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Low Gas Prices Good for Ethanol Industry and Farmers By: 11/23/2015 @ 5:14pm

Americans are back on the road for the first time since 2008, lured, in part, by low gasoline prices expected to persist through the new year. Travel is forecast to…

Regional Resources for Farmer Veterans By: 11/19/2014 @ 1:09pm

“I have not had the kind of trauma, stresses, or the experiences many of our veterans have had,” says Krysta Harden…

A Value-Added Grant to Help Farmers By: 01/08/2016 @ 11:26am

Dairy farmers Dave and Carolee Rapson faced tough choices several years ago. High feed prices were choking profits from…

Campaign $$$ and Agriculture By: 05/28/2015 @ 1:52pm

One evening during the Commodity Classic in Phoenix last winter, members of the National Corn Growers Association gathered in a hotel ballroom to bid at an auction. It wasn't farm machinery on the block…

Q&A: Al Franken, Senator & Former SNL Writer By: 04/14/2015 @ 3:03pm

The creator of the Saturday Night Live self-help guru Stuart Smalley is becoming a big presence in his second term as a U.S. senator. He’s been on national TV backing net neutrality, but Minnesotans have…

Farm Bill SCO: More Useful Than Raising Coverage? By: 01/29/2015 @ 12:09pm

As if figuring out new farm commodity programs isn’t complicated enough, the 2014 Farm Bill offers a new crop insurance endorsement, the supplemental coverage option (SCO), that you may be able to add to…

Building an ARC By: 12/16/2014 @ 11:16am

When the Agricultural Act of 2014 became law last February, the Farm Bill’s new Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) program seemed best in the Corn Belt. ARC is a revenue program tied to rolling averages of a…

Farm Program Choices: Treat Symptoms Or Address Causes? By: 12/03/2014 @ 10:30am

When it comes to developing policy prescriptions to deal with the dynamic of long periods of low prices interrupted by much shorter periods of high prices, two approaches are possible: one approach provides…

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