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Friday, December 11,2009

Biomass program costs soar

by Chris Clayton - DTN
A new farm bill program originally projected to cost $70 million over five years will cost taxpayers $514 million by the end of March.

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Friday, October 16,2009

Efforts to promote local food programs clash with production demands

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack found himself walking a tightrope last Tuesday as he addressed a group of community food activists who, on the one hand, praise USDA for some recent initiatives to promote local foods, but on the other, criticize the department for its support of production agriculture.

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Friday, September 11,2009

Thousands of CRP acres expiring

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Farmers, landowners and conservationists are looking at what options may be available for 436,000 acres across the state that will move out of USDAs Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) at the end of this month.

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Friday, September 4,2009

Numbers vary on land use change as a result of climate legislation

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Some agricultural opponents of climate change legislation argue the U.S. could lose significant crop acres to forestry, but others worry about cleaner energy demanding more cropland to grow biofuels and renewable electricity. One of the key battles on climate legislation right now is just how much land shifting would occur.

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Friday, August 28,2009

Fertilizer manufacturers worried that climate change bill will hurt industry

by Chris Clayton - DTN
While Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack maintains there is a positive outlook for fertilizer prices under climate legislation, the Fertilizer Institute is upset that Vilsack wont listen to their view that the bill could hurt the domestic fertilizer industry.

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Friday, August 21,2009

Climate change fight expected to heat up

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Agricultural groups are doing more forms of outreach on climate change and asking farmers to voice their views on climate legislation and its potential impacts. Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union (NFU), attended a meeting with international farm leaders in Iceland last week to speak about the climate legislation in Con- gress.

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Friday, August 14,2009

Feds will examine competition issues in agriculture industry

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Federal officials told farmers and academics earlier this month that they will take an unprecedented look at market concentration and transparency issues in agriculture through a series of planned workshops by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and USDA.

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Friday, August 7,2009

USDA readies matching funds program for biomass

by Chris Clayton - DTN
USDA is getting ready to roll out a new biomass program that will pay up to $45 a ton in matching payments for delivering eligible biomass to businesses that convert the biomass into renewable fuel, energy or bio-products.

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Friday, May 22,2009

Climate bill silent on ag offsets

by Chris Clayton - DTN
A chairmans draft of legislation on climate change released by the House Energy and Commerce Committee spells out no clear role for agriculture in providing carbon offsets for industry.

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Friday, April 17,2009

Farm Bureau speaks out against mandatory cap-and-trade

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Congress should not pass cap-and-trade legislation mandating reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions, but should instead promote a market-based incentive program to address climate change, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) said last Tuesday.

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