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Diesel, Gas Prices Dip Slightly

Diesel, Gas Prices Dip Slightly

👤From the Energy Information Administration 🕔Aug 23, 2017

The U.S. average diesel fuel price fell less than 1 cent, remaining at $2.60 per gallon on August 21, 23 cents higher than a year ago. The East Coast, Midwest, and Gulf Coast prices each fell less than one cent,

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Farm Bill History: Why the 1996 Bill Didn’t Work and 2002 Was a Throwback – Commentary

Farm Bill History: Why the 1996 Bill Didn’t Work and 2002 Was a Throwback – Commentary

👤By Harwood D. Schaffer and Daryll E. Ray, Agricultural Policy Analysis Center 🕔Aug 22, 2017

With the increasing costs of the various titled emergency payments and loan deficiency payments (LDPs) in the 1998-2001 period, Congress found itself in the position of needing to stanch the high costs that had resulted from the adoption of the

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Tax Reform: The Good, The Bad, and Will It Happen? – DTN

Tax Reform: The Good, The Bad, and Will It Happen? – DTN

👤By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor 🕔Aug 22, 2017

Donna Funk, a principal for K-Coe Isom out of Kansas, had a tough task last week at the American Coalition for Ethanol annual meeting trying to explain the status of tax reform and the impact on ethanol producers. Funk was

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U.S. Pork Products Going to Argentina After 25 Year “Ban” – DTN

U.S. Pork Products Going to Argentina After 25 Year “Ban” – DTN

👤By Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor 🕔Aug 21, 2017

The White House announced Thursday that Argentina has agreed to accept U.S. pork products for the first time since 1992. The announcement comes after a meeting between U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Argentine President Mauricio Macri earlier this week. 

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Heat Stress: Plants Must Act Surprisingly Quickly to Survive, Says Study

Heat Stress: Plants Must Act Surprisingly Quickly to Survive, Says Study

👤From University of Massachusetts at Amherst 🕔Aug 21, 2017

In new results reported in The Plant Cell, molecular biologist Elizabeth Vierling at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and colleagues in India and China report finding a crucial mechanism that plants need to recover from heat stress. She points out that

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Farm Policy: Lawmakers Listen, Comment on Farm Bill on Aug. Recess

Farm Policy: Lawmakers Listen, Comment on Farm Bill on Aug. Recess

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Aug 21, 2017

Today’s update looks at recent news articles highlighting agricultural economic variables, as well as Farm Bill observations from lawmakers, and some of the ag related activities Members have held with constituents during the August recess.   Today’s overview also includes

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AgFax Weekend: USDA Curve Ball; Farm Bill Distractions

AgFax Weekend: USDA Curve Ball; Farm Bill Distractions

👤AgFax Staff 🕔Aug 18, 2017

In this week’s AgFax Weekend – USDA Curve Ball; Farm Bill Distractions; Dicamba Was Causing Problems 16 Years Ago; and more.

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Waters of the U.S. Rule: Public Comment Period Extended – DTN

Waters of the U.S. Rule: Public Comment Period Extended – DTN

👤By Todd Neeley DTN Staff Reporter 🕔Aug 18, 2017

The federal government has extended the public comment period on a waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule that would revert the definition of navigable waters to the pre-2015 regulation.   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S.

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Clean Water Act Still Alive – California Farmer Settles Lawsuit with Corps of Engineers

Clean Water Act Still Alive – California Farmer Settles Lawsuit with Corps of Engineers

👤By Tiffany Lashmet, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Agricultural Law, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension. 🕔Aug 18, 2017

This week, it was announced that the parties have reached a settlement agreement in the Duarte Nursery v. Army Corps of Engineers.  This case has been a high-profile concern for landowners and agricultural producers across the United States.   Background In 2012,

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Drought Outlook: Expect Improvements for the Midwest, Plains to Remain Dry

Drought Outlook: Expect Improvements for the Midwest, Plains to Remain Dry

👤Edited by Ernst Undesser, AgFax Web Editor, with Information from Adam Allgood, NOAA 🕔Aug 17, 2017

During the boreal fall months, climatological precipitation decreases across the Plains, and increases over the Northwest, while the transitional month of October is generally a drier time of year for much of the Nation. Above normal temperatures are favored to

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