When times are good, the ethanol industry has historically expanded production which increases both corn and ethanol supplies. This can lead to market fluctuations that can actually reduce margins, says Bruce Babcock, Iowa State University ag economist....More
The 2014 Buyer’s Forecast from Farm Industry News offers insight into the projected prices for seed, crop protection, machinery, fertilizer, land and financing this week. Here we look at machinery prices for 2014....More
Ethanol plants will come to fruition by 2014. Companies are working out the details of harvesting cellulose without harming the soil. The fight over the Renewable Fuel Standard has made investors wary of new tech....More
As part of the IFAJ pre-Congress tour in Urugay, a group of 20 journalists from around the world visited a very high-tech dairy farm. The Talar dairy company in Uruguay was started by Juan Carlos López Mena, who had a dream of helping to provide food to the world. In 2006, construction on the dairy farm began and by 2008, they started milking cows. The farm occupies about 6,800 hectares (about 16,800 acres) for dairy and feed production.
At the 2013 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, IL, Country Financial, the largest auto and home insurer in Illinois, was busy handing out flyers on some basic facts:
FACT: Two out of every five agricultural work deaths involve tractors.
FACT: Power takeoffs (PTOs) cause the most farm injuries leading to amputation.
Each year the company issues a report based on Illinois Press Association clippings about farm deaths, in conjunction with the National Farm Safety and Health Week, which is this week. This year’s finding showed the following:...More
If any of these fuels fails to reach the minimum level in two consecutive years, by law EPA must adjust the levels, but not before 2016. “That is why getting cellulosic ethanol production off the ground is so important," ACE's Jennings says....More
The cellulosic ethanol industry is close to real-world plants with commercial production volumes. The Renewable Fuel Standard is important for supporting advanced biofuel development. Major plants from DuPont and POET come on line in 2014....More