In the Bigger Picture….

9 Recommended Agricultural Links ○ ○ ○


1 . This is the story of how a University of Delaware graduate in finance ended up living and working in western Nebraska.

from Star Herald


2 . Facing layoffs and closures, rural hospitals push for Medicaid expansion.

by Alex Smith for Harvest Public Media


3 . Some midwestern farmer tenants will walk away from their rental contracts this year.

By JO WINTERBOTTOM and P.J. HUFFSTUTTER for Reuters


4 . The nation’s dairy goat herd climbed 2 percent in the past year to 365,000 animals, but producers said their annual sales are rising even faster — up by 15 percent or more.

By KOURTNEY LIEPELT for the AP


5 . Price Slump Pushes US Ag Exports Down 7%.

by Chuck Abbott for Agriculture.com


6 . Levels of toxic mercury in tuna just keep rising.

by PAUL DREVNICK, THE CONVERSATION


7 . CHART: China’s been importing more and more rice in recent years.

USDA


8 . CHART: This shows how fast China’s meat imports grew from 2000 to 2013.

USDA


9 . INTERESTING: Mapping America’s sheep and goats – a top county is in Colorado.

by Christopher Ingraham for W-P


These links were selected by Kay McDonald. Note that Wednesday Editions of “In the Bigger Picture…” focus on general and business related subjects and Friday Editions focus on grassroots subjects. For continually updated news about agriculture, please utilize the news feeds on the right sidebar here, and on the “Latest Ag News” tab above.

Six Percent of U.S. Ethanol Production was Exported in 2014

In 2014, approximately six percent of U.S. ethanol production was exported, an amount of 836 million gallons. This goes by rail to our borders and then on to 51 different countries. Included in the ethics of exporting this product is the risk of rail accidents, which have been in the news this year as public awareness of this issue is rising. Other issues, of course, are groundwater contamination and overuse, loss of habitat for monarchs and birds, loss of topsoil, and over pumping of the Ogallala aquifer.

If the product is promoted on the grounds of homegrown fuel for “homeland security”, then, why export it? In exporting it we are only making our nation less secure because of all of the reasons mentioned above.

source: Renewable Fuels Association


For more statistics and information about exports of ethanol production from 2014, see: http://ethanolrfa.3cdn.net/5023d829b95acb2b56_him6bq29p.pdf