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NCGA Helps Ease Crop Insurance Concerns

With news of the Army Corps of Engineers' decision to open the Birds Point-New Madrid Floodway in southern Missouri to ease some of the swell in the Mississippi River, farmers affected by the floods...

Ethanol bill introduced to phase out blenders’ tax credit

Senators Chuck Grassley and Kent Conrad introduced legislation on Wednesday that would modify subsidies for the ethanol industry instead of abruptly ending them. The bill would extend for two years the tax credit for...

John Deere & Iowa Dealers sponsor NASCAR race

John Deere is partnering with 10 of its Iowa dealers to sponsor the Iowa John Deere Dealers 250 presented by Pioneer NASCAR Nationwide Series Race. The race is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m....

Record trade for April 2011

Today, Minneapolis Grain Exchange announced record volumes for April 2011. With 174,280 contracts traded in the month, April was a top 15 month for total volume in the Exchange's 130 year history.  April 28...

Planting progress behind

Wet weather has caused fieldwork to come to a standstill in the top corn-producing states east of the Mississippi River last week, pushing overall plantings below the average pace. USDA put corn plantings at 13...

May is Beef Month

May is Beef Month. It is also the month that the South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) is launching two new communication initiatives to reach the state’s beef producers and consumers. Checkoff Café, a quarterly...

Baucus introduces plan to promote clean energy, reduce oil industry tax breaks

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) has released a proposal to end some tax breaks for the oil and gas industry, and invest in clean domestic energy sources. Baucus said the proposal would...

Corn Refiners respond to lawsuit

The sugar industry has filed a lawsuit against several corn processors and their lobbying group for their effort to rebrand high-fructose corn syrup as “corn sugar”. In an attempt to end the campaign that markets...

Disaster Assistance Available for Producers

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Administrator Val Dolcini today reminded crop and livestock producers throughout states that have recently experienced severe damage from flooding, wildfires and tornados that FSA programs may be available...

US soybean farmers can enter the 2012 Conservation Legacy Awards program

The Conservation Legacy Awards program, sponsored by the American Soybean Association (ASA), BASF, Monsanto, the United Soybean Board and the Corn & Soybean Digest magazine, is looking for those soybean farmers who should be...

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