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Friday, February 28,2014

USDA forecast calls for increase in crop yields

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA’s annual Agricultural Outlook Forum, held Feb. 20-21, 2014, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA, started with Chief Economist Joe Glauber issuing the department’s projections for coming year, including forecasts for corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, sugar and other farm commodities, as well as exports.

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Monday, February 24,2014

Packer changes mirror producer challenges

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
But just like the weather, change in the packing industry is obviously underway again. With drought conditions continuing, declining cattle numbers, a growing population to feed, political discourse in the industry, and an ever-growing number of regulations, the packing industry is destined to take a hit, along with producers, on the path to change.

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Friday, February 21,2014

John Deere introduces mobile app for improving planter performance

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
John Deere has kicked off 2014 with a variety of new products, including equipment and even apps, along with their recent announcement that the first quarter, ending Jan. 31, the company was sitting at $681.1 million, or $1.81 per share, compared with $649.

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Friday, February 21,2014

Recent grazing study, with sound science, contradicts 2012 conclusion

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“We dispute the notion that eliminating grazing will provide a solution to problems created by climate change,” the 27 authors wrote in the peer-reviewed paper, which was a summary of scientific literature that was published online this month by the journal Environmental Management.

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Friday, February 14,2014

Beef Producers need a comprehensive TPP deal

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
While producers seem to be supporting a push for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to be finalized, media outlets across the U.S. seem to be skipping the topic. It is far from an apparent “hot topic” in most areas, and skeptics are questioning the chances of it going anywhere with the discourse in the White House.

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Friday, February 14,2014

Keystone passes climate test; President urged to act

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
After five years of delays, the voices in support of the Keystone pipeline are growing a little louder. The entire Senate Republican caucus sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to approve the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The letter came one week after the release of a U.

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Friday, February 14,2014

Gray Wolf delisting controversy continues

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The study did, however, convince USFWS to reopen the comment period on its proposal to list the Mexican wolf as an endangered subspecies and remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List. Interested stakeholders provide information that may be helpful in making a final determination on the proposal.

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Friday, February 14,2014

2014 farm bill signing used to promote rural growth initiative

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“We’ve had the strongest stretch of farm exports in our history,” Obama said. “We are selling more stuff to more people than ever before,” he said, adding, “What we grow here and what we sell is a huge boost to the entire economy, but particularly the rural economy.

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Monday, February 10,2014

Senate sends long-overdue farm bill to President

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last Tuesday, following a 68-32 vote in the U.S. Senate, and several years of debate, the Agriculture Act of 2014 was—finally— sent to President Obama’s desk for his approval. On Jan. 29, the House of Representatives approved a compromised House- Senate version of the bill, dubbed the farm bill, with a 162-63 vote.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Plane crash mars NCBA’s 2014 convention opening

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Glenn Mull, 62, owner of Mull Farms and Feeding in Pawnee Rock, KS; his wife, Elaine, 63; their daughter Amy Harter, 40; and granddaughter Samantha Harter, 16, were killed on Monday when the Gulfstream 690C they were in crashed while preparing to land, said family friend Lori Gibson.

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