Farming and Your Freedom
With all of the enemies the farm bill has, who needs friends? One of the techniques those in the United States Senate who are anti-farm bill use is the complaint that its provisions are not “transparent” enough. In fact, in the final days of the senate’s fight over farm bill provisions, severa...Read More
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Is there a problem with crop insurance as we know it? One Iowa State University (ISU) economist thinks the answer is yes. According to Dar Danielson of Radio Iowa, ISU economist Bruce Babcock recently issued a report that finds that government incentives (read subsidies) to help producers pay for th...Read More
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Sometimes governmental regulations can have a beneficial affect on an industry. Recently, key members of what the American Soybean Association (ASA) calls “the U.S. agricultural value chain,” joined together to praise the work of the U.S. and other like-minded governments in promoting the import...Read More
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The Federal Government, despite sequester and harder times, is a big buyer — of almost everything. Now, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack has nudged it into being arbiter for purchases of corn stover, the residue of corn processing that could expand ethanol without cutting into corn supplies for feed and f...Read More
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In the recent national election, it became painfully clear that Hispanics in America are now a force to be reckoned with. Many politicians who were less than sensitive to issues of interest to Hispanics paid the price at the polls in November. It might be instructive to realize that the farming indu...Read More
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  Sure, there’s been some snow this winter, but enough to cut the drought deficit in the Upper Midwest? Nope. And, the drought has cut into the corn supply, too, resulting in constrictions for the ethanol industry, constrictions of a very serious nature. This winter, ethanol producers are seeing ...Read More
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Everyone knows that the “family farm” as we have always known it is under pressure in the corporate, marketing pressure cooker in which we all live and function these days, but the real question for farmers is this: Will your family farm continue when you are ready to pass it on? According to Ro...Read More
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Obamacare, Obamacare, Obamacare. Sick of hearing about it? Well, don’t be, because most of its provisions are yet to be promulgated, and the Affordable Healthcare Act will have a far-reaching impact on rural America. Obamacare became law March 23, 2010. The act’s anniversary is fast-approaching,...Read More
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In a world where big is now often small, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new microloan program could have a great impact on little farmers’ lives. The program was announced in Memphis, Tenn., Jan. 15, by Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack. It is designed to aid “small and family...Read More
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