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Friday, February 15,2013

Agenda misses rural America; president doesn't touch on agriculture

by DTN
In Washington, the president laid out a liberal-oriented agenda that included proposing to raise the minimum wage, emphasizing the need to address climate change and promote clean energy. The president advocated spending on infrastructure and education and passing immigration reform.

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Friday, February 8,2013

Kansas City floor to close

by DTN
Farmers and traders have always been more concerned about keeping the wheat contract committee intact than keeping the pit open, Gilpin said, and CME has agreed to keep that committee intact for at least three years. The contract committee gives physical users of wheat input on the contract terms, a role they’d like to keep.

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Friday, February 1,2013

Dotting I's & crossing T's

by DTN
This is the time of year when farmers are dealing with taxes and other financial paperwork. It’s also the perfect time to address those important “perpetual” tax documents that get outdated. This is important defensive medicine. The IRS will create havoc when your paperwork does not match current transactions.

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Friday, February 1,2013

No more estate tax melodrama

by DTN
For the children of a 75-year-old couple who live in the Great Plains, the paperwork dash was a little too close for comfort. Their parents had put off the finishing touches on an estate plan until Dec. 31 last year, their son said.

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Friday, January 25,2013

Big variance in precipitation forecast faces Corn Belt

by DTN
The corn market also is full of nervous anticipation. “Traders will take note of precipitation across the U.S. Midwest over the course of the winter, given the dry soil conditions at the end of last fall,” said DTN Senior Analyst Darin Newsom. “This should continue to be an evolving issue.

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Friday, January 11,2013

Drought will make 2013 challenging for livestock producers

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The drought will continue to devastate the beef cattle industry in terms of decreased available forage, as about 85 percent of the feed used to produce finished beef is forage, according to Terry J. Klopfenstein, professor of ruminant nutrition at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Friday, January 4,2013

Plan would help improve Iowa’s monitoring of CAFOs

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Iowa’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have drafted a work plan agreement to improve the state’s regulation of concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, in response to a petition filed by...

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Friday, January 4,2013

Legislation reinstates biodiesel credit, extends cellulosic credit

by DTN
The House of Representatives last Tuesday passed by a vote of 257-167 a bill to avert a set of automatic tax increases that would have gone into effect Jan. 1. The bill passed the Senate 89-8 Monday and is expected to be signed by President Barack Obama.

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Friday, January 4,2013

Ethanol groups, Vilsack, praise Jackson’s work

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson, who made several pro-ethanol decisions key to the economy in rural America, but who ran into conflict with some farm leaders and Republicans over regulations, announced last Thursday that she will resign.

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Friday, January 4,2013

Farmers score some significant tax victories in legislation

by DTN
The dust hasn’t yet settled in Washington, D.C., but farmers can count on scoring some significant tax victories in legislation designed to avert the fiscal cliff. Chief among them are provisions renewing generous writeoffs for equipment purchases and permanent exemptions that spare moderatesized farm estates from federal tax.

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