In this opinion piece, Emily Skor and Dennis Slater discuss the need for biofuel plants to remain online to prevent shortages, price spikes, and long-term damage to manufacturing centers that provide good-paying jobs across the heartland.
After a busy two years dominated by farm bill and trade action, commodity groups are now turning their attention to tweaking policies that will enable them to take part in looming sustainability conversations.
Barbara Stinson has been tapped to serve as the new president of the World Food Prize Foundation and the Grocery Manufacturers Association added Roberta Wagner and Spencer Pederson to its regulatory and federal affairs team.
Trade and farm bill implementation were hot topics at last week's Commodity Classic in Orlando, but voting delegates for major commodity groups also threw in health care and infrastructure debates for good measure.
Last year was a good one for combine and tractor sales, with small tractor sales and self-propelled combines leading the way, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers' December U.S. Ag Tractor and Combine Report.
U.S. sales of tractors and combines remained positive at the mid-year mark, with all machine categories in the plus column, according to the latest data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.