As an aging American population struggles to maintain and lower cholesterol levels and U.S. farmers work to maintain or improve soil health, oats have the attention of scientists, farmers, and consumers.
A growing number of U.S. dairy producers are realizing innovative income streams from what
they are calling “brown gold.” They are using digesters to turn manure into biogas, which is later converted into compressed or liquefied natural gas, electricity or other fuels.
Snow and ice in late April prevented Iowa farmer Wayne Fredericks from planting as early as he normally would, but he knew that his soils and nearby streams were protected from erosion and runoff with a cover crop of cereal rye that he planted the previous fall, following corn and soybean harvest.
The outlook for moving agricultural commodities through West Coast seaports has improved dramatically over the past few months as labor contracts have been settled, but challenges remain in terms getting the products to the ports and onto ships.