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Biofuels Causing Tension in the Feed Grain Markets?

Feed Grain and Ethanol The weather is seriously stressing many crops this year. Corn, specifically, is also being stressed because of the demand for biofuel (ethanol) and livestock animal feed.



Dr. Thomas E. Elam, FarmEcon LLC, released a presentation and detailed analysis of why the USA Renewable Fuel Standard, in this current weather and economic environment, needs to have flexibility in its application [background via EPA]. Dr. Elam's key point: Ethanol policy has increased and destabilized corn and related commodity prices [detailed analysis paper PDF] [summary slide deck PDF].



Dr. Bob Wisner, Iowa State University, and Joel Newman, President and CEO of American Feed Industry Association, provide some highlights of the report titled "Future Patterns of U.S. Grains, Biofuels, and Livestock and Poultry Feeding". This is a another report that highlights the conflicts of having corn being used as a feed grain and a source of energy (ethanol): "Biofuels: A Major Driver of the Changing Feed Cost Environment" is one of the first executive summary points [audio] [report PDF].

Grain in Bottles or Feed?

Economic Grain Situation and Outlook
What is it with the Grain Situation? I am NOT opposed to ethanol. I do prefer it aged in oaken barrels or pretty glass bottles! sums up how Dr. Meyers feels about corn used in ethanol. This presentation (with lots of charts for the data included) shares some other thoughts about the markets, grain, and the future of animal feed [video].

DairyCast Update for July 9th, 2012, Flex-Fuel Vehicles May Cause More Corn To Disappear

Information To Help Your Operations

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.

Dr. Steve Meyers - Economic Grain Situation and Outlook


Economic Grain Situation and Outlook - Dr. Steve Meyers, Paragon Economics, from the 2012 World Pork Expo, June 6-8, Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

Dr. Steve Meyer - How Will Ethanol and Corn Interact?

 

Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, provides an in-depth pork industry economic update, from the Swine Forecast 2011 webinar, December 1, 2010.

 

Key factors for 2011: Ethanol and biofuels policy; Grains and costs of production; Policy decisions; Macro-economic situation – esp. $US; Last month’s elections

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.

DairyCast 0168 for June 17 2008

Download mp3DairyCast 0168 Show Notes:

  • What should the US policy be for ethanol and energy production? Matt Roberts, the Ohio State University, shares an economist perspective
  • Don Lay, USDA, highlight the latest research on cattle welfare that the USDA is working on for you.
  • The cwt program is offering a herd retirement opportunity unlike any before and the program will likely

DairyCast 0165 for June 6 2008

Download mp3DairyCast 0165 Show Notes:

  • Matt Roberts, Ohio State University, shares the highlights of his recent presentation on the economics of ethanol and exports
  • Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acreage has been released for one-time haying or grazing. But there are some details that you should be aware of as we
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