Ups and Downs, Highs and Lows

In Audio, Markets, Outlook by Cindy

Corn growers have seen some pretty good prices over the past several years, but the downward trend this past year for a record crop is expected to be the norm for the next several, according to Patrick Westhoff, director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI). Speaking at the American Farm Bureau meeting last week, Westhoff said that …

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 …

As the National Mood Darkens, Agriculture Must Provide a Strong, Unwavering Light

In Activism, Biofuels, Biotechnology, Ethanol, General, Outlook by Cathryn

This election day, a substantial majority of Americans believe that the country is headed in the wrong direction. Only five days ago, Rasmussen Reports found that only 39 percent of voters believe the country is actually on the right track. The negativity that has descended over the country hangs like a nearly palpable dark cloud, shading perceptions and obscuring the …

Mark Twain Would Have Liked Ethanol, Maybe Even in a Car

In Current News, Ethanol, Outlook by Mark

Beloved American author Samuel Clemens, known to the world as simply Mark Twain, led a storied, colorful and sometimes dangerous life. It was one of these near misses with catastrophe that led to the now famous line “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”  This quote seems to ring very true for ethanol fuel today as well. To …

High Oil Prices Drive Need For Alternative Fuels Expansion

In Current News, Energy Bill, Ethanol, government, International, Outlook by Mark

An American Petroleum Institute publication out this week contains two unrelated but ironically intertwined stories. The first – an opinion piece from the Washington Post casts a stone at the U.S. Department of Energy, taking them to task for funding programs to reduce our reliance on petroleum and efforts to speed the transformation of the nation’s vehicle fleet to alternative …

Outlook on Corn Production

In Outlook, Production by Chuck

The big guessing game of how much corn and soybeans will be grown this year continues. Weather has been out of the ordinary in some regions and it’s interesting to note that some midwest areas have been having one of the coolest summers on record. So what should people know about where we’re at and why should they care? Last …