Spinning the message following votes in Congress has always been a part of the American political scene, and that was no different Tuesday night. The U.S. Senate fell one vote short on a bill to force the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, 59-41, and of course both sides in the debate claimed victory.
In the 1980s, "nine-weight carcass" was a four-letter word, at least according to the packer lexicon. But times have changed: According to the official scale house, the nation's kill floors are nearly carpeted with nine-weight carcasses this fall with plant managers not whispering a word of protest.
A follow-up on GMO labeling (it lost in Oregon -- barely; the fight nationally isn't over); soda taxes (Berkeley adopted one; is this the start of a trend?); and China as global power (it reached an agreement with the U.S. on exercise notification and rules of behavior).
11/20 1:43PM Corn and soybeans closed higher, helped by Thursday's export sales news and a conspicuous lack of selling activity. K.C. wheat closed higher after the Climate Prediction Center forecast worsening drought conditions in western Kansas and Oklahoma over the next three months.
Purdue researchers have produced orange-colored corn sporting a handful of Vitamin-A-producing genes, which could help stave off blindness caused by malnutrition. (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)
Crop Tech CornerOrange Corn Combats Blindness; More Bt Beans on the Way 10/31 1:14PM In this week's Crop Tech Corner, researchers produce orange-colored corn with sight-saving capabilities, another Bt-soybean trait is deregulated in the U.S., and a government researcher is taking a closer look at frozen oats.
Fri Oct 31, 2014 11:08 AM CDT International conference pegs resistance as one of the big challenges facing agriculture across the world.
Don Hubbell says cows that have their nutritional needs met pass on good immunity to calves via colostrum. He wants his cows at a 6 or 7 Body Condition Score at calving time. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Becky Mills)
Strong Immunity WinsThe Two-Week Window That Changes Everything11/17 1:17PM Two weeks after calving, cows lose body condition. But if she is short on nutrients, too, that drop-off can set off a chain reaction that's hard to stop.
Mon Nov 17, 2014 01:25 PM CST A handful of major companies and farm groups have laid out some privacy and security principles for acquiring and securing farm data. The goal of the agreement is to encourage farmers to take advantage of the growing number of tools out there for precision agriculture to help boost productivity and profitability while companies commit to protecting producer information.
Mon Nov 17, 2014 01:20 PM CST A warning about bull breeding soundness.
The state of Pennsylvania is asking EPA to withdraw a proposed rule on the "waters of the U.S.," saying states are better equipped to regulate streams within their borders.
CWA Rule PressureState: 'Law Creates More Confusion'10/27 1:04PM The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has asked the federal EPA to withdraw the proposed Clean Water Act rule and wait for completion of connectivity science work.
Mon Nov 17, 2014 10:53 AM CST Kansas state officials unveiled the second draft of Kansas' 50-Year Water Vision Wednesday at the third annual Governor's Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas in Manhattan, Kan.
Mon Oct 20, 2014 10:33 AM CDT With a big crop still in the field and commodity prices at harvest lows, some farmers have turned to grain storage bags to relieve the pressure. However, experts warn the bags must be handled correctly to be worth the investment.
Both country banks and Farm Credit Associations receive favorable treatment from the federal government, so there's no need for the tug-of-war between farm lenders. Rural communities and farmers need both types of lenders. (DTN photo illustration by Nick Scalise)
Klinefelter: By the NumbersQuit the Country Bank-Farm Credit Feud11/17 2:01PM Farm lenders should halt their petty rivalry and focus on agriculture's best interest: Our nation needs both country banks and their Farm Credit cousins competing for rural borrowers.
Mon Oct 20, 2014 12:30 PM CDT They are off-road vehicles unavailable to the farming and ranching community, but it's fascinating still to take a look at what ATV and side-by-side manufacturers have going on inside their products for the Department of Defense.
Mon Nov 10, 2014 11:01 AM CST Have your commercial pilot's license? Unless the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) changes current regulations, you might need one to fly a drone when scouting your farm.
New House Ag Committee Chairman Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, represents 29 counties in Texas' 11th congressional district, including the cities of Midland, Odessa and San Angelo. (U.S. Capitol photo by Nick Scalise; courtesy photo of Rep. Conaway)
GOP Picks Conaway as House Ag ChairmanTwo CPAs to Lead House Ag Committee11/19 11:51AM The House Republican Steering Committee on Tuesday selected Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, as the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee in the next Congress. His election means that both top leaders on the House Agriculture Committee will be certified public accountants.
Wed Nov 19, 2014 03:05 PM CST After a massive algal bloom shut off drinking water last summer to more than 400,000 residents in Toledo, Ohio, state and federal lawmakers begin focusing on how to prevent.
Mon Nov 17, 2014 10:41 AM CST A study released this week by Purdue University and Iowa State University shows Corn Belt farmers and their advisers are far less likely than scientists to believe that human activities play a role in climate change. The study on farmer views about climate changes comes as President Barack Obama announced a new agreement this week with China that would set a target for the U.S. to cut greenhouse-gas emissions up to 28% below 2005 levels by 2025.
Thu Oct 30, 2014 10:29 AM CDT Karen Johnson's family of Avoca, Iowa, spent long days this past week finishing up the soybean harvest, while the corn harvest is on hold due to high moisture levels. Dry weather conditions in the Florida panhandle also allowed Jamie Harris to make good progress on his peanut and soybean harvest.
As much as six feet of snow has been dumped on the Buffalo area, paralyzing much of western New York and spooking tough winter veterans with images of a season-from-hell that arrives early, hits hard, and stays late. (Photo by Javcon117*, CC BY-SA 2.0)
The Market's Fine PrintBushwhacked by Mother Nature11/19 4:20PM Once market expectations and psychology are hit for the first time with an extreme winter blast, it can take longer than you think to shake off the chill.