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Friday, August 31,2012

Coalition pushing House to act on farm bill

by Chris Clayton - DTN
With the backdrop of one of the nation’s biggest farm shows, leaders of major agricultural groups declared they expect members of Congress to spend their precious few legislative days next month passing a fiveyear farm bill before the current legislation expires.

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Friday, July 27,2012

Ag secretary, farmers question why house isn't debating farm bill

by Chris Clayton - DTN
The agriculture secretary spoke to participants at the Iowa Farm Bureau’s economic summit in Ames after also attending a drought meeting earlier in the day. Vilsack continued his push for farmers to let House Speaker John Boehner, R- OH, know that going to the August recess without passing a farm bill isn’t acceptable.

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Friday, July 20,2012

Food lobby says defeating California measure is highest priority

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Californians will vote on the “Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act” on the November ballot. Bailey called the ballot measure “a serious, longterm threat to the viability of biotech in agriculture,” adding that it would lead down a path similar to Europe where biotech crops are opposed and face multiple barriers to production.

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Friday, April 13,2012

Dueling voices over LFTB

by Chris Clayton - DTN
The public-relations war over lean finely textured beef (LFTB) continued last week as hundreds of Iowa State University (ISU) students joined faculty and state political leaders to slam what they called poisoned media coverage against a safe beef product.

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Friday, March 16,2012

NFU wants beef checkoff split

by Chris Clayton - DTN
NCBA and the Cattlemen’s Beef Board disagreed over a similar argument regarding the role of the Federation last year before leadership changes at the beef board. Some other groups also have called for the Federation to be broken off from NCBA, but Federation leaders have rejected such requests.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Farmers Union delegates back supply management and COOL defense

by Chris Clayton - DTN
NFU said crop insurance should be maintained and also expanded to cover types of agriculture other than mainly commodity crops. Still, NFU added, “The proliferation of price-based revenue products creates problems in the event of a collapse in prices.”.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Delegates will examine costs of systemic risk versus shallow losses

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Farm Bureau members got a primer on the concept on the opening day of the Farm Bureau’s annual convention. The sun was shining, the waves were rolling, and Hawaii was in its full glory as farmers sat in a convention hall trying to absorb details of the Systemic Risk Reduction Program (SRRP).

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Friday, January 20,2012

New grant program will fund water trading credits

by Chris Clayton - DTN
In making the announcement, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) officials noted this was the first time US- DA has offered funding specifically for water-quality trading programs. The program offers Conservation Innovation Grants of up to $2 million for an individual project.

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Friday, August 12,2011

Ranches, dairies hurt by drought

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Look at that grass, Larry Pratt said during a presentation at the National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA) summer meeting. A historic drought across the southern Plains caused tales echoing in the hallways of painful choices, shared most by ranchers whose name badges included a TX or OK.

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Friday, August 12,2011

Replacing a regulatory vision in California

by Chris Clayton - DTN
The state recognized the challenges in a report last December. The Ag Visions 2030 group declared Californias regulatory system duplicative, conflicting, uncoordinated, inflexible, inconsistently administered or needlessly burdensome. To move ahead, the statewide committee recommended working on ways to reconcile often-conflicting mandates.

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