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Friday, February 20,2015

Future farm income seen stabilizing over long term

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“Although farm production expenses also increase beyond 2016, net farm income remains above its 2001-10 average,” the report stated. “Similarly, the value of U.S. agricultural exports falls in 2015 due to lower crop prices, but then rises over the rest of the projection period.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Guest Opinion

Is your soil breathing?

by DTN
I encourage growers to think of the soil as an engine. The productivity (horsepower) of that engine can be improved, but first we need to measure the existing horsepower. The Solvita test is an affordable tool growers can use to estimate the size of soil’s engine by measuring respiration or carbon dioxide (CO2) release.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Agricultural engine: Why soil is in the spotlight

by DTN
Farmers adopt practices such as conservation tillage, no-till, cover crops and crop rotation in attempts to limit and restore what is taken from this precious resource. Farmers utilize animal manures and put back additives such as gypsum and biologicals (humates, enzymes and organisms) in an effort to promote good health.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Scientists engineer anti-drought spray, draft genome

by DTN
During a drought, plants release a stress hormone called abscisic acid (ABA), which binds to an important protein receptor. This binding prompts a series of life-saving measures in the plant that allow it to conserve water and halt plant growth until moisture arrives.

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Friday, February 13,2015

NASDA backs FDA as biotech labeler

by DTN
The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) last Tuesday passed a resolution to support “a national uniform labeling policy for foods derived from genetic engineering” and to reaffirm the Food and Drug Administration “as the authority in uniform food labeling.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Taking on the IRS; the heroes of 2014

by DTN
on pg. 5 with the same headline. In that earlier installment, Biebl recounted the story of a recent taxpayer victory in the Morehouse case. This landmark Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals decision holds that a landlord/investor is not subject to the 15.3 percent selfemployment tax (SE tax) on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) rents.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Ag chairmen detail priorities: regs top agenda

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U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman also will brief the House Agriculture Committee on trade issues, including trade promotion authority, Conaway said. He told the nation’s agriculture commissioners the briefing would take place, and then later told reporters that a briefing for the full committee was needed because there are so many new members.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Railways pushed toward more efficiency, transparency

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A “perfect storm” last year slowed agricultural transportation by rail, barge and ship. The challenges included a long, cold, snowy winter; high-yielding crops that increased what needed to be moved; and labor issues stretched on at West Coast ports..

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Friday, January 30,2015

How to prep continuous corn fields for soybeans

by DTN
As some growers consider a move from continuous corn fields to soybeans, they will need to consider a host of management steps, agronomists told DTN. Inoculation will be the most important one, Staton stressed. Checking on proper nodulation this summer will help growers gain that oft-reported bean yield bump following corn.

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Friday, January 30,2015

U.S. pressures Canada on TPP

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The U.S. is continuing to put pressure on Canada to put forward a more robust proposal in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations, Darci Vetter, the chief U.S. agricultural trade negotiator, said last Tuesday at the International Dairy Foods Association’s annual Dairy Forum.

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