CIRAS Digest: Tuesday, April 28, 2015

  • Avian flu outbreaks where reported in five more Iowa facilities on Monday, according to The Des Moines Register. That makes 6 million turkeys and chickens.
  • Sukum Manufacturing Co. of Sheffield is buying DanCorn, a Danish maker of grain drying, storage and handling equipment, according to a story in yesterday’s Mason City Globe Gazette.
  • A few days before that, the Globe Gazette had a story on Mason City’s effort to “build a pipeline to employment” by reaching out to high school and college students and “providing them with opportunities to get a good job and guiding them toward the path to getting hired.”
  • MIT’s Technology Review has a piece on efforts by a Boston Company, Rethink Robotics, to make a new $29,000 industrial robot that will be smaller and more precise than his older brother. (The robot’s name is Sawyer.)
  • And finally, in a bit of news that might impact agriculture, Kum & Go announced yesterday that it will offer E15 – a stronger blend of ethanol than the now-common E10 – at more than 65 stations across the Midwest. The Des Moines Register says E15 currently is available in only 30 stations in Iowa and 120 around the country. The executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association says his folks “really think this is a game changer.”

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