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As commodity prices drop, growers like Jim and Jamie Walter, who own Whiskey Acres Distilling, are converting commodity crops into unconventional ways to make extra money. The Walters started turning corn and wheat from their Illinois farm into liquor, creating a consumer product they hope will help protect them from volatile crop prices. Said IFB Senior Economist Mike Doherty, “Prices are so low and the cost of production is not dropping fast enough. They’re looking at doing something that’s smaller-scale but higher-profit by getting closer to the consumer.” (Wall Street Journal)

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