support for corn-based ethanol as a key component of an overall renewable energy plan, but also realizes that it is not the single answer to obtaining energy independence.  “America must use all domestic energy sources to achieve energy independence,” concluded Matlack.

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AAM stands for food and fiber producer and commodity PARITY. Parity is a term that denotes a fair commodity price adjusted for inflation to the commodity prices.  The Statutory Parity Index, established during the depression of the 1930s, reflects prices received in 1910-1914 (considered to be the last 5 normal years prior to the outbreak of World War I) when producers, middlemen, and consumers had a balanced income. Today, many commodities average less than PARITY. Meanwhile costs of trucks, combines, implements, tractors, and hired help have risen dramatically. AAM still demands a parity price for commodities. Go to AAM's website: http://www.aaminc.org/ for more information.

AAM Takes Serious Issue with Inhofe Anti-Ethanol Legislation

  
  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1, 2010

Press Release #8

President, AAM, Inc.
Larry Matlack
(620) 727-0333
larry@stingerltd.com

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Some Call It Treason

 

WASHINGTON (RuralWire), July 1, 2010 –Larry Matlack, President of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM), took serious issue with a legislative initiative proposed by U.S. Senator James Inhofe, R-Okla., which would allow states to opt out of the current Renewable Fuels Standard.

 

“I would call the proposal anti-ethanol, anti-American and downright treasonous,” declared Matlack, a grain and forage producer from Burrton, Kan.  “The death of each American soldier killed with weapons bought or produced with the oil money that America sends to the Middle East would be on his head and clearly he is aiding and financing our enemy.  The very act of introducing this legislation and attempting to get such a bill passed is, in my opinion, clearly treason.”

“As we prepare for the nation’s 234th celebration of the Declaration of Independence, and following the most tragic monthly loss of life by our American soldiers in the ten years of the war in Afghanistan, Senator Inhofe wants to reverse course on our march toward energy independence,” explained Matlack.

The Renewable Fuel Standard, which advances the use of renewable motor fuels, was first enacted by President George W. Bush in 2005 and expanded in 2007.  The program requires the increased use of renewable ethanol and biodiesel with a goal of 36 billion gallons per year by 2022.

“I cannot understand the Senator’s motives on this issue,” stated Matlack.  “Does he not see the carnage brought about by our dependence on the importation of oil?  AAM, America’s farmers and America’s patriots will not allow this action to go unchallenged.”

AAM has been a leader in the advocacy of domestic, renewable energy development since their founding over three decades ago.  Toward that goal, AAM is a very strong advocate of accelerating the advancement of biomass energy for industrial heat and power as well as cellulosic ethanol made from non-food crops.  AAM continues their unwavering support for corn-based ethanol as a key component of an overall renewable energy plan, but also realizes that it is not the single answer to obtaining energy independence.  “America must use all domestic energy sources to achieve energy independence,” concluded Matlack.

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AAM stands for food and fiber producer and commodity PARITY. Parity is a term that denotes a fair commodity price adjusted for inflation to the commodity prices.  The Statutory Parity Index, established during the depression of the 1930s, reflects prices received in 1910-1914 (considered to be the last 5 normal years prior to the outbreak of World War I) when producers, middlemen, and consumers had a balanced income. Today, many commodities average less than PARITY. Meanwhile costs of trucks, combines, implements, tractors, and hired help have risen dramatically. AAM still demands a parity price for commodities. Go to AAM's website: http://www.aaminc.org/ for more information.

AAM Commends President Obama's Demand for Action on Energy Bill

  
  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 18, 2010

Press Release #7

President, AAM, Inc.
Larry Matlack
(620) 727-0333
larry@stingerltd.com

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Matlack Urges Congress to Advance America Toward Energy Independence

 

WASHINGTON (RuralWire), June 18, 2010 –Larry Matlack, President of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM), commended President Obama’s leadership in calling upon Congress to complete action on the pending energy bill by the end of the year.

 
“AAM was very pleased by the remarks by the President from his Oval Office news conference earlier this week,” said Matlack, a grain and forage producer from Burrton, Kan.  “America has been waiting for action by the Senate to lead on this critical measure for most of a year since the U.S. House passed their version of the bill last June.  AAM is now much more optimistic and extremely please by President Obama’s engagement in this critical matter.”

 “America’s farmers and rural citizens are ready to do our part toward national energy independence,” declared Matlack.  “We have always held that energy independence is the most important issue of our times and that a national energy policy should include provisions for domestic, renewable and decentralized energy production from a diversity of sources.”

 “As for diversity of energy sources, AAM is a strong advocate of renewable fuels such as ethanol, biodiesel and biogas; solar; wind; hydro; nuclear; and even traditional sources such as coal, oil and natural gas,” explained Matlack.  “We again call upon Congress to insure all of these energy sources are a part of a national energy policy aimed at America’s energy independence.”

 “Our focus continues to be on farm-raised, renewable fuels, but we will still require fossil fuels to meet our energy independence goals,” said Matlack.  “That is why we are calling for a resumption of off-shore drilling for oil and natural gas as soon as safe and responsible techniques are developed and verified, but not before.”

 AAM has been a leader in the advocacy of domestic, renewable energy development since their founding over three decades ago.  Towards that goal, AAM is a very strong advocate of accelerating the advancement of biomass energy for industrial heat and power as well as cellulosic ethanol made from non-food crops.  AAM continues their vehement support for corn based ethanol as a key component of an overall renewable energy plan, but also realizes that it is not the single answer to obtaining energy independence.  “America must use all domestic energy sources to achieve energy independence,” concluded Matlack.

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AAM stands for food and fiber producer and commodity PARITY. Parity is a term that denotes a fair commodity price adjusted for inflation to the commodity prices.  The Statutory Parity Index, established during the depression of the 1930s, reflects prices received in 1910-1914 (considered to be the last 5 normal years prior to the outbreak of World War I) when producers, middlemen, and consumers had a balanced income. Today, many commodities average less than PARITY. Meanwhile costs of trucks, combines, implements, tractors, and hired help have risen dramatically. AAM still demands a parity price for commodities. Go to AAM's website: http://www.aaminc.org/ for more information.

AAM Commends Announcement of Senate Climate and Energy Bill

  
  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2010

Press Release #6

President, AAM, Inc.
Larry Matlack
(620) 727-0333
larry@stingerltd.com

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Matlack Recognizes Outstanding Leadership by Senators Kerry and Lieberman

WASHINGTON (RuralWire), May 17, 2010 –Larry Matlack, President of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM), recognized the outstanding leadership of Senators John Kerry, D-Mass., and Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., and commended them for their announcement of the soon to be introduced American Power Act.

“Senators Kerry and Lieberman have taken our nation another important stride toward energy independence and a cleaner environment with their leadership, hard work and initiative in their announcement of the Senate climate and energy bill this week,” said Matlack, a grain and forage producer from Burrton, Kan. “America has been waiting for action by the Senate to lead on this critical measure for most of a year since the U.S. House passed their version of the bill last June. AAM is now much more optimistic and extremely please by the Senators’ actions.”

Supporters of the American Power Act are from all sectors of the American economy and all sectors of the American political landscape, including -- Governor Chris Gregoire, D-Wash., and Governor and Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-Calif.; investor owned electric utilities such as Duke Energy and Florida Power and Light; the United Steelworkers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Republicans for Environmental Protection; the Nuclear Energy Institute, American Natural Gas Alliance; Shell Oil and DuPont; and T. Boone Pickens.

“AAM encourages rapid action on the American Power Act because every day America waits it means more lost opportunities for the nation’s energy independence, for new green jobs in rural communities, for cleaner air and for new markets for new energy crops raised by family farmers.”

“We call upon Senate Majority leader Harry Reid to bring the American Power Act to the Senate floor in short order and we encourage all Senators to work with Senator Kerry and Senator Lieberman to complete this crucial endeavor as quickly as possible.” concluded Matlack. “I ask all AAM members as well as all Americans that support energy independence and a better environment for future generations to contact their Senators and tell them to support the American Power Act.”

AAM has been a leader in the advocacy of domestic, renewable energy development since their founding over three decades ago. Towards that goal, AAM is a very strong advocate of accelerating the advancement of biomass energy for industrial heat and power as well as cellulosic ethanol made from non-food crops. AAM continues their vehement support for corn based ethanol as a key component of an overall renewable energy plan, but also realizes that it is not the single answer to obtaining energy independence.


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AAM stands for food and fiber producer and commodity PARITY. Parity is a term that denotes a fair commodity price adjusted for inflation to the commodity prices.  The Statutory Parity Index, established during the depression of the 1930s, reflects prices received in 1910-1914 (considered to be the last 5 normal years prior to the outbreak of World War I) when producers, middlemen, and consumers had a balanced income. Today, many commodities average less than PARITY. Meanwhile costs of trucks, combines, implements, tractors, and hired help have risen dramatically. AAM still demands a parity price for commodities. Go to AAM's website: http://www.aaminc.org/ for more information.

AAM Calls for Completion of Energy and Climate Legislation

  
  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 28, 2010

Press Release #5

President, AAM, Inc.
Larry Matlack
(620) 727-0333
larry@stingerltd.com

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Every Day America Waits for the Senate to Lead Means More Lost Opportunities

 

WASHINGTON (RuralWire), April 28, 2010 –Larry Matlack, President of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM), today called upon the U.S. Senate to advance and complete action on pending energy and climate legislation.  The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill combining both last June.

 
“America is waiting for action by the Senate to lead on this critical measure,” said Matlack, a grain and forage producer from Burrton, Kan.  “Every day America waits means more lost opportunities for the nation’s energy independence, for new green jobs in rural communities, for cleaner air and for new markets for new energy crops raised by family farmers.” 

“AAM has worked for years to develop sound policies for renewable energy from farms and forests,” added Matlack.  “I fully believe that the pending energy and climate bill will create and save jobs in rural America, help move us toward energy independence, keep energy more affordable in the long run and help reduce pollution.”

 “America’s farmers are ready to help move our country down a path to more renewable energy, more diversity in our energy choices, more domestically produced energy and more sustainability in our energy production,” stated Matlack.  “We know where we must go but we need Congress to lead the way and clear that path for all Americans.  They must act now!”

 
AAM has been a leader in the advocacy of domestic, renewable energy development since their founding over three decades ago.
 Towards that goal, AAM is a very strong advocate of accelerating the advancement of biomass energy for industrial heat and power as well as cellulosic ethanol made from non-food crops.  AAM continues their vehement support for corn based ethanol as a key component of an overall renewable energy plan, but also realizes that it is not the singular answer to obtaining energy independence. “We must move forward with alternative feedstocks for ethanol production and other forms of renewable energy such as biomass, wind and solar as soon as possible,” concluded Matlack.


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AAM stands for food and fiber producer and commodity PARITY. Parity is a term that denotes a fair commodity price adjusted for inflation to the commodity prices.  The Statutory Parity Index, established during the depression of the 1930s, reflects prices received in 1910-1914 (considered to be the last 5 normal years prior to the outbreak of World War I) when producers, middlemen, and consumers had a balanced income. Today, many commodities average less than PARITY. Meanwhile costs of trucks, combines, implements, tractors, and hired help have risen dramatically. AAM still demands a parity price for commodities. Go to AAM's website: http://www.aaminc.org/ for more information.

AAM Still Has Eye on Energy Independence

  
  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2010

Press Release #4

President, AAM, Inc.
Larry Matlack
(620) 727-0333
larry@stingerltd.com

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Matlack Endorses American Renewable Biomass Heating Act

 

WASHINGTON (RuralWire), April 20, 2010 –Larry Matlack, President of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM), has endorsed The American Renewable Biomass Heating Act of 2010 (S. 3188), as he and the farmers of his organization continue their endeavor to move America toward energy independence.

 

S. 3188 was introduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and Mark Begich, D-Alaska, and will help businesses across the country meet their heating needs with renewable biomass.  The proposed measure would establish a corporate tax credit equal to 30 percent of the installed cost of biomass-fueled heating or cooling systems for commercial or industrial applications.  The credit would have no maximum value and would be available for biomass thermal systems placed in service on or before December 31, 2013.

 

“The American Agriculture Movement has been a leader in advocating domestic, renewable energy development since our founding over three decades ago,” said Matlack, a grain and forage producer from Burrton, Kan.  “Towards that goal, AAM is a very strong advocate of accelerating the advancement of biomass energy for industrial heat and power and home heating, as well as cellulosic ethanol made from nonfood crops.”

 

“America’s family farmers are a key part of advancing our nation towards energy independence for the 21st century, just as we were in past centuries,” declared Matlack.  “When AAM brought thousands of farmers and tractors to the nation’s capital in 1979, we came with much more than protests; we came with solutions.  Farmers, camping on the National Mall, set up a small ethanol still and produced renewable ‘gasohol’ and made cookies from the distiller’s grains. Those cookies were served to members of Congress, including several currently sitting in key leadership positions in this 111th Congress.  Working with Congress and President Carter, we were able to enact the nation’s first ethanol programs. Thirty years later, we are reminded that we not only identified solutions to help farmers find alternative markets for their crops and better prices, but also helped America move towards energy independence.”

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AAM stands for food and fiber producer and commodity PARITY. Parity is a term that denotes a fair commodity price adjusted for inflation to the commodity prices.  The Statutory Parity Index, established during the depression of the 1930s, reflects prices received in 1910-1914 (considered to be the last 5 normal years prior to the outbreak of World War I) when producers, middlemen, and consumers had a balanced income. Today, many commodities average less than PARITY. Meanwhile costs of trucks, combines, implements, tractors, and hired help have risen dramatically. AAM still demands a parity price for commodities. Go to AAM's website: http://www.aaminc.org/ for more information.

AAM Joins 75 Organizations Asking USDA to Improve Food Safety of Beef

  
  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2010

Press Release #3

President, AAM, Inc.
Larry Matlack
(620) 727-0333
larry@stingerltd.com

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Mad Cow Disease Policy Must be Revised

 

WASHINGTON (RuralWire), March 31, 2010 –Larry Matlack, President of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM), has signed his organization’s name, along with 75 other U.S. farmer and consumer related organizations, to a letter to United States Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack requesting stringent standards for beef imported into the U.S. from Canada.  

 

The request by AAM, R-CALF USA, the National Farmers Organization, the Consumer Federation of America, the National Family Farm Coalition and scores of additional national, state, regional and local organizations comes after Canada confirmed its eighteenth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE – a.k.a mad cow disease) last month.

 

The letter states, “Above all other considerations, the health and safety of the people of the United States and United States’ livestock must come first – first before trade and first before international relations.”

 

Specifically, the groups are asking that Secretary Vilsack reinstitute safeguards that can ensure animals and beef products that may be infected with BSE not be allowed into the U.S.  One of those safeguards is a restriction on imports of animals over thirty months old.  “Canada’s Detection of 11 BSE-Positive Cattle Born after March 1, 1999, Cannot Be Considered Isolated, It Is Epidemiologically Significant, and it Does Contribute to the Spread of BSE,” stated the letter.

 

The full text of the letter, including a list of 76 organizations that signed it, may be found at http://kscw.com/kscwdocs/JointOrganizationalLettertoSecretaryVilsackonBSE.pdf .

 

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AAM stands for food and fiber producer and commodity PARITY. Parity is a term that denotes a fair commodity price adjusted for inflation to the commodity prices.  The Statutory Parity Index, established during the depression of the 1930s, reflects prices received in 1910-1914 (considered to be the last 5 normal years prior to the outbreak of World War I) when producers, middlemen, and consumers had a balanced income. Today, many commodities average less than PARITY. Meanwhile costs of trucks, combines, implements, tractors, and hired help have risen dramatically. AAM still demands a parity price for commodities. Go to AAM's website: http://www.aaminc.org/ for more information.

AAM CONCURS WITH NFO'S CALL FOR INTERNATIONAL FOOD RESERVES

  
  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 27, 2010

Press Release #2

President, AAM, Inc.
Larry Matlack
(620) 727-0333
larry@stingerltd.com

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The U.S. Has No Grain Reserves

 

WASHINGTON (RuralWire), Jan. 27, 2010 –Larry Matlack, President of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM), commended and concurred with Gene Paul, National Farmers Organization (NFO) Agricultural Policy Analyst, and his call this week for an international grain reserve in the wake of the disaster in Haiti.

 

“According to the January 1, 2010 CCC inventory report, there is no wheat, corn, or any other grain left the entire CCC inventory,” warned Matlack.  “The only thing left in America’s food pantry is a small amount of dry milk powder, of which two thirds is committed to domestic and international donations.

 

America needs a grain reserve, as does the world.  We fully support the NFO initiative announced at their annual convention held last week in Coralville, Iowa.

 

“This lack of emergency preparedness is the fault of the 1996 farm bill, which eliminated the government’s grain reserves as well as the Farmer Owned Reserve (FOR),” explained Matlack.  “We had hoped to reinstate the FOR and a Strategic Energy Grain Reserve in the 2008 bill, but the politics of food defeated our efforts.  As farmers, it is our calling and purpose in life to feed our families, our communities, our nation and a good part of the world, but we need better planning and coordination if we are going to meet that purpose.  AAM pledges to continue our work for better farm policy which includes a FOR, a Strategic Energy Grain Reserve and an international grain reserve.”

 

AAM’s support for the FOR program, which allows the grain to be stored on farms, is a key component to a safe grain reserve in that the supplies will be decentralized in the event of some unforeseen calamity which might befall the large grain storage terminals.  A Strategic Energy Grain Reserve is as crucial for the nation’s domestic energy needs as the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.  AAM also supports full funding for the replenishment and expansion of Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust.

 

There should be a reestablishment of federally owned and federally supported farmer owned strategic grain and food reserves for the nation’s national security, food security, livestock sector, renewable fuels industries and international famine relief,” said Matlack.

 

The CCC Inventory report may be reviewed at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/wid2a.pdf. The CCC is a federal government-owned and operated entity that was created to stabilize, support, and protect farm income and prices. CCC is also supposed to maintain balanced and adequate supplies of agricultural commodities and aids in their orderly distribution.

 

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AAM stands for food and fiber producer and commodity PARITY. Parity is a term that denotes a fair commodity price adjusted for inflation to the commodity prices.  The Statutory Parity Index, established during the depression of the 1930s, reflects prices received in 1910-1914 (considered to be the last 5 normal years prior to the outbreak of World War I) when producers, middlemen, and consumers had a balanced income. Today, many commodities average less than PARITY. Meanwhile costs of trucks, combines, implements, tractors, and hired help have risen dramatically. AAM still demands a parity price for commodities. Go to AAM's website: http://www.aaminc.org/ for more information.

AAM FOCUSES ON THE POSITIVES OF RENEWABLE ENERGY

  
  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 22, 2010

Press Release #1

President, AAM, Inc.
Larry Matlack
(620) 727-0333
larry@stingerltd.com

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Renewable Energy Patriot and Pioneer Holmberg Honored as Keynote Speaker

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (RuralWire), Jan. 22, 2010 – Larry Matlack, President of the American Agriculture Movement (AAM), highlighted the positive impacts of the short and long term benefits of renewable energy produced in the heartland, and his organization’s dedication to those objectives at their thirty-first annual convention earlier this month in Oklahoma City.  “Agriculture has received these positive impacts because of the proactive lead of many organizations such as AAM,” explained Matlack.  “For more than thirty years we have dedicated ourselves in the area of American-raised energy.”   

 

“Unlike many other farm organizations, who generally come late to the table after the visionary work has gone forward and the outcome is clear, AAM has always worked for what was best for America and America’s farmers,” said Matlack.  “Even today, some farm organizations collaborate with those seeking to delay the development of additional and newer renewable fuels and power from American agriculture and forests.  This is one major reason that it has taken over thirty years to bring biofuels into the picture as a major supplier of our transportation fuel.”

 

“AAM has always fought for programs that best serve the American farmer, rancher, and forester no matter which political party supported those advances,” explained Matlack.  “Our keynote speaker at this year’s AAM convention is a testament to that effort; William Holmberg, Chairman of the Biomass Coordinating Council of the American Council on Renewable Energy, first worked with AAM in the late seventies when he was with the U.S. Department of Energy and established the federal government’s first alcohol fuels office.”

 

Holmberg retired from military service as a highly decorated Marine Lieutenant Colonel and served both Republican and Democratic administrations for an additional thirteen years, helping to pioneer the ethanol and biodiesel industries.  “Holmberg continues to serve his country, working on behalf of sustainable renewable energy from America’s farms and forests,” stated Matlack.  The AAM lauded the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and the Biomass Coordinating Council (BCC) for their efforts in launching the American Agriculture and Forestry Movement for Sustainable New Wealth Industries (SNWIs) and declaring 2010 the Year of Biomass to increase the awareness of the American people about what farms and forests can contribute to energy self-reliance.

 

Matlack quoted former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director R. James Woolsey who said, “This is the only war the U.S. has ever fought where we pay for both sides. We fund and support our brave military personnel fighting terrorists, and we then fund countries supporting those terrorists by purchasing their oil. So, when we look at the problem and seek a solution, we need only to look into our own eyes in the rear view mirror when we pump fuel into our gas tanks.  As fast as possible, we should be fueling our cars with alternative fuels and electricity produced right here in the United States.”

 

“If not for the economic prosperity for rural areas, and America in general, that results from producing our own renewable fuels, then we all certainly have a moral obligation to our troops and our country.  We must all rise to this task and AAM asks farmers across the nation to avoid the shortsighted advice of those farm organizations, or others, who would weaken America by continuing our dependence on foreign energy far into the future,” charged Matlack.  “AAM also asks each American to become informed, involved and dedicated to SNWIs so energy self-sufficiency becomes a reality in our lifetime.”

 

Larry Matlack and Bill Holmberg invite interested people involved with agriculture, ranching, and forestry in any way to a two hour workshop on SNWIs to be held at the ACORE RETECH Conference (www.RETECH2010.com) at the Washington DC Convention Center. The Agriculture and Forestry Movement side event is from 8:00AM to 10:00AM on Friday Feb. 5th.  Seating is limited, so please register as soon as possible. While there is no charge for this side event on its own, you are invited to register for the entire RETECH conference in order to take full advantage of this great opportunity.  Click here to register for just this side event.

 

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AAM stands for food and fiber producer and commodity PARITY. Parity is a term that denotes a fair commodity price adjusted for inflation to the commodity prices.  The Statutory Parity Index, established during the depression of the 1930s, reflects prices received in 1910-1914 (considered to be the last 5 normal years prior to the outbreak of World War I) when producers, middlemen, and consumers had a balanced income. Today, many commodities average less than PARITY. Meanwhile costs of trucks, combines, implements, tractors, and hired help have risen dramatically. AAM still demands a parity price for commodities. Go to AAM's website: http://www.aaminc.org/ for more information.

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