USDA May Hike Ethanol Demand, Potentially Lifting Corn Back To $6
The government probably will hike the amount of corn U.S. ethanol makers are expected to use over the next year, a potential precursor for another rally above $6 a bushel that would pinch beef and pork producers, analyst Jerry Gidel said.

Corn used for ethanol during the 2010-11 marketing year may be raised 100 million bushels from the 4.8 billion bushels the U.S. Department of Agriculture projected in its monthly supply and demand report for November, Gidel said. The USDA is scheduled to release its next supply and demand update Dec. 10.

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Biofilter Will Reduce Odor & Save Money
Anyone who lives in or around farm country has at one time or another wrinkled their nose and said "What's that smell?" Too often, it's the odor coming from a nearby livestock building. At best, these odors can strain the relationship between a livestock producer and his neighbors. At worst, they can lead to legal battles that leave everyone unsatisfied.

Two Extension specialists at the University of Illinois are working on the design of an innovative biofilter that will help reduce those odor emissions from fan-ventilated livestock buildings. Ted Funk, an Extension agricultural engineer with the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE), and Matt Robert, a research engineer with the department, have constructed two biofilters on the ABE research farm that have the ability to reduce odor emissions by up to 90 percent.


Economic Report Shows Dramatic Grain Price Increase By 2050
World grain prices could as much as double by 2050 as population growth and climate change put growing pressure on resources, according to a report published Monday.

Corn prices could rise 100.7% while the cost of rice could increase 31.2% as production struggles to keep pace with the world's rapidly-expanding population in the face of rising temperatures, research from the International Food Policy Research Institute found.


Foot-And-Mouth Outbreak Moves Outside Andong, South Korea
Korea Times reports the foot-and-mouth disease found on a pig farm in Andong, South Korea spread to multiple cattle farms last week and has now moved outside of Andong’s borders.

The province’s government and state quarantine agencies are on high alert and are concerned the dangerous virus could spread throughout the province and further. A farm in Cheongdo, about 100 kilometers from the site of the first infection, has reported signs of the virus. The farm in question is waiting for lab test results.