Sorghum makes comeback

Exceeding expectations is now an annual occurrence for U.S. sorghum producers. Since the drought of 2011-12, each year means another record broken or another challenge overcome. This progression is nothing new for an industry often thought of as on the brink »

Ethanol use boosts sorghum demand

Ethanol plants used 145 million bushels of a 597 million-bushel sorghum crop during the 2015/16 marketing year. This record utilization followed the previous year in which ethanol plants, unable to compete with extraordinary Chinese demand, used only 15 million bushels of »

With insurance, let program do math

In 2007, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency (RMA) rolled out a pilot crop insurance program in the rolling plains surrounding Abilene, Texas. The pasture, rangeland, forage (PRF) program as it has come to be known insures against a »

Whales in Indiana? Be prepared to comment

Ever seen a whale in Indiana? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has if you believe its recent biological evaluations on vital insecticides chlorpyrifos, diazinon and malathion. Last month I wrote about regulatory overreach and the need for farmer engagement, and »