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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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Friday, March 5,2010

USDA to open CRP enrollment this spring

by Chris Clayton - DTN
USDA will conduct a Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general enrollment sign-up this spring for the first time since 2006, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced recently.

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Friday, February 19,2010

USDA wants cap on crop insurance agent commissions

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Potential cuts to the crop insurance industry would be about 20 percent less than originally proposed, but agent commissions would be capped under a new draft of the standard reinsurance agreement between USDA and the crop insurance industry, USDA officials said last Wednesday.

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