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Texas A&M prof to discuss crop insurance at SDSU
A researcher from Texas A&M University will visit South Dakota State University on Friday for a free seminar on crop insurance.
Thursday, September, 05, 2013 - - News

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Let her eat cake
In an April column I mentioned I’d sung in First Lutheran Church choir in Worthington, Minn., when I was starting my journalism career. Agweek reader Jane Lukens of Aneta, N.D., saw this column and wondered if I remembered her aunt, Iris Westman, who had grown up in Aneta and sang in that same choir. Iris remembered me.
Tuesday, September, 03, 2013 - Agweek - Opinion

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Farmers approve of prevented planting crop insurance change
The Risk Management Agency has clarified a controversial “normal weather” provision in the federal crop insurance program. Producers and crop insurers said the provision, as written, was unrealistic and confusing.
Tuesday, August, 27, 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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A stark difference
The National Agricultural Statistics Service says crops are behind in the region. Nowhere is the difference between 2013 and 2012 more stark than in southern South Dakota.
Monday, August, 12, 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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Wetlands loss
An interactive map published by the Environmental working group shows the counties that have experienced the most dramatic conversions of wetlands, habitat and highly erodible lands to cropland.
Monday, August, 05, 2013 - Agweek - News

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Grabanski stops sale of his ND assets by filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy
Farmer Tom Grabanski has at least temporarily stopped a courthouse sale of his Grafton, N.D., home, as well as several other area properties, by filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The auction had been scheduled for July 30.
Tuesday, July, 30, 2013 - Agweek - News

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House farm bill a meager harvest
The House has finally passed a farm bill, and we’ll start our discussion by listing the legislation’s good points.
Monday, July, 29, 2013 - - Opinion

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Latest news
The Northern Beef Packer's plant in Aberdeen, S.D., delays employee paychecks, plans have been approved for the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D., and North Dakota's congressional delegation is pressuring the Risk Management Agency to clarify some of its policies on prevented plant insurance.
Monday, July, 22, 2013 - - News

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Prevented plant acres in ND total more than 4 million
A map released July 15 by the North Dakota state office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency shows the actual prevented plant acreage in the state is more than double the original estimate.
Monday, July, 15, 2013 - Agweek - News

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Latest news
A Minnesota farmer was killed in a tractor rollover, South Korea still plans to purchase Northwest wheat, and the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus may threaten U.S. pork prices.
Monday, July, 15, 2013 - Agweek Staff and Wire Reports - News

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Grabanski assets up for grabs
A creditor group from Colorado is moving forward with the sale of foreclosed property in North Dakota's Walsh County, including the home of former farmer and and elevator owner Tom Grabanski of Grafton, N.D.
Monday, July, 15, 2013 - Agweek - News

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House farm bill passage raises concern
Area farm group leaders have worked for two years on a new farm bill. They have a mixed reaction on whether legislation approved Thursday by the U.S. House is a step in the right direction.
Thursday, July, 11, 2013 - Agweek - News

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House passes farm bill without food stamps
A sharply divided U.S. House passed a farm bill 216-208 today amid complaints that it is the first time federal farm programs have become embroiled in partisan politics.
Thursday, July, 11, 2013 - Forum News Service - News

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Farm bill comes up again in House
A late Wednesday decision by the House Rules Committee sent the farm bill to the full House, first for a parliamentary debate and, if that passes, for a vote on the bill itself.
Thursday, July, 11, 2013 - Forum News Service - News

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GOP tries to split farm bill
U.S. House Republicans want to remove food stamps from a farm bill, then pass the previously defeated agriculture funding legislation on its own.
Wednesday, July, 10, 2013 - Forum News Service - News

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