Apr 17, 2012
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Earth Day 2012

For the past four decades, an annual event called Earth Day has been held in late April across the U.S., which has been a time for all citizens to reflect on our country’s environmental resources, and what we can do individually and as communities to help enhance our environment for the next generation. In recent years, it has become fashionable to point the finger of blame at agriculture and farmers for many environmental issues. However, in reality farmers have been some of the best environmental stewards in the U.S. in the past couple of decades....More
Apr 17, 2012
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Land Price Caution Warranted

The robust farm economy, particularly for crop producers, is having spillover effects through rural America, says Jason Henderson, vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City....More
Apr 10, 2012
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Perspectives on Financial Liquidity

Over the years, many of you have heard me discuss the importance of financial liquidity. In the current times of extreme volatility and global uncertainty, the rules on liquidity have definitely changed. The other day during a videoconference with producers in six locations, Mike Hosterman, an AgChoice Farm Credit business consultant who has many years of experience working with ag customers, discussed a new twist on liquidity....More
Apr 10, 2012
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Corn Planting Expected to Progress Rapidly

Like the start of a big race, or the beginning of a championship game, farmers in southern Minnesota and Iowa are likely to begin the initiation of full-scale fieldwork on April 11, or shortly after. April 11 is the earliest corn-planting date allowed by the USDA Risk management Agency (RMA), in order to maintain full crop insurance replant coverage on the 2012 crop....More
Apr 10, 2012
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Few Surprises in April 2012 Supply/Demand Report

The key points in Tuesday morning’s USDA monthly supply/demand update were the lack of adjustment to U.S. corn ending stocks and a slightly larger reduction in South American soybean production than the trade expected....More

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