Does rural America suffer under the ravages of climate change or does a low-carbon economy translate into economic opportunities in the Midwest and Great Plains? One of the nation's most dynamic and high-profile speakers on climate change, Katharine Hayhoe, will speak Wednesday in Iowa about the ways farmers and middle America can lead on climate change.
The rally cry of "death to estate taxes" won a symbolic vote in the U.S. House of Representatives last week, but few tax practitioners are taking the move seriously. In fact, some caution that House passage of the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015 will only give farmers and family business owners reason to procrastinate.
For those with 20-20 vision or the indifferent, the type size on food labels is a non-issue. For everyone else, the FDA's new rules are at best a half measure. A combination of a detailed back label and a "traffic light" seems a better option.
4/20 1:43PM May soybeans closed higher Monday, supported by commercial buying and news that China cut its reserve requirement for banks by one percentage point. May Chicago wheat finished higher with increased commercial interest for prices near their contract low, even after weekend rains covered much of the southwestern Plains.
Mostly Dry Tuesday Ahead4/20 2:17PM Tuesday will generally be dry except for a few showers in the southwestern Plains and light snow in the northern Great Lakes.
Canadian researchers have uncovered a gene that turns some fruit trees into self-pollinators, which they hope could be used to stem pollen drift from GE to non-GE crops. (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)
Crop Tech CornerSpeeding Up SCN Tests, Playing with Pollination 4/20 9:19AM In this week's Crop Tech Corner, a new, faster method of testing soybean cyst nematode samples is under construction, researchers find a gene that could turn more plants into self-pollinators, and scientists produce a map of wheat's many genetic variations.
Thu Apr 16, 2015 06:21 AM CDT Despite the EPA, academics and environmentalists questioning the need for neonicotinoid-treated soybeans, seed company policies still favor them, and farmers continue to opt for them.
Fri Apr 17, 2015 07:04 AM CDT With the Old World bollworm established in Puerto Rico, USDA is ramping up funding and research to survey and detect the pest on the U.S. mainland, while Monsanto is seeking to increase U.S. acres devoted to its new Bt soybean product.
Beef has some catching up to do, but there is opportunity ahead. (Image: Thinkstock)
Mon Apr 20, 2015 01:06 PM CDT While the avian influenza outbreak is unlikely to cause a poultry supply shortage, the length of time barns sit idle could have an impact on corn consumption. It could also put pressure on retail beef sales in the heat of grilling season.
Mon Apr 20, 2015 01:08 PM CDT A number of environmental groups asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to re-open a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to push for the reversal of an exemption for animal feeding operations to report emissions.
Mon Apr 20, 2015 12:34 PM CDT Readers ask our in-house CPA how to cut taxes with land contracts, correctly file 1099s and handle spec losses on futures trades.
Minnesota native Glenn Krog hopes gifting farmland to his local community foundation will benefit Lake Benton, which has a population of 680. (DTN photo by Elizabeth Williams)
Senior Partners - 1A Will to Save Main Street 3/27 7:39AM Think how rural communities could rejuvenate if farmland rents stayed local rather than flowing to out-of-state heirs. That's why some farmland owners want their hometowns to inherit at least part of their land.
New IRS regulations on justifying repairs versus capital improvements won't necessarily require a change in accounting methods. (DTN photo by Marcia Zarley Taylor)
Ask the Taxman by Andy BieblSpare Us From IRS Repair Regulations3/23 2:04PM Readers pose tax questions on how to justify repairs, handle capital gains on a residence and compliance on the Affordable Care Act.
Mon Apr 20, 2015 12:31 PM CDT The online heavy equipment auction site IronPlanet just got stronger. It recently merged with Cat Auction Services, which is an alliance of Caterpillar and several of its independent dealers.
Mon Apr 13, 2015 01:32 PM CDT Last year, Ben Riensche broke ground on a 900,000 bushel grain bid system. He decided that his new facility would be commercial-sized and loaded with extra touches that might increase the initial cost but would also set up his farm for the near and foreseeable future.
A federal appeals court has thrown a ruling forcing EPA to make a decision on numeric standards to reduce nutrients runoff into the Gulf of Mexico back to the district court. (DTN file photo)
Nutrients RulingDistrict Court Found in Error in Mississippi River Case4/8 4:23PM A federal appeals court Tuesday ruled that a lower court could not order EPA to make a decision on whether states in the Mississippi River basin had to set numeric standards to reduce nutrients runoff. The ruling is a win for farmers and state regulators in 31 states that make up the Mississippi River watershed.
Mon Apr 13, 2015 04:54 PM CDT After years of gridlock within the European Union over biotechnology, the EU Commission is expected to propose as early as Wednesday to allow each of the 28 EU member countries to make their own policies for the import and use of biotech commodities.
Thu Apr 16, 2015 01:37 PM CDT The White House considers Trade Promotion Authority essential to finalizing the Trans Pacific Partnership as well as advancing talks for a possible trade deal with the European Union. Depending on the boost in market access, agricultural products would be considered major winners in such trade deals, particularly to sell more food and feedstuffs to the growing middle class in Asia.
Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:34 AM CDT USDA announced Friday a one-week extension for base-acre reallocation, yield updates and enrollment in the commodity program election for Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC).
Evidence of the April 17, 2013, explosion in West, Texas, was still apparent three months later when this picture was taken. While the community has cleaned up and rebuilt in the past two years, work continues to be done at the state level to avoid such disasters happening again. (DTN photo by Todd Neeley)
West, Texas: 2 Years Later - 1Texas Works to Secure Ammonium Nitrate, Fix Issues Related to Tragedy4/20 12:17PM Two years after the ammonium nitrate explosion at West Fertilizer Co. in West, Texas, state officials and lawmakers continue to work to keep the memory of the victims alive. Meanwhile, key pieces of legislation are being worked on to fix many of the issues coming to light since the West tragedy.
Mon Apr 20, 2015 12:19 PM CDT While federal and state governments did not mandate more regulations when it comes to storing fertilizer because of the West accident two years ago, the fertilizer industry itself decided more safety oversight was needed.