Dec 4, 2012
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The Land Cycle is Bubbling 10

Farmland values are top of mind whether it is producers, investors or retirees. Recent results from the USDA find some interesting perspectives on changes in farmland values from 2011 to 2012. The farmland value cauldron is bubbling up in the Midwest and the upper Midwest. For example, in Nebraska, land values increased 35%, followed by Minnesota, South Dakota, Kansas and Iowa, which all saw well above a 20% annual increase....More
Dec 4, 2012
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Fiscal Cliff Will Affect Farm Operators

The so-called “fiscal cliff” is a name that has been attached to the combination off spending cuts and tax increases at the federal level that are scheduled to take effect at the end of 2012, if Congress fails to reach an agreement to address the federal budget deficit. Both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House are trying to find a federal budget compromise that can be passed by both houses of Congress, and ultimately signed into law by President Obama....More
Dec 4, 2012
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Shippers Ask Obama to Keep River Open

Mississippi River barge operators and shipping groups asked President Obama to declare a state of emergency on the drought-lowered river and direct the Army Corps of Engineers to keep it open to commercial traffic to avert an "economic catastrophe." Water levels on the Mississippi River along the busy stretch from St. Louis to Cairo, Ill., are expected to recede to record lows by mid-December, effectively halting barge traffic there....More

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