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  • 2 new type ethanol plants to open in Iowa
    A new era of ethanol fuel production will begin soon as Iowa refineries begin full operation using materials other than corn kernels. Iowa has two major cellulosic plants under construction that will use corn plant leaves, stalks and cobs to make ethanol. 
  • Record corn, high soybean yields expected
    Bumper crop yields are expected this fall, both in Indiana and across the country. A panel of experts met at the Indiana State Fair to discuss implications of the most recent U.S. Department of Agriculture crop production report. 
  • Farmers markets offer families fresh, local food
    National Farmers Market Week was held recently to celebrate the more than 8,000 registered markets across the country. Shoppers browsed through produce, meat and locally made art at the Greenwood Farmers Market on Saturday. 
  • ‘I’ states poised for yield records
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts corn and soybean yield records will be shattered this fall. Corn production is forecast at 14 billion bushels, up 1 percent from 2013. Yields are expected to average 167.4 bushels per acre, up 8.6 bushels from 2013. 
  • Market bear claws not quite as sharp
    The U.S. corn crop is big, but not as large as trade analysts anticipated, while soybeans met expectations. Heading into the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest crop production report, the average trade yield estimate was 170 bushels per acre. 
  • USDA ramps up corn, soybean stocks
    The world agricultural supply-demand balance sheets were adjusted to reflect larger U.S. corn, soybean and wheat crops. The U.S. Department of Agriculture projected 2014-2015 corn supplies at a record 15.243 billion bushels. 
  • Brazil’s soybean yield winners share insights
    Yield contestants from Brazil and Illinois compared notes at a gathering hosted by the Illinois Soybean Association. National Challenge of Maximum Soybean Yield was established to stimulate productivity and collect information to share with growers in Brazil. 
  • Argentine traders marvel at Illinois corn crop
    Jacinto Ramos made the sign of holding a phone up to his ear. Nearby, seven fellow grain traders from Argentina twisted off ears from outer rows of a corn field in rural Walnut. 
  • Industrial hemp may take root in Indiana
    Movement to start an industrial hemp trade in Indiana is gaining momentum. Leaders of the Indiana Hemp Industries Association, professors from Purdue University and other interested people will meet Aug. 18 to discuss the launch of a pilot program with the mission of starting hemp growing in the state. 
  • Hemp association founder shares insight on industry
    Jamie Campbell believes that industrial hemp could be a thriving industry in Indiana. Campbell, founder and director of the Indiana Hemp Industries Association, is dedicated to educating others about the industry. She shared her story with AgriNews

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