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Friday, January 15,2010

Estate tax repeal creates dilemma

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Often, wills have been written with an expectation the estate tax structure that has been in place for years would continue, estate planners say. The wills typically direct that assets that are not subject to estate tax be passed on to childrenfor 2009, up to $3.

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Friday, January 15,2010

U.S. beef exports to Taiwan remain strong

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The new Taiwanese ban is showing little impact on U.S. exports, though U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) spokesman Joe Schuele said it was because there is virtually no ground beef market in Taiwan for U.S. exporters and Taiwanese demand for offal is light at best.

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Thursday, December 31,2009

Cellulosic-ethanol mandate snagged

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Cellulosic-ethanol production, a cornerstone of the U.S. governments plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions, is earmarked to overtake corn ethanol over the next decade. But the industrys expected takeoff could be delayed by a year.

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Thursday, December 31,2009

As much as 100 million bushels of corn could be lost

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As much as 100 million bushels of U.S. corn could be lost after heavy snowstorms in recent days likely delayed until spring the final stages of an already historically slow harvest, analysts and meteorologists said last Monday..

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Thursday, December 24,2009

Vilsack orders climate change model update

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If landowners plant trees to the extent the model suggests, this would be disruptive to agriculture in some regions of the country, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. I dont believe the results ... are necessarily an accurate depiction of the impacts of climate legislation.

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Friday, December 18,2009

Deere executive highlights future farmer challenges

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When charting a course for long-term sustainability in agriculture, farmers face the challenges of doubling world food production while coming to grips with the environmental framework needed to address climate change, a key executive from Deere Co.

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Friday, December 11,2009

Millions of bushels of corn still in the field

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Nebraska is predicted to harvest the states largest corn crop in history this year, with a total production of nearly 1.6 billion bushels on a record yield of 178 bushels per acre. Yet, getting that crop in the bin is proving to be a challenge, according to a news release from the Nebraska Corn Board (NCB).

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Friday, December 11,2009

MT ranchers seek to curb residential wells

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Rancher Polly Rex characterized the exemption as a loophole that could ultimately rob her of the means to grow hay and water her livestock. Rex said a subdivision of more than 60 homes going up next to her Absarokee, MT, ranch could eventually draw down the natural springs she uses on an adjacent 1,250-acre field.

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Friday, December 11,2009

Biodiesel industry dependent upon tax credit

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If the $1-per-gallon blenders tax credit for biodiesel is allowed to expire at the end of December, the biodiesel industry could be expected to collapse, a new study released last week said.

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Friday, December 4,2009

Hearing highlights potential for rising input costs

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Lawmakers divided largely along party lines last Wednesday at a House hearing on agriculture and climate change while USDAs chief economist tried to emphasize that while climate legislation would increase costs to producers, those expenses would be gradual over several decades.

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