Jun 18, 2012
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#askUSDA Your Questions During Virtual Office Hours 1

Tomorrow is the time to stretch your digital legs and participate in USDA's Virtual Office Hours chat on Twitter. Discussion will focus on the administration's efforts to create a solid rural America that's through support of broadband, education medical and water quality projects. Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Doug O'Brien will host the session and will also discuss USDA efforts to provide homeownership opportunities to limited-income rural residents and help them refinance their homes to take advantage of low interest rates....More
Jun 18, 2012
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Bankers’ Views on the Elections and Economy

I just finished my 23rd year teaching at the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. My responsibilities include teaching the rural and small business lending class and team-teaching interpreting economic change with Dr. Tom Payne of University of Tennessee-Martin. Over 500 students from nearly 20 states and Mexico were in attendance this year....More
Jun 18, 2012
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Corn, Soybean Crops Progress Rapidly

Overall, crop conditions across most of the southern two-thirds of Minnesota have improved considerably in the past couple of weeks. In late May, many areas of southwest, south-central and central Minnesota were impacted by excessive rainfall, severe storms and some crop emergence problems; however, much of the crop has now recovered. There were some locations that had severe storms again in the past week with strong winds, hail and heavy rainfalls, with portions of southeastern Minnesota being impacted most significantly....More
Jun 18, 2012
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China: Land of Growing Contrasts

After four days of discussion about China’s food system, a main take-away is how the modern and the old exist side by side. Just as modern skyscrapers tower over centuries-old ancestral homes in mega-cities, modern hog farms are springing up next to backyard operations....More

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