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Friday, September 9,2011

Farmers are in good shape regarding debt

by DTN
Borrowers can benefit from the economys anxiety! Interest rates are at historic lows, with 10-year Treasuries bouncing under 2 percent in intra-day trading in recent weeks and closing at levels not seen since the 1950s.

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Friday, September 2,2011

New child-labor rules for ag eyed

by DTN
The U.S. Department of Labor, responding to a surge in fatal grain-elevator accidents, proposed last Wednesday to ban children under the age of 18 from working around these towering structures which hold massive amounts of crops such as corn, wheat and soybeans.

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Friday, August 26,2011

Endangered Species Act battles arouse producers to action

by DTN
Although Corn Belt farmers scarcely face the consequences of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) up close, Klamath Basin farmers in Oregon and California say the agriculture industry in other parts of the country should take notice and get organized before a crisis occurs.

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Friday, August 26,2011

OMB directs departments to cut Fiscal 2013 budget requests

by DTN
In a recent memo to executive branch units, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said requests for discretionary appropriations for FY 2013, which begins Oct. 1, 2012, should be at least 5 percent below what departments and agencies received for FY 2011 unless they have been given specific direction otherwise.

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Friday, July 29,2011

If there is a drawback to fall calving, it is summer weaning. Calves are under enough stress as it is. Add summer heat and humid

by DTN
John Harrison agrees weaning and heat are a good way of doubling your problems. The Cairo, GA, producer schedules for an October through December calving season, but that means he weans in June and July. And it doesnt help that cattle are designed without a good radiator.

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Friday, July 29,2011

Modified distillers grains, glycerin in finishing diets reduce oxidation in meat

by DTN
Research has shown that adding distillers grains to livestock diets can cause quicker oxidation or brownish discoloration of meat.

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Friday, July 29,2011

Projected corn ending stocks less than expected

by DTN
The July USDA Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) reports put corn ending stocks below trade expectations, allowing the corn market to recover from recent losses.

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Friday, July 22,2011

Record exports, changing beef marketplace

by DTN
Highly optimistic for the short term, cautiously so for the longer term, was the mood among the several hundred bankers, agribusiness executives and farmers attending a symposium entitled Recognizing Risk in Global Agriculture at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

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Friday, July 22,2011

More resistance, more flies, less money

by DTN
Reduced weaning weights for calves, lower weight gains on yearlings, summer mastitis and pinkeye theyre all key management points that can mean the difference between a year that ends in the black and one that bleeds red. And at the center of that balance sheet is the lowly fly.

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Friday, July 22,2011

Trophy farms command prize prices

by DTN
One aspect is how fast deals like this go off. I had a shot at it, because Ive known the owners family since 1985. Otherwise, it would be all over before I had even heard about it, Myers said. Im still in the market for land, but I doubt it will be in Illinois.

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