September is Renewable Fuels Month!
Part Two of a Four-Part Series for Renewable Fuels Month
economic prosperity is deeply rooted in agriculture. Very few states can stake
claim to the high rankings and diverse production that Nebraska consistently
maintains year after year. Besides taking the top ranking in cattle on feed, in
2014, Nebraska also ranked first in popcorn and Great Northern dry edible bean
Nebraska ranked third in corn production and fifth in soybean production,
accounting for nearly 12 percent of the nation’s corn bushels and almost 8
percent of the nation’s soybean bushels. Nebraska’s centralized location,
access to water, and fertile soils make it a natural hub for crops, livestock
and biofuels production – all of which make up Nebraska’s Golden Triangle.
“No state is
better situated with crops, livestock and renewable fuels than Nebraska,” said
David Bruntz, farmer from Friend, Nebraska and secretary/treasurer on the
Nebraska Corn Board. “Nebraska ranked second nationally in ethanol and
distillers grains production in 2014. These production rankings clearly
illustrate the interdependent nature of the biofuels and feed industries.”
solid, established markets for corn – ethanol and livestock – while the
two-dozen ethanol plants across our state then provide renewable fuel and a
feed ingredient for the livestock industry, giving cattle feeders in Nebraska
more feed options and an advantage over feeders in other states.
in Nebraska are up nearly 13 percent from last year. Not only do soybean
farmers expect a large crop, but they also expect to find a market for that
large crop as well. Roughly 97 percent of domestic soybean meal goes to feeding
poultry, hogs and other livestock.
of the oil from soybeans continues to be used for human consumption, but
biodiesel production has increased significantly over the last few years,
helping to alleviate a glut of soybean oil that remained on the market. In
fact, roughly one quarter of all soybean oil is now used to produce
biodiesel. According to a study conducted by the USDA, the increased
usage of biodiesel has returned nearly $0.74 per bushel to soybean farmers
while decreasing the price of meal by $21 per ton.
Goering, a soybean farmer from Platte Center, Nebraska and chairman of the
Domestic Marketing Committee for the Nebraska Soybean Board, thinks Nebraska’s
Golden Triangle makes perfect sense. “Agricultural production in Nebraska is
part of a very dynamic system, a system in which soybeans, corn, and biofuels
production can fit in perfectly with livestock production. We can market our
crops locally, create jobs locally and keep some of these tax dollars in our