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Cuba Thaw Favors Ag By: 12/17/2014 @ 4:55pm

The Obama administration decision to normalize relations with Cuba, which one official called the most significant change in policy toward the country in half a century…

Payment Limit Rule in 2015 By: 12/17/2014 @ 4:43pm

USDA rules on who is considered actively engaged in farming and eligible to receive commodity program payments should…

Senate OKs Section 179 Deduction; Act Quickly To Claim By Year's End By: 12/17/2014 @ 9:45am

With just shy of 2 weeks left until the end of the year, Congress has finally made it official: The IRS Section 179 tax…

Ukrainian-Russian war: The Further On, The Stranger By: 12/11/2014 @ 3:42pm

On the onset of World War II after the invasion of German troops into Poland in September 1939, the United Kingdom and France declared war on Germany. But for about 9 months, there were no any significant…

LSP: Crop Insurance Less Helpful to Beginners By: 12/09/2014 @ 3:53pm

Tuesday Minnesota’s Land Stewardship Project released the last of three white papers that criticize the nation’s crop insurance program. It’s third main point is that crop insurance offers revenue…

Barge Fuel Fee Moves A Step Closer To Lock And Dam Repairs By: 12/04/2014 @ 5:03pm

For years, the aged infrastructure for barge transportation -- including those that carry grain from upriver delivery points to terminals in the port at New Orleans, Louisiana, from where U.S. grain makes its…

Happy Form-Filling Days! By: 12/03/2014 @ 4:06pm

For weeks, now, Iowa State University Extension farm management specialist Steve Johnson has been urging farmers and landowners to make decisions about their official FSA base acres and farm program yields…

A Second Crop Insurance Critique By: 12/02/2014 @ 5:25pm

On Tuesday a Minnesota farm group released the second of three white papers on what it charges are flaws in the nation’s crop insurance program.Federal crop insurance has become an engine for consolidating…

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