Betsy JibbenNational Reporter

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Articles By Betsy Jibben

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Apr 23, 2020

Distillery Switches Production to Ethanol-Based Sanitizer

Some distilleries have approval to make hand sanitizer during the pandemic. Journeyman’s Distillery in Three Oaks, Michigan is switching production from making alcohol to ethanol-based sanitizer.

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Apr 23, 2020

Hog Producer Responds to Closures: My Building Should Be Empty

Plunging sales and plant closures are all creating a crisis right now for the pork industry. Hogs are stacking up on farms with farmers scrambling to find places to process them as the value per hog plummets.

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Apr 22, 2020

Idled Ethanol Plants on Farmers’ Minds During Planting

“Our overrun bushels, [the ones not marketed yet] become a challenge,” Jason says. “I’m just not sure without an increase in the crude oil market and an increase in demand from either ethanol or China."

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Apr 21, 2020

A Hog Producer’s Look at Plant Closures: ‘We Are Very Nervous’

Plants which have closed are trying to reroute loads. The industry says many plants were already at capacity, which created a larger problem. Some producers share their stories.

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Apr 15, 2020

Valero Energy Idles Ethanol Plants

Valero Energy announced it is temporarily idling eight of its ethanol plants and is reducing production at six ethanol plants.

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Apr 15, 2020

VIDEO: Farmers May Have to Plant Corn on Prevent Plant Ground

USDA says corn has not been planted in Ohio. Farmers are ready for a fresh start. This year, they hope to plant all of their seed. Betsy Jibben takes us to Swanton, Ohio for this report along the I-80 Planting Tour.

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Apr 15, 2020

Farmers May Have to Plant Corn on Prevent Plant Ground

USDA says corn has not been planted in Ohio. Farmers are ready for a fresh start. This year, they hope to plant all of their seed. Betsy Jibben takes us to Swanton, Ohio for this report along the I-80 Planting Tour.

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Apr 14, 2020

VIDEO: SD Smithfield Plant Temporarily Closes as State Stays Open

The Smithfield Foods plant in Sioux Falls announced it was closing until further notice. As of Tuesday, 438 total workers have tested positive with COVID-19. That’s an increase of nearly 100 overnight.

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Apr 10, 2020

Economist on Cotton Prices: “They’re Definitely Not Profitable”

USDA says in its Prospective Plantings Planting Survey cotton acres may tally 13.8 million acres, down 2 percent from last year. Industry leaders expect those acres to switch, potentially to peanuts.