Alabama Farm-City Committee Contests and Rail Service Delays
**Farmers’ work in sustaining the environment, economy and their businesses provided inspiration for winners in the Alabama Farm-City Committee’s poster, essay and video contests.
Students from 15 counties were recognized at the Farm-City Awards Luncheon April 7 in Birmingham for creative projects with the theme “Down to Earth: Agriculture Sustains Alabama.”
Committee Chair Jeff Helms says the contests kicks off a year-long educational campaign developed by a host of ag organizations, including the Alabama Farmers Federation.
**Last week, Growth Energy sent a letter to the Surface Transportation Board to voice their concerns about significant delays in rail service, impacting the biofuel industry.
Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor says while we certainly understand that a variety of factors have contributed to the rail disruptions … it’s essential that ethanol reach its destination to benefit Americans facing high fuel prices.
Growth Energy’s members ship nearly 70% of ethanol by rail.
**The Consumer Price Index increased 1.2% in March, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Over the last 12 months, the all-items index increased 8.5% before seasonal adjustments.
Increases in the indexes for gasoline, shelter, and food were the largest contributors to the seasonally adjusted all items increase.
The food index increased 1% in March as the food at home index increased 1.5% over the month.