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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
  • Dealing with Diplodia After the latest spate of wet, cool weather in parts of the Midwest, plant pathologists are urgin...
  • 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...
  • Ask the Vet Why isn't my flea and tick control for dogs working?
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