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Trump’s Health Insurance Promise Fails; No Relief in Sight – DTN

Trump’s Health Insurance Promise Fails; No Relief in Sight – DTN

👤By Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor 🕔Mar 28, 2017

The failure of the House health insurance bill last week leaves farmers and other small business people without any relief from increasingly higher premiums.   The defeat of the bill last Friday left House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., declaring “Obamacare

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Mergers: EU Approves Dow-Dupont; ChemChina-Syngenta and Bayer-Monsanto Not There Yet – DTN

Mergers: EU Approves Dow-Dupont; ChemChina-Syngenta and Bayer-Monsanto Not There Yet – DTN

👤By Emily Unglesbee DTN Staff Reporter 🕔Mar 28, 2017

Despite initial backlash to the proposed mega-mergers among agro-chemical companies in the past two years, some of the deals appear to be inching toward finality.   Most recently, the European Commission approved the Dow Chemical and DuPont marriage, and some

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Livestock Producers and Industry Divided Over USDA Proposed Rules – DTN

Livestock Producers and Industry Divided Over USDA Proposed Rules – DTN

👤By Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor 🕔Mar 27, 2017

Major livestock and meatpacker groups on Friday (3/27/2017) called on USDA to withdraw proposed rule changes to the Packers and Stockyards Act.   The extended comment period ended Friday for an interim final rule and proposed rules under the Grain

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Per Acre Payment Caps – Don’t Expect Them to Go Away

Per Acre Payment Caps – Don’t Expect Them to Go Away

👤By Nick Paulson, Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess, University of Illinois; and Carl Zulauf, Ohio State University 🕔Mar 27, 2017

Limits on payments by farm commodity programs have been a contentious issue in recent farm bills. Several types of limits now exist, including a 10% cap on the payment per base acre by ARC (Agriculture Risk Coverage). This 10% cap

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AgFax Weekend: Tips on Overlapping Residuals; USDA Gives Wildfire Aid

AgFax Weekend: Tips on Overlapping Residuals; USDA Gives Wildfire Aid

👤AgFax Staff 🕔Mar 24, 2017

In this week’s AgFax Weekend – Tips on Overlapping Residuals; USDA Gives Wildfire Aid; Farmers, Ag Lenders – What’s Your Financial Category?; and more.

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Farm Policy: Senate Ag Committee Interviews USDA Nominee Sonny Perdue

Farm Policy: Senate Ag Committee Interviews USDA Nominee Sonny Perdue

👤By Keith Good, Farm Policy News 🕔Mar 24, 2017

Yesterday, Thursday March 23, the Senate Ag Committee held a hearing to consider the nomination of Sonny Perdue to be Secretary of Agriculture.  Issues associated with the Trump Administration’s proposed USDA budget cuts, trade policy, and labor were among the topics discussed

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White House Advisor Covers Ag Topics: Trade, Workforce, Infrastructure – DTN

White House Advisor Covers Ag Topics: Trade, Workforce, Infrastructure – DTN

👤By Jerry Hagstrom DTN Political Correspondent 🕔Mar 23, 2017

President Donald Trump’s No. 1 priority for agriculture is international trade, followed by a “reliable, affordable workforce,” Ray Starling, special assistant to the president for agriculture on the National Economic Council, told a National Ag Day event at the National

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Wildfires: USDA Has $6Mln for Farmers and Ranchers in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas – DTN

Wildfires: USDA Has $6Mln for Farmers and Ranchers in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas – DTN

👤By Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor 🕔Mar 23, 2017

USDA on Tuesday announced $6 million in conservation program funds has been set aside specifically for farmers and ranchers hit by wildfires in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.  The $6 million comes from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The funding

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Farmers and Ag Lenders: You Can’t Afford NOT to Read This – DTN

Farmers and Ag Lenders: You Can’t Afford NOT to Read This – DTN

👤By Danny Klinefelter DTN Farm Business Adviser 🕔Mar 22, 2017

I recently attended a Farm Credit Director Development program in Charleston, South Carolina, where Dave Kohl presented an agricultural economic update. I thought his presentation was exceptional.  He described agricultural producers as fitting into one of 3 categories: still profitable

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U.S. River Locks, Dams, Levees Get Grade “D” from Engineers Group – DTN

U.S. River Locks, Dams, Levees Get Grade “D” from Engineers Group – DTN

👤By Mary Kennedy DTN Basis Analyst 🕔Mar 21, 2017

The nation’s infrastructure received an average grade of D+ in the American Society of Civil Engineers‘ (ASCE) 2017 Infrastructure Report Card released on March 9. The report is an assessment of the conditions of the nation’s infrastructure across 16 categories.

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