AG POLICY NEWS
Washington Insider - Wednesday
Wed Aug 13, 2014 05:33 AM CDT

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

Northern Tier Rail Shipments Continue to Lag

The Surface Transportation Board continues to hear from lawmakers from Upper Midwest states who are passing along complaints from farmers or other freight rail shippers about backed-up commodities needing railcars or the lack of inputs arriving by train.

Among the letter writers is Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., who pointed out that "Many farmers in Michigan have still been unable to secure transport for last year's harvest … with much of that ...

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  • Year-Round Cow Kelly Smith believes fetal programming through good nutrition for dams yields better steers and h...
  • Russ' Vintage Iron DTN staff reporter Russ Quinn takes a look at farm life nearly a century ago.
  • Cash Will Be King Years of $6-and-up corn couldn't last forever. Some proactive grain farmers are bolstering their ...
  • CWA Rule Pressure The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has asked the federal EPA to withdraw the...
  • COOL Appeal Likely in 2015 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the U.S. might not file an appeal of the country-of-origin...
  • Ask the Taxman by Andy Biebl Readers ask if they can offset futures losses against cattle income, roll hedges forward tax-free...
  • Ranch Hands Two families take different approaches to building income from trail rides, roundups and real-lif...
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