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Friday, July 19,2013

Tom Vilsack: Farmers must get mad

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Vilsack was reacting to statements by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-OK, late Tuesday that Lucas does not expect the House Republican leadership to appoint farm bill conferees before a determination is made on a nutrition bill.

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Friday, July 19,2013

Ag's boom waning, economists warn

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Get ready to say goodbye to the latest bonanza years of grain agriculture. The world may be adding billions of new mouths to feed over the next few decades, but population growth alone isn’t enough to sustain record-busting crop incomes that made...

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Friday, July 19,2013

Why Fed policy matters to farmers

by DTN
Federal Reserve (Fed) pronouncements jolt stock and bond markets, just as much as USDA’s crop reports can send commodity prices spinning. But with exports, inflation, interest rates and credit availability at stake, it’s worth asking how a shift in Fed policy matters to U.

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Friday, July 5,2013

Farm investors hit; Tax court strikes blow to CRP contracts

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More than 27 million acres of farmland are under Conservation Reserve Program contracts now. Unlike cash rent, CRP rents constitute an “environmentally-friendly business” so are subject to SE taxes, the Tax Court ruled last week. (Graphic courtesy of FSA).

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Friday, June 28,2013

Climate push renewed; Ag components part of president's plan

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The U.S. Supreme Court last Monday announced it will not hear an American Petroleum Institute plea to strike down the Obama administration’s decision to allow the sale of E15. The move effectively ends the legal challenges to E15, a fuel seen as a way for the ethanol industry to overcome the so-called blend wall.

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Friday, June 28,2013

SCOTUS denies E15 case; Biofuels groups laud decision as important

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The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, Alliance of Automobile Manufactures and the Grocery Manufacturers Association each petitioned the Supreme Court to review the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia’s Circuit decision Aug..

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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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