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The Profitability of Ethanol Production in 2016


The ethanol industry appeared to have a good year in 2016. The drop in crude oil prices continued to stimulate driving and gasoline demand (June 10, 2016), the EPA maintained a policy of pushing the conventional ethanol mandate upwards (November 30, 2016), and ethanol exports boomed. An interesting question is just how much these favorable factors increased the bottom-line of the industry. The purpose of this article is to examine this question by comparing estimates of ethanol production profitability for 2016 and to those earned over 2007-2015.

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What Farmers Need to Know About Growing Hemp

Farmers have a lot of questions about hemp, so we asked expert Michael Bowman, founding chair of the National Hemp Association, to answer a few. Bowman will share his tips on the rapidly expanding hemp industry at the Land Investment Expo on Friday, January 25, 2019, at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa....

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Slight Changes in New Farm Bill

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