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Fueling the ethanol industry

By BILL SHEA bshea@messengernews.net A recent move by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency is being welcomed as good news for Iowa farmers and ethanol producers. The agency’s decision to deny several waivers that allow oil companies to use less ethanol will result in an additional 1 billion bushels of corn being consumed, according to Bill Horan, a Calhoun County farmer who personally lobbied President Donald Trump on behalf of ethanol producers in 2018. ‘‘That’s a big deal,’’ he said of the projected increase in corn use. However, it may be a year before area farmers see the impact of the EPA’s decision, he said The ethanol industry has been hit hard by the drop in demand for fuel during the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘‘The biggest part of the problem is we’re not driving very many miles,’’ Horan said. He added that some ethanol plants may end ...

Is soybean demand on the rise?

By KRISS NELSON editor@farm-news.com If you are considering ways to efficiently cut electrical costs with solar, geothermal or other energy saving features, North Central Iowa Service, LLC of ...

Columns

It’s Friday

Rick Friday's cartoon submission for Sept. 25, 2020.

Farm Cooks

Blue ribbon baked beans

By ANDREW WEIDMAN Grit Magazine Some dishes are seasonal, like cool salads and sandwiches during summer and warm, hearty roasts and casseroles for winter. Baked beans have no season, because they need none. They’re just as welcome at summer barbecues as they are at winter socials. Baked ...

Editorials

Soybeans are big business in Iowa

As long humans have cultivated the soybean, but agricultural historians are quite certain its domestication as a crop in China dates back three millennia. There are actually Chinese records documenting soybean growth as far back as the 11th century. There is some disagreement about who first ...