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Aug 10, 2012
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Ongoing drought underlines need for efficient water use

The devastating drought that has settled over much of the nation this summer has renewed interest in using water more efficiently. Nowhere has the issue been more critical and for a longer time than in the Western U.S....More
Aug 8, 2012
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Nationwide corn crop continues to deteriorate, Texas holding on

Across the 18-state Corn Belt, 48 percent of the corn crop was rated either poor or very poor while only 24 percent is rated good to excellent in the Aug. 1 USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service report....More
Jul 31, 2012
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Peanut producers off to good start in 2012

Southeast peanut farmers may be off to the best start in the last several years, and producers in other parts of the country appear to be in better shape as well as they look toward the last half of the 2012 growing season...More
Jul 30, 2012
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Bumper peanut crop dampens markets

An anticipated bumper crop will keep the peanut market quiet during the growing season and could put a damper on farmer contracts this fall, says a peanut industry expert....More
Jul 27, 2012
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Guarded optimism characterizes peanut producers

The peanut industry displays a “feeling of guarded optimism compared to the last two years,” says Marshall Lamb, research leader, USDA’s National Peanut Laboratory, Albany, Ga....More
Jul 26, 2012
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Partisan politics pose challenge for farm bill

Partisan politics will pose a serious challenge for quick passage of a farm bill on the House floor, says Frank Lucas, R-Okla., Chairman of the House Agriculture committee....More
Jul 25, 2012
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Farm bill must be comprehensive, Chairman says

The next farm bill must be comprehensive, allowing all commodities to participate, or it will not be a true farm bill....More
Jul 24, 2012
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Lucas to do “everything” he can to complete farm bill

Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, says he will “do everything I can” to get a farm bill done by late September. “But the magnitude of changes,” he says, “dramatically alters the situation.”...More
Jul 23, 2012
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Vilsack wants Congress to aid ag producers

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he is praying for rain and warns current drought conditions across the United States “are the worst they have been since 1988,” a development he says will eventually raise food prices and threaten to force producers out of business. Speaking at the White House following a briefing on the drought to President Barrack Obama on Thursday, Vilsack addressed reporters and said while crop insurance will aid farmers in staving off the economic losses brought on by the drought, cattle producers will be hit the hardest....More
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