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COVID-19 Losses Forecast at $10 Billion for Ethanol Industry

The one-two punch of slashed production rates combined with a pandemic-related drop in demand could send US ethanol sales plummeting by a third for 2020, according to the Renewable Fuels Association. With 40 percent of every row of corn and

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Energy, Farming, Feature, News Desk

Land Report April 2020 Newsletter

Our April newsletter showcases the debut of our 2020 Texas special issue, which features an in-depth look at the battle to save bobwhite and blue quail. Other quick reads include: Land values in Nebraska rise 3 percent Illinois farmland holds

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Posted in Great Plains, Midwest, Newsletter, South, Southwest, West

Corn Farmers Brace for Drop in Demand

The coronavirus pandemic is resulting in lower demand for gasoline and negatively impacting demand for corn used for ethanol. According to Todd Hubbs at the University of Illinois, gasoline consumption could dip 15 to 20 percent in the coming months,

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Posted in Agriculture, Energy, Farming, Feature, Great Plains, Illinois, Midwest, News Desk

Farmland: Eye on Iowa

When Warren Buffett talks up farmland, it’s time we all took a look. Buffett made the following statement last month while being interviewed by Becky Quick on CNBC’s Squawk Box.

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Posted in 2011 Spring, Feature, Magazine, News Desk

Federal Reserve Bullish on Great Plains

Farmland in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and parts of New Mexico jumped 20 percent in the third quarter of 2008, according to a report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City this week. Here are some of the

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Posted in Cattle, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, Great Plains, News Desk, Public Land, Regional News, Southwest

I’m Not a Big Fan of Catfish

But I’ve been meaning to reference this article that ran in The New York Times on July 18. It’s yet another example of the effects of the federal government’s mindless ethanol policy. Now, in addition to driving up basic food costs for

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk

Mexico Opposes Ethanol

As we’ve seen over the last few months, skyrocketing commodity prices are pushing land values to record levels. They are also squeezing cattlemen and other producers who rely on corn and other grains to fatten livestock and poultry. One of

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Posted in Energy, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, International, News Desk, Southwest

“The Land Market Has Never Been Stronger”

So says Mac Boyd, a broker at Farmers National in Arcola, Illinois. Boyd is just one of the many veteran real estate professionals who are closely monitoring the strongest farmland market in decades.

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, Great Plains, Midwest, News Desk, West

The Rise and Fall of Ethanol

One of the more telling anecdotes about ethanol comes from Boone Pickens. It’s always an eye-opener to listen to this master raconteur discuss energy and politics. Last month I heard him tell an audience at Georgetown University about a sit-down

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk

High Price of Corn Means Less Land for CRP

Driving today I tuned into C-SPAN Radio on my XM dial looking for something better than the latest Top 20. I caught the tail end of a conversation,  Congressional testimony it sounded like, regarding the current food crisis that is

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Posted in Conservation, Energy, Farming, Feature, Midwest

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