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Friday, March 1,2013

Ag hurdles an EU FTA problem

by Chris Clayton - DTN
While the Obama administration and others see great potential in spurring more exports to Europe through a new possible freetrade agreement, U.S. agriculture will be hard-pressed to see big gains unless Europe agrees to dramatically change its regulatory mindset.

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Friday, February 22,2013

Farmer faces insurance risk over cover crop practices

by Chris Clayton - DTN
While there are guys out there sitting on a lot of land equity, Fuller isn’t necessarily one of them. He faces the possible loss of his farm because of cancellation of his crop-insurance policy on the 2012 crop. Fuller is an enthusiastic advocate for protecting the land from erosion and building organic matter back into the soil.

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Friday, February 22,2013

OIE: U.S. better than OK on BSE

by Chris Clayton - DTN
More than nine years after the first cow with BSE was found in the U.S., a scientific commission for the World Organization for Animal Health has recommended upgrading the U.S. risk status to “negligible risk,” meaning there is less threat of the disease spreading among the domestic cattle herd.

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Friday, February 8,2013

CBO projects record corn crop

by Chris Clayton - DTN
In an early projection of crop production and the costs of government farm programs, CBO forecast average corn prices at $4.51 per bushel next fall because farmers will plant 97 million acres with an average yield 161.5 bushels per acre and produce a 14.

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Friday, February 8,2013

USDA programs face billions in looming cuts

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Trees line the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital has over 7,000 acres of green space and the U.S. Forest Service’s robust urban forestry and research programs are active in the neighborhood forests of more than 7,000 communities across the U.

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Friday, January 25,2013

NE pipeline fight continues

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Just a day after President Barack Obama cited the obligation to posterity and the threat of climate change as an issue that can’t be ignored, Nebraska Gov.

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Friday, January 18,2013

AFBF president points to challenges advocating for reform

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Despite the need to find consistent, legal workers for farms, it’s been a struggle to get all the various farm groups to come together under one umbrella. Some major agricultural groups also have declined to join.

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Friday, November 9,2012

Texas cattle recovery slow

by Chris Clayton - DTN
At capacity, the 180,000acre ranch, which dates back to 1883, could stock nearly 4,000 cows and their calves. However, 2011 delivered only 4 inches of rain on the ranch in addition to the fire that stripped the southern half of the ranch down to bare ground, leaving it open to wind erosion.

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Friday, October 12,2012

Vilsack champions habitat program in campaign mode

by Chris Clayton - DTN
under the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) program, Vilsack said. People are ready to sign the papers, it’s just that they can’t right now because Congress has been unable to pass a farm bill, Vilsack told a few farmers, state USDA agency leaders and reporters on Monday.

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Friday, October 12,2012

OCM director may lose seat on state Farm Bureau board

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Fred Stokes, a 77-year-old retired Army veteran who has run a small cattle operation in Mississippi, has spent much of his time over the past several years raising Cain against large market forces in agriculture such as meatpackers and seed companies.

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