AG POLICY NEWS
Washington Insider -- Thursday
Thu Jul 25, 2013 05:56 AM CDT

Here's a quick monitor of Washington farm and trade policy issues from DTN's well-placed observer.

Senate Panel Hears Concerns about Increased Ownership of Commodities by Banks

Bank holding companies over the past 10 years have become major merchants of physical commodities and energy, a development that further complicates regulators' attempts to prevent future bailouts of the banks by taxpayers, according to witnesses at a Senate Banking subcommittee hearing earlier this week.

The hearing came amid reports that big financial firms such as Goldman Sachs may have sought to manipulate aluminum prices with questionable business strategies, including ...

Quick View
  • Betting on Shorter Beans Researchers at the University of Nebraska and Purdue University have pinpointed a gene that produ...
  • Herd Booster In 1935, in an effort to help ranchers hit hard by the Dust Bowl, the U.S. government bought 547 ...
  • Farmers Pivot Back After Storms The majority of center pivots damaged by severe weather earlier this summer in Nebraska are up an...
  • Pick Contingency Plans - 3 As crop prices and insurance coverage swoon, farmers may need to supplement incomes with federal ...
  • Weathering the Drought Parts of the panhandle and western Oklahoma are still considered as being in extreme or exception...
  • AFBF Appeal The American Farm Bureau Federation asked a federal appeals court to reverse a lower court's Sept...
  • Taxlink by Andy Biebl What farmers consider a hedge may be speculation in the eyes of IRS -- and that significantly alt...
  • Woodbury: Family Business Matters Consider whether you want your legacy to be measured by the size of your bank account, your inves...
  • Ask the Vet Some tips on fly control.
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