American Ethanol Crappie Masters Tournament a Win for E10 and Kentucky Fishermen
The Crappie Masters American Ethanol KY/TN State Championship was held last weekend on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes, which resulted in great promotion of E10. The national tournament trail is presented by NCGA and Renewable Fuels Association; this championship was sponsored by KyCorn and Commonwealth Agri-Energy. This program provides us opportunity to share the good news and dispel some common myths about ethanol and marine engines. TN Corn Growers assisted in some local media efforts.
The winners, Jonathan Grant and Jackie Matheny, hailed from Mayfield, KY. The leaderboard showed a razor thin margin throughout the entire weekend, but they posted the two highest weights each day of the tournament. The Grant/Matheny team weighed 14-fish at 24.12 pounds. The team won $5,000 for the victory, plus the additional $500 Missouri Corn Grower Association/American Ethanol Bonus for using E10 fuel in their boat. Read more results.
Executive Director Laura Knoth explained how the program continues paying dividends.
"Over the past couple of years, I've had the opportunity to have personal conversations with anglers; their depth of knowledge and attitude regarding corn farmers and ethanol, including its compatibility with boats, is increasing and improving. Area businesses are also taking note of our message, marine service dealers allowed us to display pro-ethanol banners in front of their buildings. That is definitely a first, and it's the start of a promising dialogue!"
The KyCorn and CAE sponsorship also included a Crappie Masters TV episode to be filmed at this tournament, which will amplify the messages of this weekend to a national television audience. The episode will air in Spring 2018, and will feature messages by Jessica Bennett, NCGA's Director of Market Development, and Adam Andrews, KyCorn's Program Director. Farmer leaders used the fanfare associated with this tournament to earn some media attention. They also sent letters-to-the-editor to several newspapers throughout Kentucky and West Tennessee, many of which were printed.