STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Do you get excited about National Ag Week?
I pay little attention to "special" days, weeks and months that promote awareness of a particular product, cause or issue. No doubt they have their uses, but to me they've always seemed artificial and... Posted on 3/28/14 at 11:09 AM
CHICAGO — The United States cut its corn harvest estimate 12 percent and said inventories next year will be smaller than forecast in June as the worst Midwest drought since 1988 erodes prospects for a record crop.
ST. PAUL — Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President, was re-elected by state presidents as secretary of the National Farmers Union Board of Directors at the NFU Convention recently in Omaha, Neb. This will be Peterson’s third term as secretary.
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will continue to advise the Agriculture Department on the USDA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s rewrite of the rule governing the Packers and Stockyards Act, outgoing Assistant Attorney General Christine Varney said July 12.
BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo might seem like an unlikely person to be pushing a bill to cut federal taxes on small beer-makers: A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he abstains from alcohol.
But Crapo’s effort, with senators from Oregon, Massachusetts and Maine, illustrates the deep bond between Idaho Mormons and the beer industry.
By John Miller, The Associated Press
, September 09, 2010
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers crafting a sweeping farm bill in 2008 promised it would cut government payments to wealthy farmers. Two years later, little appears to have changed.
Data made public Wednesday shows that the wealthiest farmers in the country are still receiving the bulk of government cash, despite claims from lawmakers that reforms in the bill would put more money in the hands of smaller farms. At the same time, a series of exemptions written into the bill has made it more difficult for the public to find out who is receiving what.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Farmers are expected to boost corn and soybean acreage to historic highs this year, boosting overall grain reserves to unexpectedly high levels and driving down food prices, according to an Agriculture Department estimate released Wednesday.
Farmers will plant a record-high soybean crop while boosting the amount of corn acres by 3 percent this spring, the Agriculture Department reported. The higher-than-expected supply forecast caused a steep drop in crop futures on the Chicago Board of Trade.
The mystery started the day farmer Russ Kremer got between a jealous boar and a sow in heat.
The boar gored Kremer in the knee with a razor-sharp tusk. The burly pig farmer shrugged it off, figuring: “You pour the blood out of your boot and go on.”
But Kremer’s red-hot leg ballooned to double its size. A strep infection spread, threatening his life and baffling doctors. Two months of multiple antibiotics did virtually nothing.
By Margie Mason and Martha Mendoza, The Associated Press
, December 29, 2009
Rural areas in middle America are being hit particularly hard by what could be another dip into recession for the region, according to a survey of business leaders and supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states released Tuesday.
PIERRE — Another stretch of South Dakota highway is getting a special name from our state’s past.
A century ago, Stanley County rancher Scotty Philip had the foresight to preserve some of the last American bison remaining on the plains.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with the prospect of losing key oversight powers, members of the House Agriculture Committee and regulators on Tuesday blasted an Obama administration proposal to overhaul financial rules.
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