RFA View On Fueling Ethanol

Matt Hartwig, The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), shares thoughts on legislation supporting the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (aka VEETC) and possible changes in 2011.

Does Media Present Science Fairly?

Science in the media can be very hard to explain. This is especially true when the topic, like genetically modified organisms (GMO), is very technical, not very sexy, or controversial. In the case of GMOs, some media outlets cater to the confusion and aim to be sensational. Unfortunately, this approach distorts the facts and may cause consumers to make inaccurate statements about what they eat, buy, or recommend.

On December 7, 2010, Dr. Pamela Ronald, a distinguished plant scientist at the University of California – Davis, appeared as guest expert on the nationally-syndicated “Dr. Oz Show” to discuss the benefits of GMOs.

Unfortunately, what “played out” was way past disappointing. There was unbelievable bias in how the segment was edited to produce the “final” version that overshadowed the sound scientific facts about GMOs. I found it remarkable that much of what Dr. Ronald presented during the filming of the segment was edited “out” of the final version of the show!

It is important to understand how media uses fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) to derail constructive conversations about complicated subjects. Learn more from Dr. Terry Etherton and his response to the producers of the Dr. Oz Show.

DairyCast 0397 - Farm Credit CEO Surveys Economic And Lending Environment

mp3DairyCast 0397 Show Notes:
  • Doug Stark, President and CEO of FarmCredit Services of America, sees long term strength in agriculture and increased importance in maintaining a strong balance sheet in light of increased volatility.

DairyCast 0396 - Expand Your Horizons With Rural WiFi Enhancement Device

mp3DairyCast 0396 Show Notes:
  • Ayrstone Productivity creates extended local wifi internet solutions which may solve distance or connection issues on your operation.

Livestock Operations Need To Open To Public

Temple Grandin says livestock ranchers should open their doors to the public and show how animals are raised and cared for.

She urged farmers and ranchers to fill that information gap, and to use the Internet as a tool for demonstrating their animal-care practices. For example, she commended a California egg farm that has begun streaming live video of its chickens online.

Temple Grandin, a professor at Colorado State University, made these comments during a presentation the California Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in Monterey, California.

Grandin described Americans as "hungry for information" about what happens on farms and ranches. She noted the popularity of TV shows such as "Dirty Jobs" and others on trucking and logging that have showcased aspects of agriculture.

"Most of the public is just curious," Grandin said. "We need to be opening up the door and showing the things that we do."

DairyCast 0395 - Hoof Trimmers Helping Hands This Holiday

mp3DairyCast 0395 Show Notes:
  • A group of hoof trimmers are making a difference, one cow at a time.  Would you be interested in joining the outreach effort?  Progressive Dairyman Editor Walt Cooley talks with trimmer Eric Moyer about the project.  Full article in December 12 issue.

Farming Business Under DOJ & USDA Review

The Departments of Justice and Agriculture are holding their final workshop to discuss competition and regulatory issues in the agriculture industry. This final workshop will focus on margins.

According to the DOJ

This workshop will look at the discrepancies between the prices received by farmers and the prices paid by consumers. As a concluding event, discussions from previous workshops will be incorporated into the analysis of agriculture markets nationally.

This all day event wraps up a series of workshops that began in March of 2010. The four previous workshops covered Issues of Concern to Farmers, the Poultry Industry, the Dairy Industry, and the Livestock Industry.

How Are DDGS Being Used Globally?

The US Grains Council has helped work through an agreement with the country of Jordan to start delivery of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in early 2011.

It will also be the first-ever DDGS sale into an Arabic Middle Eastern nation, an area with the potential to use up to three million metric tons of DDGS, according to Joe O’Brien, USGC regional director in the Middle East and Subcontinent.

For additional information on dairy production in Jordan, see Alqaisi O, Ndambi O A and Hemme T 2009: Development of milk production and the dairy industry in Jordan. Livestock Research for Rural Development. Volume 21, Article #107. Retrieved December 5, 2010.

Where Can I Find Dairy Product Data?

The dairy products report from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service provides monthly data on the U.S. dairy production statistics for a variety of products.

[The] report contains the production of butter, cheese, frozen products, evaporated, condensed, and dry milk and whey products; shipments, stocks, and prices of dry milk and whey products for major states and U.S.

Additional statistical information on dairy can also be found from the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and the USDA's World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE).

DairyCast Update for December 3, 2010, What Does The Year End Economic Review Show?

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