Corn Growers Association Gives Kent Conrad An Award For Being A Deficit Hypocrite

Late last year, even as he claimed to be dedicating himself to fixing America’s debt problems, Senator Conrad hypocritically endorsed the continuation of ethanol pork much to the pleasure of the lobbyists for the corn growers and Big Ethanol.

Now, in recognition of this two-faced, mealy-mouthed hypocrisy Senator Conrad has won an award from the National Corn Grower’s Association:

July 13: National Corn Growers Association President Bart Schott today presented the President’s Award to Senator Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) during NCGA’s Corn Congress events in Washington. The President’s Award is given annually to a leader who has worked to advance issues important to corn growers and agriculture.

“I have had the privilege of working with Senator Conrad for several years both on the state and national levels,” NCGA President Bart Schott, a grower from Kulm, N.D., said. “NCGA greatly appreciates his continued leadership and support for the agriculture community, including his work on biofuels legislation and two previous farm bills.”

“I am honored to receive this award from the National Corn Growers Association,”Sen. Conrad said. “America’s agriculture producers are the backbone of our nation. They deliver the safest, healthiest and least expensive food supply anywhere in the world.

Yeah, about that “least expensive food supply,” isn’t the big problem today according to Michele Obama and others that Americans are too fat?

Regardless, you have to love how Senator Conrad’s deficit hawkishness takes a back seat to his desire to pork up his political supporters.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Randy G

    I would like to give Gaylord an award too, But I won’t here on a family friendly blog…

    • VocalYokel

      My first reaction was that it should be the ‘Silver Sow’, (I think that was the award won by Les Nessman on ‘WKRP’) but then a dried corncob came to mind and I too decided family-friendly was the way to go.

      Do you know what I will miss about Gaylord when he is gone?

      Me neither…

  • Kevin Flanagan

    Where is the circus dog he is usually holding?

    • Dakotacyr

      Hey, don’t you pay more in state taxes than federal taxes? So unfair for you, you should really complain about that…. A lot…….like all the time.

      • Kevin Flanagan

        You own a circus dog, too; don’t you?

        • Steveengen

          Kevin, you need to find a new accountant.  North Dakota’s income tax is tame compared to other states with income taxes.  Seriously, if you’re paying more to North Dakota than to the federal government, it’s not North Dakota’s fault.  You may be the only one in this state that doesn’t know that.

  • sbark

        Here is org. link to a article by Financial , a anti-ethanol article  that was pulled by the Website after a informative reponse to the article.   Finally a website that doesnt have a blind agenda concerning ethanol.    
    The original article was pulled after an email was sent to the  website and pointed out the glaring wrong numbers and the mistruths about ethanol. It appears these guys actually care about being right, not just some agenda like other blogs ” we seem to frequent.” , maybe its a level of economic litteracy?… –this is the article that was puilled by the blog with some principles and convictions of getting at the truth…not at an agenda.

    Here is the article that the Financuial website put up on their main page under FS Staff “Must Reads”.

    from article…….. US ethanol production uses only 3 percent of the world’s grain supply, processing corn but not rice or wheat, and returns a third of the corn to the livestock market as distillers’ grains and gluten feed.  (a fact detractors love to emit on purpose)
    Meanwhile, in Iowa alone, 41 ethanol refineries and 12 biodiesel refineries produced 3.5 billion gallons of clean-burning renewable fuels last year, supported more than 80,000 jobs, contributed about $12 billion to the economy, and provided almost $600 million in state and local tax revenues. Nationally, the industry produced some 13 billion gallons of ethanol and replaced the gasoline produced from about 445 million barrels of imported oil, much of it from unfriendly or unstable countries from Venezuela to North Africa and the Middle East.
    When it comes to rising food prices, Iowa’s corn farmers and ethanol producers have no reason to apologize

    As economist Urbanchuk states….ethanol give the US Treas a 3-1 return on money……….wouldnt it be nice if the 1040 Home Mtg Int. deduction did even 1-1 return.

    • Rob

      I don’t have a blind agenda against ethanol.  I just happen to know that, were it actually a fuel that were useful in the market, it wouldn’t have to be propped up and subsidized.

      Our nation is broke.  We don’t have the money to fund worthless fuels just to make corn growers happy.

      • sbark

        Yup…….you know………but the Blog that focus’s on finance………doesnt “know”……….

        If your so worried about our country’s finances………you’d focus 5% of your time on welfare that actually makes a dent in the deficit/ debt:  Home Mtg Int. deduction,  college tution deduct, IRA/401k deduct…

        with those your talking 100’s of millions of debt reduction……….and on things that we either have enough of (houses) stay at home or flunked out college grads,  or things that Indiv. should be doing on their own (retirement)

        They cannot make their own fuel……………unless of course you fully condone purchase of fuel perpetually from Middle east radicals instead of home sources.

        good thing “you know”

        • Rob

          Well, to be perfectly accurate, we can’t grow enough ethanol to meet our fuel needs.  Even if we imported every ounce of food we eat, we still couldn’t do it.

          I oppose ethanol because it’s wrong, whatever portion of the budget it may be, and I also oppose it because it has economic lessons we should learn for other parts of the economy.

  • Cherz1967

    E-85 is horse sh*t.  I almost ran out of gas cause the mileage with E-85 is SIGNIFICANTLY lower than 87 octane.

    Plus bread is now 3.65 a loaf.

    • sbark

      5 to 9 cents of wheat in a loaf of bread…………that price rise has nothing to do with wheat/ corn prices.

      It has all to do with QE inflation, Asian demand and transportation costs………………..

      Quik run to the grocery store———-wheat prices have dropped 30% over past month——–see if bread prices dropped accordingly………..I’d be not………….

      It comes down to the Transport industry and grocery Industry throwing the blame for inflation on the back of the farmer……..fact is there is so little grain used in a food product per box it doenst matter.

  • dalaibama

    Again BARKER you have no idea what you are saying. (but I repeat myself)

    Ethanol plants sign contracts with farmers with unique corn hybrids. They pay for the best alcohol producing corn. 

    When farmers are planting fencerow to fencerow with corn that is specifically grown for ethanol, try telling the rest of the world that high grain prices have nothing to do with ethanol.

    Initial lack of market corn (not ethanol corn) IS the issue.