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2008-10-01 15:00:44

By PATRICK KANE HOPEWELL -- An ethanol plant that whipped up controversy in the community will produce a huge impact on local farmers and energy production, company officials say. Appomattox Bio Energy, the state's first ethanol production facility, is holding a groundbreaking Friday. "We are very excited," said Joel Stone, chief operating officer of parent company Osage Bio Energy. "It's an outstanding opportunity for what this plant is going to bring to agribusiness in this area."...

2008-10-01 06:00:40

By DAN BUGLASS RURAL JUST 12months ago all appeared set fair for arable farmers, with the price of wheat and malting barley in theUKheading close to GBP 200 per tonne for those who hadnot locked into forwardcontracts. The spot market was the place to operate. However,more prudent operators decided in the early months of this year that it seemed wise to have a fair estimation ofwhat the 2008 harvest might be worth. Contracts, based on meeting the specifications set by leading buyers,...

2008-09-17 16:50:00

By Patrick Burns Conoy Township supervisors in March approved Lancaster Biofuels' request to build a 60 million gallon-per-year corn ethanol distillery plant. But Seth Obetz, who helped form Lancaster Biofuels in 2006, now says the $120 million plant might process winter barley, not corn, into ethanol when it is built. "I can't say with any definitiveness that we'll use barley, but we have studied it intensely," said Obetz, who is vice chairman of the Manheim oil firm Worley & Obetz....

2008-09-16 00:00:00

Hopes of neatly wrapping up the remainder of this year's wheat harvest in the Westcountry are steadily washing away with the autumn rain. Dodging the storms has been increasingly challenging, with farmers reluctant to leave crops out any longer than physically possible - especially with days shortening, temperatures falling and soils becoming even wetter. With contractors struggling to get through their customer schedules, sprouting grains and grain shedding from standing crops has become...

2008-09-11 06:00:26

By Dan Buglass, rural FARMERS have a reputation, sometimes well founded, for making gloomy pronouncements suggesting all is lost. However, even neutral observers who have seen the damage that the recent torrential rains have inflicted on the Borders and parts of East Lothian are appreciating the scale of the disaster that has hit arable farmers at the most crucial time of the year. Jim McLaren, president of NFU Scotland, was visibly shocked by a tour of four farms near Kelso and...

2008-08-26 06:00:40

By Roger Fillion A severe hailstorm in south central Colorado earlier this month wiped out part of the barley crop that MillerCoors and Anheuser- Busch use to brew beer. A MillerCoors spokesman said the Aug. 16 storm that battered the San Luis Valley would not affect its beer production or prices. An Anheuser-Busch spokesman declined to comment beyond a written statement. The storm, the worst in recent memory, caused an estimated $42.4 million in crop damage in the worst-hit areas of...

2008-08-20 18:00:39

WITH the continued wet weather this summer, the NFU is stepping up efforts to liaise with various parts of the supply chain over potential quality issues. As rain continues to fall, the main concern is with loss of quality in the region's crop of milling wheat and malting barley as well as problems nationally. Ian Backhouse, chairman of the union's national and regional combinable crops boards, said every opportunity was being taken to assess the developing situation on a week-by-week...

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2008-08-11 09:05:00

FutureCeuticals, Inc., a leader in whole grain nutrition, has announced an advanced, patented technology that will make it easier than ever before for consumers to include grains in their diets. According to a 2007 Food and Health Survey by the IFIC (International Food Information Council), 71% of consumers are "trying to consume more" whole grains; consequently, food manufacturers are constantly scouting new technologies that can drive new and interesting grain-based products. The...

2008-08-11 03:00:32

By Falstad, Jan Peter "PJ" Coors of the Coors brewing family told Montana barley growers Friday that this has been a record year in what has been a stable business, with rapidly escalating fuel and fertilizer costs, rising grain prices and megamergers among brewers. "The world's changed from this time last year for all of us," Coors said. "They're going to still be talking about 2008 20 years from now. The number two brewer and the number three brewer merge, and the number one gets bought...

2008-07-01 12:00:46

By Reed Fujii, The Record, Stockton, Calif. Jul. 1--California farmers greatly expanded grain plantings this year in response to record commodity prices, farmers and farm officials reported Monday. U.S. Department of Agriculture statisticians said the acreage of wheat, oats and barley each rose 40 percent or more from 2007. The field crop report released Monday also indicated a smaller gain for corn, up 3 percent to a record 670,000 acres statewide. Meanwhile, acreage shrank for many...