West Central Puts Farmers First

Joanna Schroeder

West Central, based in Ralston, Iowa, is located in a agricultural sweet spot with great harvests for both corn and soybeans. So much in fact, West Central announced a $27 million production, storage and receiving expansion scheduled for completion by the 2016 harvest. Roger Fray, executive vice president for the grain side of West Central, spoke to Animal AgWired about …

Agribusiness, Audio, corn, Dairy, soybeans

Feed Demand Remains High in FAPRI Outlook

John Davis

The bumper corn crop this year means lower prices for the grain, but feed demand will continue to be strong… while demand to turn grains into biofuels will stagnate. That’s the mixed bag of information attendees of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 96th Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show heard from Patrick Westhoff, director of the Food and Agricultural Policy …

AFBF, Ag Group, Agribusiness, corn, Farm Bureau, Feed

Introducing the New USFRA Faces: Thomas Titus

John Davis

If you get a chance to talk to one of the newest representatives in the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance’s (USFRA) Faces of Farming and Ranching program, you’ll certainly be taken by more than just Thomas Titus’ impressive height (6’8″!). You’ll hear just how enthusiastic he is to talk about the world of agriculture. “Talking about agriculture was something instilled …

Ag Group, Audio, corn, Farming, Pork, Swine, USFRA

Calibrate Shows How to Reduce New Corn Silage Slump

John Davis

A new test could help cattle producers reduce a phenomenum called new corn silage slump. Calibrate® Technologies has a new testing system that keep cows’ production on track shows by showing producers corn silage starch and fiber digestibility factors. Corn silage is highly variable, says Dr. David Weakley, director of dairy forage research for Calibrate® Technologies. Crude starch, rumen degradable …

Cattle, corn, Silage

FAPRI: Sources for Feed Could Get Even Cheaper

John Davis

Good news for livestock producers and the price of feed. Earlier this month, we told you how a new report from the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri said that livestock producers had seen some some high prices for their animals this year, but those prices were expected to taper a bit in the …

corn, Feed

Dinner Discussion Turns to Crop Quality at Alltech Conference

John Davis

One of the highlights of the annual conferences Alltech puts on is the dinner discussions portion of the program. At the most recent Alltech Global Dairy & Beef Conference in Deauville, France, Chuck caught up with Robert Walker, Alltech’s Crop Science Division, who led a discussion dinner on crop yields and quality of crop yields. “We’re driving crop yields, but …

Agribusiness, Alltech, Alltech Global Dairy/Beef, Audio, Beef, corn, Dairy

NPB’s Chris Novak to Head NCGA

Joanna Schroeder

National Pork Board (NPB) CEO Chris Novak is heading to the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) as the new CEO beginning October 13, 2014. Novak has been with NPB since 2008. “We’re thrilled to have Chris join us at NCGA,” said NCGA President Martin Barbre, a corn grower from Illinois. “He has all the right qualifications to take the reins …

Agribusiness, Company Announcement, corn

ISU Seeks Input on DDGs

Joanna Schroeder

Iowa State University is conducting a survey of livestock producers use of feed-related co-products from ethanol production (distillers grains). The survey is focused on the beef, dairy, swine and poultry sectors. It is being funded by a coalition consisting of the Renewable Fuels Association, the Distillers Grains Technology Council and the Corn Utilization Councils from Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska. “The …

Agribusiness, corn, energy

Generational Differences Among Dairy Producers

Melissa Sandfort

New research shows how the management style of younger dairy producers and corn growers compares and contrasts with that of their older counterparts. The survey, commissioned by McCormick Company, considered management practices, ownership structures, decision-making processes, business and transition planning, and the role of information — including digital media — in running respondents’ operations. What the study found was that …

Agribusiness, corn, dairy farming, Research