Remember the days when information was given to a reporter and they checked the facts before they printed the story? Well, those days are long gone. A story in the news today about the troubles facing the dairy industry highlights this fact. One quote stood out to me.
Also, the high prices of corn, partly fueled by an increase in demand for ethanol, decreased the amount of acreage for barley and other grains dairy farmers purchase.
Over the last couple of years ethanol has been wrongly blamed for decreasing the acreage of many crops. A quick check of the USDA data shows this claim to be false also.
Barley Acres Planted
2008 - 4,234,000 acres
2007 - 4,018,000 acres
2006 - 3,452,000 acres
Looking up this information took less than a minute. Surely asking that reporters take a few minutes and check the facts of their stories isn't too much to ask.