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Bayer-Monsanto: Critics Push DOJ to Reject Merger, 1 Mln Signatures – DTN

Bayer-Monsanto: Critics Push DOJ to Reject Merger, 1 Mln Signatures – DTN

πŸ‘€By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor 🕔Nov 16, 2017

Critics of agricultural consolidation joined forces Tuesday in Washington to release reports calling on the Department of Justice to reject the merger between Bayer AG and Monsanto Co. Gathering at the National Press Club to air their grievances against the

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Crop Insurance: Two Senators Target Cuts to Save $21.1Bln – DTN

Crop Insurance: Two Senators Target Cuts to Save $21.1Bln – DTN

πŸ‘€By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor 🕔Nov 13, 2017

Corn and soybean farmers saw no benefit this fall from adding the harvest price option to their crop insurance plan, but that wasn’t enough to stop a pair of senators and a congressman from introducing legislation that would end the

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Tax Reform: ‘Unintended Consequences’, Conaway Says Will Fix Land Rental Tax – DTN

Tax Reform: ‘Unintended Consequences’, Conaway Says Will Fix Land Rental Tax – DTN

πŸ‘€By Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Edito 🕔Nov 10, 2017

The issue of tacking self-employment taxes to rental income was an “unintended consequence” of the House tax reform bill that should be fixed before the bill hits the House floor for full debate, according to Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas. Conaway

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Livestock: Oklahoma Beef Checkoff Fails – DTN

Livestock: Oklahoma Beef Checkoff Fails – DTN

πŸ‘€By Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor 🕔Nov 10, 2017

A vote to increase the Oklahoma beef checkoff by $1 has failed with 2,506 opposing the increase and 1,998 backing the measure. The debate leading up to the vote was an acrimonious affair among various groups. The outcome led to

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Tax Reform: Self-Employment Tax Looming for Landowners Leasing to Farmers or Family Partnership – DTN

Tax Reform: Self-Employment Tax Looming for Landowners Leasing to Farmers or Family Partnership – DTN

πŸ‘€By Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor 🕔Nov 8, 2017

The House tax-reform bill meant to lower taxes could lead to a self-employment tax hitting every landowner who leases land to a farmer and farmers who lease farmland to a family partnership. The tax bill would be 15.3% higher under

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USDA: Clovis Withdraws Over Russia Investigation and Lack of Science Education – DTN

USDA: Clovis Withdraws Over Russia Investigation and Lack of Science Education – DTN

πŸ‘€By Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor 🕔Nov 3, 2017

The White House confirmed Thursday that former Trump campaign co-chair Sam Clovis withdrew his nomination for USDA undersecretary for research, education and economics in a letter to the president. The White House has also issued the following comment on Clovis’

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Farmer Health Insurance Confusion: Cooperatives, Waivers, Tax Credits, and More – DTN

Farmer Health Insurance Confusion: Cooperatives, Waivers, Tax Credits, and More – DTN

πŸ‘€By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor 🕔Nov 1, 2017

Despite the continued political battles over the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” it remains the law, the marketplace for insurance still exists and enrollment starts Wednesday. Farmers in most of the country are left largely with the same health-insurance options

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Farming and Politics: Race for Tax Reform Begins – DTN

Farming and Politics: Race for Tax Reform Begins – DTN

πŸ‘€By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor 🕔Oct 30, 2017

The starting gun for a flat-out sprint to pass a tax-reform bill was fired Thursday when Congress passed a fiscal-year 2018 budget resolution. The White House on Friday sent out an array of bullet points touting the need for tax

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USDA Statistics: Accuracy Lacking on Cash Rents and Crop Estimates, Study Says – DTN

USDA Statistics: Accuracy Lacking on Cash Rents and Crop Estimates, Study Says – DTN

πŸ‘€By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor 🕔Oct 13, 2017

The National Academy of Sciences wants USDA’s lead statistical agency to develop new systems for gathering information for crop reports and other surveys. In a report released Wednesday, the National Academy highlighted that the National Agricultural Statistics Service could make

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Farm Economy Still Struggling, Says Federal Reserve – DTN

Farm Economy Still Struggling, Says Federal Reserve – DTN

πŸ‘€By Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor 🕔Aug 28, 2017

The U.S. and global economies are stronger, but the sluggish farm economy is starting to draw a little more attention from the Federal Reserve. Nathan Kauffman, an assistant vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Omaha branch,

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