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NEWS UPDATE May 14, 2012

Are the good times over for Iowa corn?

By DAN PILLER, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted May 14, 2012

Iowa’s farmers and state economy watchers face the reality that a “historically rare period” of prosperity for Iowa agriculture may be ending. The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week forecast a return to more normal corn surpluses of almost 2 billion bushels. The more ample supplies could drive down corn prices to as low as $4.20 per bushel by year’s end, compared with an average price of $6.20 in 2011, the USDA predicted. If the forecast holds, the impact will ripple across Iowa’s economy. During the ag boom, farmers with cash to spend have bid up land prices and bought new tractors and combines. Deere & Co., seed companies and other manufacturers have added thousands of workers to meet demand. [ read more … ]

Information is Freedom

Holly Jessen, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted May 14, 2012

Looking back a year after a special showing of their documentary, Freedom, at the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, Josh and Rebecca Tickell reflect on what they learned as they toured the U.S. showing the film and interacting with audiences. Although the three and a half month tour of 50 cities is now over, work to spread the message is far from over. [ read more … ]

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