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Friday, October 9,2009

Dairy support package slows ag spending bill

by DTN
The U.S. dairy industry is really several related industries, with high levels of specialization by area of the country. The traditional northeastern and midwestern producers frequently focus on fluid milk productionthe cartons seen in supermarkets.

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Friday, October 9,2009

USDA open to CRP sign-up in 2010

by DTN
The potential is still there for enrollment in fiscal year 2010, Coppess told a House Agriculture subcommittee. While were waiting on the regulation ... were evaluating that as well. We wont be able to put anything forward on the general sign-up until we have the proper regulation out.

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Friday, October 9,2009

EPA to examine herbicides effects on human health

by DTN
A new study of atrazines effects on human health will begin this fall, with most of the review occurring in 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last Wednesday. It is unlikely changes in the atrazine label would affect the 2010 spring application season.

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Friday, October 9,2009

$83 billion needed yearly to feed the world

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The world needs to invest $83 billion a year in agriculture in developing countries to feed 9.1 billion people in 2050, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said last Thursday.

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Friday, October 9,2009

U.S. and Europe detail plan to end beef dispute

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The European Union (EU) and U.S. circulated details last Wednesday of their ground-breaking deal solving their longrunning dispute over beef.

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Friday, September 11,2009

Farm Credits long-term funds face rationing

by DTN
When terrorist attacks engulfed Manhattans financial district on Sept. 11, 2001, the New York Federal Reserve staff slept on their desks and survived on cheese sandwiches for several days just a block from the ash and burning rubble of the World Trade Center.

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Friday, August 28,2009

As margins turn negative, farm loans deteriorate

by DTN
Financial influenza could be spreading through farm country later this fall. While only a tiny fraction of all farm loans have been affected to date, the pork and dairy industries have eroded huge portions of their lifetime equity in the last year and face a wave of restructurings or forced sales in the next few months.

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Friday, August 28,2009

Whats an acre worth?

by DTN
It is taken on faith that this years farmland rental rateswhich hit $500 per acre in a few cases in Illinoisreflect last years economy at least, if not the past couple of years. Landlords nearly everywhere set higher rental rates this year because 2008s crop income was so good.

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Friday, August 28,2009

Food safety requires full traceability

by DTN
Proposed food safety legislation calls for a full history of the food. That means every point in the supply chain, from the feed additive producers to the retailers who sell consumers their dinner, will have to communicate with each other about every step in the creation, production, packaging and transport of that product.

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Friday, August 21,2009

USDA will work to modify loans

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USDA officials are going to hold conference calls with major agricultural lenders this week, asking those banks and Farm Credit institutions to give struggling farmers more latitude in paying loans.

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