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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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Saturday, October 29,2011

Survey raises doubts on consumer views regarding U.S. ag feeding the world

by DTN
Consumers want the U.S. to help other countries feed themselves rather than relying on American farmers to feed the world, according to a food-industry survey released last week.

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Saturday, October 29,2011

Controlling destructive wild hogs

by DTN
The fast-proliferating critters may make exciting target shooting, but farmers in a large swath of the U.S. find wild hogs to be a serious— and expensive— pest.

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Saturday, October 29,2011

Women take more active production role on farm

by DTN
“Farming’s not like it used to be where you needed a strong back and a weak mind,” said Katie’s father, Joe. “Now, it’s better to have a strong mind and weak back.

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Monday, October 24,2011

Committees propose taking $23 billion from farm programs

by DTN
House and Senate Agriculture committee leaders failed to finalize a letter the Friday before last on proposed farm bill budget cuts and a rewrite of farm programs that they were planning to send to the super committee on deficit reduction, but were expected to send it last week.

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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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