WASHINGTON, April 17, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of approximately $66 million in Specialty Crop Block Grants to state departments of agriculture for projects that help support specialty crop growers, including locally grown fruits and vegetables, through research, programs to increase demand, and more.
The historic support provided by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill), will strengthen rural American communities by supporting local and regional markets and improving access to fresh, healthy, and nutritious high quality products for millions of Americans. The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, administered by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), is designed to enhance the markets for specialty crops like fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture.
“Specialty crop block grants help sustain the livelihoods of American farmers while strengthening the rural economy” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “These grants contribute to food safety improvements, increased access to healthy food, and new research to help growers increase profitability and sustainability.”
As directed by the Farm Bill, the block grants are now allocated to U.S. States and territories based on a formula that takes into consideration both specialty crop acreage and production value. Nearly all states are seeing an increase in funds.
AMS encourages applicants to develop projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops, sustain the livelihood of American farmers, and strengthen rural economies by: Read the rest of this entry »
“USDA Accepting Applications for 2015 Export Development Program Funding”
Through the Market Access Program – the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service has helped more than 60 U.S. ag organizations expand commercial export markets for American products. The program provides 171.8-million dollars of funding to organizations to share the costs of overseas marketing and promotional activities that help build these export markets for ag products and commodities. FAS also provides 24.6-million dollars in funding to trade organizations representing U.S. ag producers through the Foreign Market Development program – which focuses on trade servicing and capacity building to create, expand and maintain long-term export markets for ag products. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says USDA is moving quickly to implement trade promotion programs to help open and expand opportunities for farmers, ranchers and small businesses and build on the past five-years of record ag exports. Vilsack says every dollar invested in trade promotion provides 35-dollars in economic benefits. Starting today (Thursday) – USDA is accepting applications for 2015 export development program funding. Find more information at FAS dot USDA dot gov slash unified dash export dash strategy (www.fas.usda.gov/unified-export-strategy).
WELD COUNTY, CO – The residents of the unincorporated town of Wattenberg located in south western Weld County recently found themselves without safe water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and food preparation due to elevated nitrate levels in their water system. Nitrate in drinking water is a serious health concern, especially for infants less than six months old and the elderly.
Upon hearing about the issue in Wattenberg, Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer directed the Department of Public Health and Environment to have potable drinking water delivered to the residents, renting a potable water trailer capable of holding 6,000 gallons of water.
“As soon as we heard about the situation in Wattenberg, we took steps to get safe drinking water out to the residents,” said Commissioner Kirkmeyer. “This is no different than anything else Weld County would do for any of its residents in a time of crisis. This is no different than assisting in a flood or tornado. This was the right thing to do.”
The county was prepared to pay the rental fees of $1,200 a week, as well as other costs associated with delivery, setup and other fees, when Anadarko Petroleum Corp. stepped in as good neighbors and offered to cover the cost.
Because of the extreme ease of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) to spread, it’s very important that everyone do their part to prevent the spread of this costly disease. This means taking steps after the market pigs leave the farm.
Pig transporters need to take their part of PEDV control seriously. Biosecurity procedures for the truck and trailer include cleaning and disinfecting between every load taken to market. In addition, steps at the plant should be followed that help maintain a clear line of separationbetween the trailer and the market area (unloading chute).
To help keep trailers disinfected, consider using these disinfectants that have been demonstrated to effectively inactivate PEDV. They include: 1. Oxidizing Agents [e.g., potassium peroxymonosulfate (Virkon S) or sodium hypochlorite (bleach)]; 2. Sodium Carbonates (e.g., soda ash) 3. Lipid Solvents (e.g., ethyl alcohol); 4. Strong Iodophors in Phosphoric Acid (e.g., iodine); 5. Phenolic Compounds (e.g., 1 Stroke Environ or Tek-Trol); and 6. Aldehydes (e.g., Synergize).
As the first anniversary of confirmation of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) in the United States nears, the National Pork Board continues to build an arsenal of information based on its nearly $2 million in Pork Checkoff-funded research funded to date. This work will be aided by a decision by Cargill’s Animal Nutrition and Pork Businesses to donate $150,000 for additional PEDV research directed by the National Pork Board.
“Cargill is committed to supporting research priorities related to PEDV,” said Douglas Cook, director of innovation at Cargill’s Provimi North America business, which includes the Akey brand, in Brookville, Ohio. “Cargill’s Animal Nutrition and Pork businesses are pleased to provide the National Pork Board with funding to be used for PEDV feed-related research priorities to advance knowledge on this critical topic for everyone in the pork industry.”
Paul Sundberg, National Pork Board’s vice president of science and technology, said this investment is a welcome addition to the series of funding coming from groups outside of Pork Checkoff that will help further leverage Checkoff-funded research into the costly disease.
Washington, DC – On the one-year anniversary of the introduction of S.744, The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Michael Bennet (D-CO), all members of the Senate’s “Gang of 8,” issued the following statement:
“The success of the Gang of 8 proved that compromise, cooperation, and bipartisanship are not only possible, but also necessary to get the job done,” said the Senators. “We’re forever proud and grateful to have been part of the cohort that hammered out a strong bipartisan immigration reform effort in the Senate. Despite being so close to permanently fixing our broken system once and for all, the path forward continues to be inexcusably stalled in the House of Representatives. It is our sincere hope that House Republicans move away from extremes so that commonsense immigration reform can be finally pushed over the finish line.”
Before the Senate recessed last week, in a speech on the Senate floor, Bennet called attention to the costs that inaction on immigration has on our economy and families. He noted that it’s been more than nine months since the Senate passed the bipartisan immigration reform bill.
In his remarks, Bennet said, “Every single day the House drags its feet on immigration, our borders remain less secure, our visa system keeps us less competitive, our economy suffers, and millions of families remain in the shadows. Hard-working immigrants who came here to live the American dream and who are part of the fabric of our communities all over the State of Colorado and all over the United States of America are suffering because Congress has not passed a bill.”
Alamosa-based company supplying Colorado craft brewers
Alamosa, CO – Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennetannounced thatThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a small business in the San Luis Valley a grant of $39,000 to help it develop a business plan to expand its production of locally-grown, high-quality malts for Colorado craft brewers.
What began as Cody’s farm, a family farm in Alamosa that’s been growing high-quality barley for generations, in 2008 spun-off into Colorado Malting Company, a small business that locally sources malts for craft brewers.
This grant – part of the USDA’s Rural Business Development Grant Program – will enable the rapidly growing business to expand operations and improve efficiency.
FORT COLLINS - A Colorado State University veterinary student from the Choctaw Nation recently was honored for developing training exercises that teach aspiring and practicing veterinarians how to respond during an infectious-disease outbreak.
Madeline Anna, who grew up in Colorado Springs and is in her first year in the CSU Professional Veterinary Medicine Program, won second place at the American Indian Science and Engineering Society National Research Conference in Denver. Her training presentation focuses on zoonotic disease, or infection that can be passed between animals and people.
Zoonoses include West Nile virus, Lyme disease, anthrax, Ebola, rabies and bovine tuberculosis, among many other diseases that threaten animal and human health around the world.
“I teared up a little bit when I found out,” Anna said of her success in the competition. The research conference typically attracts more than 1,500 people.
Anna first provided her tabletop training program for veterinary students at The Ohio State University; then it was offered at the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association’s 2013 Midwest Veterinary Conference.
Anna, 25, earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental health at CSU, followed by a master’s degree in veterinary public health at The Ohio State University. She envisions working as a federal veterinarian to help address public-health issues for American Indians.
At CSU, she is active with the campus Native American Culture Center and, through the center, tutors other students in biology.
Gene Backhaus, NRCS-CO’s State Resource Conservationist, Denver
(BARN Media – Briggsdale, CO) April 16th, 2014 – Joining the Colorado Ag News Network inside the BARN is Gene Backhaus “BAKE-HOUSE”, NRCS-CO’s State Resource Conservationist, out of Denver, Backhaus details the NRCS’s participation in the Ag Energy Efficiency Pilot Project that was announced back in March of ths year…
To listen to the interview, click the audio mp3 link below…
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical and financial assistance to help agricultural producers and others care for the land. The assistance they provide is based on an understanding that the land, and the landscape as a whole, must be the focus of conservation. Using this comprehensive approach, the people assisted by the NRCS are able to help the land function as a living sustainable system that provides a high standard of living and a quality of life for today and for future generations. You can learn more about NRCS-CO, their programs and more about the recently announced Ag Energy Efficiency Pilot Project OnLine @ www.co.nrcs.usda.gov
DENVER — Wednesday, April 16, 2014 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced several Boards and Commissions appointments. The appointments were to the Charter School Institute Board; Governor’s Commission on Community Service; the State Board of Stock Inspection Commissioners; the State Board of Dental Examiners; the Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators; the Colorado Podiatry Board; and the State Board of Optometry.
The State Board of Stock Inspection Commission makes rules regarding brand inspection and livestock laws and regulates fees for stock inspections. The commission also sets service charges and procedures, administers the Estray Fund, licenses public livestock markets, and secures bond and surety on butchers and slaughters.
Marla A. Rock of Wray, to represent the confinement cattle industry. Reappointed for a term expiring May 1, 2018.
The mission of the Charter School Institute Board is to foster high-quality public school choices offered through institute charter schools, including particularly schools for at-risk students. Read the rest of this entry »
2014 Funding Supports More than 60 Organizations; Applications Now Available for 2015 Export Development Programs
WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) awarded funding to more than 60 U.S. agricultural organizations to help expand commercial export markets for American products. The funding was made available through the 2014 Farm Bill. USDA will begin accepting applications for 2015 export development program funding on April 17, 2014.
“Now that Congress has passed the Farm Bill, USDA is moving quickly to implement our trade promotion programs to help open and expand opportunities for farmers, ranchers, and small businesses and build on the past five years of record agricultural exports,” said Vilsack. “These programs are an important investment in rural America. Every dollar we invest in trade promotion provides $35 in economic benefits.”
Through the Market Access Program (MAP), FAS partners with U.S. agricultural trade associations, cooperatives, state regional trade groups and small businesses to share the costs of overseas marketing and promotional activities that help build commercial export markets for U.S. agricultural products and commodities. The program, which focuses on consumer promotion, including brand promotion for small companies and cooperatives, is used extensively by organizations promoting fruits, vegetables, nuts, processed products, and bulk and intermediate commodities. Through MAP, FAS will provide $171.8 million to 62 nonprofit organizations and cooperatives. Participants contribute an average 171-percent match for generic marketing and promotion activities and a dollar-for-dollar match for promotion of branded products by small businesses and cooperatives.
“USDA Considers Mandatory Reporting for PEDV Outbreaks”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is discussing the possibility of having rules to require reporting of PEDV outbreaks with the American Association of Swine Veterinarians to improve tracking of the disease. PEDV has been difficult to track – partly because veterinarians aren’t required to report instances to government officials. Association Executive Director Tom Burkgren says it’s a very widely distributed disease – and at this point in the outbreak – he thinks there’d have to be really good reasons to start reporting it.
DTN Senior Analyst Darin Newsom says USDA’s latest weekly crop progress report could be viewed as neutral to bullish for corn – with three-percent of the nation’s corn crop planted so far. As for spring wheat – six-percent is planted. Five-percent of the nation’s winter wheat crop is headed. Newsom says winter wheat conditions have worsened due to dry weather and strong winds. DTN’s Crop Condition Index shows 62-points for winter wheat – which is 10-points lower than last week and seven-points lower than last year at this time. Twenty-percent of the sorghum crop has been planted and 25-percent of the rice crop has been planted. Cotton planting is on about the same pace as last year at eight-percent planted.Read the rest of this entry »
LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The Colorado Wine Industry Development Board (CWIDB) hosted the 4th annual Governor’s Cup Colorado Wine Competition April 5-6 at Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center. A total of 183 wines from 26 local wineries were judged by a panel of sommeliers, wine writers, consultants, winemakers and other experts from Colorado and around the country. The 2014 Governor’s Cup was awarded to Canyon Wind Cellars’ 2012 Petit Verdot from the Grand Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) near Palisade.
“Petit Verdot often excels in Colorado as a varietal wine when it is almost exclusively used for blending in Bordeaux and California,” said Doug Caskey, executive director of the CWIDB. “This year’s competition exhibited the full range of quality of Colorado wine produced all across our state.”
“I was truly impressed with the quality and direction of Colorado’s wine producers. The industry has come a long way since I made wine here 46 years ago! Quite a number of the wines I tasted were beyond expressing merely the region but had the character of classics.” said Warren Winiarski, one of the judges and winner of the 1976 Judgment of Paris tasting. Judge Linda Murphy, writer and co-author of American Wine with Jancis Robinson, added, “The wines that made it to the sweepstakes round, especially the reds, were very impressive. Tempranillo, Malbec, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot appear to have great potential in Colorado, and there was a delicious Lemberger which was a real crowd-pleaser.”
Canyon Wind Cellars, nestled along the Colorado River between the Book Cliffs and the towering Grand Mesa, is a family-owned, estate winery named for the mountain breezes that keep the fruit cool under the hot Colorado sun and protect the vines during the extreme winter freezes. Norman and Ellen Christianson founded Canyon Wind in 1991 and crushed its first harvest in 1996. In 2010, the second generation arrived as the Christianson’s son, Jay and his wife Jennifer, took over the leadership of Canyon Wind Cellars.
“We are very excited to have won this year’s Governor’s Cup with what is one of our favorite grape varieties,” Jay Christianson revealed. “It is great in blends but is spectacular on its own.” Read the rest of this entry »
April 15, 2014, Fort Collins, Colo. – In honor of National Agriculture Week, March 25-30, the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee (CWAC) and the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers (CAWG) teamed with ConAgra Mills to donate 24 tons (48,000 pounds) of Ultragrain® blend flour to the Food Bank of the Rockies. The donation, with a retail value of more than $38,304, provides 9,600 5-lb. bags of flour for distribution to families in need in Colorado. This is the fifth consecutive year for this donation.
Michelle Linnebur, John Linnebur, James Linnebur, Sophie Linnebur (front), CAWG President Mark Linnebur, holding Samuel Linnebur, all of Byers; CAWG Vice President Randy Traxler of Otis and Chef Daniel Flanagan, Sedalia, at the state capitol for the National Ag Day celebration and Farm-to-Fork Cookoff. CWAC, CAWG, and ConAgra Mills donated Ultragrain® flour valued at $38,304 in honor of National Ag Day.
This is enough flour to make over 100,000 one-pound loaves of bread. Ultragrain® flour has the fiber and nutrition of whole grain but the taste, texture and appearance of refined flour.
“Ag Day is the one time of year that all agricultural groups gather at the capitol to celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture,” said CAWG President, Mark Linnebur of Byers, “It is a great opportunity for the farmers and ranchers of the state to remind our legislators how important agriculture is to Colorado’s economy. It is also an opportunity for us to give back to those in need in the state. We are glad to partner with ConAgra Mills to donate this flour milled from Colorado-grown hard white wheat.”
“ConAgra Mills is proud to celebrate Colorado’s National Agricultural Day event by donating Ultragrain® flour to the Food Bank of the Rockies,” said Bill Stoufer, President of ConAgra Mills, “Through this donation, we are honoring a nutritional ingredient that is locally grown and locally milled. Ultragrain® whole wheat flour is made with wheat grown by Colorado farmers and is milled in Commerce City. It is important to us to continue our partnership with the Food Bank of the Rockies and we are proud to provide the Colorado community with a nutritional ingredient in Ultragrain.
“This is part of the long-standing commitment of ConAgra Foods to donate our products, engage our people through volunteerism, and lend our marketing expertise to the issue of child hunger in America, all rooted in the ConAgra Foods Foundations’ 20-year philanthropic investment in the cause.”
Colorado wheat was featured in the Farm-to-Fork Cookoff, which paired state legislators and local chefs to create dishes using Colorado products. Executive Chef Daniel Flanagan of the Sanctuary Golf Course in Sedalia created a savory “Colorado Bread Pudding” for the event. (Recipe follows.) Chef Flanagan was paired with State Representative Randy Fischer, chair of the Colorado House Agriculture Committee, who helped serve the dish.
CWAC and CAWG are two distinctly separate organizations with different, but complimentary purposes. CWAC is the producer-elected Board of Control for the Colorado Wheat Marketing Order whose purpose is to decide how assessment funds are to be spent for research, promotion and education activities. CAWG is a voluntary membership association that lobbies on behalf of wheat growers at the state and national levels of government and provides special programs and benefits to dues paying members.
State Representative Fischer’s Colorado Bread Pudding Recipe featuring Colorado Wheat and Eggs, Presented by Chef Danny Flanagan CEC, CCA of Sanctuary Golf Course Read the rest of this entry »
LAKEWOOD, Colo. – There are a lot of questions and concerns about the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) pest and caring for ash trees. To date, EAB has only been found in the city of Boulder. For the most current information on EAB please visit www.eabcolorado.com.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado State University, the Colorado State Forest Service, USDA APHIS, community foresters and professional arborists are working cooperatively to get the best information to managers of ash trees and homeowners, but ultimately, the decision will need to be made by each property owner with ash trees.
Among those decisions are the options of monitoring ash trees for EAB symptoms, removal of ash trees, EAB pesticide treatments or any combination of these. If pesticide application is chosen it may be best to hire a commercial applicator. Even though at least one of the pesticides labeled to control EAB is available to homeowners to purchase, effectiveness of the pesticide is decreased the larger the tree. If an ash tree is larger than 15 inches diameter at breast height, homeowner formulations of labeled insecticides are unlikely to be effective. Refer to www.eabcolorado.com for more information.
WASHINGTON (April 15, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement on U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s announcement that sign-up begins today for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster programs:
“Baseline funding for these critical disaster programs in the 2014 Farm Bill was a huge victory for family farmers and ranchers. These producers, many of whom were impacted by a devastating blizzard that swept the upper Midwest in October 2013, were subject to congressional inaction for more than two years. I thank House and Senate Agriculture Committee leadership for ensuring livestock disaster programs were retroactive to cover these losses.
“Livestock disaster programs represent just a few of many provisions in the 2014 Farm Bill that help family livestock producers. Others include maintaining the common-sense Country-of-Origin Labeling law for meat, poultry and seafood; supporting fair and competitive markets for independent family farmers and ranchers by excluding language that would have undercut enforcement of the Packers and Stockyards Act; and funding numerous disease prevention and eradication programs.
“I commend the secretary for his swift implementation of these much-needed programs and look forward to the remainder of the farm bill implementation timeline.”
National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.
WASHINGTON (April 15, 2014) – Today the third working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its report on climate change mitigation. The report finds that climate change is occurring at a rapid rate, but mitigation strategies such as scaling up renewable energy production could substantially reduce anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
“The working group’s report complements NFU’s long-held, member-led policy positions by recognizing the need for a comprehensive renewable energy strategy,” said National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson. “Tripling or even quadrupling the share of zero- and low-carbon energy supply from renewables, as the report recommends, will require significant investments in energy technologies that utilize rural America’s renewable and human resources. These investments would pay off not only by helping to mitigate the effects of climate change but by driving significant rural economic development.”
According to the report, total anthropogenic GHG emissions have continued to increase over 1970 to 2010 in spite of a growing number of climate change mitigation policies. Total anthropogenic GHG emissions were the highest in human history from 2000 to 2010. Without additional efforts to reduce GHG emissions beyond those in place today, emissions growth is expected to persist, driven by growth in global population and economic activities.
“America’s family farmers and ranchers are concerned about the effects of climate change and stand ready to be part of the solution to our global climate challenges,” said Johnson.
National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.
CASPER – The Wyoming CattleWomen announced the selection of the 2014 Wyoming Beef Ambassador Team. Rachel Purdy, Ty Shockley and Garrett Irene were chosen during the contest held at Casper College on April 5.
Winners were Garrett Irene (ROCK RIVER), Ty Shockley (WHEATLAND) and Rachel Purdy (PINE BLUFFS). I’ve attached a photo and a logo.
Purdy was the overall winner and will represent Wyoming at the National Beef Ambassador Competition in Denver, Colo., Sept. 26 – 27, where she will compete for one of five spots on the National Beef Ambassador Team. From Pine Bluffs, Wyo., she is a sophomore attending the University of Wyoming studying to be a lawyer specializing in Agriculture.
Ty Shockley, a Wheatland, Wyo. native and a sophomore at the University of Wyoming, is studying to be an Agricultural Business Consultant. Garrett Irene is a senior at Rock River High School where he has a passion for welding technology.
“The CattleWomen are excited that these young folks will help represent our Wyoming beef industry during the next year,” Leslie Hendry, co-chairman of the Wyoming CattleWomen Beef Ambassador Program, said.
The Beef Ambassador Program is a national youth advocate program that teaches leadership skills and promotes the beef industry. The national and state programs strive to provide an opportunity for youth to educate consumers and students about beef nutrition, food safety and stewardship practices of the beef community. During the Wyoming contest participants prepared a written response on the subject of “the Environmental Community”, took a quiz on beef industry facts and participated in a 10-minute mock interview.
“Participants were very knowledgeable and there was no doubt that FFA and 4-H had taught them to speak intelligently and with confidence,” Mary Owens, co-chairman of the Wyoming CattleWomen Beef Ambassador Program, said.
The Wyoming Beef Ambassadors will be visible at various events including their County Fairs, Wyoming State Fair, Wyoming Stock Growers Association Cattle Industry Convention, local ag expos, Wyoming Ag In the Classroom Summer Institute and more. They will also conduct classroom education.
“U.S. Leaders Call on Partner Countries to Donate More Funds to GAFSP”
The U.S. Departments of Treasury and State sent a letter to international partner countries this weekend urging them to expand their support for the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program. The GAFSP was started in 2007 and promotes food security by providing merit-based financing for the ag sector in low-income countries. Since it was established – there have been sustainable reductions in hunger and malnutrition. Still – Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and Secretary of State John Kerry say the challenge of meeting the global demand for food is just as pressing as ever. In October 2012 – the U.S. challenged the international community to provide funding for food security by committing to one-dollar contributions to GAFSP for every two-dollars donated from other countries. That contribution would be a maximum of 475-million dollars from the U.S. – and so far – other donors have given 230-million dollars in new pledges. But 720-million is still needed to fully leverage matching U.S. funds. To learn more about GAFSP – visit GAFSP Fund dot org (www.gafspfund.org).
The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report last week. University of Illinois ag economist Darrel Good says there is an opportunity for the consumption projections – currently 100-million bushels larger for corn used for ethanol production – 350-million bushels larger for exports – and 100-million bushels larger for feed and residual use – compared to those made in November – to change again in the last 4.5-months of the marketing year. Good says the most uncertainty about corn consumption is from the feed and residual category. This uncertainty is due to a variety of factors – including the lack of ongoing measurement of corn used in that category, how feed use is influenced by the rate of feeding other ingredients, and the fact there’s no strong correlation between the number of grain-consuming animal units estimated by USDA and the magnitude of feed and residual use. Based on current and expected consumption rates – Good says it appears corn consumption during the current marketing year could exceed the most recent USDA projection.Read the rest of this entry »