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Friday, May 3,2013

Environmental Working Group highlights costly policies

by Chris Clayton - DTN
EWG released a report last Wednesday from Iowa State University Agricultural Economics Professor Bruce Babcock analyzing the high costs of crop insurance. The report largely focused on the farmer shift to buying Revenue Protection policies that protect against losses due to both low prices and low yields.

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Friday, April 5,2013

New study examines adaptation needs for agriculture and forestry

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Kansas farmer and rancher Steve Irsik, a member of the 25x’25 adaptation committee, said he believes he began to see subtle changes in the weather about a decade ago when it began to get drier where he lives in southwest Kansas. Once-rare events are expected to become more common because of more volatile weather patterns as global temperatures rise.

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Friday, March 22,2013

Fights in Washington continue over climate change and energy policy

by Chris Clayton - DTN
“In production agriculture, a carbon tax is very simply a farmer tax,” said Ford West, president of the Fertilizer Institute. “Farmers will bear the brunt of a carbon tax through increased input costs, increased cost of fuel on the farm, increased cost of transportation and getting their product into the market in a global environment.

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Friday, March 15,2013

House Ag members challenge USDA secretary’s assertions on sequester

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Members of the House Agriculture Committee highlighted their problems with the way USDA would implement budget cuts. In particular, congressmen wanted assurances from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that sequester cuts would not disrupt the safety or markets of the meatpacking industry through furloughing meat inspectors.

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Friday, March 15,2013

Senators seek to keep meat inspectors on the job

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Members of Congress and the meatpacking industry have been at loggerheads with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack over possible furloughs of meat inspectors due to the sequester cuts.

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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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