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Friday, December 9,2011

House ranking member pitches reviving supercommittee plan

by DTN
House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-MN, wants Congress to consider adding the farm bill, which was prepared for the failed supercommittee on deficit reduction, to a bill to pay for an extension of payroll tax relief and...

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Friday, December 9,2011

Agribusinesses enjoying good times, but cautious about future

by DTN
Agribusiness owners put their present situation at 118.0, or very positive and second only to November 2010’s 122.2 rating. However, looking ahead, agribusinesses managers who do business with farmers are the most negative about the future since the index’s inception, giving a rating of 88.

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Friday, December 2,2011

Cleaning cows from inside out naturally

by DTN
Who knew? Those thick, sharp-tasting orange peels that people would never dream of eating are “snack heaven” for cows. Not only does the cow get good roughage and vitamins, but it also gets an antimicrobial boost from the peel’s essential oils.

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Friday, December 2,2011

Consistent taste is key when building local markets

by DTN
Building a market to sell home-finished beef is all about consistency. You not only have to provide tasty, tender beef one year, but every year. And there is a formula, some cattlemen say, to hitting the mark every time. The best place to start, they stress, is with the genetics of the animal.

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Friday, November 18,2011

It’s tax primer time - “average” farm income

by DTN
In times of high commodity prices, you’ll need to study up on year-end taxplanning strategies. Keep in mind that these only make sense if they fit within your business plan.

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Friday, November 18,2011

It’s buyer beware when ordering feed

by DTN
Early reports are surfacing of producers ending up with cattle feed that has been extended with sawdust and other fillers, and then masked with molasses. There have also been reports of 2- and 3-year-old hay sold, and of the watering down of hay to add weight.

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Friday, November 18,2011

Lenders shocked at lax oversight

by DTN
Rural bankers and brokers are in no mood for mercy. They are furious with MF Global, the CME Group and federal regulators who allowed the country’s third largest clearinghouse to dip into customer accounts for their own high-risk trades.

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Friday, November 4,2011

Don’t blame higher gasoline prices on corn and ethanol

by DTN
Feeling pain again at the gasoline pump? Don’t blame it on corn and the cost of ethanol.

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Friday, November 4,2011

Weather insurance reinvented

by DTN
Weather insurance isn’t a new product. It’s been used for years in a variety of situations ranging from movie production to concerts, motorsport events and even weddings. Your favorite retailer may buy insurance against a blizzard on Black Friday or a cool summer that reduces sales of air conditioners and fans.

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Friday, November 4,2011

Summer 2011 meant flooded fields and roads from bluff to bluff

by DTN
Where it first breaks over the crest of the Loess Hills from the east, Highway 136 offers a spectacular view of the Missouri River Valley in Atchison County, MO. Treelined oxbow river channels, such as Langdon Lake, still provide groves of cottonwoods and wildlife habitat among fields of row crops.

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