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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

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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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Friday, August 2,2013

Japanese import fees remain at 38.5 percent

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Total frozen beef imports amounted to 72,010 tons in April-June 2012 and 77,775 tons during the same period this year, a rise of only 8 percent, according to Japan Ministry of Finance (MOF) figures. “The tariff will not rise” Aug.

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Friday, July 26,2013

Fit silage to structure

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Farmers need to time corn harvest correctly to be able to preserve and ensile corn so that it goes through fermentation properly for the type of structure they intend to put it into, according to Joe Lauer, corn agronomist at the University of Wisconsin- Madison.

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Friday, July 26,2013

Snowden and the battle over animal ID

by DTN
Edward Snowden, former computer geek with the National Security Agency (NSA) last seen working security at the Moscow airport, is best described as: A) a patriotic whistleblower; B) a goofball spy; C) a villainous traitor; or D) an unwitting advocate of livestock production liberty.

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Friday, July 26,2013

USDA signs up 1.7 million CRP acres

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The department received nearly 28,000 offers on more than 1.9 million acres of land, according to a USDA news release. USDA has enrolled nearly 12 million acres in new CRP contracts since 2009. Currently, there are more than 26.9 million acres enrolled on 700,000 contracts.

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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

by DTN
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

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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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