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Crop insurance launches new website and legislative action center

The Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau (CIRB) is proud to announce the launch of a new and improved website that will help its members stay updated on issues of importance to the crop insurance community. FULL STORY »

Researchers to use (RNA) sequencing on bioenergy crops

Researchers with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Energy will perform transcriptome (RNA) sequencing of bioenergy crop plants susceptible to disease from particular fungi. FULL STORY »

NPB increases promotional funds for 2013

As pork producers struggle with record-high feed prices caused by the worst U.S. drought since the 1950s, the National Pork Board (NPB) has approved domestic and international marketing budgets for Fiscal Year 2013, to help drive pork demand at a critical time. FULL STORY »

Animal welfare group releases undercover video from turkey farms

Conveniently timed a little more than a week before Thanksgiving, an animal welfare group has released an undercover video showing alleged animal abuse at several Butterball turkey factory farms. FULL STORY »

Using the soil to predict climate change

Researchers at the New Mexico State University’s College of Agriculture are studying soil in the Las Cruces area to predict future climate change. FULL STORY »

Lessons learned from 2012 crop insurance, rental arrangements

The 2012 drought raised two issues related to crop insurance and rental arrangements. First, it appears that a significant number of share rent landlords did not take crop insurance, resulting in much lower returns. Second, variable cash rental arrangements typically have not included crop insurance proceeds in calculating rental payments. FULL STORY »

Forum addresses election implications

Can the least-productive Congress in a generation pass a farm bill during the short lame-duck session this year? That was one of the questions discussed during a Farm Foundation Forum Wednesday in Washington, D.C., as a group of farm-policy experts addressed post-election politics related to agriculture. FULL STORY »

Use research results to determine seeding rate

Research trials show the impact of seeding rate and management practices on corn yield potential. Use the results to optimize planting rates. FULL STORY »

Farm gifts have a deadline

Major changes in the level of life-time gifting and tax exempt inheritance will change on Jan. 1, 2013. FULL STORY »

Perennial Cover Crop Research

With the higher price of corn and soybeans earned by farmers the last three years and projected for the future, it appears that Midwest farmers are not going to be rotating to less profitable crops just for soil quality and environmental concerns. FULL STORY »

Ag coalition urges Congress to pass a farm bill this year

A wide-sweeping coalition of 235 agriculture organizations sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging the passage of a new five-year farm bill to be signed into law by the end of the legislative session. FULL STORY »

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