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Monday, October 24,2011

Ag groups back revenue-based plan

by DTN
The American Soybean Association (ASA), the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), and the National Farmers Union (NFU) are backing the House and Senate Ag Committee leaders decision to recommend to the deficit super committee that farm bill spending be cut by up to $23 billion over 10 years.

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Monday, October 24,2011

Farm lobbies, lawmakers aggressively push agendas

by DTN
Fights began breaking out last Tuesday among agriculture interests over what the super committee might do with the farm bill, even though no one knows how the leaders of the House and Senate agriculture committees are planning to move ahead with the proposal that they sent to the super committee last Monday.

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Friday, October 14,2011

Land appeals as safe haven

by DTN
Its not just the summer of $7 corn that superheated Midwest land markets. Investors rattled by the prospect of a double-dip recession still see U.S. farmland as a safe haven amid economic turmoil. That surge of nontraditional buyers lessens the threat of a downturn in farmland values anytime soon, real estate and Wall Street experts contend.

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Friday, October 14,2011

Cows and heifers gold as producers look for replacements

by DTN
Bred females and heifers are going to be gold on the hoof this fall, especially across parts of the south.

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Friday, October 7,2011

Effect of drying distillers grains on nutrient metabolism

by DTN
For the study, Erickson and fellow researchers compared cattle on four diets: a corn-based control diet, WDG plus solubles, modified distillers grains (MDG) plus solubles, and DDG plus solubles. In the latter three diets, distillers grains were fed at 40 percent of the dry matter.

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Friday, September 30,2011

Fight over pipeline weighs value of oil and water

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Standing outside waiting for a U.S. State Department hearing on the Keystone XL pipeline, rancher Todd Cone described the water around his area in north-central Nebraska.

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Friday, September 30,2011

Kentucky grand jury accuses livestock broker of theft

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Thomas Gibson and Steve McDonald, Eastern Livestock Companys owner and chief operating officer, were each indicted on one federal charge of mail fraud related to activity from Aug. 9, 2004, to Nov. 2, 2010, that was related to the alleged checkkiting scheme that left more than 700 producers across the country holding $130 million in bad checks.

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Friday, September 16,2011

Ag spending bill advances

by DTN
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $19.78 billion fiscal year 2012 Agriculture appropriations bill that provides less discretionary spending than the past two years, but left potential controversial amendments for the Senate floor even though some senators are worried the bill will never come up as an individual piece of legislation.

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Friday, September 9,2011

La Nina return may prolong drought

by DTN
La Nina describes Pacific Ocean equatorial waters having cooler-than-average temperatures. In the U.S., the weather effects of La Nina include drier conditions in the southern Plains and Midwest, and above-average precipitation during winter in the northern states.

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Friday, September 9,2011

Food vs. fuel: Can the world still feed itself?

by DTN
As befits the chairman of the worlds largest food-production company, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe is counting calories. But its not his diet that the chairman and former CEO of Nestle is worried about. Its all the food that the U.S. and Europe are converting into fuel while the worlds poor get hungrier.

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