Apr 24, 2012
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Corn Planting Slips off Record Pace

U.S. corn planting progress slipped off a record pace last week as wet, cold weather limited planting activity in the western Corn Belt, even though producers in the eastern Belt made good progress last week....More
Apr 17, 2012
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Interest Rates: What is Normal?

At a recent Executive Producer Roundtable summit in Spokane, WA, participants asked Ed Seifried and I the question, “What is a normal level of interest rates?” Today's agricultural producers and businesses have been managing their businesses through an extended period of low interest rates. For example, the prime rate has remained at 3.5% for nearly four years. With the Federal Reserve's statement that they would keep rates low through 2014, this would be an unprecedented period of low interest rates....More
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

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