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NRCS Offers $332 Million to Protect Farmland, Wetlands, Grasslands By: 03/31/2015 @ 11:11am

This year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) is offering up $332 million through the Agricultural Conservation…

Broin: Expand ethanol to avoid hard times By: 04/24/2015 @ 4:39pm

Telling corn farmers that ethanol is vital for decent prices could be preaching to the choir. After all, USDA projects…

Opportunities Abound for Farmers as Temps Rise -- Climate Change Evangelist By: 04/24/2015 @ 10:47am

Katharine Hayhoe lived up to her reputation as a down-to-earth atmospheric scientist at an Iowa State University Earth…

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Most of Ag Welcomes Fast Track Bill By: 04/16/2015 @ 5:30pm

Commodity groups and the American Farm Bureau Federation welcomed the introduction Thursday of bills that support granting Trade Promotion Authority to the Obama Administration. The fast-track legislation, if…

House Repeals Estate Tax But Obama Veto Likely By: 04/16/2015 @ 5:04pm

By a vote of 240-179, the U.S. House voted to repeal the estate tax Thursday. President Barack Obama is expected to veto the bill, if it also passes the Senate, which is considered unlikely.Still, the vote…

USDA Extends ARC, PLC Selection Deadline By: 03/27/2015 @ 12:00pm

If you're stressing to meet next week's deadline for selecting the federal crop insurance program that's right for your farm, you have another week to breathe.Secretary of Agriculture Tom…

USDA Moves to Keep Nonfarmers From Program Payments By: 03/24/2015 @ 12:32pm

The federal government is taking steps to make sure a larger share of the overall amount of money devoted to farm payments actually winds up in farmers' hands. On Tuesday, USDA officials announced…

Are the Farm Bill Computer Models Always Right? By: 03/23/2015 @ 10:44am

What if federal farm program payment calculators aren't accurate? Here are a few reasons a farmer may not want to follow model results precisely.A. If the 2014 ARC-CO wheat payment is at a maximum for…

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