Remember: Safety First
Last weeks' news dominated with grain bin deaths
Welcome to the second week of the new Views on the News. I hoped to have this recap done earlier in the week, but I've been busy getting the August/September issue of Feed & Grain ready for you, so this post will be straight to the point.
This week’s top stories are…
- Illinois Man Dies in Grain...
Introducing the New Views on the News
Steven Kilger explains the the new format, along with last week's federal goings-on
I’m going to start this blog by introducing myself. My name is Steven Kilger, the new assistant editor here at Feed & Grain. I'm also the guy who’s been putting together our Industry Watch newsletter for about a month or so. I read agricultural-related news for about half of my work day,...[Read More]
Top Three Feed Industry Predictions for 2013
Sustainability, commodity prices, weather top AFIA president's list
While at the 2013 International Poultry & Production Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, GA, from Jan. 29-31, I caught up with American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) president Joel Newman to discuss his top predictions for agriculture as we look into 2013. Topping his list:
- Focus on sustainability...
Feed & Grain Expands Newsletter
Introducing Monday edition to provide a
If you’re one of the nearly 9,000 people who receive Feed & Grain’s Industry Watch E-newsletter, thank you for taking the time each week to open and read our offering. Our staff closely follows news on the critical issues that impact the feed and grain industry, and we’re dedicated to...[Read More]
Summer 2012 = Climate Change Proof?
Debate heats up over whether it's a fluke or sign of things to come
As I write this post at 8 in the morning in Southern Wisconsin, the mercury has already hit 85 degrees. Nearly all of Indiana, Iowa and Illinois along with the lower halves of Wisconsin and Michigan are under heat advisories and at least ¾ of the country has a hazardous weather outlook,...[Read More]
The commodity plays double-duty as food and fuel source, but which is best for industry?
As I delve into research for my next Focus on Biofuels article, which will analyze the impact of the EPA’s decision to approve the sale of higher ethanol/gasoline blends, I’m confronted with the fact I’m quite torn on the issue of using corn for fuel.
Evidence both in support of and against...[Read More]
Time to Re-prioritize 2012 Farm Bill Cuts
Ag research funding deserves long-term investment
Now in the final stages of Senate mark-up, the 2012 Farm Bill will no doubt see its fair share of reduction in government program funding. Crop subsidies are an easy target that most people can live with — even farmers. Farmer group leaders have noted that the direct payments programs first...[Read More]
Mad Cow Disease Reported in California
Tom Vilsack tells public to eat beef, maintain confidence in U.S. food supply
“I am going home, and I’m having beef tonight for dinner.”
That’s what Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on CNN the night the USDA confirmed its first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), a.k.a. mad cow disease, in the United States in six years.
The case was detected at a...[Read More]