LEADER PAGE - 07/20/18

ETHANOL INDUSTRY CAN GROW – Earth Energy CEO Steve Kelly believes there’s still plenty of room for the ethanol industry to grow, despite uncertainty in the global market. “In our market here locally, you have more gas stations that are offering products other than E-10. There is E-15 and E-20 being offered to the retail public and we are really in our infancy as far as that part of the process,” Kelly said. (Pantagraph)


TRUMP CRITICIZES FED, THREATENS TARIFFS ON CHINESE IMPORTS – President Donald Trump Friday criticized the Federal Reserve in a series of tweets for raising short-term interest rates, saying the moves hurt the U.S. economic expansion. Trump also accused China and the EU of manipulating their currencies to hurt the U.S. on trade. The tweets followed an interview in which Trump upped the ante with China, threatening to raise U.S. tariffs on $500 billion of Chinese imports. (Wall Street Journal)


BALANCING AGRICULTURE AND WATER QUALITY – Minnesota Public Radio Wednesday took a deep dive into the question of balancing the need for high-producing farm fields and water quality. Guests on the 50-minute program included Clay Masters, Morning Edition hose at Iowa Public Radio; Jamie Benning, water quality program manager with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach; and Sarah Carlson, strategic initiatives director at Practical Farmers of Iowa.


WHAT IS ‘SWARM FARMING?’ – Ag engineering professor Scott Shearer says fleets of smaller, autonomous farm equipment could be more efficient than the larger equipment in use today. “I think we’re going to go the use of multiple, autonomous vehicles. We’ll go to models where farmers are no longer on the tractor,” he says, adding that multiple factors could drive the shift. (FarmWeekNow.com)


FARMWEEK PREVIEW – Be sure to check out next week’s issue of FarmWeek to read stories about Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr.’s trade talks with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence; three state Farm Bureau presidents who told federal lawmakers how trade tariffs impact agriculture; and Peoria County farmer Heber Vidal who grew a “c” crop foreign to Illinois soils.


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