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Thursday, December 24,2009

Vilsack orders climate change model update

by DTN
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

by DTN
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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Friday, December 4,2009

Land-grant universities worried about possible cuts

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A coalition of 50 farm and agriculture groups is asking the Obama administration to almost double the USDA budget for competitive research grants to $500 million in its fiscal year 2011 budget request to Congress.

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Monday, November 30,2009

El Nioisture could miss winter wheat areas in Texas

by DTN
In a normal El Ni o event, the combination of warmer than normal equatorial Pacific temperatures and a west-to-east subtropical jet stream component results in more generous wintertime precipitation in the southern third of the U.S.from south-central Kansas south through Texas, and east to Georgia and Florida.

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Friday, November 20,2009

Voluntary livestock liquidations on the rise, say bankers

by DTN
Grim financials for dairy and pork producers were casting a pall over proceedings of the National Agricultural Bankers Conference in San Antonio, TX, last week. For the first time in 25 years, sessions were concentrating on topics such as organizing loan workouts, handling bankruptcies, and stresstesting loan portfolios.

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Friday, November 13,2009

Wet, cool fall reduces availability of dairy-quality hay

by DTN
The unseasonably wet and cool fall may leave dairy producers scrambling to find their supplies of dairy-quality hay for winter.Just as farmers have struggled to get row crops out of the field because of the rain and snow this fall, alfalfa growers also have found it difficult to get their last cuttings of alfalfa dried and put up, especially with the quality needed for dairy cattle, according to Dr.

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