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  • Oct 15, 2013
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    Government shutdown affects farmers

    As of Oct. 1, the federal government officially went into a “shutdown” mode, meaning that all government services deemed as “non-essential” were temporarily discontinued. Federal offices were closed and federal employees were placed on indefinite furlough. There have been 17 federal government shutdowns since 1976, with the longest lasting 21 days in 1995-1996. As of this writing, there is still no resolution forthcoming on the federal government shutdown....More
  • Oct 8, 2013
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    Government shutdown effect on corn, soybean prices

    Will the government default??...More
  • Aug 20, 2013
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    Aug. 12 USDA crop report analysis 34

    There has been a lot of uncertainty in many portions of the major corn and soybean producing areas of the United States during the 2013 growing season, which lead to a very highly anticipated Aug. 12 USDA Crop Report. Large areas of Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota were severely impacted by very late planting, which lead to a significant amount of prevented planted crop acres. Much of this same region was also negatively impacted by excessive rainfall in May and June, and is now dealing with concerns related to slower than normal crop development, due to very cool temperatures in late July and early August....More
  • Aug 6, 2013
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    USDA Projections for the Next Decade 6

    Periodically, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) updates and releases the baseline projections for U.S. crop and livestock production for the next decade. A few months ago, NASS released the latest updated baseline projections for U.S. crop production. While projections this far into the future may seem insignificant, they do become important in the future long-range planning process for farm operators, ag lenders, ag policy makers and others....More
  • Aug 6, 2013
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    Insight into August 12 Supply & Demand Report 3

    Insights into what the trade seems to be thinking for the upcoming USDA report....More
  • Jun 18, 2013
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    USDA: GM Wheat Isolated Incident

    The sprouting of an unapproved genetically engineered wheat strain in an Oregon field appears to have been an isolated incident, U.S. agricultural officials said on Friday, adding that they had validated a method for detecting the presence of the GE wheat. "As of today, USDA has neither found nor been informed of anything that would indicate that this incident amounts to more than a single isolated incident in a single field on a single farm," said USDA Office of Communications Director Matt Paul. "All information collected so far shows no indication of the presence of GE wheat in commerce."...More
  • Jun 13, 2013
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    USDA Helps Farmers Deal With Climate Change

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke to the National Press Club recently about helping farmers and ranchers deal with climate change. Vilsack said USDA will establish regional cubs to enable the USDA to carry out "regionally appropriate climate change risk and vulnerability assessments." USDA agencies will also give cover crop guidance based on local conditions and is also releasing a free online tool to manage and evaluate carbon to help producers calculate how much carbon their conservation actions can remove from the atmosphere....More
  • May 7, 2013
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    USDA to Update 2013-2014 Forecasts 4

    With Friday morning’s monthly USDA supply/demand update expected to show only minor adjustments in 2012-2013 estimates, the corn and soybean trade will focus on the agency’s first monthly estimates for 2013-2014....More
  • Apr 9, 2013
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    What Will the April 2013 WASDE Say? 2

    Just remember WASDE and NASS don't always see eye to eye......More
  • Mar 7, 2013
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    Details On Proposed Bill To Reduce Crop Insurance Subsidies

    Senator Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican, said yesterday, "The crop insurance program has turned into a huge taxpayer-funded boon for some of the biggest, multi-national insurance companies and multi-millionaire farmers. In a time of record deficits and an incomprehensible $16.5 trillion in debt, this program can no longer be justified in its current form."...More
  • Mar 5, 2013
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    Ag Secretary on Budget Cuts

    In an eloquent speech at the Commodity Classic in Florida on Friday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack explained how the sequester will affect the USDA budget, the food supply and farmers....More
  • Feb 26, 2013
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    How USDA Figures Yields

    In case you are among the many wondering why USDA would project such high trend-line corn and soybean yield estimates (163.6 and 44.5, respectively, for 2013), here’s an explanation from the Ag Forum in Washington today. They are based on weather-adjusted yield models that account for temperature and rainfall during the growing season....More
  • Dec 14, 2012
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    Emerging Opportunities in Rural America, Importance of Farm Bill: #askUSDA your questions

    Pull up that Twitter account and get your questions ready. On Monday, Dec. 17, 2:30 p.m. (Central time) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will host a live Virtual Office Hours session on Twitter to answer questions on the important role of rural America to the national and global economy, increasing agricultural opportunities in U.S. communities, and the importance of passing a five-year Farm Bill....More
  • Dec 4, 2012
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    Fiscal Cliff Will Affect Farm Operators 1

    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
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