Economic Tidbits

Agriculture Shorts

Synergen Green Energy Inc. announced plans to locate an ammonia plant in Hamilton County. The plant would produce 600 metric tons per day for fertilizer and other uses . . . Laying hens in Nebraska totaled 8.22 million in December, up from 6.8 million the previous year according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. Nebraska egg production during the month was 215 million, up from 161 million in 2022 . . . 24 percent of Chinese soybean imports in 2023 came from the U.S., down 13 percent from 2022 according to Karen Braun of Reuters. Brazil accounted for 70 percent, up 29 percent . . . Milk production in Nebraska during the fourth quarter of 2023 totaled 328 million pounds, down 8 percent from the prior year according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. The average number of milk cows was 53,000 head, down 4,000 . . . According to the Lincoln Journal Star, in 1879 wheat sold for 60 cents a bushel in Lincoln and corn sold for 16 cents.

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