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DTN Ag Business Benchmark
Marcia Zarley Taylor DTN Executive Editor
Mon Feb 25, 2013 02:04 PM CST

Attendees at last week's USDA Outlook forum couldn't help to notice the silence. Yes, U.S. agriculture just survived its near-death experience with the worst drought since the 1950s, but unlike comparable disaster years of 1983, 1988 and 1993--and scores of localized weather losses-- there's been no uprising or revolt from the nation's crop farmers calling for supplemental aid. Ditto 2011, when Texas and much of the Plains experienced their own modern Dust Bowl.

That calm should be a shock to observers, since Congress has a history of writing free disaster checks to farmers--especially in election years. It voted 42 separate ...

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