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Drought, nitrogen and water quality?

Farmers are facing multiple nitrogen management decisions after Mother Nature brought a significant drought this summer. FULL STORY »

Expiring tax provisions affect producers

Agricultural pro­ducers make deci­sions each day using assumptions that are based on uncer­tainties – things like weather, prices and government regula­tions. This article discusses a few of the expiring tax provisions of importance to farmers. FULL STORY »

Crop insurance protected revenue for covered farmers in drought

Farmers covered by federal crop insurance may not have had only their losses covered and avoided financial devastation during this year's drought, but they may have made more money than predicted in March. FULL STORY »

IPPA roundtable meetings seek producer input

The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) will host 12 fall roundtable meetings during the month of November to provide pork producers with an update on association activities and to get producer input on issues. FULL STORY »

Profit tracker: Pork producer margins lose ground

Pork producer margins lost another $7.41 per head for the week ending on Nov. 2, compared to the week before. Meanwhile, packer margins improved by 57 cents per head. FULL STORY »

Pork producers send support to East Coast

To help those in need on the East Coast, pork producers from several states will be rolling up their sleeves to help feed their fellow Americans impacted by Hurricane Sandy. FULL STORY »

Analyst says farm bill could be delayed until April 2013

The Congress could delay passage of a new five-year farm bill until spring planting given the full plate of legislation needed after the election to avoid a fiscal cliff with its mandatory U.S. budget cuts, according to a top farm policy expert. FULL STORY »

Election 2012 – the $2 billion campaign

Advertising spending on the presidential campaign has reached record levels this year with per voter spending more than double what it was during the 2000 election. Total spending for Obama and Romney in Ohio exceeded $191 million. FULL STORY »

Three or four year crop rotation vs corn/soybean rotation

Iowa State University conducted a field study from 2003-2011 that compared the typical 2-year corn/soybean rotation, with 3-year and 4-year rotations that included both crops and livestock. FULL STORY »

Christensen Farms announces board and management changes

The Board of Directors of Christensen Farms & Feedlots, announced several board and management changes in the wake of the tragic death of CEO Bob Christensen over the weekend. FULL STORY »

Christensen Farms’ CEO dies unexpectedly

Robert "Bob" Christensen, 51, chief executive officer of Christensen Farms, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, from an apparent heart attack while on a hunting trip. FULL STORY »

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