CropVillage Industry

Full Tilt Feed? There Is Hope In Animal Feed Prices!

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Speaking at the recent Kansas State Swine Day, Analyst Joe Kerns with the International Agribusiness Group had some soothing words for producers dealing with volatile feed costs.

When you take a look at the economics right now, the USDA has the US plugged in for 5 billion bushels in order to go to ethanol for the calendar year 2012. With or without the subsidy, there is still enough motivation, enough profit within the ethanol industry that I don't see any way we are going to let our foot off the gas. Every ethanol plant is running full tilt.

Organic Agriculture Is Not A Silver Bullet?

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BioFortified offers a series of counter points on the claims by Tom Philpott at Mother Jones, that organic agriculture is just as productive as chemical ag ("Yet Again, Organic Ag Proves Just as Productive as Chemical Ag"). BioFortified isn't against the need to pursue organic, they just want to highlight it is not the magic silver bullet the article implies.

Farms Will Need To Take Action on EPA Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Rule

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The US EPA Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure rule was developed because of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. This new ruling applies facilities that have a total capacity to contain over 1320 gallons of oil, including gasoline, crop oil, vegetable oil, or animal fat. Fat can be an element for many feed mills, even fat in 55 gallon drums. Facilities must have a plan in place to prevent the spill entering waterways. The plan does not have to be submitted to the EPA, but must be in place upon inspection.