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Ethanol mandate hurts environment
Congress has a rare opportunity to finally fix a legislative and financial fiasco: It can and should repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard once and for all. Repeal of the standard would result in a big gain for American taxpayers who have been footing the bill for higher energy and food prices — based on false promises.
Monday, March, 10, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Caterpillar threatens Brazilian breadbasket
Brazilian farmers are battling a voracious caterpillar that likely arrived from Asia, challenging the agricultural superpower’s widely touted mastery of tropical farming, just as it is on the verge of becoming the world’s top soybean producer.
Monday, March, 10, 2014 - Reuters - News

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Ag census shows stability
This week, U.S. Department of Agriculture released preliminary data from the 2012 Census of Agriculture that provides a snapshot of a rural America that remains stable in the face of difficult economic times.
Monday, March, 03, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Shale oil changes all
It will be great to be a U.S. farmer in the next decade, if half of what Peter Zeihan predicts comes true. And it won’t be much fun to be in Canada, China or Europe.
Monday, February, 24, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Ag tax relief highlight of rural initiatives
ST. PAUL — Rural Minnesotans’ ears will be burning when state legislators return to the Capitol Feb. 25 for their 2014 session. House Speaker Paul Thissen, D-Minneapolis, promises a variety of greater Minnesota issues will be debated, especially a provision to lower ever-increasing property taxes on some farmland.
Monday, February, 24, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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UK floods pose threat to animal welfare
The immediate threat to British agriculture from floods and storms has put animal welfare in the spotlight, but in the long-term increasingly erratic weather is likely deter investment, despite continuing global growth in demand for food.
Wednesday, February, 19, 2014 - - News

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US food companies find going 'non-GMO' no easy feat
U.S. food companies are rushing to offer consumers thousands of products free of genetically modified ingredients, but are finding the effort costly and cumbersome in a landscape dominated by the controversial biotech crops.
Tuesday, February, 18, 2014 - Reuters - News

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Report: Institutional investors grow influence on US farmland
Institutional investors are buying up U.S. farmland at a rapid rate, and their influence is starting to shift the types of crops grown and the way the land is managed, according to a report issued Feb. 18.
Tuesday, February, 18, 2014 - Reuters - News

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Propane still short as agencies act
Chaz Keffeler, 21, works with his father, Todd Keffeler, providing propane for Enning (S.D.) Propane customers throughout Meade County — the third-largest county in the U.S., stretching nearly 200 miles from Faith, S.D., to Sturgis and Piedmont, north of Rapid City.
Monday, February, 17, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Pipeline increases propane flow
A pipeline company promises it will ship more propane to the Midwest and Northeast.
Tuesday, February, 11, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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Drought forces Calif. farmers to idle cropland
Drought-stricken California farmers facing drastic cutbacks in irrigation water are expected to idle some 500,000 acres of cropland this year in a record production loss that could cause billions of dollars in economic damage, industry officials say. Large-scale crop losses in California, the No. 1 U.S. farm state producing half the nation’s fruits and vegetables, would undoubtedly lead to higher consumer prices, especially for tree and vine produce grown only there. But experts say it is too soon to quantify the effect.
Monday, February, 10, 2014 - Reuters - News

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2013 Index shows moderate land price increase
An annual index of farmland values increased 17 percent in North Dakota in 2013, according to an annual report by a state land appraisers group.
Monday, February, 03, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Food security, rural environment top priorities for China
China’s top policy priorities for 2014 will be improving the rural environment and maintaining food security, according to a key policy document published by the official Xinhua news agency. The “number one document,” issued every January by the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, sets the country’s policy priorities for the year, and has focused on rural matters every year since 2003.
Monday, February, 03, 2014 - - News

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Pests threaten biofuel crops
I love the winter (or at least parts of it). Reading books, watching movies, playing games, sitting by the fire. The general pace of life slows down and gives time for reflection on the past year and planning for the future.
Monday, January, 27, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Precision Ag Summit draws large crowd for third year
Google Glass takes center stage at the event, demonstrating how farmers use can use the "smartphone on your face."
Tuesday, January, 21, 2014 - Agweek - News

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China keeps policies to protect farmland
China will stick with policies to maintain food self-sufficiency and protect farmland from urban encroachment, dampening speculation that new reforms would give the market a bigger say in food supply and rural development.
Monday, January, 13, 2014 - - News

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Ag drainage and environmental concerns
For years, conservationists in Minnesota have been concerned about agricultural drainage of Minnesota’s farmlands. Miles upon miles of underground tile have been installed through private lands as a way to remove excess water and improve crop yields. What benefits the farmers, though, has come at a cost to the environment, some say.
Monday, January, 13, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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Bigger farms, younger farmers
Until a few years ago, Travis Dagman was an architect in the Twin Cities. His wife, Dana, was a facilities manager there. Now they farm about 2,500 acres near Enderlin, N.D. By historical standards, that’s a large farm. By current standards, it’s not.
Monday, January, 13, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Gulf states seek food security
With their farming projects in some of the poorest African nations sometimes arousing local hostility, wealthy Arab investors are turning to developed countries that comfortably produce more food than they consume.
Monday, January, 06, 2014 - Reuters - News

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China: land too polluted to farm
About 3.33 million hectares (8 million acres) of China’s farmland is too polluted to grow crops, a government official says, highlighting the risk facing agriculture after three decades of rapid industrial growth.
Monday, January, 06, 2014 - - News

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