Chinese Officials in Iowa to Buy Soybeans
Over 60% of U.S. grown soybeans are exported, with China the top buyer of U.S. soy products. However, Foell also notes that it is dangerous to rely solely on Chinese demand for U.S. exports. Pakistan and Bangladesh are key growth areas for the U.S. soybean industry, as well expanding existing markets in Europe and other Asian countries.
Local, Organic Corn Beer
Conor Morris reports for The Athens News that a new micro-brewery in Athens, Ohio, released a new beer made from locally grown organic corn. The Shagbark Pilsner is made using 20% organic corn from Shagbark Seed & Mill and 80% organic barley. One of the co-owners of Little Fish Brewery that helped develop the beer describes it as a “crisp, hoppy, ‘pre-Prohibition pilsner.'” While many American macro-breweries continue to use six-row barley with a percentage of corn to reduce the husky flavor, most of them have been watered down to reach their current flavor. This new beer goes back to the original German heritage used by brewers before Prohibition.