COVID-19 A “Slow-Moving Disaster” Causing $5 Billion In Hog Losses

IARN — The stories we have heard for the past few months have been heart-wrenching. The COVID-19 pandemic caused a backlog of hogs to be processed across the country. This backlog meant many farmers had to donate processed hogs to various food pantry programs or make the choice of euthanizing perfectly healthy animals. The losses to hog farmers across the country are almost unfathomable. The effects have yet to have a full impact in some cases, and we may not be done. Read more

Growth Energy Monitoring State Of Ethanol Industry

IARN — The short and long-term pictures of the ethanol industry are a little different.

According to John Fuher – vice president of government affairs for Growth Energy – recent ethanol production in the U.S. has showed a slow increase after reaching record lows in April. However, he says the ethanol industry has suffered extensive revenue losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which are expected to carry over into 2021. Read more

Clarion Farmer Elected USGC Rep. To MAIZALL

IARN — A farmer from Clarion was recently elected to serve a new role on the U.S. Grains Council.

Deb Keller is a past USGC chairman who continues her full-time farming career in Wright County. She has more than 25 years of experience in production agriculture that have allowed her to learn firsthand the value of biotechnology to more predictability and higher yields. Read more

Have Your Propane Conversations Early

IARN — It may seem like we still have plenty of time until the fall harvest. However, we could be in the fields in only about two months. Last year, we saw logistical problems in moving the supply of propane farmers needed to dry their crops. There were some hard lessons learned. These lessons can help guide us as we prepare for the 2020 harvest. Read more