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Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill By: 02/24/2015 @ 3:55pm

The Keystone XL cross-country oil pipeline is headed back to the drawing board.On Tuesday, President Barack Obama notified Congressional leaders his intention to veto…

Prevented Planting Jitters By: 02/26/2015 @ 2:09pm

Something about prevented-planting coverage under federal crop insurance makes delegates to the National Corn Growers…

NCGA Lobbyist Sees Threats and Opportunities By: 02/25/2015 @ 7:06pm

Congress would take actions helpful to agriculture and rural America, but it also may trim important farm programs, Jon…

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Vilsack Hedges on Farm Bill Sign-Up Extension By: 02/24/2015 @ 11:47am

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and the USDA got high marks from farmers and members of the Senate Agriculture Committee Tuesday at an oversight hearing in Washington led by the new Committee Chairman Pat…

CSP Sign-Up Extended to March 13 By: 02/24/2015 @ 9:34am

The USDA is announcing today that enrollment in the Conservation Stewardship Program for 2015 has been extended from February 27 to March 13. The program allows continuous enrollment, but the end of this month…

FSA Promotes Decision-Making By: 02/20/2015 @ 5:32pm

USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini was in Iowa Friday to visit with farmers, state and county FSA workers, and to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Conservation Reserve Program in a speech…

Farmland Property Taxes Would Skyrocket Under Proposed Kansas Law By: 02/19/2015 @ 11:30am

When you see that something is going to change by an amount in excess of 600%, it's something of an eye-opener. When a lawmaker from an urban part of Kansas proposed a bill that would ratchet up that…

89 Million Corn Acres & 83.5 Million Soybean Acres This Year -- USDA By: 02/19/2015 @ 8:15am

U.S. farmers will plant slightly less land to soybeans this year than the record acreage of 2014 and will plant more corn than originally projected, said the Agriculture Department at its Outlook Forum on…

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