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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
  • Is Your Burndown Working? A cool, wet spring and the spread of herbicide-resistant weeds mean farmers should take the extra...
  • Gains on Covers It took Jerry Doan several years and a lot of trials, but the North Dakota beef producer has lear...
  • Side-by-Sides and Cool Helmets Side-by-side manufactures continue to roll out new machines and machine updates. Here are two more.
  • Stress Test for Borrowers Farm finances rate an "A" now, but economists debate if that's good enough to handle a major corr...
  • Senators Question EPA A group of U.S. senators Wednesday told President Barack Obama that his administration has not fo...
  • Climate Work Ahead at USDA Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke about GOP complaints regarding the Obama administration's work wit...
  • Full-Circle Farming Bill Couser sees farming as a full circle. If it comes off the farm, it can go back into the farm.
  • Making the Grade What if corn isn't cheap the next five years? Fickle price projections can sway farm bill choices.
  • Ask the Vet What's my best bet for fly control?
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