Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Flood Levels Drop Slightly In Bingham Co--





Warmer Temperatures Forecast this weekend

Idaho Falls--The Snake River continues to rise along the Snake from Ashton to Heyburn--The river has hit floodstage and is expected to crest, depending on temperatures and melting snow. A sudden heatwave, could prove disasterous, according to county emergency managers.


Since mid-May the Snake River has invaded the lowlands around Blackfoot, some homes are threatened and the call for sandbags have gone out in the neighborhoods along the river.

Bingham County officials said the river rose above 12 feet over the Memorial Day weekend.

“It was 11.97 (Monday) morning at 9 o’clock and it’s dropped a little bit since then,” Bingham County's Director of Emergency Management Craig Rowland said.


Friday, May 27, 2011

Just in from AFBF Washington



Stallman, Vilsack Call for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Washington--Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and AFBF President Bob Stallman held a conference call with reporters Wednesday during which they called for comprehensive immigration reform that would not just focus on enforcement.
“From an agricultural perspective, our piece of comprehensive immigration reform is to be sure that we have an adequate agricultural workforce, and that's a top priority for our organization,” Stallman said.

The AFBF president said Farm Bureau supports legislative efforts to reform current temporary worker programs. “We need new, innovative approaches like programs where biometric identities can be provided to workers who want to come across this border to work, to create greater economic opportunity for themselves and frankly to do the jobs that American workers will not do,” Stallman said.
Vilsack said immigrant labor plays an important role in America’s role as a producer of high quality, affordable food. “Every time someone in America takes a bite of American food, someone has picked it, processed it, shipped it, stored it, trucked it and shelved it. And many of these folks who have done all those tasks are immigrants. I met farmers and ranchers all over this country who worry about the broken immigration system. They’re unable to find the necessary number of farm workers and sometimes they struggle to verify their work authorization papers, all the while wondering if they'll get enough help for the next harvest,” Vilsack said.

USDA Radio Newsline






Thursday, May 26, 2011

2011 Melt off



Flood Concerns and Water levels rise


Boise--The Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security is keeping a close eye on weather and flooding conditions throughout the state and preparing for flooding after heavy rainfall yesterday and more storms expected over Memorial day


After heavy rainfall yesterday there is a higher-than-average potential for damaging flooding due to record snowpack in many areas of the state, many rivers have reached flood stage.


Hydrologist Troy Lindquist of the National Weather Service in Pocatello, said a weekend storm that could run through Sunday night could bring "significant" accumulations of snow to the high country. He said as much as six inches could fall in the mountains at 8500 feet and above, he said, "and that's more that's got to melt off, extending the runoff season."


Continued heavy rain will also add to potential flash floods here, Lindquist said. Lindquist says its important to keep an eye on local streams and creeks, especially those that are already at capacity.


Backcountry snowfall is already at record levels, particularly in northern and eastern Idaho. The cooler spring weather has delayed snow from melting, increasing concerns that runoff could be devastating when summer comes. Reservoirs throughout the state are releasing water to make room for the additional runoff.


Idaho rivers now at flood stage include the St. Joe in northern Idaho; the Bruneau and Boise rivers in southwestern Idaho, and the Snake, Henry's Fork and Portneuf rivers in eastern Idaho. The Kootenai River close to Bonners Ferry is near flood stage, as is Lake Coeur d'Alene. Local and state officials will continue monitoring river and lake levels as they fluctuate with the varying weather and runoff conditions.





Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wet Spring


Options for Farmers with Delayed Planting from Wet Conditions

SPOKANE--Cool and extremely wet weather in the inland Northwest has caused crop damage and slowed planting this spring. Dave Paul, Director of USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) Spokane Regional Office, encourages producers faced with questions on prevented planting, replant or crop losses this spring, to contact their agent for more information.

Producers who are unable to plant an insured crop by the final planting date due to an insurable cause, such as excess moisture and flooding have a number of optionsProducers may plant the insured crop during the 25 day late planting period with a reduction in the production guarantee of 1 percent a day for each day planting is delayed after the final planting date.

Producers may leave the acreage idle and receive a full prevented planting payment or the producer may be able to plant the acreage to another crop after the late planting period and receive a reduced prevented planting payment.

"Producers with double cropping history can receive a full prevented planting payment within the guidelines of the policy.

Prevented planting coverage will not be provided for any acreage that does not constitute at least 20 acres or 20 percent of the insurable crop acreage in the unit. Producers need to keep in mind that group policies do not provide prevented planting coverage.

Producers who are unable to plant due to excess moisture need to contact their insurance company to discuss prevented planting policy requirements related to their specific coverage and farming operation.” said Paul. “The producer’s insurance company will make the final determination of acres eligible for prevented planting payments

Paul encourages producers to contact their crop insurance agent for assistance. Producers can also get crop insurance information on the web at: www.rma.usda.gov.





A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA Service Centers throughout the U.S. or at the web site: http://www3.rma.usda.gov/tools/agents/.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Just in from Washington






Stallman Outlines Ramifications of E-Verify on Farmers


Washington--In a letter sent Friday to members of the House Judiciary Committee, American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman outlined the potential ramifications for U.S. farmers if Congress passes legislation to broaden the E-Verify program for hiring workers. The Committee is expected to consider a bill that would require the program for private sector firms, rather than just for federal contractors as currently required.


“One thing, we believe, is imperative: if E-Verify is to be made mandatory for agricultural employers, it is critical that Congress address our labor force needs in the same legislative vehicle,” Stallman stressed. “Farm Bureau urges the committee not to approve any E-Verify requirement for agriculture unless it is coupled with provisions that provide farmers and ranchers the assurance that they will in fact have a supply of legal workers available.”


Surveys from the Labor National Agricultural Workers Survey have placed the percentage of workers without authorization at greater than 50 percent, according to Stallman. Using these figures, Farm Bureau economists estimated that $5 billion to $9 billion of annual production would be at risk were this labor not available.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Just in from AFBF Washington

Index: 45 Percent of Nation’s Counties Lag in Broadband Access

Washington--Connected Nation unveiled its broadband readiness index on Wednesday that assesses the broadband infrastructure for all 3,219 counties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The index shows that counties containing 45.6 percent of the nation’s households still fall significantly short in meeting National Broadband Plan goals of fixed and mobile broadband access for both current and future needs.

The index measures each county’s progress against each of these benchmarks, assigns a grade to each component and calculates an overall grade. It will be updated every six months as the National Broadband Map,www.broadbandmap.gov, data is updated. The tool is intended to be used to support state, local and regional broadband planning initiatives.

Connected Nation news release

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Just in from AFBF Washington

Weather Disasters Exact Heavy Toll on Farmers Across U.S.

Washington--From wet weather and floods to drought and wildfires, Mother Nature has put farmers behind schedule with spring planting. Floods that have been getting a lot of media attention are only a small part of the problem.

Some in the cattle industry in Texas are likely to quit the business due to forage problems, according to Bob Young, the American Farm Bureau Federation’s chief economist. “Producers are facing some real challenges…those cattle eat grass and if the grass isn’t there because it’s all dried up, they’ve either got to go out and buy additional grass someplace and ship it in or move the animals to feed,” Young said.

Droughts are classified by severity—D1, D2 and up to D4, which are those in Texas. “These are the worst droughts that we’ve had and we’re talking about 200-plus days without rain in some parts of the country,” explained Young.

Newsline audio story

Friday, May 20, 2011

Just in from Washington

USDA Grant Develops Network to Monitor Honeybee Health

Washington--The Agriculture Department’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has announced a grant to Pennsylvania State University and several collaborators to develop a nationwide network to monitor and maintain honeybee health.

“Pollinators are valued at more than $18 billion annually in the United States, but in 2009 and 2010, 25 percent of commercial beekeepers lost more than 50 percent of their operations for unknown reasons,” said Roger Beachy, NIFA director. “The project being announced today will examine the issues concerning the health of the pollinators of U.S. crops and establish and deliver best practice strategies directly to producers who need this information the most.”

The overall goal of the $5 million, five-year project is to focus on Extension efforts while expanding upon previous USDA-funded research. The scientists will use an epidemiological approach to determine which management practices most successfully reduce honeybee mortality and increase profitability for beekeepers.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Just in from Washington


Farm Bureau Urges Senate to Support Rural Schools

Washington--American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman wrote to members of the Senate Tuesday urging them to support rural education by co-sponsoring S. 946, the Office of Rural Education Policy Act.

“Rural schools face unique challenges and are often able to provide unique benefits to their students,” Stallman told the senators. “The challenges faced by rural schools are diverse and can include small enrollments, federal and state education funding inequities, geographic isolation, challenges in recruiting and retaining effective teachers and leaders, and limited access to advanced courses.”

S. 946 establishes an office of rural education policy inside the current office of elementary and secondary education at the Department of Education. The office of rural education policy director will establish a clearinghouse for issues faced by rural schools, among other responsibilities.


Feeding time



Feeding time at Webb Dairy, Raft River, Idaho. Feeding crews deliver milk bottles to calves at the Webb Dairy. Cattle prices have leveled off, but expected to pick up again by summer. Jake Putnam-photo

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Just in from Washington



Corn Supply Tight Despite Projected Record Crop

Washington--The Agriculture Department projects a record U.S. corn crop this year, but despite the expected increase in production, American Farm Bureau Federation economists emphasize that stocks are still tight and corn farmers will need strong yields to meet demand and build stocks to more comfortable levels.

USDA released its May World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates on Wednesday, which pegs U.S. corn production at 13.5 billion bushels in 2011. If realized, this would be the largest U.S. crop ever, outdoing the record 13.1 billion bushel corn crop in 2009.

“It’s important to remember that this is a preliminary estimate from USDA. A lot can change from now until harvest,” explained Todd Davis, AFBF crops economist. “We still don’t know the impact late planting in Corn Belt states east of the Mississippi will have on this year’s corn crop. We’re going to need a warm summer with timely rains to realize this 13.5 billion bushel corn crop.”

AFBF news release

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Just in from Washington



Free Trade Talks Continue on Capitol Hill

Washington--The inability of Congress and the administration to move three stalled free trade agreements is hurting U.S. economic growth, according to American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman who testified Thursday before the House Agriculture Committee. Combined, the Korea, Colombia and Panama agreements would add nearly $2.5 billion to the U.S. economy through agricultural trade.

Once fully implemented, the Korea free trade agreement would trigger $1.9 billion annually in agriculture exports. Gains in exports through the Colombia agreement are estimated at $370 million, while the Panama agreement is estimated to increase U.S. agricultural exports by more than $46 million.

“These trade agreements are not only important to the bottom line of America’s farmers and ranchers but the economic health of our rural communities and the overall U.S. economy,” said Stallman. “There is a long supply chain made up of American workers who get products from the farm gate to foreign consumers. A decline in our exports means a decline in work for those who are a part of that supply chain.”

AFBF news release

Monday, May 16, 2011

Congress Should Act on FTAs



President Obama Calls for Revamping Farm Programs

Washington--In a town hall meeting on CBS’s “The Early Show,” President Barack Obama said it may be time to put a cap on federal farm program payments. “Our system of farm support needs revamping,” he said.

In response to a question from Matt Harsh, a fruit and vegetable farmer, the president said, “Part of what we want to do is to make sure that help is going to family farms in crisis situations. Drought, disaster and so forth, that we're not just giving ongoing subsidies to big agri-business. Which is the way that a lot of our farm programs work right now."

Farm Bureau supports extending the concepts of the 2008 farm bill and backs policy that provides a strong and effective safety net that does not necessarily guarantee a profit, but protects crop and livestock producers from catastrophic occurrences. Farm Bureau opposes income means testing and targeting of benefits applied to farm program payment eligibility.

CBS News Online article

Just in from Washington



U.S. Red Meat Exports Reach New Per-Head Value Levels
Washington--Exports of U.S. beef and pork continued on a record-setting pace in March, with beef posting a 65 percent gain in value versus year-ago levels and pork showing an impressive 40 percent increase, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF.

On a per-head basis, both pork and beef exports achieved record value levels. The U.S. exported 29.4 percent of total pork production with a per-head equivalent value of $56.52.For the first three months of 2011, beef exports are up 32 percent in volume and 53 percent in value while pork exports are up 18 percent in volume and 25 percent in value compared to the first quarter of 2010.

“We are seeing rebounding global demand for high-quality U.S. red meat products, particularly as consumer trust recovers in key markets like Japan and South Korea,” said Philip Seng, USMEF president and CEO.

“Certainly, we still are facing obstacles in the international marketplace, such as China’s ban on U.S. beef, Mexico’s NAFTA-related tariff on U.S. pork, technical issues in Taiwan and age restrictions on beef exports to Japan, but even without the resolution of any significant access issues, we’re finding increased opportunities to expand market share for U.S. red meat products.

U.S. Meat Export Federation news release

Thursday, May 12, 2011

2011 Crop projections



Winter wheat up 7%

Boise--Idaho’s 2011 winter wheat production is forecast at 62.4 million bushels, 7% higher than last year and 10% higher than 2009. Yield is estimated to be 79 bushels per acre down 3 bushels from last year. Total acreage is expected to be 790,000 up 80,000 over last year.

Idaho hay stocks estimated to be 280,000 tons, down 64% from last year and down 38% from 2009.

All hay stored on the farm nationally as of May 1st totaled 22.2 million tons, up 6% from a year ago.


Precision Ag: Making Technology Pay








Precision Ag Tools Bring Benefits Gain Efficiency and Reduce Risk

Cedar Falls–As farmers head back to the field this spring more use global positioning, computers and other electronics to help make the most of seed, fertilizer and other inputs critical to a successful crop.

And as the wet spring drags on, those growers – ones with the right equipment – may be getting set to pull a few “all-nighters.”

"Precision ag technology helps growers get more acres planted within their window of opportunity,” explains George Huber of Trimble Navigation. “Precision ag allows them to plant 24-hours a day if they choose.” That’s just one of many factors fueling the accelerated adoption of the high-tech tools of precision agriculture, according to those close to these growers.

Higher crop prices are going to be central to the accelerated adoption of precision,” says K. Elliott Nowels, director of the PrecisonAg Institute. “But we’re hearing from top growers that there are other reasons driving adoption as well, including the desire to prove their environmental stewardship.

“Many growers feel that regulatory scrutiny of crop production is not going to lessen,” he explains, “and the ability to document by computer what they do on their farms is going to be important to them.”

Huber says adopting precision tools can lower production costs as well. “The current economic times demand lowering the risks of growing a crop and this is an excellent time to invest in the tools of precision agriculture,” he says, adding that larger operations will benefit from the increased efficiency of using computer technology to spread effective management over more acres.

Nowels sees the age of farmers and generational transfer as another factor influencing the adoption of new technology in agriculture.

'As the younger, more tech-savvy growers begin to lead those family operations they are going to be more likely to put new technology to use on their farms,” he says. “Another key issue is that the equipment works well now. The technology has been refined to a point where we can count on it to do what’s promised.”

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Robert Blair's tractor sits idle, waiting for soils to dry out. Blair photo

Insurance Deadline loom large in North Idaho

Kendrick--Robert Blair has fixed, repaired every piece of equipment on the farm, now all he can do is look at the skies and hope for sunshine, he's been waiting for weeks but rainfall every day has ground his farm operation to a muddy halt.

What’s the situation in Northern, Idaho?
Well, it’s wet. Some people are getting crops seeded, shot-gunning wheat, and legumes in. You get an area like Potlatch ridge, we had over a half inch of rain through the weekend and it’s still wet.


How’s it playing out?
Not much has been seeded and the deadline for insurance is coming up. Farmers are looking at different options they can do. It’s windy so we can’t spray Roundup for our wheat. Airplanes are booked up, custom operation rigs are booked up and we’re starting to get into that time crunch.

What's the long-term forecast?
It’s supposed to be warm here today but we’re going to have showers tonight with rain next week it doesn’t get better, they’re calling for cloudy skies with more rain this weekend depending on what forecast you’re looking at. We’re supposed to get up into the 70’s and they’re calling for thunderstorms. The topsoil is drying out but it’s wet underneath, even a four-wheeler is sinking deep into the dirt, we have nothing but mud. Once you get past the crust, that soil will hold water.

That’s creating stress?
We’re fighting a lot of issues up here, we’re trying to farm but it’s just too wet, you go to the higher elevations and the wheat crop is not looking good. We have not had enough warm days and with all the cool rain that we had it’s no wonder the crops are behind too.

Any idea how far behind you are at this point?
Behind that’s for sure, they’re definitely is a major concern up here just to get crops in the ground. I’m hearing that half the acreage up here will not have wheat planted by the weekend and that’s the insurance deadline. In our county it’s roughly two thirds planted

What about contracted wheat?
They won’t be excused from the contracts; they might be able to roll them over, the guys that have grain contracts. You can still put crops in; you just start losing insurance coverage each day after the ending period. So you’re paying a hundred percent of your premium but you are only getting x-percent of coverage each day that you go past the seeding deadline date. If it keeps raining like they are saying and they say rain until the end of June.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Just in from Washington

Clinton Calls for Global Commitment to Sustainable Agriculture

Washington--Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for the world to step up its commitment to sustainable agriculture and take swift action to halt the steady rise in food prices.

“We must act now, effectively and cooperatively to blunt the negative effect of rising food prices,” Clinton said in a speech to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome on Friday. “We must redouble our commitment to sustainable agriculture and food security and we must improve our coordination within and across all organizations.”

Reuters article

Just in from Washington


Stabenow Stresses Need for Workable Safety Net


Washington--Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Senate Agriculture Committee chair, said changes will need to be made in the direct payment program in the 2012 farm bill, but a strong safety net is still needed and support is strong for strengthening crop insurance and expanding the number of commodities it covers.

In a meeting with farm broadcasters on Capitol Hill last week, Stabenow emphasized the importance of a workable safety net in the next farm bill. “I’ll make a strong case for that,” she said.

Brownfield article

Monday, May 9, 2011

Food for thought



Stallman: Room for All in Agriculture

Washington--American Farm Bureau President fired off a letter to the Washington Post on Friday in response to a column written by Eric Schlosser. “When it comes to the state of America’s food and agriculture systems, it is unlikely we will ever agree with Eric Schlosser,”

Stallman was responding to the column, “Healthy food for all: Why is that elitist?,” by Schlosser published last Sunday. Schlosser is the author of “Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal” and co-producer of the documentary “Food Inc.”

“There is no doubt that a handful of thought leaders aspire to dictate what is placed on America’s dinner tables. That’s not name-calling; it’s the context of our nation’s ongoing food debate,” Stallman wrote in his letter.

“What should be un-debatable is that today Americans have more food choices and spend less of their disposable income on food than practically anyone else on Earth. Americans are living longer than ever; part of that progress must be attributed to the quality and safety of our food production system,” Stallman wrote. “Family-owned farms make up more than 97 percent of our nation’s farms, and there is plenty of room for those who choose to farm for fancy stores and high-end restaurants. We also want to make sure that food choices are preserved for Americans who want to make the most of their food dollars.”

Readers may post comments on the Post’s website: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/debating-whats-on-the-dinner-table/2011/05/03/AFFacD2F_story.html">website.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Just in from Washington

Crop Protection Registration is Broken

Washington--Testifying Tuesday before two congressional committees, American Farm Bureau Federation Vice President Barry Bushue said the process for crop protection registration is “hopelessly broken.” Bushue, who testified before a joint public hearing of the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee on Natural Resources, cited the need for reconciliation between two federal agencies that both perform crop protection risk assessments.

Because both the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act and the Endangered Species Act specifically require the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Marine Fisheries Services, respectively, to perform risk assessment procedures, AFBF says that legislation is needed to reconcile the roles of these agencies and to mesh two risk assessment requirements into one.

“The duplication of the risk assessment requirements for crop protection registration by EPA and for consultation by the Services is a prime example of the duplication and waste that exists in our federal agencies,” said Bushue. “The current process is not effective for anyone, including growers, regulators and endangered species.”


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wildland fire training at Gowen Field

MAFFS Drop, originally uploaded by Jake Putnam.

Boise--Giant C-130 cargo planes have invaded the Treasure Valley. The planes are practicing fire support training missions at Gowen Field.

MAFFS is short for Modular Airborne Firefighting Systems and the training is an annual event that certifies crews and aircraft for the wildfire season if needed. The planes are used to backup the nation's private air tanker force in case of catastrophic wildfires this summer.

MAFFS are C-130 Cargo planes with self-contained reusable 3000-gallon aerial fluid dispersal tanks that allows the C-130's to be converted to wildland firefighting airtankers. The system has been used in the U.S., Europe, Africa, and Indonesia.

The drop system inside the plane has pneumatically powered tank modules that can drop water and retardant on fires that help ground crews contain wildfires. C-130 aircrews are making drops on wildfires outside of Austin, Texas today. Overall fire officials are gearing up for a long fireseason in throughout the west in 2011.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Just in from Washington


Redundant Rules Make Life Hard for Farmers

Washington--This week members of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources committees will be asking questions about rules on pesticide use, particularly when they deal with the Endangered Species Act. Tyler Wegmeyer, American Farm Bureau Federation regulatory specialist, says redundant rules make life hard for farmers, but don’t help preserve endangered species.

“We have three government agencies that are responsible for pesticide registrations to protect the endangered species and this process is broken,” Wegmeyer said. “It’s dysfunctional. It’s duplicative. It’s going to cost farmers money and it’s going to cost farmers the ability to put crop protectants on their products, which ultimately could increase food costs.”

Wegmeyer said the Environmental Protection Agency already conducts thorough studies about potential impacts on humans and wildlife before registering any pesticide, and it’s a waste of taxpayer dollars to have the departments of Interior and Commerce do the same thing. And all the additional red tape causes problems for farmers.

“Farmers should not be unnecessarily handicapped in order to use a crop protection product that’s gone through the proper registration process. They are directly impacted if they can’t use that product when a weed infestation pops up or a disease pops up. They need to be able to use the product how it was registered to be used,” Wegmeyer said

AFBF Newsline




Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Just in--


Snowpack across Idaho Above Average


Lowman--Proof positive that it's still winter in the mountains. Ron Abramovich of the NRCS and IDWR snow survey crew measuring the snow at Mores Creek Creeek Summit in Boise County.



Mores Creek Summit, elevation 6,100 feet


Today’s Average Today’s Average


Snow Water Snow Water Depth Depth


37.0 inches 28.5 89 63



Bad Bear Snow Course, elevation 4,940 feet


9.7 inches 3.8 26 9



The snowpack at Mores Creek is 130% of average for today. Overall, the Boise basin snowpack is 119% of average while the Big Wood basin is 121% of average.



However, the Boise and Big Wood snowpacks are the lowest in the state. Concerns about this year’s snowmelt runoff are greater in eastern Idaho and the Upper Snake in Wyoming, where the snowpack is at or near record high levels for at 160-190% of average. Warmer temperatures are needed now to start melting the mid-elevation snowpack before the higher elevation snowpack starts melting in the second half of May.



Link to Idaho of map of today’s snowpack:


ftp://ftp.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/data/water/wcs/gis/maps/id_swepctnormal_update.pdf




Monday, May 2, 2011

2011 Winter Continues



Idaho City--Snowpack at Mores Creek Summit in Boise County is 130-percent of normal. Across most of Southern Idaho Snowpack is as high as 160 percent of normal. With a cool spring, the chance of flooding increases with each cool day.

Just in..



Rising Energy Costs the Culprit Behind Higher Grocery Bills

Washington--Farmers and ranchers are often asked why retail food prices are rising. Although the answer is not a simple one, in a Newsline radio report, Matt Erickson, an economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation, explains that if you look at the marketing chain from farm to fork, a lot of energy goes into the food that ends up on our plates.

Erickson also points out that ethanol production keeps getting more efficient, so we don’t have to choose between feed and fuel. “One bushel of corn can make 2.8 gallons of ethanol,” he said, also noting that one bushel of corn can also make 17 to 18 pounds of dried distillers grains, a good source of feed for livestock

Net Farm Income: up

Net Farm Income Does a Dead Cat Bounce Washington—A common phrase used often when talking about markets that recover slightly after a prec...