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Friday, March 27,2015

White House makes a broadband push for everyone

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Jeff Zients, Director of the White House National Economic Council, said last Monday that more American jobs depend on “access to the tools of the digital economy.” Faster broadband fuels the next generation business start-ups, he added. The U.S. needs to ensure it is keeping up with the global economy when it comes to digital technology.

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Friday, March 27,2015

USDA tries to define 'actively engaged'

by Chris Clayton - DTN
In an announcement last Tuesday, USDA stated that farm managers who are in non-family joint ventures or general partnerships must now prove they are contributing at least 500 hours of farm management work per year, or at least 25 percent of the time necessary for the farm to operate.

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Friday, March 20,2015

GAO: Cut insurance; subsidies save little

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Yet, cutting the premium subsidies for the largest farmers also doesn’t appear to generate significant savings for the crop insurance program. If premium subsides had been cut by 15 percentage points for the largest farmers from 2009- 13, the federal government would have saved about $70 million over those five years, or about $14 million a year.

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Friday, March 13,2015

Bird flu confirmed on Arkansas farm

by Chris Clayton - DTN
The H5N2 strain might not be considered as virulent as other strains of avian influenza, but the virus has been a surprising world traveler. H5N2 is a Eurasian strain that is considered the first avian influenza to cross from Asian flyways to North American ones.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Former NFL player talks ag

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Brown spoke last Wednesday morning at the Ag Issues Forum hosted by Bayer CropScience, an event that coincides with Commodity Classic. Brown told a packed ballroom of journalists, bloggers and public-affairs people he believes farming is one of the better ways to reach youth and show them the importance of helping others with life’s necessities.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Packer ownership ban for hogs debated in Nebraska

by Chris Clayton - DTN
At a hearing last week, Schilz told fellow state senators that Nebraska lags behind neighboring states in hog finishing units. Nebraska hog farmers are generally farrowing pigs then sending a large share of those feeders out of state for other farmers to grow to market weight.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Former GIPSA official told not to investigate COOL

by Chris Clayton - DTN
The former top enforcer of USDA’s livestock marketing rules wanted to investigate whether U.S. meatpackers were illegally discriminating against Canadian and Mexican livestock because of country-of-origin labeling six years ago, but advisers to the Agriculture Secretary told Dudley Butler not to pursue such a case.

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Friday, January 30,2015

Meat industry groups back TPA

by Chris Clayton - DTN
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), National Chicken Council (NCC), National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and National Turkey Federation all issued statements Monday in a concerted effort to draw attention to TPA and their interest in getting a 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership deal completed.

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Friday, January 23,2015

Obama portrays rosy economy

by Chris Clayton - DTN
An upbeat president suggested recent economic optimism coming over the country goes beyond simply an improving economy. The country is riding a wave of lower unemployment coupled with lower gas prices, prompting both the White House and congressional leaders to claim credit for the economy.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Congress wants to study USDA

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Vilsack, in a phone interview with DTN earlier this month, expressed his frustration with some of the policy riders in the $1.1 trillion funding bill Congress approved. The policy restrictions ranged from blocking the secretary from creating a new beef checkoff to preventing the Farm Service Agency from eliminating its smallest offices nationally.

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