The National Corn Growers Association is urging its members to make their voices heard by lawmakers regarding the farm bill and the Renewable Fuel Standard, said NCGA President Pam Johnson. "We see [the RFS] as an important part of not only our country's future, but in creating demand for renewable fuels we can grow right here," Johnson said, adding that the policy is instrumental in reviving the economies of rural communities.
The second day of a House panel's two-day hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard focused on the standard's impact on the farm sector and food supply. Pam Johnson, president of the National Corn Growers Association, told the House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Energy and Power that the RFS last year accounted for at least 300,000 jobs, eliminated the need for 465 million barrels of imported oil and reduced gasoline prices by at least 89 cents per gallon. The standard is an "unmitigated success," Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen told the panel on the first day of the hearing.
An online reality show that tracks the adventures of moms Jennifer Pate and Barb Machen is being sponsored by Kraft Foods and S.C. Johnson. The episodes are four to five minutes long and start with brief ads for Kraft or S.C. Johnson products.
Finding the best managers, and pairing them with high-profile brands, is a strategy that is "almost a form for success every time," said Robert Johnson, founder and chairman of The RLJ Cos., at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit. Johnson, who founded Black Entertainment Television, joined the hotel industry after serving on Hilton's board of directors for 12 years, and his company now owns 117 hotels.
General-interest cable networks continue to deliver large numbers in key demographics despite erosion by niche networks, the latest ratings show. TBS and USA came in third and fourth last week among households, but TBS, for example, had the most viewers among the 18-34 and 18-49 demographics.