VONORE, Tenn. — Leaders from DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol, University of Tennessee, Genera Energy and Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen cut the ribbon on one of the world’s first cellulosic ethanol demonstration facilities, located in Vonore, Tenn. The 74,000-square-foot plant has started producing ethanol and can produce ethanol from agricultural residue and bioenergy crops, including corncobs […]
Rocked by a year of historically low milk prices, dairy farmers are taking their case to Washington to seek changes in how the price of milk is set. Dairy farmers from Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio have started a federal lobbying effort to call for changes in the milk pricing system and demand that the USDA enact provisions in the farm bill that will help farmers.
CORALVILLE, Iowa — The recent corn price dip of 50 cents to 60 cents per bushel is on the minds of grain growers at National Farmers’ annual farm business meeting held Jan. 18-21 in Coralville, Iowa. But National Farmers Grain Marketing Plus Grain Analyst Pete Lorenz said producers can capitalize on marketing strategies to minimize […]
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil antitrust lawsuit Jan. 22 against Dean Foods Company, challenging its April 2009 acquisition of Foremost Farms USA’s Consumer Products Division.
WASHINGTON — U.S. farmers produced the largest corn and soybean crops on record in 2009, according to the Crop Production 2009 Summary released Jan. 12 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Corn and beans. Corn production is 13.2 billion bushels, 1 percent above the previous record of 13 billion bushels set […]
WOOSTER, Ohio — As thousands of devastated people in Haiti continue to search for family members and friends, and cope with looting frenzies and safety, American food companies and farmers are sending help. The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti Jan. 12 disrupted food and water supplies into and within the nation, leaving scores of […]
SALEM, Ohio — Let’s start the year as most prognosticators do: predicting what will happen in the next 12 months. But we needed help, so we turned to Chris Hurt, agricultural economist at Purdue University; Tom Schlenker, executive vice president of Farm Credit Services of Mid-America; and Matt Roberts, agricultural economist at Ohio State University. […]
URBANA, Ill. — In the short run, another round of harvest delays has supported corn and soybean prices, and strong demand for corn for ethanol may also provide longer term support. However, according to University of Illinois Economist Darrel Good, at some point, the soybean market may suffer from a very large South American harvest. […]
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Bankruptcy is a terrible word, but one that indicates the pork industry is entering the “last leg down” in this cycle. Attorneys for several large producers have posted the “out of business” sign in recent months.
WASHINGTON — Despite a recent agreement to allow a full reopening of the Taiwan market to U.S. beef, Taiwanese lawmakers announced Jan. 5 that additional restrictions would be placed on U.S. beef imports, due to alleged safety concerns. Both the office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the USDA expressed disappointment at the move, saying […]
NCBA claims EPA will be able to tell farmers that they can only emit a certain level of greenhouse gases.
ST. LOUIS — Advanced production techniques, informed growing practices and improved seed varieties helped corn growers achieve high yields in the National Corn Growers Association 2009 National Corn Yield Contest. Despite the challenging weather conditions that plagued the Corn Belt throughout the year, entrants continued to far surpass the national average corn yield, even doubling […]
SALEM, Ohio — President Barack Obama committed the United States to cutting the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent by 2020, and by more than 80 percent by 2050.
Teen’s death triggers OSHA investigation and $1.6 million in fines for Colorado grain elevator.
Decision could bring more producers into federal order program and increase pooling incentives.
In the Nov. 3 election, Ohio voters passed Issue 2, but the Humane Society of United States plans its own ballot initiative in response.
LANSING, Michigan — Michigan is one step away from approving a new bill to regulate animal care in agreement with standards outlined by one of the nation’s most active animal welfare organizations — The Humane Society of the United States.
LONDON, Ohio — Grain storage and handling can be fatal if the proper safety precautions are not followed. This year’s Ohio State University Farm Science Review offered agricultural grain rescue demonstrations to emphasize the importance of following these precautions when working with grain. Pleasant Valley Joint Fire District, Urbana Fire Department, City of London Fire […]
WASHINGTON — Senate and House negotiators agreed Sept. 30 to provide $350 million for U.S. dairy farmers. Under the language that Congress still must approve, $290 million would be provided in direct support to dairy farmers using guidelines to be determined by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack under an expedited process.
REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — Ohio hog producers had 2.04 million hogs on hand Sept. 1, up 2 percent from last quarter and up 6 percent from a year ago. The number of market hogs, at 1.88 million head, was up 3 percent from last quarter and up 7 percent from last year. Breeding stock, at 160,000 […]