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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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  • 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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