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A guide to the government shutdown at USDA
If the U.S. Department of Agriculture shuts down at midnight tonight, food stamp benefits will be delivered for the month of October, forest fires will continue to be fought, meat and poultry will still be inspected, grain inspection will continue, laboratory animals will be fed and the rural development division will still monitor government loans.
Monday, September, 30, 2013 - Agweek - News

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Robin Hood in reverse on the farm
Nothing more sharply illustrates the immortal nature of government than the federal farm program, which began during the New Deal as a “temporary” relief measure for the rural poor and which now, in its 80th year, flourishes as a permanent entitlement for the rich.
Monday, September, 30, 2013 - Agweek - Opinion

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EU policymakers agree on new CAP
European Union policymakers on Sept. 24 reached final agreement on a new version of the Common Agricultural Policy that will cut direct payments to the largest farmers and provide more money for rural development programs.
Monday, September, 30, 2013 - Agweek - Markets

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Oil and ag compete for role of ND's biggest industry
Is the oil industry now bigger than farming in North Dakota? The latest figures are rather startling, raising eyebrows on even oil industry experts gathered in Grand Forks this week who are most in touch with the boom that hasn’t leveled off after six years.
Monday, September, 23, 2013 - Forum News Service - News

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House could vote soon on farm bill
The House of Representatives appears poised to vote on a bill to cut $40 billion from the food stamp program over 10 years, possibly creating the ground work for a farm bill conference with the Senate and passage of a bill later this year.
Monday, September, 16, 2013 - - News

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ND farmers flying into D.C. to push for farm bill
Everyone has to eat. That’s the motto southwest North Dakota farmers Jim Kerzman and Bob Kuylen have, and it’s the sentiment they’re taking with them to Washington, D.C., this week as part of the National Farmers Union’s annual fly-in event to lobby members of Congress to support the farm bill.
Tuesday, September, 10, 2013 - Forum News Service - News

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ND land values peak
No one knows the future, but there is a good possibility that we have seen the last of the rising land value reports for a while.
Monday, September, 09, 2013 - Agweek - News

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Sharing the risks of biomass crops
Farmers who grow corn and soybeans can take advantage of government price support programs and crop insurance, but similar programs are not available for those who grow biomass crops such as Miscanthus.
Monday, September, 09, 2013 - Agweek - News

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American Crystal gets another federal loan
American Crystal Sugar Co. of Moorhead, Minn., has taken out a U.S. Department of Agriculture loan on $71.2 million of sugar, in a move that effectively doubles its potential for forfeitures at the end of the federal fiscal year, Sept. 30.
Monday, September, 09, 2013 - Agweek - News

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Harvest Revving up
In the midst of a poor sugar price climate, and with a 22-month labor lockout ended, American Crystal Sugar Co. plans to start its pre-pile sugar beet harvest on Sept. 3.
Tuesday, September, 03, 2013 - Agweek - News

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RMA removes normal weather provision from prevented plant policy
The agency eliminated the “normal weather” provision, meaning farmers can collect prevented plant insurance, as long as they’ve planted in one of four previous years, regardless of weather situation in the year they planted. The provision has been a sticking point for some farmers trying to collect prevented plant insurance for their 2013 crops, as RMA had classified 2012 as an “abnormally dry” year, thereby disqualifying it for inclusion in the one-in-four rule.
Monday, August, 26, 2013 - Agweek - News

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Farmers face uncertainty
Political posturing about who or what is delaying action on a much-needed farm bill came into sharper focus when the Republican speaker of the U.S. House refused to appoint members to a conference committee.
Monday, August, 26, 2013 - Agweek - Opinion

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Fix problems in farm bill
During his visit to Minnesota’s annual Farmfest, Forum News Service reporter Don Davis found more apathy than anxiety. Farmers just didn’t seem too concerned about the lack of a farm bill.
Monday, August, 19, 2013 - Agweek - Opinion

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SD bridge loans can help with ag land purchases
South Dakota Agriculture Secretary Lucas Lentsch says a new state bridge loan program can help farmers and ranchers continue with an agricultural real estate purchase when Farm Service Agency funds may not be readily available.
Wednesday, August, 14, 2013 - - News

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Vilsack talks cotton payments, GMO with Brazilian officials
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has told Brazilian officials that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is running out of money and authority to make payments in the World Trade Organization cotton subsidies agreement. But he urged them to buy U.S. wheat, beef and pork exports and find ways to cooperate with the U.S. on biotechnology and biofuels policy.
Thursday, August, 08, 2013 - Agweek - News

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USDA says it will stop cotton payments to Brazil
The United States will cease paying a $147 million annual settlement to Brazil that is part of a long-running trade dispute over cotton subsidies, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday.
Wednesday, August, 07, 2013 - Associated Press - News

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Millions in subsidies go to deceased farmers
The federal government pays millions of dollars in farm subsidies each year to farmers who have died, because the U.S. Department of Agriculture lacks the proper controls to make sure the money it sends is going to the right people, a government audit has found.
Monday, August, 05, 2013 - New York Times News Service - News

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Beef plant has a long road
It has been a long, jagged, surreal journey for the Northern Beef Packers plant in Aberdeen, S.D.
Monday, August, 05, 2013 - - Opinion

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House refuses to appoint conferees on farm bill
Three Upper Midwest senators have been named conferees on the farm bill. But the House Republican leadership’s refusal to appoint conferees and a plan for the House to vote on a big cut to the food stamp program means prospects for the bill passing this year have dimmed.
Friday, August, 02, 2013 - Agweek - News

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Pakistan eyes biggest wheat imports in 5 years as local supply dwindles
Pakistan is set to become a net wheat importer this year with purchases climbing to the highest in five years after delayed planting and reduced fertilizer use hit domestic output and drove up local prices.
Thursday, August, 01, 2013 - Reuters - News

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