energy

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].

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SwineCast 0282 Show Notes:

  • At the Commodity Classic in Nashville... attendees upbeat but concerned about the future.  How long will the good times last?
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  • Some research on trailer use... pots vs straights with Elanco's Dr Matt Ritter
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SwineCast 0262 Show Notes:

  • New energy bill bumps the RFS up to 36Bln gallon of renewable fuels by 2022
  • PCV2 vaccines with Dr. Peter Kristensen
  • PCV2 transmission vectors - Dr. Daren Madson at Iowa State looks at semen potential
  • Immigration status with Brian Winnekins and Jose' Oliveri
  • Sarah Muirhead with Feedstuffs joins us for an issue update

SwineCast 0210 for June 19 2007

SwineCast 0210 Show Notes:

  • Managing your breeding herd for maximum proficiency and profit
  • Energy value fluctuations require close monitoring
  • DDGs affect on bellies and major impact elements
  • View of feedgrains from north of the border

SwineCast 0179 February 27, 2007

SwineCast 0179 Show Notes:
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  • Corn Prices Affecting More Than Feed
  • Net Energy With Rob Payne Of Degussa
  • New Ways Of Tracking Campy Behavior

SwineCast 0165 for January 9, 2007

SwineCast 0165 Show Notes:
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  • Nutrition and energy value research discussion with Dr. Hans Stein of the University of Illinois.
  • Continuation of SwineCast 0164 information on Hydrogen Sulfide concerns with Bruce Cochran from FarmScape.com.
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