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Friday, September 28,2012

House Ag chairman unsure of political impact of delay

by DTN
On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner, R- OH, said the House would “deal with” the farm bill after the election while Lucas, R-OK, questioned what that means while House Agriculture ranking member Collin Peterson, D-MN, said he would not support a Democratic discharge petition effort to bring up the bill.

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Friday, September 28,2012

Hurricane Isaac eases drought in mid-Missouri

by DTN
“I know it tore a lot of places up, but it sure saved us,” Brian Lease told DTN. He runs a herd of 220 mama cows on 800 acres outside Clark, MO, where Lease also operates a feed store, Central Missouri Feed and Supply.

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Friday, September 21,2012

California meets the Cornbelt

by DTN
Rick Murdock, a farmer in Murray, KY, was so convinced irrigation was the wave of the future, he signed up to be an irrigation equipment dealer. He sold his first pivot in February and has since sold two more systems. In August, his phone didn’t stop ringing.

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Friday, September 14,2012

Notion that Congress can't pass a farm bill is "just baloney"

by DTN
“There is no more important piece of legislation Congress can work on for farmers, producers and ranchers than passage of a farm bill this month,” Vilsack told NFU members from around the country who are in Washington for a fly-in and spent the morning in the Jefferson Auditorium at the Agriculture Department listening to a series of speakers.

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Friday, September 7,2012

Japan eying beef rule changes

by DTN
The prion panel was one of the 14 committees of the Japanese Cabinet’s Food Safety Commission, which was charged last December with assessing the risk of transmission of BSE to humans from consumption of beef up to 30 months from the four countries. It held its final meeting Sept.

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Friday, August 24,2012

Some $165 billion in food thrown out

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The report also found that when it comes to grains, about 2 percent of those are lost during production and 2 percent during post harvest, handling and storage. In addition, about 10 percent is lost during processing and packaging, 2 percent is attributed to distribution and retail losses and about 27 percent by consumers.

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Friday, August 24,2012

Eastern Livestock scandal continues

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Surrounded by members of the agriculture community at the Kentucky State Fair, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer slammed the bankruptcy process that has failed to provide justice to the farmers, markets, truckers, veterinarians and others whose cattle or services were stolen in the collapse of Eastern Livestock.

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Friday, August 24,2012

High nitrate levels pose problems

by DTN
Across the Corn Belt this summer, samples of droughtstressed corn and forage are streaming into agricultural labs for nitrate testing.

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Friday, August 17,2012

Parties trade barbs over failure to pass farm bill, disaster aid

by DTN
Among those participating in the meeting were Stabenow, D-MI; House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-OK; House Agriculture ranking member Collin Peterson, D-MN; and Senate Agriculture ranking member Pat Roberts, R-KS, and Mike Joanns of NE, along with other senators.

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Friday, August 10,2012

Who's really jacking up rents?

by DTN
Cash rent auctions in the $400-an-acre-and-up range have made headlines in the farm press the past two seasons. But that’s not indicative of what operators pay when they blend costs from all rental parcels, crop-share leases and owned land into a total-farm average.

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