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Friday, October 22,2010

Panel: Ethanol drives up food prices

by DTN
The panel discussion, part of a CME Group Inc. conference on global financial leadership in Naples, FL, comes as the debate over food versus fuel returns. The issue had been dormant for much of the past two years, but heated up again in recent weeks as corn prices reached two-year highs.

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Friday, October 22,2010

Corn prices may limit meat production

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A sudden spike in corn prices may limit U.S. meat production in 2011, according to John Harrington, DTN chief livestock market analyst.

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Friday, October 1,2010

Producers get tax break in new bill

by DTN
Farmers could harvest sizable tax write-offs in a new small-business law giving extra incentives for end-of-year equipment and truck purchases. The U.S. House approved the legislation Sept. 24 following Senate action earlier this fall, and President Barack Obama signed it into law last Monday.

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Friday, October 1,2010

Pasture rents poised for increase

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In Texas, there are a lot of good reasons for landowners to keep pasture rental rates steady. One of the biggest is called an agricultural use exemption and without it, landowners can see property taxes go up about tenfold.

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Friday, September 24,2010

Resurrecting the death tax

by DTN
One minute past midnight, Dec. 31, 2010, the amount of taxes your heirs will pay goes from zero to a top rate of 55 percent. Would that be enough of a tax bill to drop the ax on the farm as family members are forced to sell a lifetime of work off in pieces to pay Uncle Sam?.

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Friday, September 24,2010

Livestock producers more confident than crop producers

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The index aims to take the pulse of the agricultural economy. Its based on a survey of 500 producers picked at random to reflect the demographic makeup of the 2007 USDA Ag Census. The survey is conducted three times a yearbefore planting, before harvest, and at years end.

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Friday, September 3,2010

China puts duties on U.S. chicken

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China has imposed anti-subsidy duties for five years on imports of U.S. chicken products after concluding producers received improper support, the Commerce Ministry said last Wednesday amid a string of trade spats with Washington.

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Friday, September 3,2010

Biodiesel companies struggle continues

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Even before the $1-pergallon biodiesel blenders credit expired at the end of 2009, U.S. biodiesel producers were in a tight economic spot.

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Friday, September 3,2010

Ag exports set to increase

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U.S. farm exports are forecast to increase to $113 billion in fiscal year 2011, the second-largest total on record, amid reduced competition from Russia and neighboring countries hit by drought, the Agriculture Department said last Tuesday..

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Friday, August 27,2010

EPA planning new approach to nonpoint-source water pollution

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week released a draft clean water strategy that outlines plans for new rules and other initiatives the agency says will prevent water quality from degrading, bet- ter manage pollution from animal...

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