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ISSUE DATE: 03/21/2011

Fueling the future

By Jennifer Latzke

By the numbers, 2010 was a very good year for American ethanol producers.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that daily ethanol production averaged about 863,000 barrels per day, or about 36.24 million gallons each day. Total production in 2010 was about 13.23 billion gallons, up from 10.75 billion gallons in 2009.

With that increased production, ethanol exports also rose to all-time highs. The Renewable Fuels Association reported that exports ended the year at 397 million gallons--a four-fold increase over 2009. Meanwhile, imports in 2010 were at a little more than 9.7 million gallons, down from 193 million gallons in 2009.

Even with the great news from 2010, Robert White, director of Market Development, Renewable Fuels Association, said the ethanol industry has a promising but challenging future. There are a lot of issues that ethanol producers will have to address in the coming years in order to fuel its future.


NEWS

13 charged with food benefits fraud
Ag group leaders recognized during Ag Week
Cargill develops way to freeze beef patties longer
Current events contribute to market declines
Eight UNL faculty, staff members win Holling Family Awards
Expert Guide lists Extension programs, specialists
Expo will feature ag seminars, vendors, family entertainment
Extension hires FCS educator
Farm food safety workshop set for April in Alliance
Feeding backyard birds and buying bulls
Forks & Corks raises money for Harvesters food network
Frost-free days still weeks away
Global Ag Economic Forum will focus on ag innovation, investment
Gov. Brownback celebrates state's largest industry
Governor proposes Rural Opportunity Zones
Grants promote business in rural areas
House follows Senate in voting to repeal 1099 requirement
Iowa Farm Bureau recognizes entrepreneur
Iowa State Extension Week is March 21 to 25
Iowa State to present Hertz Lecture on Emerging Issues in Agriculture
ISU starts business incubator for ag students
Kansas Commerce seeks nominations for Business Appreciation Awards
Kansas farmers discuss changing operations
Kansas Press Association honors Journal with six awards
K-State's Walk Kansas steps into 10th year
LEAD XXX fellows tour nation
Made In Oklahoma products to be featured at exhibition
Mid America Farm Expo is March 22 to 24
Middle East unrest may drive up nitrogen fertilizer costs
Most young farmers, ranchers have optimistic outlook
Nebraska ag poster winners named
New system will streamline trucking permit process
OSU offers internships in Brazil through exchange program
Panhandle Extension hires NEP coordinator
Preserving biodiversity in suburban, rural areas
Regional Extension council meeting is March 29 in Springfield
Rural Advantage to host open house, book signing
Search for Century Farms is under way
SMA presents entrepreneur award
State celebrates National Weights and Measures Week
Store poisonous products safely
Triumph of Ag Expo names Agri-Award winner
U.S., Korean Trade Agreement will benefit agriculture
USDA announces rural broadband program
Walk Across Arkansas begins

CROPS

Biodiesel plant to be auctioned
Blackwell to host Blackwell Spring Festival, Kay County Farm & Ranch Expo
Brown wheat mites showing up in wheat
Classic a success for wheat growers
Classic kicks off with committee work
Cold, drought tolerant hybrids ahead
Commodity groups meet with trade rep, ag commissioner
Corn, rice production costs up in 2011, could give edge to cotton
Cotton variety testing publications available
EPA approves AF 36 to fight aflatoxin in Texas, Arizona
Farm equipment sales up amid good grain prices
Farmington penalized for pollution discharge
FSA reminds producers to report acreage
Fueling the future
Grain market lecture series offered
Improving rice yield in salty soils
KSC seeks candidates for United Soybean Board
KWF namesConservationist of the Year
Learn to make high tunnel at workshop
Management tool can help soybean growers make fungicide decisions
More time needed to get water rules right
New 'Pete's Sheet' for oilseed crops available
NREL reports biodiesel fuel quality results
OSU Extension Center gets new director
Planting intentions survey points to increase in cotton acreage
Predicting 2011 insect populations is difficult
Publication available to help farmers identify crop pests
Repeal of ethanol incentive would raise gas prices
Sorghum board to meet
Sorghum scholarship winners named
Sorghum trials begin in Saudi Arabia
Sponsors bolster wheat yield contest purse
Testing soil fertility
Top biodiesel trends to watch
UAPB aquaculture scientist receives national award
Webcast to focus on soil health, manure management
Wheat board announces directorship opening
Wheat market analysis seminar offered

LIVESTOCK

2011 Flint Hills Beef Fest Cattle Contests calling for entries
Ag director reminds producers, travelers of FMD concerns
AgDiscovery program open to teens interested in animal study
Another herd in Wyoming quarantined
Beef cattle EPD app available for download
Beef marketing, risk management program is March 29
Beef Quality Conference set for April 9
Cattleman named to Simmental board
Courses cover poultry waste management
Disaster assistance available for livestock producers
Equine seminar set for April 16
Fecal Egg Count Workshop focuses on worm control in goats
Gelbvieh Association inducts Hall of Fame member
Get bulls in shape now
Governor interacts with cattlemen
Hagen addresses beef safety summit
House defeats beef checkoff bill
ICA kicks off 2011 bull sales in Bloomfield
Kansan honored as Gelbvieh Association Member of the Year
KCA hosts meetings to provide new program information
Oklahoma to host beef quality meetings
Poultry, livestock fuel rural economies
Producers move toward fall calving
Stacking the odds with AI
States want more ID for Yellowstone-area cattle
Study: Biodiesel benefits livestock industry
USCA concludes multi-state tour

EDITOR

Celebrating Ag Day
Earthquake rocks Japan, the markets and confidence in nuclear energy
Reader says ethanol should stand on its own

COLUMNS

Just a scoop full
Just a scoop full
The race is on
They're sending us to Vietnam
What will spring bring?

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle sales report
Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock sales report
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle report
Dalhart livestock auction report
Denison cattle auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dry soil conditions cause concern
Dunlap feeder cattle auction
Ericson livestock sales report
Faith livestock sales report
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia livestock auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Grain market close
Hay prices, movement remain steady
High Plains slaughter news
Huron cattle sales report
Irrigated wheat, oats progress with warm temps
Joplin livestock auction report
Kansas hay trade moderate
Lexington livestock market report
McAlester livestock auction report
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas Livestock report
OKC West livestock market report
OKC West livestock sales report
Only slight to modest gains in grain market
Pratt livestock auction report
Presho livestock auction report
Rainfall needed to alleviate dry conditions
Salina cattle auction report
South Central direct sheep sales
Springfield livestock auction report
St. Onge livestock auction report
Superior video auction report
Tama feeder cattle auction report
Tulia livestock sales report
Tulsa livestock sales report
West Plains regional cattle sales
Woodward livestock auction report
Wyobraska feeder cattle sale

RANGE

Assess alfalfa for possible winter damage
Fire season begins
High Plains Ranch Practicum taking applications for next class
NMSU to host youth ranch management camp
Workshop to cover future of alfalfa in dairy nutrition

FAMILY

4-H Ambassadors program begins
Baits, repellents work better than home remedies on moles
Being prepared for floods
Celebrate Bake and Take Month in March
Certification required to sell morel mushroom
Comfortable elegance is Rhapsody
Common Threads Conference for women in ag set for April 1
Extension to host apple maggot seminar
FAPC to host Barbecue Judging Class
Fruit trees mean pests
'Growing Knowledge at the Farm' series kicks off
Helpful household tips
Judges needed for agriscience fair
Kansas 4-H gets new leader
Kansas Forest Service still offering conservation tree sales
KDWP to host spring outdoors-woman workshop
Make yourself at home in the Arbuckles of Oklahoma
Meditation for 3-21-11
New Missouri QUWF Grouse Chapter Forms
Pecans remain a favorite nut
Perennials for spring division
Poultry likes wearing disguises
Rodeo volunteers invest time, talent
Scientists develop winter-hardy lines of tropical flowers
Springtime celebrations
Tax tips for forest landowners
Woodward to host Lesser Prairie-Chicken Festival
Workshop will focus on farm food safety

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