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Ag markets moved mostly higher Thursday

Rising Black Sea tensions supporting the grain markets. Sources have proven that Russian forces are in eastern Ukraine. FULL STORY »

Storms bring drought relief to Calif. desert

California reported a slight drought improvement this week in the most unlikely of areas – the Mojave Desert. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Connecting the dots

Two seemingly unrelated stories—Ebola in Nigeria and a new report on the impact of global meat production—are in fact directly tied to each other. Read on to learn how. See if you can connect the dots on these two news stories ripped from today’s headlines. FULL STORY »

Wisconsin's Biggest Weed contest winners announced

Despite the cool summer, plenty of weeds were entered in the ‘Biggest Weed’ contest sponsored by University of Wisconsin-Extension/Madison Weed Experts at the recent Wisconsin Farm Technology Days. Of the many samples brought in for identification, eight participants submitted nine weeds they felt deserved the title of Biggest Weed. FULL STORY »

Big potential in China for U.S. corn, livestock exports

Recent government policy changes in China have the potential to boost U.S. agriculture, particularly the corn and livestock sectors, according to Iowa State University economics and finance professor Dermot Hayes. FULL STORY »

Natural gas prices remain flat

Earlier this month, after receiving a siting approval from the U.S. Federal Regulatory Commission (FERC) and a conditional export approval from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), project sponsors of the Cameron liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project in Louisiana moved a step closer to construction by reaching a final investment decision (FID). Currently, there are three projects, with a total capacity of 6.2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d), that have received FERC approvals and some level of DOE approvals—Sabine Pass LNG in Louisiana, Freeport LNG in Texas, and Cameron LNG—with two of these projects (Sabine Pass and Cameron) having reached FID, while Freeport's FID is expected later this year. FULL STORY »

Children's livestock shows have become about competition, money

Kids’ livestock shows have become an expensive business, Lydia DePillis for The Washington Post said. FULL STORY »

Water ‘thermostat’ could help engineer drought-resistant crops

Duke University researchers have identified a gene that could help scientists engineer drought-resistant crops. FULL STORY »

DOJ adds divestiture requirement Tyson’s Hillshire purchase

Tyson plans to acquire Hillshire Brands Company, but the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and three state attorneys general are saying “not so fast.” FULL STORY »

FairRent, now online, helps you find land rent values

Land rent negotiations are going to be very challenging this year. At current commodity prices it is going to be important for producers to know their costs and look at options to limit downside risk, explains Dale Nordquist of the University of Minnesota. FULL STORY »

Ag markets proved rather divergent Wednesday

Corn futures firmed somewhat Wednesday afternoon. FULL STORY »

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