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Friday, April 13,2012

NRDC raises concerns about potential health effects of herbicide

by DTN
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denied a petition last Monday seeking cancellation of all registrations for the popular herbicide ingredient 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, or 2,4-D, used on millions of U.S. farm acres to control broadleaf weeds.

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Friday, April 6,2012

Does $500 cash rent pay?

by DTN
It was definitely easier for an above-average corn grower to shoulder extreme rent in 2011 than 2012, according to financial adviser Sam Bachman with AgriSolutions, a Brighton, IL, financial consulting firm.

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Friday, March 23,2012

Weatherproof with wind, hail insurance

by DTN
A fact surprising accountants as they study yearend farm financials for 2011 is how well private policies paid for wind and hail coverage, separate from more than $10 billion in claims paid nationwide under federal crop insurance last year.

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Friday, March 9,2012

E15 faces hurdles

by DTN
Ethanol producers want to expand the market for ethanol in the U.S. by promoting the use of motor gasoline with a 15 percent ethanol ratio, or E15. But their efforts are being frustrated by many hurdles that might delay the fuel’s commercialization for some time, attendees at an ethanol conference held last week were told.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Vilsack says step up biofuels marketing

by DTN
“We need to better market this industry with a positive message [such as] consumer choice [over which fuel to use], paying less at the pump and people getting jobs and the more opportunities now available to rural America,” he said. “What is at stake is a [fight over the] value system and it starts with agriculture.

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Friday, March 2,2012

More money for food safety

by DTN
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said last Wednesday that if her agency does not get more money to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act, she can already predict an increase in foodborne illness and problems with imported food.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Court rules groundwater protected property

by DTN
The state’s highest court found in favor of two Texas farmers who challenged the Edwards Aquifer Authority (EEA), according to the court’s ruling. In 1996, Burrell Day and Joel McDaniel requested a permit to pump water for crops from the Edwards Aquifer on a ranch near San Antonio.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Meat and gas prices bring down protein consumption

by DTN
Smith’s comments paralleled statements in USDA’s Livestock Outlook report, which said that consumption of red meat and poul try would drop roughly 6 pounds per capita in 2012. The average American will consume about 198 pounds of meat, the Outlook report stated.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Senator wants swift action to advance legislation

by DTN
House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-MN, told DTN he is pleased the Senate Agriculture Committee has advanced the schedule.

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Friday, March 2,2012

EPA approves gasoline, 15 percent ethanol

by DTN
Ethanol and farm groups praised an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision Feb. 17 to approve a higher level blend of ethanol known as E15, but the Environmental Working Group announced a campaign to discourage consumers from using it, and an Agriculture Department economist said he did not think it will win acceptance soon.

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