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Market-Following Farm Programs: 'No Protection At All' Once Perfected By: 08/13/2014 @ 8:13am

As the annual crop tours end, it is evident that, in the absence of an extremely early frost or other weather event, the U.S. corn and soybean crops could achieve record…

EPA Bracing for RFS Lawsuit By: 08/05/2014 @ 5:09pm

An official with the Environmental Protection Agency told members of the American Coalition for Ethanol Tuesday that…

Highway Fund Replenished By: 08/01/2014 @ 9:27am

Thursday the U.S. Senate reached what some have called the "highway cliff" and blinked. It passed an $11 billion House…

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Final RFS Rule Soon By: 07/24/2014 @ 2:55pm

Senator Al Franken (D-MN) told reporters Thursday after meeting with an adviser to President Barack Obama that a final rule on blending volumes for ethanol and biodiesel will be out soon.Franken and a group of…

Water Rules War Goes On By: 07/10/2014 @ 5:21pm

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy continued her Midwest campaign to defend her agency's proposed rule on the waters of the U.S. this week with a visit Thursday to the Kansas City AgriBusiness Council. She…

Certifying Acres is Still Crucial -- FSA By: 06/10/2014 @ 5:51pm

It's a long-standing annual ritual: Plant, spray, then drive over to your local Farm Service Agency office to certify your acres.This year, even though the sign-up for commodity programs in the new farm…

ASA Fights for Biodiesel By: 05/30/2014 @ 5:05pm

Soybean farmers are worried that the Obama Administration will abandon its support for increasing biodiesel use when the Environmental Protection Agency releases its final rule for the 2014 Renewable Fuel…

USDA Funds Farm Bill Education By: 05/29/2014 @ 6:01pm

Thursday the USDA announced which universities will lead the effort to explain complicated new farm programs to producers, and offered a glimpse of the timetable for making key decisions.As authorized by the…

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