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Feb 22, 2013
Nearly 300 weed scientists from 33 countries are Down Under last week, digging into the science of herbicide resistance. Stephen Powles, Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI) director, told DTN in an interview that the evolution of herbicide resistance in weeds poses a real threat to global food production and security.
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Feb 22, 2013
Portions of a proposed CFTC rule to enhance the protection of customers’ margin funds could make hedging prohibitively expensive for farmers and ranchers and the small- to mid-sized futures commission merchants that serve them, industry representatives fear.
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Feb 15, 2013
Optimists have contended that the surge in farm net worth will cushion any blow should land values correct any time soon. Some economists believe farmland owners may feel the fall, but they won’t take farm banks down with them like they did in the 1980s.
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Feb 15, 2013
In wide-ranging comments after his speech on the sequestration and the prospects for a new farm bill, Vilsack said the sequestration, an across-the-board cut in government spending set to go into effect on March 1 if Congress does not change it,...
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Feb 15, 2013
In Washington, the president laid out a liberal-oriented agenda that included proposing to raise the minimum wage, emphasizing the need to address climate change and promote clean energy. The president advocated spending on infrastructure and education and passing immigration reform.
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Feb 8, 2013
Farmers and traders have always been more concerned about keeping the wheat contract committee intact than keeping the pit open, Gilpin said, and CME has agreed to keep that committee intact for at least three years. The contract committee gives physical users of wheat input on the contract terms, a role they’d like to keep.
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Feb 1, 2013
This is the time of year when farmers are dealing with taxes and other financial paperwork. It’s also the perfect time to address those important “perpetual” tax documents that get outdated. This is important defensive medicine. The IRS will create havoc when your paperwork does not match current transactions.
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Feb 1, 2013
For the children of a 75-year-old couple who live in the Great Plains, the paperwork dash was a little too close for comfort. Their parents had put off the finishing touches on an estate plan until Dec. 31 last year, their son said.
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Jan 25, 2013
The corn market also is full of nervous anticipation. “Traders will take note of precipitation across the U.S. Midwest over the course of the winter, given the dry soil conditions at the end of last fall,” said DTN Senior Analyst Darin Newsom. “This should continue to be an evolving issue.
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Jan 11, 2013
The drought will continue to devastate the beef cattle industry in terms of decreased available forage, as about 85 percent of the feed used to produce finished beef is forage, according to Terry J. Klopfenstein, professor of ruminant nutrition at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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Jan 4, 2013
Iowa’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have drafted a work plan agreement to improve the state’s regulation of concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, in response to a petition filed by...
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Jan 4, 2013
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson, who made several pro-ethanol decisions key to the economy in rural America, but who ran into conflict with some farm leaders and Republicans over regulations, announced last Thursday that she will resign.
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Jan 4, 2013
The dust hasn’t yet settled in Washington, D.C., but farmers can count on scoring some significant tax victories in legislation designed to avert the fiscal cliff. Chief among them are provisions renewing generous writeoffs for equipment purchases and permanent exemptions that spare moderatesized farm estates from federal tax.
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Dec 28, 2012
The legislative delegations from North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Kansas sent a joint letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to refrain from declaring an emergency on the Mississippi River due to economic losses from reduced barge traffic.
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Dec 7, 2012
South Dakotan Bob Metz farms so close to the state line, his post office box is based in Minnesota. It’s a good thing he lives on the right side of the border, however. Metz and wife Karen want ownership of the farm his ancestors homesteaded more than 125 years ago to stay in family hands.
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Nov 16, 2012
The calculator was developed for anyone working with livestock rations—including producers, nutritionists and extension agents—and was designed to be a tool that will assist them in evaluating feedstuffs that are available to them, according to...
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Nov 16, 2012
Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day ranks as the normal seasonal low for diesel fuel prices and the best fuel buying opportunity of the year, based on five-year averages. But before you dive into year-end purchases, consider 2012-13 has been anything but average.
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Nov 2, 2012
Fewer grain farms are likely to be held hostage by their debt loads should today’s Golden Era end abruptly. Unlike the 1980s, America’s grain producers have bolstered an important equity ratio since 2007 that will help them withstand a return to thinner profits or higher interest rates, a recent study by AgriSolutions found.
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Nov 2, 2012
A major weakness in the U.S. policy for biofuels has been the failure to develop commercial processes to produce fuel from cellulosic feedstocks, given the assumption promoted by the last several administrations that huge quantities of fuel could be produced efficiently from feedstocks “that do not compete with food production.


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