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What’s Next for the RFS? By: 11/21/2014 @ 3:57pm

When the EPA announced today that it’s rolling the final blending mandate for 2014 into next year, it appeared to create more uncertainty for the industry and more…

EPA Punts RFS into 2015 By: 11/21/2014 @ 12:52pm

The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it won't issue a final 2014 rule for blending ethanol…

President Obama Lays Out Immigration Reform Plans By: 11/20/2014 @ 8:25pm

In his address to the nation focusing on steps moving forward on federal immigration policy, President Barack Obama…

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Immigration and Farm Labor Changes Ahead? By: 11/20/2014 @ 12:26pm

Whether your farm or ranch depends directly on immigrant labor or not, chances are high that workers who have emigrated to the U.S. -- legally or illegally -- are part of the process of getting what you…

Farming and the November 4 Elections By: 11/05/2014 @ 5:13pm

The father of the “Freedom to Farm” law, Pat Roberts of Kansas, is all but certain to chair the Senate Agriculture Committee in 2015 following a surprisingly large victory for reelection. Roberts defeated…

Will Ethanol Ride the GOP Wave? By: 11/05/2014 @ 4:56pm

Bruce Braley, the Iowa Democrat who lost his bid to be a U.S. Senator Tuesday, famously told a group of lawyers in Texas that if Republicans gained control of the Senate, the next chair of the Judiciary…

Subtle Changes in Ag Policy? By: 11/05/2014 @ 1:18pm

Even before Tuesday’s Republican wave became a tsunami that gives the GOP a strong Senate majority, one of its senior members, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) told reporters that he doesn’t expect major…

2014 Harvest Prices for Crop Insurance By: 11/04/2014 @ 2:14pm

Harvest prices used in crop insurance payment calculations for corn and soybeans grown in Midwest states equal the average of settlement prices on futures contracts during October. Since October is over…

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