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Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor

Monday 01/26/15

Capturing the Drama of Farmland Transfers
I was somewhat caught off-guard Friday when a few members of Practical Farmers of Iowa asked that I stick around their conference for a one-woman play performance. I was already facing an evening drive home and dinner from a drive-thru.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:56AM CST 01/26/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment

Friday 01/23/15

Iowa Seeks to Ramp Up Politics of Ethanol
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is lining up farm groups to ensure politicians running for president in the Hawkeye State defend ethanol and other renewable fuels.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 7:36AM CST 01/23/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (2)
Thanks Iowa , I doubt if Pete Ricketts knows that the oil companies are doing everything possible to keep ethanol out of our fuel supply while he wants the dirty pipeline built.
Posted by melvin meister at 10:48AM CST 01/24/15
Thanks Iowa , I doubt if Pete Ricketts knows that the oil companies are doing everything possible to keep ethanol out of our fuel supply while he wants the dirty pipeline built.
Posted by melvin meister at 10:48AM CST 01/24/15

Sunday 01/18/15

White House Tax Plan Targets Capital Gains, Stepped Up Basis
Late Saturday evening, the White House issued a fact sheet on a new tax proposal President Barack Obama will roll out Tuesday night at his State of the Union speech. The plan effectively increases taxes on wealthier people while offering some tax breaks for middle-class wage-earners.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:47AM CST 01/18/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (7)
How many times must we go down this estate tax road? Death should not be a taxable event!
Posted by Curt Zingula at 8:26AM CST 01/19/15
As long as gov. spending exceeds revenue, taxes are a moot point and a diversion of the problem.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 6:25AM CST 01/20/15
But Bonnie, how are you paying for all the wars the GOP wants to fund? Iraq was paid on a credit card and was the longest war this country ever fought and nothing was gained. Don't you think that corporations who benefit from oil lanes being protected in the Mid East should pay some taxes?
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 12:04PM CST 01/20/15
Jay We are still occupying Germany after a war that started with a democrat in office. We are still occupying South Korea after a war started with a democrat in office. Somewhere you are going to have to get over Bush and come to terms with what reality is offering up TODAY. Seems your type always misses the $80 billion a month printed just for financial institutions over the last 6 years, how are we going to pay for that? And how about supporting giving a break to the people that really earn the money and not to all those solar companies that soak up billions in government money just to go broke and run with the money. And if you want to cut ties with the Middle East oil, support the development of local energy. Oh, I forgot, you only support energy that is produced when the sun shines and the wind blows. Do you use your lights at night when the wind doesn't blow?
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 4:53PM CST 01/20/15
Yes Craig and I want to encourage "smart metering" which will actually charge people more when the demand is higher and less when it is not as high, that is true capitalism. Also I want it to pay generators more when the demand is higher and less when it is lower! You see solar actually puts power on the grid when the demand is the highest. Bet you never figured I was that "type"! If we put solar into the free market it will really shine and my net metering return will be much higher, sadly the power companies don't want that kind of net metering. As for financial institutions, that fiasco was caused from not enough regulation during Bush administration, now there are regulations to prevent them but didn't you hear Elizabeth Warren address the congress last Dec? Seems like the GOP slipped a provision in the government funding bill that will make the government once again responsible for financial institutions derivative playing! Really Craig, you need to get your stories straight, listening to Faux News is not a good source for reality. Didn't you hear the French are suing them?
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 7:34AM CST 01/21/15
What about the democratic wars of 1941 & 1951 that we are still paying for ? Enough about the "sun & wind" energy that the US govt paid out billions to "developers" who take the $$$$ and run.
Posted by james kuntz at 12:58PM CST 01/21/15
I own land, but I don't farm it and neither will my children. The plan is to keep it till death to get the step up in tax basis, that way my kids can do whatever they want with it without myself or them paying lots of taxes. I know this stepped up tax basis is to benefit passing family business from generation to generation, but I don't feel I have a business just because I collect a rent check and I don't care if my kids continue owning the land once I'm gone. I just hope this loophole remains in place so my plan to avoid taxes works out.
Posted by T S at 9:18AM CST 01/22/15

Friday 01/16/15

Corn Ethanol Target of Keystone Amendment
Until Friday the U.S. ethanol industry took virtually no interest in the debate about whether the Keystone XL pipeline should be built across a number of Northern Plains states including Nebraska.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 1:35PM CST 01/16/15 by Todd Neeley | Post a Comment
Comments (16)
I'm sick and tired of this Dinneen and his broken record speech that he has on ethanol. Corn maybe less expensive today then it was in 07, Is he proud of that fact ? What about all the inflated cost of producing corn since 07. Who's going to keep planting corn at a loss ? The fact that gas is under 2 bucks, has little if anything to do with ethanol. The ethanol industry needs to come up with a better selling pitch, than what it has now, if it wants to survive. As something that benefits a few it has a long way to go to make its mark in this country as being beneficial to the vast majority of the consumers.
Posted by GWL 61 at 3:29PM CST 01/16/15
Sorry GWL If you are sick and tired now wait until big oil gets it's way .You speak like a fool.
Posted by melvin meister at 10:47PM CST 01/16/15
Rfs has much more to it than ethanol. Carbon tax, huge tax benefits for the rich. Etc. Need to look at all parts of rfs. Renewable involves much more than corn.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 4:53AM CST 01/18/15
The GOP is determined to return us to the good ol days of dirty air, dirty water, endless wars and CHEAP FOOD! The farmers that voted for the "Obama Haters" will find themselves struggling to pay off that "new paint" equipment and expensive land with $1.98 corn while the oil companies get rid of ethanol, Monsanto still charges the same for its products and ADM/Cargill get to handle record size crops! But hey, you missed GW Bush sooo much!!!!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 9:08PM CST 01/18/15
Just remember our existence and life as we know it, on this planet, makes us dependent on oil whether we like it or not. Only a fool liberal will see it otherwise.
Posted by GWL 61 at 6:20AM CST 01/19/15
TO GWL you sound like this generation is the last one so just use it all up .Many future generations will need energy from many sources .Stop being Ethanol negative you may need it some day.
Posted by melvin meister at 9:36PM CST 01/19/15
To Melvin, What about the future generations having access to abundant supply of fresh water. The continued tearing up of grassland, tiling potholes, excessive irrigation using more fertilizer and chemicals year after year. What will this effect be years down the road? I am not against ethanol. But I do believe it has reached it's peak as a beneficial form of energy. If its so great why doesn't the industry look at investing money in technology in producing an engine that uses ethanol more efficiently? Ethanol nor big oil seems to want that to happen. Price of gas down now, sales of gas guzzling pickups and SUV's up. We will never learn.
Posted by GWL 61 at 8:55AM CST 01/20/15
There is gain from ethanol, it won't save us from oil depletion and do little(but does some) for climate change. Where it will someday be important is at the point of its production, that being used to run agricultural equipment. Like electric vehicles more research needs to happen but there needs to be a demand for that. If the GOP takes out the RFS we lose the future fuels and big oil wins.
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 12:08PM CST 01/20/15
TO GWL THAT engine has been developed by Ricardo engines. look it up All Indy cars run on 100% ethanol. The ethanol industry asked and paid for this engine.Look it up; Ask your fuel supply man why he has not installed a Blender Pump .If you are a farmer Speak up
Posted by melvin meister at 11:21PM CST 01/20/15
To Melvin, Where do I find this engine at a car dealership? I don't plan on driving in Indy. Fuel supply man doesn't want to mess with blender pumps, his E85 pump just sits with little use. The blender pumps success is based on consumer use and preference. The ethanol industry has not earned it's place in the market place with the vast majority of the American consumers. Dinneen's rhetoric has been the same for past decade. It might be time for new faces and new ideas on promoting ethanol, if it is to survive.
Posted by GWL 61 at 8:37AM CST 01/21/15
To GWL This engine is not in production since no car or truck mfg. has purchase the rights to it.Remember how long GM hung onto the old 350 engine. they are slow but the new mileage standards help. ND MINN> are way out in front of the Blender Pumps use. 36.5 MPG on my 2012 Malibu Flex Fuel car is not bad . Keep an open mind GWL The oil companies effort to keep ethanol out of the conu emers reach will astound you .Please stop badmouthing ethanol.
Posted by melvin meister at 11:48AM CST 01/21/15
To Melvin, The whines of a few does not make win for all. Ethanol's clear pitcher is as dark as a barrel of oil. I surely wouldn't wager my farms future based on the ethanol industry. Good Luck to you !
Posted by GWL 61 at 12:18PM CST 01/21/15
To all above... You cant simply blame the reduction in the RFS on the GOP. The fact is this country has been ran by the DFL for most of the past eight years, and the EPA is a cancerous tumor that is fed by the DFL. If the DFL is so environmentally friendly then why doesn't Obama keep his "Executive Order" pen fired up and solve this himself? My point is if you keep pointing fingers at the GOP for solely reducing the RFS you are surely headed nowhere. There are a lot of legislators in BIG OIL's pocket on both sides of the isle. if you feel the need to point fingers, point them at the individual, not the party. I can think of a lot of members of the GOP in favor of increasing Ethanol use, as well as a lot of DFL members who would like to see a reduction in corn ethanol use. Wake up and get your head out of your rear end!!!
Posted by RJZ Peterson at 2:02PM CST 01/21/15
RJZ you must listen news .when the argument is lost then we say they all do it D;s And R;s both so that makes you happy you dont have to come up with any facts.
Posted by melvin meister at 11:35PM CST 01/21/15
Melvin, apparently you did not read the whole article above... according to the article above, the amendment is being brought to the table by both R's and D's. You and I seem to be mostly on the same side here, so don't be so quick to attack me. I am pro ethanol, I fill my pickup with E85 every chance I get. we have blender pumps in my home town so I burn mostly E85. I even run E85 in a couple of my antique tractors for parades to promote E85 for Minnesota Corn Growers Association. Corn ethanol may not be the perfect answer, but at least it is a start. I would hate to know how low the price of corn would get if we didn't use some of it for ethanol production... If the legislators remove the RFS completely, this new farm bill will pay out a huge amount of money due to the decrease in the price of corn. Some of these people, I bet, never thought of that.
Posted by RJZ Peterson at 2:35PM CST 01/22/15
To RJZ Imust apologize to you for not understanding the gist of your first letter .I travel to the Twin Cities often visiting 2 daughters and am thrilled to see the effort to promote ethanol.Yes my old trucks get 30%plus and E-85 in my car. Just read that the CENEX station in Alexandria Minn,is selling E-85 for $.85 per gal 85 cents;;;;That is possible with good RIN sales by their supplier.that is amazing. Thanks again for pointing out my error.
Posted by melvin meister at 9:11PM CST 01/22/15

Thursday 01/15/15

Ag Responds to House Immigration Vote
United Farm Workers strongly criticized House leaders Wednesday for votes to rescind executive orders regarding deportation deferrals. The Agriculture Workforce Coalition was less hostile in its response, but called on Congress to adopt some measures that will address labor challenges in the country with undocumented workers.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 6:30AM CST 01/15/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (4)
The GOP clown car has only just unloaded and already they are providing entertainment, at least to those not directly influenced by their decisions. Stay tuned though as the show has just begun!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 7:38AM CST 01/15/15
We are a nation of laws! Thanks GOP for at least attempting to uphold them.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 3:34AM CST 01/16/15
We are a nation of laws! Thanks GOP for at least attempting to uphold them.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 3:34AM CST 01/16/15
Jay... Apparently your precious Obama and friends can do no wrong... Let me ask you this: What if you didn't pay any taxes for the money you earned? What if you collected welfare benefits for which you fraudulently applied? What if drove without a license or insurance? What if you racked up thousands in medical bills that can't be traced back to you? What if your son was slammed in jail for joining a gang and selling drugs or murdering somebody? I could go on and on and on... think about that... Now think about the impact all of those things would have on this country if all of us, law abiding tax paying, citizens decided to partake in those activities. We would all be screwed. The message Obama and friends are sending to those illegal immigrants and those yet to come is: "Its ok, come on over, we don't care, you can come and milk the system, the rest of us that earned our way of life decided we don't want to live that way anymore, you can have our life." It doesn't work that way, Jay!!! We can not just keep paying for these people out of our pockets. Why should they get a piece of my hard earned livelihood? It is mine and your precious DFL would take it all if they could, to give it to the less fortunate to generate votes to keep their career in office intact.
Posted by RJZ Peterson at 2:57PM CST 01/21/15

Monday 01/12/15

No Easy Fix for COOL
There doesn't seem to be an easy fix for the U.S. in getting around its Country-of-Origin Labeling problem with Canada.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 3:06PM CST 01/12/15 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment

Sunday 01/11/15

Trade Talk at AFBF Annual Meeting
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman held an hour-long town hall meeting Sunday at the AFBF annual meeting in San Diego, Calif. Trade took up some of the discussion.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 7:39PM CST 01/11/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (1)
My question Bob Stallman is, do you think it is wise to give Obama the "Trade Promotion Authority" when your members insistently opposed that this country not adopt Sharia Law in the 2013 convention (along with Family Morality which denounced gay marriage)? Do you feel there may be a conflict of interest in giving the president any power that might enable him to insert "Sharia Law" into our constitution? My point here is how can anyone take the AFBF at all serious on any matter for agriculture?
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 7:54AM CST 01/15/15

Friday 01/09/15

A New Stream of Clean Water Act Litigation in Iowa
The Des Moines Water Works has opened a new stream of litigation in the Clean Water Act as the board voted Thursday to sue three northwestern counties in Iowa over agricultural runoff.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 10:10AM CST 01/09/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (3)
Stowe's drumbeat has been all about the money as he uses that avenue to turn consumers against farmers and assure himself a place in the limelight.
Posted by Curt Zingula at 2:09PM CST 01/09/15
Isn't there something wrong with public works using tax payer dollars to advance environmental agendas?! It's even going on in my county (Linn) where the Conservation Director conducted anti-fracking meetings in county buildings. Give 'em a title and they think they're God!
Posted by Curt Zingula at 6:57AM CST 01/10/15
It appears Curt, that you will have to learn to play with others, especially if you are also the beneficiary of public dollars.
Posted by Don Thompson at 8:41AM CST 01/12/15

Wednesday 01/07/15

Dietary Guidelines and Defining Lean Meat
I want to come back around to an issue reported late last week by Associated Press on a controversy regarding the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. This is a committee that examines current nutrition research nationally and then recommends possible changes in national dietary guidelines to USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:46AM CST 01/07/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (4)
So then Chris, is red meat nourished from a solar powered well pump more healthy than meat from an A.C. powered pump? I am assuming livestock do not need water on cloudy days.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 6:05PM CST 01/07/15
This dietary guideline stuff is a load of b.s. - a big load! The very idea that a one size fits all guideline will work is insane. Michelle is learning that the hard way with her school lunch recommendations and the idea that a kid who goes to school early and stays late for activities needs the same calories as a couch potato kid. Veggies are good, but not as entrees for active people because they digest too quickly. I wonder if these guideline people have ever done physical work on an empty stomach! As far as "sustainable", when are the enviros going to figure out that livestock manure is the organic definition of "sustainable"?! I'm expecting "sustainable" food labeling to be the enviros next goal.
Posted by Curt Zingula at 7:40AM CST 01/08/15
A little research on Google reveals that "sustainable" labeling is already underway; Within eighteen months, this group (Food and Society) proposes to lay the groundwork for statewide (Iowa) sustainable labeling. To this end, they will invite partners from across the state to: 1) establish criteria for sustainable food labels 2) create a process to authorize labeling 3) initiate a program to educate the public about the labels 4) identify an organization to administer the labeling program once the grant period has been completed
Posted by Curt Zingula at 7:19AM CST 01/09/15
Typical government concern. Meanwhile you can go out with your SNAP dollars, that our government gives out with no return required (kinda like grants for driers), and your can spend every dime on potato chips, pop and cookies. And then they wonder why kids, who learn their eating habits at home, don't want to eat their wonderful meals at school.
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 8:49AM CST 01/09/15

Tuesday 01/06/15

Obama Keystone Veto Threat Lauded by Enviros Ahead of Votes
Though the Republican-led Congress is kicking off the new session this week by pushing through legislation in both the House and Senate to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, the actions appear that they will be largely symbolic.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:03PM CST 01/06/15 by Todd Neeley | Post a Comment
Comments (5)
Price of oil under $50 barrel now, Obama did them a favor. You need over $90 barrel oil to process filthy tar sand, pipeline would be empty.
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 7:07PM CST 01/06/15
Obama said he would work with the new congress. Off to a great start!
Posted by CARLYLE CURRIER at 12:00AM CST 01/07/15
Your making a choice for your oil supply in the future. Good luck with that!
Posted by KEVIN LOHNER at 8:01AM CST 01/07/15
Jay pretty well has his head buried pretty deep into the Canadian oil tar sand. He pretty much misses that the XL part is phase 4 of the keystone pipeline, the others are done and running. He is totally off base because now we pull a lot from Venezuelaâ?™s Orinoco oil sands, which he seems to be OK with. We would be trading oil brought in from Nigeria and Venezuela with Canadian so unless the refineries down south can magically increase their outputs, this is just a trade-off on where the oil comes from. He also missed the part about the amount of oil that pipeline would be carrying down from Montana and North Dakota. And I wonder how much oil based product Jay uses on his farm to get his crops produced. And I wonder how much of his wonderful solar items were produced using fossil fuels?
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 10:27AM CST 01/07/15
I take it Jay must be on vacation.
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 12:47PM CST 01/12/15

Friday 01/02/15

Keystone, Keystone and More Keystone
Republicans in Congress want to quickly send a bill on Keystone XL to the president's desk as a rapid way to test their new legislative majority against the president's veto pen. That would set up a defining battle over energy and climate policies that divide Congress and the White House. The president seemed to make it pretty clear right before the holidays that he sees little national interest in creating the pipeline.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:29AM CST 01/02/15 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (18)
First the oil lobbyists are super funding the GOP on this issue but also Ted Cruz is of Canadian citizenship and is more interested in helping Canada then the US, he is un-American!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 7:45AM CST 01/03/15
If the money was spent on another project, wouldn't it create an equivalent amount of jobs? What difference does the estimated job count make?
Posted by Quentin Burkholder at 8:14AM CST 01/03/15
shut down the xl pipeline. the ethanol producers are at 985000 barrels per day and I think everyone needs to give them some credit ,This is the USA and not canada or saudi arabia.Go ethanol;
Posted by melvin meister at 11:32PM CST 01/03/15
Keep my oil and electric coming, but put the pipelines and high line poles somewhere else!
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 5:12AM CST 01/04/15
Hey Bonnie,,, I don't need your oil in my electric car that now has 27,000 fossil fee miles,,, I did have to put air in the tires during that time and plug into my solar made electricity. Enjoying a warm house with geothermal heat powered again by solar made electricity. Yes we can!!!! Hope and change is working much better then dirty air, dirty water and endless wars and torture!!!! Oh and my health insurance premiums are much lower!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 12:36PM CST 01/04/15
All made in LaLa Land with recycled cabbage leaves
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 5:12PM CST 01/04/15
My health insurance premium is 45 percent higher......
Posted by STEVE JOHNSON at 8:59AM CST 01/05/15
Hardly LALA land Bonnie, I am living it and enjoying it! My farm and outside biz have never done so well under GW and the party of dirty air and corporate lobbyists. Only ones I hear complaining are the Rush and Hannity crowd. I think you are hugging the wrong trees.
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 8:59AM CST 01/05/15
Jay I must say you are an IDIOT. Come hook your electric car onto my stock trailer and see how far you get.By the way thats how we get your food to market.What is your farm? Two chickens a dog and a cat! If you would look back two years before Obamacare you and my insurance premium was lower than it is now with subsides! You can HOPE in one hand and CRAP in the other it all smells the same.Oh and thanks Jay for help paying my and everyone elses healthcare.
Posted by Raymond Simpkins at 9:32AM CST 01/05/15
Kinda funny I have to amend my post from earlier. I got a notice from Anthem today, and my premium will increase an additional 17% this year. Thanks Obama.
Posted by STEVE JOHNSON at 5:09PM CST 01/05/15
Jay, I am with you on the solar. My new array is pumping it out and I am looking for another installation next summer. Also, hard to compare healthcare when you do not have the policy facts to compare. Lots of folks had junk coverage but now are guaranteed coverage that was not available before ACA. I know you appreciate that. Stay warm with that geothermal. Amazing how well these new systems work in extreme cold with no direct carbon fuels!!? What a country!!
Posted by Don Thompson at 7:07PM CST 01/05/15
Some need to be a bit more realistic. I have read, all of the known lead reserves in the world is only enough to provide 15% of this so-called environmentally friendly mentality.(Not from Fox News) Whoops, there goes another mountain in Africa in order to stop the Keystone type projects. I have nothing against batteries, solar, geothermal or renewables. However, I would prefer to leave the Rockies as they are, as much as possible while living in this world as we are.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 6:55AM CST 01/06/15
Jay; you are welcome for the government $ ( Other tax payers money ) assistance in buying your electric car. Also ,What did it cost to install your geothermal heating plant ? (Please compare this to a normal heating / cooling system.) Did you dig in the heat exchange system with a solar powered back-hoe ? Was the compressor in your geothermal system manufactured with renewable energy ? Are you totally off the grid ?, If you are i applaud you, If you are not, or received any government $ (other peoples money) I find it difficult to swallow your story.
Posted by Dick Doriguzzi at 8:17AM CST 01/06/15
Oh Gee Dick,,, I never thought of all that,, heck I would be better not cutting my carbon footprint and be dependent on energy from good old clean coal and cheap oil! But you know you boyz in the Tea Party kind of forget that you need to kill lots of people (and some of us believe that darker skinned folks in the Mideast are people) for that good old oil, that you have to remove mountain tops for coal and now frack for gas and build pipelines for tar sand oil. Seems like you forgot about the cost of Mideast wars and corporate subsidies for your ancient fossil fuels ???? So I would much rather take my tax deduction that would go to your wars and corporate subsidies,,, sort of taking out the middle man don't you think? Isn't the Party of Tea all about NOT paying taxes and being independent? looks like I beat you and Bonnie to it. Nope, no battery powered backhoes but when the internal combustion engine was introduced in the 1860's I am sure there was a Dick Doriguzzi laughing that that engine would be no more then a parlor toy and horses would never be replaced by it. So be stubborn and keep your dirty fossil fuel while Don and I enjoy our systems that you guys say don't work! Oh by the way, many electric companies are looking at making a tax for solar PV owners to pay for revenue they are losing,,, just another bit of proof that solar is unrealistic???? Whats next, oil filter companies making a tax for lost revenue of electric cars not having oil changes?
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 10:33AM CST 01/06/15
The sooner Keystone XL gets built the sooner my rail service improves. Not to mention the thousands of jobs it will create...
Posted by Bruce Neufeldt at 1:28PM CST 01/06/15
Jay, how much did you pay into the infrastructure maintenance fund driving that 27,000 miles or is that another thing your are riding free on? And it is easy paying for all your stuff with all that commodity subsidies the taxpayers are paying for that you get to pocket.
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 2:10PM CST 01/06/15
Well Craig I am looking for you to buying enough gasoline for your monster truck to offset what I don't pay. Just think of all the extra tax I have to pay to keep a military presence in the Mideast to bring you oil I don't need!
Posted by Jay Mcginnis at 8:58PM CST 01/06/15
Jay, what type of idiot thinks everyone has a monster truck and do you really think we bring in a lot of oil from the Middle East. We don't bring in much oil from the ME, something you would already know if you were as smart as you think you are. And answer the question. HOW MUCH DID YOU DONATE TO THE INFASTRUCTURE FUND. Hear that? Answer that.
Posted by CRAIG MOORE at 8:55AM CST 01/09/15

Monday 12/29/14

GOP Seeks Elusive Balance on Immigration Reform in 2015
News stories over the weekend seem to suggest, yet again, that at least some members of Congress are looking at some options for immigration reform bills. The collection of articles just in the last few days reflects that the GOP is somewhat caught between a rock and a hard place trying to find some balance resisting the president on immigration reform but taking some action before the 2016 presidential election.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 9:14AM CST 12/29/14 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (2)
All made in LaLa Land with recycled cabbage leaves.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 5:04PM CST 01/04/15
Sorry, wrong article.
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 5:13PM CST 01/04/15

Sunday 12/21/14

Looking Ahead to 2015
After consulting market analysts, political insiders, World Bank economists and our Ouija board, here are some of the major news stories you can expect to see DTN/The Progressive Farmer reporting on in 2015.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 8:51AM CST 12/21/14 by Chris Clayton | Post a Comment
Comments (2)
MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR, Chris, I really enjoyed your LOOKING AHEAD to 2015.Especially the part about the Senate confirmation vote of Senator Cruz as ambassador to Cuba.John Paul Hartman's relieving himself outside brought a huge smile. Continue writing and we will continue reading. Lee
Posted by W Lee Deutsche at 12:11PM CST 12/22/14
Finally, An accurate forecast. Thanks
Posted by Bonnie Dukowitz at 7:02AM CST 12/24/14

Thursday 12/18/14

Vilsack Dropping Beef Checkoff Proposal
With Congress blocking USDA from spending any funds to create a second beef checkoff, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he's happy at least that people within the beef industry could at least find an area of agreement.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 11:01PM CST 12/18/14 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
USDA Details on APH Exclusion
USDA's Risk Management Agency released details Thursday regarding how the Actual Production History Yield Exclusion will work.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 4:20PM CST 12/18/14 by Chris Clayton | 0 Comments | Post a Comment
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