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Feb 17, 2012
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Timely farm bill debate and Brazil top NCC issues

Developing a farm bill that is timely and that preserves a farm safety net in a time of deficit reduction are the foremost challenges for new National Cotton Council chairman Chuck Coley. Coley, a cotton producer from Vienna, Ga., took office at the NCC annual meeting Feb. 12 in Fort Worth, Texas....More
Feb 17, 2012
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Election year, budget pressure will affect ag policy

Cotton, along with other U.S. farm commodities, will face” quite a challenging and complicated year in Washington as farm group spokesmen fight budget pressures and work through a farm bill debate,” says National Cotton Council chief of Washington affairs John Maguire....More
Feb 17, 2012
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Cotton faces global stock growth, uncertain markets in 2012

As U.S. cotton farmers make plans for 2012 they face a significantly different set of economic factors than they did a year ago....More
Feb 16, 2012
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Topguard exemption gives cotton new root rot control tool

When the news came down last week that the Environmental Protection Agency had granted Texas a Section 18 emergency exemption to use Topguard to control cotton root rot, no one was happier than San Angelo farmer John Wilde....More
Feb 14, 2012
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Texas boll weevils took a hard hit in 2011

Anyone looking for a silver lining in that dark cloud that covered 2011Southwest cotton production might focus on the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication efforts. The historic drought that prevented much of last year’s planted acreage from producing any cotton meant the pests had little to sustain themselves in areas where weevil populations still exist....More
Feb 14, 2012
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Farm equipment sales: competition heats up

With corn and soybean and now beef prices at record or near-record levels, farmer demands for equipment were outstripping the available supply for a while. Now manufacturers are catching up and competition is returning to the marketplace. Case IH’s Scott Rasch talked about his company’s new promotion campaign at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association annual meeting in Nashville....More
Feb 8, 2012
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Cattle prices could remain strong into next year

Most cattle producers like to hear ag economists make positive predictions about their futures. But when their banker makes them, that’s even better....More
Feb 8, 2012
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Trans-Pacific Partnership could provide major gains for cattlemen

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association counted the Columbia, Panama and South Korea trade agreements as victories in 2011. But its leaders are looking to even more successes in 2012....More
Feb 6, 2012
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Amending estate tax high priority for cattlemen

The estate tax or death tax remains a major concern for the nation’s farmers and ranchers. Unless Congress takes action, the law will revert to provisions that will result in a much higher tax bill for heirs....More
Feb 2, 2012
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Crop prices up in January

Even with some ups and downs in commodity markets over the last month, prices for most commodities are solidly ahead of this time a year ago....More
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