Farm Groups Disappointed in Farm Bill Extension

In Farm Bill, government, Livestock by Cindy

Pretty much every farm organization has expressed disappointment over the nine-month farm bill extension included in the New Year’s Day fiscal cliff package, with the hope that Congress will do better in 2013. “We don’t support an extension of the 2008 farm bill, we worked very hard to see reform,” said National Corn Growers Association president Pam Johnson, noting that …

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 …

Ethanol Co-Product Energizes Dairy Feed

In Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Livestock by Cindy

Research by a South Dakota State University dairy science student shows the energy value of the ethanol co-product distillers grains (DDGS) in dairy feed. Sanjeewa Ranathunga was recognized for his research at the recent annual meeting of the Midwest American Dairy Science Association meetings with the Young Dairy Scholars Award. Ranathunga is in the final stages of his Ph.D. program …

Hog Producers Adjusting to Higher Corn

In Audio, Ethanol, Livestock by Cindy

Hog producers have adjusted to higher corn prices and can now even afford to pay more than ethanol producers for corn and still make money. “This is an amazing difference from just five years ago,” said Purdue agricultural economist Dr. Chris Hurt. “The hog industry was largely set up with $2-2.50 corn going into 2006. After that we saw major …

Coldplay, Cartoons and the Clowns Over at Chipotle

In Animal rights, Current News, Farming, Food, Livestock, Media, mediawatch by Cathryn

For years now, musicians and actors have taken time out from patting themselves on the back during awards ceremonies to advance politicized causes.  The mega-produced shows, which take a public willingness to indulge the already pampered in self-congratulation all the way to the bank, now serve as a platform for entertainers to remind us that they are thoughtful, culturally-aware types.  …

Synergies of Livestock and Ethanol

In Audio, Ethanol, Livestock by Cindy

It is possible for ethanol and livestock to live and work and play nicely together in the same state – and the main reason is the ethanol livestock feed co-product of distillers grains (DDGS). A great discussion at the 6th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit featured corn and cattle organizations on the same panel talking about the “Synergies of Livestock …

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, …

When the Numbers Do Lie

In Distillers Grains, Ethanol, Food vs Fuel, Livestock by Cathryn

In a world of splashy magazine covers and sexed-up headlines, it can be easy to obscure the facts with so-called data. Correlating figures to create data may sounds simple, but in choosing how to present the aggregated collection and conclusions of research, the data suppliers become the gatekeepers to the truth. To effectively assess the validity of the information, it …

You Always Pay in the End

In Ethanol, feed, Food, Food Prices, Food vs Fuel, Livestock, poultry by Cathryn

Every reasonable adult knows that you always end up paying in the end.  If you skimp in one area, you tend to make up the difference somewhere else in your life.  So why does a small group of meat and poultry producers think that consumers are so reactionary they will thoughtlessly support short-sighted energy policies to save a few bucks?  …

Need a Direct Line for Info on Beef?

In Food, Livestock, Sustainability by Cathryn

In an age of new media and self-proclaimed experts, getting credible information on food can feel like playing telephone in grade school.  At the end of the game, the message doesn’t sound at all like the original, and no one is quite sure who changed it. The many myths surrounding “magical” grass-fed beef illustrate this point precisely.  Oft touted for …