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LSP Analysis Shows Corporations Profiting From Crop Insurance

A new analysis released this week by the Land Stewardship Project shows that corporations are benefitting from federal crop insurance…

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Honeybee Keepers Getting USDA Emergency Aid

Close to 2500 applicants will receive disaster assistance aid through USDA’s Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm Raised Fish.…

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Biodiesel Board Pushing For Tax Extenders Legislation

There’s been no movement yet in the Lame Duck Congress on the tax extender’s legislation. Some Senators have indicated it…

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Farm Rescue Receives Award From Walmart

Farm Rescue, a non profit group that helps farm families who have had a major illness, injury or natural disaster…

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Petroleum Group Wants RFS Repealed

The American Petroleum Institute is unhappy with the delay this week by EPA on issuing 2014 renewable fuel standard volume…

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Farm Group Passes Policy On Beef Check Off And Redistricting

South Dakota Farmers Union members approved two special orders of business at their just concluded state convention. President Doug Sombke…

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Iowa Landowners Group Opposing Rock Island Wind Project

A group of more than 1,000 Iowa landowners are opposing the Rock Island Clean Line Wind energy project that wants…

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BNSF Announces $ 6 Billion Capital Outlay Plan

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway officials have announced their Capital Plan for next year that involves spending $ 6 billion…

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Biodiesel Board Unhappy With RFS Volume Delay

The delay by EPA in getting out the 2014 RFS volume obligations until next year isn’t setting well with one…

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Corn President Wants National Rules For GMOS

The GMO labeling fight in Oregon isn’t over yet as the ballot issue appears headed for a recount. Voters earlier…

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Ethanol Coalition Says Delaying RFS Decision Is Positive

Friday EPA announced they won’t finalize the 2014 RFS volume requirements until 2015. American Coalition for Ethanol Executive Vice President…

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Reform Coalition Asks Congress To Modify COOL

Friday, the COOL reform coalition sent a letter to Congress asking them to protect U.S. exports from retaliation by making…

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Milk Official Says Executive Order Falls Short Of Needed Reform

Last week President Obama issued executive orders to push forward immigration reform largely because the House failed to act to…

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GAO Report Shows Climate Change Impacting Crop Insurance

A recently released GAO report says climate change could make the crop insurance program more vulnerable to potential losses. Nebraska…

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NCBA Comments On Grading Standard Proposal

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has submitted comments to USDA’s Ag Marketing Research Service regarding a proposed change in standards…

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Nebraska Farmer Elected To National Biodiesel Board

Nebraska Soybean Board member and Newman Grove farmer Greg Anderson has been elected to the National Biodiesel Board of Directors.…

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Pork Board Finances New Swine Health Information Center

The need to be able to battle any new diseases that may impact the swine industry prompted the National Pork…

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Pork Official Says New Center Will Allow For Better Disease Response

National Pork Board members have taken a proactive approach in working with the National Pork Producers Council and American Association…

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Dairy Official Concerned Executive Order Could Hurt Reform Efforts

President Obama says a big reason he is taking executive action on immigration is because the US House has not…

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South Dakota Farm Bureau Delegates Working Out Policy Issues

South Dakota Farm Bureau members are gathering this weekend in Sioux Falls for their annual meeting. President Scott Vanderwal says…

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Rounds Prepares To Take Office

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South Dakota Senator-elect Mike Rounds is in the process of hiring staff, and finding office space both in South Dakota and Washington.

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Economist Discusses TIF Districts

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Tax increment financing districts can be a good tool when used appropriately.

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Governor Says Iowa In Good Financial Shape

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Iowa Governor Terry Branstad says while the state is in pretty good financial shape, that could change quickly.

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BCBS Rejects Deal

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska rejected the latest proposal by CHI Health as a way to end a contract dispute.

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Negotiators Far Apart

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Negotiators for the State of Iowa presented a contract proposal that differs greatly from the one submitted earlier this month by the largest state employees' union.