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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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Friday, July 29,2011

Groups see common ground in feed, fuel debate

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Several major farm, commodity and livestock groups see some common ground in a list of principles and policy planks to ensure the biofuels industry grows while enhancing needed feed for livestock.

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Friday, July 1,2011

USDAs chief economist says industry costs economically significant

by Chris Clayton - DTN
USDAs chief economist found himself on the spot last Tuesday trying to defend USDAs controversial livestock marketing rule, which senators argued oversteps USDAs authority and will cost the livestock industry dearly.

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Friday, June 4,2010

Biodiesel credit, other ag provisions pass House vote

by Chris Clayton - DTN
A jobs and tax-extenders bill that resuscitates the biodiesel tax credit passed the House of Representatives on May 28, but biodiesel producers will still go into June waiting for final action on the credit.

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Friday, May 21,2010

USDA matches landowners with beginning producers

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Trying to spur some new blood in farming and ranching, USDA rolled out a program recently to encourage retiring landowners with land leaving the Conservation Reserve Program to sell or rent that land to a beginning or socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher.

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Friday, April 30,2010

Supreme Court hears arguments in biotech alfalfa case

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Attorneys arguing before the Supreme Court to overturn a judges injunction banning the planting of Roundup Ready alfalfa told the high court that it will likely be at least a year before USDA completes an environmental impact study that could allow farmers to plant the crop.

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