Multiple Marketing Personalities Confounding

In Corny News, feed, Food, New Products by Mark

Does anyone else besides me get the impression that pet food companies are sporting multiple marketing personalities these days? They run about willy-nilly on television and online espousing the benefits of grain free dog food. These commercials and marketing materials are constructed in such a way as to make you believe dog food that contains corn is bad for your …

Best of Times for Agriculture?

In Audio, feed, Food by Cindy

Corn prices may be lower but eternal optimist Dr. Lowell Catlett says it’s still the best of times right now for agriculture. “Historically, there’s never been a better time to be in agriculture,” said Catlett this week at the Bayer CropScience 2014 Corn and Soybean Future Forum being held in Germany. “The world has never known so much wealth, we’ve …

Newspaper’s Credibility At Issue

In American Ethanol, Biofuels, Blogroll, Corny News, Ethanol, Farm Bill, Farming, feed, Food, Food Prices, Media, Policy, Politics by Mark

In 36 years of being directly involved in agriculture and the issues that make it so…interesting, frustrating, rewarding, and painful…I have only seen one positive story written about the issues effecting the profession, especially ethanol, in the Chicago Tribune. I remain convinced to this day that it was a mistake that slipped by editors and that the cub reporter responsible …

Immigration Policy Impacts Food Affordability

In feed, Food, government, Livestock, Video by Cindy

Thanks to highly mechanized planting and harvesting, plus the advantage of a crop that can be stored for long periods of time, corn growers are largely able to function without the use of a migrant work force. But, even those row crop farmers who don’t directly employ migrant laborers have a reason to care about comprehensive immigration reform. The dairy …

What to Expect When You’re Expecting (Next Year’s Crop)

In Corny News, Farming, feed, Food, Food Prices, Food vs Fuel, General, Media, Outlook, Production by Cathryn

Corn farmers might be wise to take a cue from a certain sector of their counterparts in traditional business sectors and learn the value of expectations management. In 2012, farmers felt the brunt of their own success as, after years of continually pushing the boundaries of how much they could grow using fewer resources, a massive drought hit the Corn …

Aflatoxin Rears its Ugly Head

In Farming, feed, weather by Cindy

As the corn harvest takes off way ahead of normal, yet another consequence of the epic 2012 drought is rearing its very ugly head – aflatoxin, which is caused by a fungus that just loves the kind of weather we’ve had this summer. “Hot, dry conditions actually promote the fungus Aspergillus flavus,” said USDA plant pathologist Dr. Kitty Cardwell. “When …

Hot? Irritable? Cranky? Imagine Watching Your Paycheck Burn Up Too

In Farm Bill, Farming, feed, Food, Food Prices, General, government, Production, weather by Cathryn

Can you imagine the feeling of waking up in the morning and realizing that it would be 13 months before you got another paycheck? The drought has farm families across the Midwest pondering just that as relentlessly hot, dry conditions turn the nation’s heartland from a breadbasket into an oven. In a recent story from Voice of America, DuBois, Ill. …

News: Common Sense No Longer Common

In Farming, feed, Food, Livestock, Media, Regulations by Cathryn

Today, the Associated Press demonstrated why common sense is no longer common and often does not make a significant amount of so-called sense.  In a story written to promote a Eurocentric anti-modern meat agenda, the media source rambles on about the evils of administering antibiotics to sick cattle, pigs and chickens. Fear-mongering at its finest, the author uses sparse quotes …

French Illegally Banned GMO Crops

In Biotechnology, Current News, Environmental, feed, Food, General, International by Mark

France’s top administrative court on Monday overturned a government order banning French farmers from planting genetically modified crops France’s agriculture ministry imposed a ban in February 2008 amid concerns over public safety, but its decision had already been called into question by the European Court and has now been annulled by the State Council. Truthfully, their ongoing and Zombie-like fight …

The Underrated Value of Distillers Grains

In Distillers Grains, Ethanol, feed, Livestock, USDA by Cindy

A new USDA report gives even more credit where credit is due to the value of the ethanol co-product known as distillers grains or DDGS in livestock and poultry feed. The major finding of the report is that a metric ton of DDGS can replace an average of 1.22 metric tons of corn and soybean meal feed. “We found that, …