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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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Nov 2, 2012
The nation’s row-crop harvest continued to run well ahead of normal this past week while emergence of the winter wheat crop was slightly behind normal, according to USDA’s weekly Crop Progress report. Release of the report was delayed until Wednesday due to Hurricane Sandy.
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Oct 19, 2012
Many producers will receive multiple payments on private crop insurance on top of record prices for the crops they did harvest. Any crop insurance deferral election must cover all proceeds received within the year of the disaster. It is not possible to defer a portion or to be selective among different payors.
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Oct 12, 2012
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Oct 12, 2012
Precipitation deficits for the first three-quarters of the year are huge. Iowa fell to a 9-inch statewide precipitation deficit for the first time Oct. 4. Data compiled by Iowa State Climatologist Harry Hillaker shows the four-month period covering June, July, August and September is the third-driest in 140 years of precipitation records.
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Oct 5, 2012
“The timing is really unfortunate,” said Mike Steenhoek, executive director of the Soybean Transportation Coalition. In an average year, about 75 percent of U.S. soybean exports take place between September and February, but because of last year’s short crop in South America, some groups estimate as much as 90 percent of U.
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Sep 28, 2012
On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner, R- OH, said the House would “deal with” the farm bill after the election while Lucas, R-OK, questioned what that means while House Agriculture ranking member Collin Peterson, D-MN, said he would not support a Democratic discharge petition effort to bring up the bill.
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Sep 28, 2012
“I know it tore a lot of places up, but it sure saved us,” Brian Lease told DTN. He runs a herd of 220 mama cows on 800 acres outside Clark, MO, where Lease also operates a feed store, Central Missouri Feed and Supply.
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Sep 21, 2012
Rick Murdock, a farmer in Murray, KY, was so convinced irrigation was the wave of the future, he signed up to be an irrigation equipment dealer. He sold his first pivot in February and has since sold two more systems. In August, his phone didn’t stop ringing.
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Sep 14, 2012
“There is no more important piece of legislation Congress can work on for farmers, producers and ranchers than passage of a farm bill this month,” Vilsack told NFU members from around the country who are in Washington for a fly-in and spent the morning in the Jefferson Auditorium at the Agriculture Department listening to a series of speakers.
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Sep 7, 2012
The prion panel was one of the 14 committees of the Japanese Cabinet’s Food Safety Commission, which was charged last December with assessing the risk of transmission of BSE to humans from consumption of beef up to 30 months from the four countries. It held its final meeting Sept.
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Aug 24, 2012
The report also found that when it comes to grains, about 2 percent of those are lost during production and 2 percent during post harvest, handling and storage. In addition, about 10 percent is lost during processing and packaging, 2 percent is attributed to distribution and retail losses and about 27 percent by consumers.
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Aug 24, 2012
Surrounded by members of the agriculture community at the Kentucky State Fair, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer slammed the bankruptcy process that has failed to provide justice to the farmers, markets, truckers, veterinarians and others whose cattle or services were stolen in the collapse of Eastern Livestock.


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