Iowa Trying Again for Higher Ethanol Blends

Iowa Trying Again for Higher Ethanol Blends

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is taking another shot at higher ethanol blends. She wants the state to require gas stations to offer fuel with higher ethanol blends. The Des Moines Register says a more wide-reaching proposal stalled out last year after disagreements between fuel retailers, renewable fuel providers, and transportation…
USDA urges producers to apply for Grazing Loss Assistance by Jan. 31

USDA urges producers to apply for Grazing Loss Assistance by Jan. 31

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds ranchers and livestock producers that they may be eligible for financial assistance through the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) for 2021 grazing losses due to a qualifying drought or fire. The deadline to apply for 2021 LFP assistance is Jan. 31, 2022. More than $473.1…
USDA: COVID-19 Impact on Pork Processing Short-lived

USDA: COVID-19 Impact on Pork Processing Short-lived

USDA’s Economic Research Service says the impact of COVID-19 on processing rates was short-lived in the largest pork-producing region. Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska compose the largest hog processing region in the United States, where more than 40 percent of all U.S. hogs are processed. The region is also home…
Report: Concentration Not Affecting Pork Prices

Report: Concentration Not Affecting Pork Prices

A new report shows pork prices increased because of demand, higher input costs and labor shortages throughout the supply chain, not concentration in the meatpacking industry. Economists with Iowa State University, North Carolina State University and the National Pork Producers Council released the report Wednesday. The report also says pork…
Analyst says the U.S. can expect more soybean sales in 2022

Analyst says the U.S. can expect more soybean sales in 2022

Smaller than expected South American soybean crops likely mean more soybean export business for the U.S. in 2022. Reuters said Oil World, an oilseeds analyst, said major soybean export business will likely get pushed toward the U.S. in June and will continue from there. Oil World estimated that the combined…
Walmart invests in indoor vertical farming startup

Walmart invests in indoor vertical farming startup

Walmart said Tuesday it has taken a stake in agriculture startup Plenty, becoming the first large U.S. retailer to significantly invest in indoor vertical farming as a way to deliver fresher produce to its stores. Vertical farmers tout their high-quality produce that brings higher yields while using less water and…