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Friday, June 7,2013

Company also now faces lawsuit over wheat discovery

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Monsanto Co. shared a validated testing method for identifying the Roundup Ready wheat trait with USDA and concerned importing nations, the seed company said in a statement late last Monday. It’s a development that could soothe fears of widespread contamination of U.

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Friday, June 7,2013

Industry groups add ammonium nitrate, may develop third-party audits

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In response to the explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. that killed 14 people and injured more than 200 others, two major associations announced last Monday they are including the handling of ammonium nitrate as part of standard of management practices for fertilizer operations.

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Friday, June 7,2013

Health care tax surprises

by DTN
One of the recent challenges we have faced as tax advisers is to find all the tax increases buried in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and help our clients deal with them. This year it has been the 3.8 percent investment income tax and the extra Medicare tax.

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Friday, May 31,2013

GE wheat found on Oregon farm

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There are no GE wheat varieties approved for sale or in commercial production in the U.S. or elsewhere at this time, but the agency stressed it does not pose a food safety concern. There is also no information that indicates this trait entered the commercial supply chain, according to an APHIS Q&A fact sheet.

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Friday, May 31,2013

Waterlogged growers eye prevented planting

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In south-central Minnesota, farmer Mark Nowak has already buried hopes for the remaining 25 percent of his 2013 corn crop. With only 3-1/2 days suitable for planting this spring and a chance for rain every day now through June 8, Nowak plans to file a prevented planting claim when his crop insurance final planting date hits May 31.

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Friday, May 10,2013

Senate farm bill seen soon

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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