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Friday, November 1,2013

CFTC passes rules to keep another MF Global from happening

by DTN
It’s the residual interest provision—a section of commodities law that states one customer’s excess margin can’t be used to cover another’s deficit—that was at the heart of the controversy. CFTC softened the language and phased in the reporting requirements, which the commissioners believe less en.

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Friday, October 18,2013

Mexico genetically engineered corn ban limited

by DTN
“We [DuPont Pioneer] do not ‘market’ or sell transgenic seed in Mexico today, because it hasn’t been approved for commercial cultivation. Any Pioneer GMO products in Mexico are planted in strict accordance with the regulatory framework put in place by the government,” a spokes man.

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Friday, October 11,2013

Drought-weary farmers pump up land values

by DTN
It sounds counter-intuitive, but Great Plains irrigated farmland—not old reliable standards, like Iowa and Illinois—has been appreciating at the fastest warp speed the last few years.

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Friday, October 4,2013

No sticker shock here

by DTN
Wittman and his family partners also feel an obligation to make sure their farm’s 15 year-round and part-time employees aren’t bankrupted should they or their families become sick. That means the Wittmans were first in line Oct.

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Friday, September 20,2013

Money-saving ideas for small agricultural estates

by DTN
Not all farm estates are super-sized. But even if your net worth falls below the $5.25-million-per-person federal estate tax exemption—or the $4 million that triggers some estate or inheritance state taxes— smart planning can save thousands of dollars in estate settlement costs.

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Friday, September 6,2013

Grass-Fed beef growing pains

by DTN
A grass-fed beef ranch manager from Maui, HI, swapped grazing techniques with a ranching couple from northeastern Kansas.

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Friday, August 23,2013

Double-cropping can help lower winter feed costs

by DTN
Smith said the idea came from a colleague who took part in a grazing conference. The first trial was in a personal garden, where oats were planted in July and August to see if they would grow enough for forage. A beef producer later planted 30-40 acres on Aug.

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Friday, August 16,2013

Experts: Lots of variables in Zilmax ban's long-term impact

by DTN
“As far as real market impact, it’s going to depend upon whether anybody follows suit,” DTN Livestock Analyst John Harrington said. “If Tyson’s all alone out there, it’s probably not going to have a huge market impact. On the other hand, if JBS, National and Cargill all get on the same page, well, then that will have ripples.

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Friday, August 16,2013

Calculating the labor equation

by DTN
Thanks to a Treasury Department reprieve announced in July, “large” employers with more than 50 full-time equivalent workers won’t be obligated to offer health insurance until 2015. Postponement is a relief, but Yunker is still struggling with the government’s current definition of who is a full-time, part-time or seasonal employee.

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Friday, August 9,2013

FSA approves counties for emergency haying, grazing

by DTN
CRP is a voluntary program that helps agricultural producers safeguard environmentally sensitive land by establishing long-term, resource-conserving covers to improve the quality of water, control soil erosion and enhance wildlife habitat. The producers receive rental payments and cost-share assistance in return.

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