High corn prices mean tough times for livestock farmers

by 5m Editor
27 November 2006, at 11:23am

MINNESOTA - Corn prices are at their highest in a decade this fall, which means generous profits for grain farmers.

It also means trouble is ahead for livestock producers who feed their animals with corn.

Farmers are selling corn at more than three dollars a bushel. That's a 60 percent increase from last fall, mainly due to more demand for corn by the ethanol industry.

Dermot Hayes, a researcher at Iowa State University, also sees trouble ahead for livestock producers. As corn prices continue to rise, he says it will cost more for hog producers to feed the livestock.

Source: WHO TV

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