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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Groups oppose cuts in farm bill programs

by DTN
In an extraordinary display of unity, 392 farm, nutrition and conservation groups have written to the chairmen and ranking members of Congressional Budget Committees urging no cuts in any programs under the jurisdiction of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill privately without fanfare

by DTN
Obama offered no indication of whether he’ll eventually issue a permit for the pipeline, the construction of which has become a flashpoint in the U.S. debate about environmental policy and climate change.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Spray pesticide drift danger

by DTN
“A bad inversion day is the absolute worst time to spray,” Thostenson said. Avoiding temperature inversions during the spray season is challenging even for professional sprayers, but researchers are slowly gathering more information about how they work and how growers can avoid them.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

USDA mum on ARC-PLC farm programs´ extension

by DTN
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the Senate Agriculture Committee last Tuesday that he monitors the rate of sign-up for the new farm programs for crops on a daily basis.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Tax Q and A: More compliance issues with Affordable Care Act

by DTN
As a result, the LLC can provide health insurance coverage for three of its employees, but yet choose to not provide coverage for you. That will change in a few years when the IRS regulations are issued and become effective, but in the interim, the tax law has no.

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Friday, February 20,2015

West Coast port talks stall, rail issues to the north

by DTN
Talks between West Coast dock workers and employers have stalled and the White House will be sending U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to referee the disagreement. However, some industry watchers say it’s too late as some shippers make plans to move away from West Coast ports to other venues.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Port labor dispute costing agriculture $1.75 billion per month

by DTN
“The issue is not what you would normally think about in a labor dispute. It’s not about wages and benefits. Those are issues that, I think, are more easily resolved—and in fact 95 percent of those have been resolved. It’s about an arbitrator,” he said..

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Friday, February 20,2015

Future farm income seen stabilizing over long term

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“Although farm production expenses also increase beyond 2016, net farm income remains above its 2001-10 average,” the report stated. “Similarly, the value of U.S. agricultural exports falls in 2015 due to lower crop prices, but then rises over the rest of the projection period.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Guest Opinion

Is your soil breathing?

by DTN
I encourage growers to think of the soil as an engine. The productivity (horsepower) of that engine can be improved, but first we need to measure the existing horsepower. The Solvita test is an affordable tool growers can use to estimate the size of soil’s engine by measuring respiration or carbon dioxide (CO2) release.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Agricultural engine: Why soil is in the spotlight

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Farmers adopt practices such as conservation tillage, no-till, cover crops and crop rotation in attempts to limit and restore what is taken from this precious resource. Farmers utilize animal manures and put back additives such as gypsum and biologicals (humates, enzymes and organisms) in an effort to promote good health.

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