CropVillage 0221 - Why Haven't Soybean Yield Increases Kept Up With Corn?

mp3CropVillage 0221 Show Notes:

What Is The Future of Pork Industries?

Dr. Roger Campbell, Pork Cooperative Research Center (CRC), share an international perspective on the the future of the pork industries, from the Swine Forecast 2011 webinar, December 1, 2010.

Continue to enhance efficiency of production and actively address likelihood of increasing and volatile feed costs; Exploit growing global demand for pork and cost advantages – more exports and better understanding global customer demands; Be aware of growing welfare and environmental concerns – they are likely to affect all countries directly and indirectly.

What is the Economic Outlook for Farms and Ranches?

The Agricultural and Food Policy Center (AFPC) at Texas A&M University and the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri recently published their Representative Farms Economic Outlook for December 2010. This baseline report offers an assessment of farms, crops and their financial outlook.

Feed grain producers across the nation should increase the financial strength of their operators over the next five years, helped by strong commodity prices. Farms that have been in marginal or poor financial position in the last several years because of lower grain prices should recover and climb into stronger financial positions.

Some highlights include:

Issues With Corn As Food Vs Fuel In 2011?

Corn production and demand are coming together to increase corn prices. This is great for corn growers but not great for those that depend on corn for animal feed. Adding ethanol into the mix again put corn in the middle of the food versus fuel debate.

Ethanol is consuming corn at a rate that is only 10 percent less than that of livestock and poultry demand. And more than one bushel of corn out of three produced in the US will be converted to ethanol in the current marketing year. That is going to cause concern about the amount of corn we will produce and whether it will be enough to meet demand with minimal rationing. And that causes concern for the traders.

Dr. Robert Wisner, University Professor Emeritus at Iowa State University, states "Corn supplies will be tight and some rationing of demand likely will be needed in the year ahead." This is not a great situation for those in animal agriculture without hedges and other risk mitigation actions in play.

Are There Concerns On How Farmers Are Perceived?

Perception of Iowa Farmers

While there is a generally positive view of Iowa farmers, there is public concern about the State of Iowa's air and water quality.

"My concern is on pollution," said John Fisher, 82, of Des Moines. "They have to use chemicals to gain their production, but I think they use too many."
Farmers have long enjoyed a mythic place in American culture, but a series of best-sellers and documentaries have blamed the obesity problem on agriculture, and corn in particular, and have portrayed producers as tools of greedy multinational agribusinesses.

These concerns are effecting policy and legislation, both at a state and national level.

Iowa Gov. Chet Culver said the state should consider limiting how much commercial fertilizer farmers apply to crop fields. His re-election opponent, Republican Terry Branstad, said he would not support the proposal.

CropVillage 0220 - Where Does Water Go?

mp3CropVillage 0220 Show Notes:
  • Conversation with Greg Brenneman, Agricultural Engineering Field Specialist at Iowa State University discussing water movement through soils from the Farm Progress Show.

CropVillage 0218 - Who Is The Food Truck Movement in Minneapolis?

mp3CropVillage 0218 Show Notes:
  • Lisa Carlson, Co-Founder of Chef Shack, shares her food and thoughts on the food truck movement in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Much of the success of Chef Shack is from perseverance, the willingness to explore for new food ideas, and having friends / partners like the Mill City Farmers Market and the City of Minneapolis to support the efforts.

CropVillage 0217 - How To Manage Your Organization Through Industry Disruption

mp3CropVillage 0217 Show Notes:
  • The unusual aspect of the most recent economic and corporate calamity is that nearly everyone experienced severe industry disruption. Today's presentation is from Otto Scharmer, Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management. This Back To The Classroom series overviews his considerations on changing organizational innovation in the 'new normal' of increased industry turmoil. Listen to this while you're on the road. You'll need time to think about it.
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