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Ag markets were decidedly mixed at midsession Friday

Corn traders may be squaring positions before the weekend. After exhibiting considerable strength over the previous week, corn futures declined Thursday and have continued sliding today. There’s little fresh news, and the financial markets have essentially stalled. Thus, we suspect today’s corn slippage is the result of traders and funds squaring positions before the weekend and next Tuesday’s important USDA reports. May corn futures slipped 1.5 cents to $3.8975/bushel late Friday morning, while December lost 1.25 to $4.135.

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FAA plans new steps to speed up commercial drone use

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration plans to unveil new steps soon to make it easier for companies to use drone aircraft for specific business operations, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Commercial drone flights are generally banned in the United States, except in a small number of cases where the FAA has granted an exemption. The has agency received more than 750 requests for exemptions to the ban, but has awarded only 48.

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Mississippi River Mayors to send delegation to UN climate change meeting

Mississippi River Mayors announced that they are forming a delegation to attend the UN’s COP21 meeting in Paris as well as claiming a victory as the President’s budget proposes a record level for the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program. The 18 Mayors were in DC attending a two-day meeting for theMississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative (MRCTI), a mayor-led effort comprised of 68 River Mayors committed to creating a coordinated voice for the Mississippi River.

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Hunting in a farmer’s world

Everyone in business is either a hunter or a farmer. The working style that fits you best isn’t really a matter of choice, nor is it determined by your job description. It is ingrained by eons of cultural evolution.

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