During a hearing held last week, railroads and shipper groups voiced opposite views on whether railroads should be able to continue to differentially price rail service to captive shippers once they reach revenue-adequate status.
The White House announced Monday it was launching an initiative highlighting the "American Business Act on Climate Pledge. The effort spotlighted 13 large American companies pushing for action on climate change. The announcement had some emphasis on agriculture, food processing and continued opportunities for landowners to make money through renewable energy, particularly expanded wind production.
There's a lot of fine print in how USDA calculates income eligibility for farm programs under the new farm bill. Just be aware that there's no single definition of the "Adjusted Gross Income" rule that fits all individuals and business structures, as I reported from the annual American Institute of CPA agricultural meeting several weeks ago.
The House has passed a bill that would prevent the states from mandating GMO labeling. No, it does not deny Americans the right to know what's in their food. Nor, however, does it make labels any safer.
7/29 1:45PM Corn and wheat prices closed lower Wednesday, still facing pressure from investor liquidation as favorable growing weather marks the end of July. November soybeans ended modestly lower with commercials bidding up old-crop prices.
Dow hopes to commercialize its Enlist cotton weed-control system in 2016, pending regulatory approvals of the corresponding herbicide, Enlist Duo. (Logo courtesy of Dow AgroScience)
Enlist Cotton ApprovedDow Waits on EPA Approval of Herbicide7/23 3:24PM USDA has made its final decision to deregulate Dow AgroScience's Enlist cotton trait, which means all Enlist crops have been approved domestically. Now the company is only awaiting EPA approval to use its Enlist Duo herbicide in cotton.
Thu Jul 23, 2015 09:23 AM CDT Some cover crop seed companies are expecting a rise in sales later this summer after widespread flooding and rainfall this summer left many acres empty of crops. At the same time, the drought out West could limit some supplies.
Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:07 PM CDT Know the signs and the latest tools to combat this troubling soybean disease, which is starting to surface in some bean fields in the Midwest after soybeans got a wet start this spring and summer.
Sky-high prices make it tempting to sell calves straight off cows. Why are these producers sticking to their programs? (DTN/Progressive Farmer image by Becky Mills)
Market MovesPreconditioning In An Up Market7/27 12:48PM Weaning and preconditioning top the list of aggravating and expensive chores for most ranchers. Calves break down fences, they need high-quality feed, and, even with all the extra work, they can still get sick and die from the stress. So why are so many producers still committed to preconditioning?
Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:55 PM CDT Ask veterinarian Ken Blue about the health program in his custom preconditioning operation, and you'll probably expect to hear about vaccination schedules and medications. Not so. What you will hear are his reasons, delivered passionately, on the necessity of keeping stress to a bare minimum.
Mon Jul 13, 2015 11:17 AM CDT Under the 2014 farm bill, Congress extended conservation compliance provisions to producers who buy crop insurance, but do not participate in traditional commodity or conservation programs.
Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:00 PM CDT Some cover crop seed companies are expecting a rise in sales later this summer after widespread flooding and rainfall this summer left many acres empty of crops. At the same time, the drought out West could limit some supplies.
Mon Jul 13, 2015 11:20 AM CDT Relentless rain and flooding have forced some farmers to declare prevented planting acres, and agronomists are urging them to consider protecting and improving that bare soil with cover crops.
A number of farm borrowers risk failing credit standards if cash rents don't come into alignment with lower prices, Purdue economist Mike Boehlje warned a Kansas City Federal Reserve meeting this week. (DTN file photo by Marcia Taylor)
Batten Down the HatchesPrep for Years of Narrow Margins, Ag Economist Advises7/17 12:12PM Purdue economists forecast multiple years of negative or narrow margins for corn and soybean producers. Farmers heavily reliant on cash rent risk failing credit standards, Purdue simulations show.
(Progressive Farmer photo by Photographer Jim Patrico)
Ask The Mechanic"Regen Cycle" Routine7/6 1:42PM Ask the Mechanic answers the question about how VW and German engineering was able to get by without using all of the emission-standards diesel truck and tractors have and other interesting questions.
Mon Jul 20, 2015 09:05 AM CDT For many generations, hearing loss from loud machinery wasn't an important issue of discussion, rather men would just raise their voices when sitting around a table and talking about crop condition and cattle prices, but the CDC is recommending that wearing protective ear gear can prevent hearing loss.
Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:20 AM CDT Yamaha has three new Kodiak 700 4x4 ATV models that were made specifically for "farmers and ranchers who use their machines every day" and are priced for operators who may have need for multiple machines, the company says.
Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:57 AM CDT Harry Ferguson and his company Massey Ferguson were truly pioneers in the world of agricultural engineering.
Some ethanol plants may be in store for changes, depending on how much weight is given to the comments on proposed revisions of the Renewable Fuel Standard. (DTN photo by Elaine Shein)
RFS Deadline NearsMove to Expand Biodiesel Questioned 7/27 2:35PM With the deadline to file comments on the proposed Renewable Fuel Standard volumes to strike at midnight, oil, ethanol and agriculture industry groups make their cases.
Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:08 AM CDT A bipartisan bill to take beef, pork, chicken and ground meat out of the mandatory country-of-origin labeling law and establish a voluntary labeling program was introduced in the Senate on Thursday. At the same time, another House-passed bill to repeal COOL for the same products was introduced in the Senate.
Fri Jul 24, 2015 11:42 AM CDT The biotechnology and food industries had a big victory Thursday when the House approved a bill that would stop states from establishing laws to require labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients. But Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said he would not introduce a biotechnology labeling bill in the Senate until fall.
Wed Jul 29, 2015 02:19 PM CDT Attorneys general from 28 states suing EPA over the waters of the United States rule have asked for at least a nine-month delay in implementation of the rule, pending judicial review.
Time managers may fault meetings as unproductive, but the practice of regular sharing enhances communication and trust. (Photo by cerami haku, CC BY 2.0)
Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:41 AM CDT The recent price rally offered growers a welcome opportunity to price 2014 and 2015 crops, but it won't erase the string of negative returns, says lenders and financial consultants.