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Friday, May 10,2013

Senate farm bill seen soon

by DTN
In a conference call to reporters shortly after Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow, D-MI, announced the committee markup of the bill will be next Tuesday, Gillibrand, D-NY, said she believes the bill “will move to the floor as early as next week.

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Friday, April 26,2013

Depot explosion ignites fertilizer safety concerns, not prices

by DTN
Fertilizer continued on its nearly six-month-old path of extremely steady prices, according to retailers tracked by DTN for the third week of April 2013. But the explosion at a Texas fertilizer outlet is renewing safety concerns about the storage of certain fertilizer products.

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Friday, April 19,2013

EPA ag adviser: Door is open

by DTN
If anyone can turn around EPA’s relationship with rural America, it may be Bittleman. She comes to EPA after serving as senior adviser to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on energy and EPA issues. In that capacity, she was viewed as a strong advocate for renewable fuels, including ethanol.

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Friday, March 29,2013

USDA pegs corn acres at 97.3 ma, soy at 77.1 ma

by DTN
Some of the largest increases, percentage wise, come from increased planting in Arkansas, Mississippi and other Delta states as farmers switch from cotton to corn. USDA expects farmers in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, South Dakota and Nebraska to plant slightly less corn than last year.

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Friday, March 29,2013

Dry, cold western Midwest spring

by DTN
The word “extreme” is getting a workout regarding spring 2013 vs. spring 2012. A year ago, record-high temperatures and dry soils had corn growers running planters by mid-March. There’s a sharp contrast in 2013: Daytime temperatures running 20 degrees Fahrenheit below normal have made March seem like a displaced version of January.

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Friday, March 22,2013

Transport of fecal bacteria to fields unaffected by corn, WDGS diets

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Manure applied to fields from cows fed corn or dried distillers grains with solubles did not affect the transport of fecal indicator bacteria, according to research conducted by Agricultural Research Service scientists at the Agroecosystems Management Research Unit in Lincoln, NE.

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Friday, March 22,2013

Chilton seeks alternatives to rule

by DTN
Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Commissioner Bart Chilton wants to make sure customers are protected if another futures commission merchant fails, but he also wants to address industry concerns about the expense of a CFTC-proposed rule on customer protections.

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Friday, March 22,2013

Oil, ethanol industries square off to preserve or drop RFS

by DTN
The study found that continued implementation of RFS from now to the year 2022 would include an $800 billion decrease in U.S.

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Friday, March 15,2013

Controlled Substances Act causing trouble for large animal vets

by DTN
It all started in California. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) began contacting veterinarians, whose practices were at least in part mobile, to tell them they could not legally transport controlled substances off their clinic/ home premises. To do so, DEA notified these veteri narians,.

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Friday, March 8,2013

CME announces new trading hours

by DTN
The new hours will be Sunday to Friday from 7 p.m. to 7:45 a.m. On Mondays through Fridays, there will be a break in electronic trading from 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Trade will continue from 8:30 to 1:15 p.m. The change affects CBOT grains and KCBT wheat, and pending CFTC approval, the new hours will begin on April 8.

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