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Friday, December 11,2009

MT ranchers seek to curb residential wells

by DTN
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

by DTN
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

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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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Friday, November 6,2009

BEEF bits

by DTN
A recall of more than 500,000 pounds of ground beef, for E. coli 0157:H7, has now been linked to two deaths, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control. More than 28 people have also been sickened by the tainted product. The first fatality was reported in

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Friday, November 6,2009

Financial woes hit livestock, ethanol producers

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Deterioration in the credit quality of ethanol and livestock producers is prompting a flurry of debt restructuring and higher loan losses at the Farm Credit System and other ag lenders.

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Friday, October 30,2009

Lead role for USDA in climate bill

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The discussion draft of a climate-change bill agriculture and forestry title being developed by Sen. Debbie Stabenow would order the U.S.

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