Industry At A Glance: Ethanol margins narrow dramatically

  • Oct 8, 2013

    Stoke Up The RFS Pressure 7

    “ … In the seven years since the policy was enacted, the RFS has failed to meet its goals of protecting the environment and reducing dependence on foreign oil. It has and is forcing Americans to pay more for fuel, and it has raised food prices around the world. And yet, ethanol lobbying groups continue to argue on behalf of the policy, armed with an array of invalid claims.”...More
  • Aug 1, 2013

    No Farm Bill Likely To Really Benefit Cattle Producers 4

    Ethanol has greatly improved the profitability of farming, while downgrading the profitability of the cattle industry. In the longer term, the system will likely find a new balance, and the result will be a larger farming industry, a smaller cattle industry, and higher food and energy prices....More
  • cattle prices and beef demand
    May 16, 2013

    Industry Sees Record Wholesale Beef Prices, But Not Profits 1

    Even more important than the lack of profitability in the beef industry is the concern over beef demand. Economists continue to warn the industry about the growing disparity between beef prices and those of pork and poultry....More
  • farmland price crash
    Apr 3, 2013

    Are We Headed For A Farmland Crash? 11

    Land -- God isn’t making any more of it. And, with other investment opportunities lacking, farmers, ranchers, and plenty of people outside of agriculture, continue to eagerly invest in this precious asset. The result has been extremely high and growing land prices. Could we be headed for a crash?...More
  • Beef cattle feed alternatives
    Feb 27, 2013

    Exploring New And Novel Cattle Feed Alternatives 14

    Despite the fact that more than 70% of the U.S. was impacted by a drought in 2012, the U.S. harvested 11.8 billion bu. of corn last year. One would think that a smaller U.S. cowherd combined with a corn surplus would translate into cheaper cattle feed prices, but competition from ethanol and the food industry means producers can expect continued high feed prices....More

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