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Cheryl Anderson DTN Staff Reporter

Monday 06/16/14

Nebraska's "Advantage" Due to Crop, Livestock and Biofuels Production

Nebraska's top spot in cattle feeding and commercial red meat production is attributed to the "Nebraska Advantage," an interrelated system of crop, livestock and biofuel production, according to a new University of Nebraska-Lincoln report.

That advantage includes the development of corn-based ethanol and distillers grains used for livestock feed, as well as soybean meal, a coproduct of soybean processing also used for livestock, according to an article by the Grand Island Independent (…).

The report, titled "Nebraska Animal Agriculture: Economic Impacts of Cattle, Hog, Dairy and Poultry Industry Changes," noted that the total value of Nebraska's agricultural production was more than $25 billion in 2012, with the net value-added of that production totaling $8.8 billion.

The report also found that Nebraska is still not operating to its full potential, as it exports a high percentage of its crops -- more than one-third its corn crop and more than 80% of the distillers grains it produces. Keeping more crops flowing into in-state, value-added processing would lead to a greater economic impact, the report said.

Research for the study was funded jointly by the Nebraska Soybean Board and the Nebraska Corn Board.

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Posted at 12:50PM CDT 06/16/14 by Cheryl Anderson
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