WASHINGTON — All farm major programs combined — crop insurance, subsidies and conservation — will cost only about $221 billion over the next 10 years, comprising only 18 percent of Agriculture Department spending, according to statistics released by the Congressional Budget Office as it released its annual budget estimates.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota is a headwaters state for three major watersheds — the Mississippi River, the Red River and Great Lakes.
That means a rain drop that falls on a Minnesota farm field can end up in the Gulf of Mexico, Hudson Bay or the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It also means that decisions made in management of Minnesota land — whether urban, suburban or rural — can make a difference thousands of miles away.
WASHINGTON — Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., is preparing to introduce a farm bill commodity title that would guarantee farmers 90 percent of crop revenue on their individual operations, a top aide says.
FARGO, N.D. — MF Global customers need to submit claims against the bankrupt brokerage firm before a Jan. 31 deadline, says U.S. Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., chairman of the Budget Committee and a high-ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee.
Commodity prices have tumbled recently. But what most people don’t know is it isn’t from a market factor, but a government factor. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission wasn’t doing what Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., wanted done, so the leader was replaced.
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