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Friday, September 19,2014

Tax Q&A: Cutting health benefits?

by DTN
If a small employer has been providing group coverage and the group premiums remain affordable for that employer, there is no reason to change. Further, the employer and employee continue to be free to negotiate any split of the premium costs.

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Friday, September 19,2014

California groundwater bills signed by Gov. Brown

by WLJ
Following up the story from last week—“CA groundwater bills could harm; not help”—California Governor Jerry Brown signed the trio of groundwater regulation bills early last week. Despite the governor and the authors claiming the bills will help make Californian communities “more resilient to water shortages,” California ag groups are concerned.

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Friday, September 19,2014

Get more out of corn silage

by WLJ
Other tips Hernandez shared included: • Maturity. Keep a close eye on corn maturity once it has dented. Corn can rapidly mature or dry down due to weather and moisture conditions. • Moisture Content. Moisture content can be estimated in chopped silage using the grab test method (Table 1).

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Friday, September 19,2014

$15.7 Million for conservation, soil health

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Last week, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Jason Weller announced the details of this year’s Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) award winners. This year sees 47 awardees being granted $15.7 million in grants, with over half of the projects focused on the theme of soil health.

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Friday, September 19,2014

EPA seeks feedback

by WLJ
“We want consumers to be able to easily find safer products that work well,” said Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator for Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.

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Friday, September 19,2014

Sale barn history: old, new, full of nostalgia

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Along with the cows coming home, the leaves changing and winter feedings just around the corner, the livestock auctions are gearing up for fall calf sales—the long-standing tradition that dates back to the mid-1800s.

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Friday, September 19,2014

'Shrink' and your bottom dollar

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In the beef production business, finding something “predictable” is kind of like finding the gold at the end of the rainbow…chances are slim. The weather is unpredictable. The markets are unpredictable. The government is unpredictable. Even the hired help can be unpredictable.

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Friday, September 19,2014

Water management under limited irrigation

by WLJ
Getting the most value out of irrigation water is likely on the minds of many farmers and ranchers. As groundwater supplies diminish, pumping rates decline and talk of local water conservation policies surface, and these farmers face even more difficulty in determining how to best manage limited water.

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Friday, September 19,2014

Insure your crop revenue guarantee

by DTN
Most Midwest crop producers fixate on February futures prices. That’s the month when market averages set the bulk of federal crop insurance guarantees for the coming growing season. But Luke Smith, a partner in his family’s Rochester, IN, grain operation and commercial elevator, thinks outside that February timeframe.

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Monday, September 15,2014

CA groundwater bills could harm; not help

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Three bills sit on California Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. They were passed by the state’s assembly and await the governor’s signature. With three strokes of a pen, Gov. Brown could drastically reshape the water landscape of the parched Golden State, overturning over 100 years of water law tradition.

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