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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 ...

New products released during Farm Progress Show virtual event

By KRISS NELSON editor@farm-news.com The 2020 Farm Progress Show wasn’t held in person this year, but took to the airways, rather during a virtual event held Sept. 15-17. Although those virtual gates have closed, the programming is still available — video presentations, show ...

Is soybean demand on the rise?

By KRISS NELSON editor@farm-news.com The USDA released their September World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report earlier this month — the report that is infamous for bringing crop estimates into focus. “We are getting a sharper picture just what harvest might look ...

Humboldt company offers solar, geothermal and more

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 Humboldt can get you hooked right up —literally. Mitch Fridolfson, owner of North Central Iowa ...

The big meat gang is getting awfully smelly

In a year of too many dark days, Monday, Sept. 14 was a particularly dark day for every American for two reasons. First, on Sept. 14, ProPublica, the non-profit, investigatory news group, published a 3,100-word expose’ on how global meatpackers used their clout this spring to get a White ...

Plan C

Part 3 In my son Matthew’s Brazilian safrinha corn production costs laid out in Part 2 of our special report Plan C, I had Matthew attribute a percentage of the rent/land cost to corn relative to the percent of revenue of the two crops, corn following soybeans. By shifting some of the land ...

Weekly market review

With China’s hog numbers continuing to grow and recover from African swine fever, this brings the increased feed demand. This is one of the major reasons we’ve seen the increase in China’s buying of U.S. corn and soybeans. It was reported that hog herds are over 30% larger than last year ...

CFAP 2 payments announced

USDA announced an additional $14 billion will be paid to agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) will begin Sept. 21 and run through Dec. 11, 2020. USDA will use ...

Book advice

An email from an Iowa woman recently popped into my inbox. The lady wrote that her daughter and her daughter’s friend had written a children’s book and were wondering if I could advise them about how to get their book onto the market. I don’t feel qualified to hand out any such advice. ...