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Such a sad day for Minnesota farmers. 25% of their crop gone is a travesty. Can we put in place a new sales tax increase so we can give them some money to make up for these losses?
Total production was still the 7th highest year ever. This simply illustrates how much we use today. And how much we attempt to grow.
Maybe the soda companies can help by going back to using sugar as a sweetener instead of HFCS...
Ethanol requirements, anyone? There are cities which require it, which is kinda cumbersome when the corn should go to food uses first (human or livestock). Tree huggers won't like that, but we need a sensible approach. Not everyone can afford a Chevy Volt.
And they probably lost the other 3/4 to ethanol production. You cut that out and we have plenty of corn available, plus money left over for not having the government subsidize it.
And yet, thanks to generous government subsidies, farm incomes were at record levels (again)....
Disappointing that this article didn't really call out the fact that Minnesota farmers as a whole did very well this year compared to other corn-producing states, with some yields over 200 bpa. And even states that had bad corn yields saw some pretty decent bean yields: Indiana is an example.
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