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DairyCast 0460 - Flex-Fuel Vehicles May Cause More Corn To Disappear

DairyCast 0460 Show Notes:
  • Additional corn stocks may eventually work their way into fuel tanks as this conversation with Kansas State Ag Engineer Ed Brokesh illustrates. The Flex-Fuel vehicles can up their ethanol intake substantially.

Global Green Revolution in Animal Agriculture?

Global Green Revolution in Animal Agriculture Dr. Frank Mitloehner provides some practical reference stories from Europe on the viability of standard small operations that would struggle to produce the quantity of food for the growing population. His example story is from the first ‘Bioenergiedorf’ (bioenergy village) Jühnde, in the heart of Germany, where the inhabitants are implementing 21st century energy production systems on top of dairy operations utilizing 1960's production technology.
Most of the dairy barns have not been modernized since the 1960s-’70s, and the scale of production has always been extremely small, especially to someone like me, who is used to California dairies and other concentrated feeding operations. A 100-head dairy is considered a large operation in this idyllic village and other places throughout central Europe.
Dr. Mitloehner highlights that the small dairy farm approach traditional in Europe actually creates a larger carbon footprint than larger operations with 1000's of cows. Dr. Mitloehner advocates for a global green revolution in animal agriculture, "coupled with technology transfers, to supply a growing demand for animal protein, while providing environmental stewardship by using sustainable and modern production practices."

Solar powered dairies

I had the pleasure of visiting a couple dairies in California last month (March 2009) who installed solar power on their operations. It’s exciting to think that the sun is being harnessed to power these operations.

DairyCast 0249, Part 2 of Dennis Avery's "Light at the End of the Tunnel for Dairying"

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  • Director of the Center for Global Food Issues at the Hudson Institute, Dennis Avery concludes his remarks on indentifying the light at the end of the tunnel for dairying, Part 2

DairyCast 0248, Dennis Avery begins to indentify the light at the end of the tunnel for dairying

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  • Dennis Avery, Director of the Center for Global Food Issues at the Hudson Institute, begins to indentify the light at the end of the tunnel for dairying, Part 1

DairyCast 0241, Part 2 of Vincent Amanor-Boadu's breakdown of the stimulus package

Download mp3DairyCast 0241 Show Notes:

  • Part 2 of Vincent Amanor-Boadu's breakdown of the stimulus package as it relates to agriculture and rural communities

DairyCast 0240, Breaking down the stimulus bill and what it means for rural America and agriculture

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  • Vincent Amanor-Boadu, economist, breaks down the stimulus bill and what it means for rural America and agriculture. Part 1
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