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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 0459 - Farm Bill Passes Senate Without HSUS-Egg Amendment

DairyCast 0459 Show Notes:
  • Kansas State Extension Economist Troy Dumler discusses the details in the recently passed Senate version of the 2012 U.S. Farm Bill. The HSUS-UEP Egg Bill amendment did not get added to the passed version while direct payments were replaced with additional crop insurance support.

DairyCast Update for June 8, 2012, How Will Europe's Mess Affect My Grain Prices?

Information To Help Your Operations

  1. Audio: How Will Europe's Mess Affect My Grain Prices? - Kansas State Research and Extension Ag Economist Dan O'Brien discusses the relationship between the European Community Crisis and commodity prices around the world [audio].
  2. Audio: How Do We Make Animal ID happen? - Veterinarians and computer IT folks don't speak the same launguage. Yet, information technology plays a critical role in animal identification, standards, and software to help pull together efficient and accurate animal identification systems [audio].
  3. Video: Authentically Agriculture - Who is leading the conversation about agriculture today? Many people would answer with consumers, HSUS, Michael Pollan, and Jamie Oliver, to name a few. Why can't people in agriculture be leading the conversation and thought leadership?

Michele Payn-Knoper - Authentically Agriculture


Authentically Agriculture - Michele Payn-Knoper, Cause Matters Corp., from the Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit, Real Farmers Real Food, Celebrating Tradition and Technology, May 2-3, Arlington, VA, USA.

Dr. Pam Hullinger - Foot and Mouth Disease Continuity of Business Planning


Foot and Mouth Disease Continuity of Business Planning: Current Focus and Progress to Date - Dr. Pam Hullinger, University of California, Davis Department of Veterinary Medicine & Epidemiology, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

Panel Discussion - Animal ID Industry Compatibility – How do we make this happen?


Animal ID Industry Compatibility – How do we make this happen? - Dr. James Moest, Lena Veterinary Clinic, Lena, IL, Practicing Veterinarian; Dr. Jim Logan, Wyoming Livestock Board, State Animal Health Official; Dr. Keith Roehr, State Veterinarian, Colorado Department of Agriculture; and John Picanso, USDA/APHIS/VS, from the 2012 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, March 26 - 29, Denver, CO, USA.

DairyCast Update for May 24, 2012, Do We Have A Secure Milk Supply?

Foot and Mouth Disease presents special problems for the dairy industry which are reason for special planning, like the Secure Milk Supply Project. Dr. Pam Hullinger, University of California-Davis, shares this update with attendees at the National Institute for Animal Agriculture annual meeting. Dr. Hullinger's full presentation along with many others from this important industry meeting are available online at TruffleMedia.com.

DairyCast 0457 - What's The Status Of The Secure Milk Supply Project?

DairyCast 0457 Show Notes:
  • An update on the status of the Secure Milk Supply Project supplemental to ongoing Foot and Mouth Disease prevention and response planning with Dr. Pam Hullinger, currently with UC-Davis Department of Veterinary Medicine and Epidemiology.  Dr. Hullinger's presentation was part of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture's 2012 Annual Meeting in Denver. 
  • Dr. Hullinger's full presentation with slides

Dr. André Williamson - The Cost of Increased Regulation to Producers and Consumers


The Cost of Increased Regulation to Producers and Consumers - Dr. André Williamson, Agralytica Senior Consultant, from the Animal Ag Alliance Stakeholders Summit, Real Farmers Real Food, Celebrating Tradition and Technology, May 2-3, Arlington, VA, USA.

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