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Washington Insider--Thursday
Thu Aug 29, 2013 06:46 AM CDT

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

NRDC Calls for Reform of Federal Crop Insurance

Extreme weather during the 2012 growing season has resulted in record-breaking federal crop insurance payments of $17.4 billion, according to USDA data and a new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The NRDC report also claims that much of the 2012-crop losses could have been prevented using so called "water-smart" strategies. "With extreme weather conditions such as drought expected to become more common, record-breaking insurance payouts will likely continue to increase," says ...

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  • Crop Tech Corner Researchers have developed GE wheat that yields far better under hot conditions, a wheat gene is ...
  • Humane Livestock Handling on the Farm The American Farm Bureau Federation honored animal-handling expert Temple Grandin with a distingu...
  • Kubota Steps Up A new mid-range, high-horsepower M7 tractor moves this company into the row-crop arena.
  • Fines for Fringe Benefits A little-noticed rule in the Affordable Care Act could impose huge penalties on small business. I...
  • Clean Water Goes a Long Way Cleaning up 900 feet of a small creek in Kentucky brings rebirth to water once choked with sedime...
  • Beef Checkoff Effort Resumes Members of the eight organizations comprising the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group were se...
  • Ag and Environment Outlook Agriculture continues to watch how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency implements the propos...
  • Surgery on Plastics Dharma Kodali's goal is to insert soybean oil in the basic ingredient list for PVC plastics.
  • Ask the Vet What might have been wrong with a calf that died early with swollen joints?
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