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Washington Insider--Tuesday
Tue Feb 18, 2014 05:48 AM CST

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

More Good News on the Federal Deficit Front

Congressional fights about the federal budget deficit notwithstanding, the nation’s fiscal position appears to be improving, and at an accelerating pace.

The latest figures released by the Treasury Department show that the U.S. budget deficit narrowed by 37% in the first four months of the fiscal year (Oct. 2013-Jan. 2014), compared with the same period a year earlier, as spending declined and a stronger economy helped increase revenue.

Even better news, the Congressional ...

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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