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What the Scotland Independence Vote Means to Farmers By: 09/15/2014 @ 12:48pm

This Thursday will be a momentous moment in Scotland’s history as the country decides whether or not it will break up the 307-year-old United Kingdom and claim…

USDA Finalizes ARC, PLC; Base Acre Allocation Starts Monday By: 09/25/2014 @ 12:53pm

The federal government officially rolled out new programs that are intended to provide financial support for farmers in…

Senate Committee Takes on Rail Delays By: 09/17/2014 @ 6:06pm

The Senate Commerce Committee passed a bipartisan bill Wednesday that gives the Surface Transportation Board more clout…

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Find That FSA Letter Soon By: 09/11/2014 @ 1:23pm

Remember that letter you got from your local Farm Service Agency office in late July or early August? It’s the one that told you the base acres you have for each program crop on farms you own or operate. If…

Enrolled in CSP? A Big Deadline Is Approaching By: 09/03/2014 @ 8:40am

If you're enrolled in the USDA-NRCS Conservation Security Program (CSP), an important date is coming up.You've got until September 12 to reenroll in the program for the next five years if your…

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 levels of production. Unless there is a…

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 EPA is still working on the final 2014 blending levels that will be mandated under the…

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 bill to replenish the Highway Trust Fund that the Senate had amended earlier in the week…

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