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Nov 15, 2013
Both the House and the Senate will be in session during that time. The House was out the week of Nov 4, but both chambers are scheduled to leave again on Nov. 22 for a Thanksgiving break and congressional aides have said they are likely to be out of session for two weeks.
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Nov 8, 2013
The “play or pay” lingo is a dilemma facing large employers on the question of providing health insurance. For those with 50 or more employees, there is the messy choice of maintaining employee health insurance under stringent rules (play) or eventually incur a $2,000 penalty per employee for not offering coverage (pay).
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Nov 8, 2013
Farmers could outsource their agronomists in the near future, if weather insurer Climate Corporation succeeds in its latest product launch. Unlike traditional on-site crop advisers and field scouts, these agronomic experts include a team of PhDs with degrees in statistics, physics and applied math.
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Nov 1, 2013
It’s the residual interest provision—a section of commodities law that states one customer’s excess margin can’t be used to cover another’s deficit—that was at the heart of the controversy. CFTC softened the language and phased in the reporting requirements, which the commissioners believe less en.
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Oct 18, 2013
“We [DuPont Pioneer] do not ‘market’ or sell transgenic seed in Mexico today, because it hasn’t been approved for commercial cultivation. Any Pioneer GMO products in Mexico are planted in strict accordance with the regulatory framework put in place by the government,” a spokes man.
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Oct 11, 2013
It sounds counter-intuitive, but Great Plains irrigated farmland—not old reliable standards, like Iowa and Illinois—has been appreciating at the fastest warp speed the last few years.
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Oct 4, 2013
Wittman and his family partners also feel an obligation to make sure their farm’s 15 year-round and part-time employees aren’t bankrupted should they or their families become sick. That means the Wittmans were first in line Oct.
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Sep 20, 2013
Not all farm estates are super-sized. But even if your net worth falls below the $5.25-million-per-person federal estate tax exemption—or the $4 million that triggers some estate or inheritance state taxes— smart planning can save thousands of dollars in estate settlement costs.
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Sep 6, 2013
A grass-fed beef ranch manager from Maui, HI, swapped grazing techniques with a ranching couple from northeastern Kansas.
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Aug 23, 2013
Smith said the idea came from a colleague who took part in a grazing conference. The first trial was in a personal garden, where oats were planted in July and August to see if they would grow enough for forage. A beef producer later planted 30-40 acres on Aug.
Markets
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Aug 16, 2013
“As far as real market impact, it’s going to depend upon whether anybody follows suit,” DTN Livestock Analyst John Harrington said. “If Tyson’s all alone out there, it’s probably not going to have a huge market impact. On the other hand, if JBS, National and Cargill all get on the same page, well, then that will have ripples.
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Aug 16, 2013
Thanks to a Treasury Department reprieve announced in July, “large” employers with more than 50 full-time equivalent workers won’t be obligated to offer health insurance until 2015. Postponement is a relief, but Yunker is still struggling with the government’s current definition of who is a full-time, part-time or seasonal employee.
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Aug 9, 2013
CRP is a voluntary program that helps agricultural producers safeguard environmentally sensitive land by establishing long-term, resource-conserving covers to improve the quality of water, control soil erosion and enhance wildlife habitat. The producers receive rental payments and cost-share assistance in return.
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Aug 2, 2013
Total frozen beef imports amounted to 72,010 tons in April-June 2012 and 77,775 tons during the same period this year, a rise of only 8 percent, according to Japan Ministry of Finance (MOF) figures. “The tariff will not rise” Aug.
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Jul 26, 2013
Farmers need to time corn harvest correctly to be able to preserve and ensile corn so that it goes through fermentation properly for the type of structure they intend to put it into, according to Joe Lauer, corn agronomist at the University of Wisconsin- Madison.
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Jul 26, 2013
Edward Snowden, former computer geek with the National Security Agency (NSA) last seen working security at the Moscow airport, is best described as: A) a patriotic whistleblower; B) a goofball spy; C) a villainous traitor; or D) an unwitting advocate of livestock production liberty.
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Jul 26, 2013
The department received nearly 28,000 offers on more than 1.9 million acres of land, according to a USDA news release. USDA has enrolled nearly 12 million acres in new CRP contracts since 2009. Currently, there are more than 26.9 million acres enrolled on 700,000 contracts.
Markets
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Jul 19, 2013
Get ready to say goodbye to the latest bonanza years of grain agriculture. The world may be adding billions of new mouths to feed over the next few decades, but population growth alone isn’t enough to sustain record-busting crop incomes that made...
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Jul 19, 2013
Vilsack was reacting to statements by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-OK, late Tuesday that Lucas does not expect the House Republican leadership to appoint farm bill conferees before a determination is made on a nutrition bill.
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Jul 19, 2013
Federal Reserve (Fed) pronouncements jolt stock and bond markets, just as much as USDA’s crop reports can send commodity prices spinning. But with exports, inflation, interest rates and credit availability at stake, it’s worth asking how a shift in Fed policy matters to U.


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