Economic Tidbits

Agriculture Shorts

The Environmental Protection Agency announced E15 ethanol-blended fuel can be sold year-around in several Midwestern states, including Nebraska, beginning in 2025. The move could mean the additional sale of 13 million gallons of ethanol in Nebraska . . . The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports Nebraska feedlots, with capacities of 1,000 or more head, contained 2.55 million cattle on feed on February 1, down 1 percent from last year. Placements during January totaled 505,000 head, up 3 percent, and marketings totaled 490,000 head, down 2 percent . . . NASS also reports Nebraska’s average inventory of layer hens last year of 7.50 million hens was up 8 percent from 2022. Egg production during the year totaled 2.24 billion eggs, up 12 percent, and the total value of all chickens on December 1 was $56.8 million, up 11 percent . . . Nebraska’s 3rd Congressional District, represented by Adrian Smith, tops all 435 congressional districts in market value from agricultural products sold. 

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