I am a fifth-generation farmer in Humboldt County. The corn I raise is delivered to Gold Eagle Coop and is manufactured into livestock feed or ethanol, and the beans are manufactured into oil and meal. For more than 20 years, I have also worked off farm in the livestock industry. I understood that the grain I raised needed to be used locally to keep the basis strong and demand high. When the ethanol boom took off in the early 2000s, I was a supporter of this transition for some of those same reasons. Both the livestock and ethanol production in our area have allowed us to consistently enjoy profits over the last 20 years.
Last modified: November 14, 2023