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Ethanol production hits all-time high

Ethanol production has hit a new all-time record. During the week of November 21st, ethanol production advanced 1.2 percent to 982-thousand barrels a day.  According to the Renewable Fuels Association, that equates to 15.05 billion gallons on an annualized basis. Despite the increased production, ethanol inventories actually dropped 1.5 percent, reflecting continued good demand for ethanol. Photo… Read more »

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Dairy markets continue to slide

Dairy markets declined further on Wednesday. Cash cheese barrels lost another 5.75 cents to close at $1.6475 per pound, blocks lost 4.75 cents to $1.6825.  Butter fell 2 cents to $1.97 and nonfat dry milk held steady at $1.115 per pound.  Class III futures declining in concert with cheese: December down 38 cents to $18, January lost… Read more »


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More cold weather ahead for the Heartland

A brief period of weekend warmth will come to an end early next week across the Rockies, Plains, Midwest, and mid-South. Later next week, cold weather will become re-established in all areas of the U.S., except from California into the Desert Southwest. Meanwhile, weekend rainfall will become widespread along and east of a line from… Read more »


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MPP, LGM or none of the above?

December 5th is the deadline for dairy producers to sign-up for the new Margin Protection Program from USDA.  There are a number of things for dairy producers to consider including to utilize the MPP or the dairy Livestock Gross Margin protection available from crop insurance providers.  Michelle Sell is a Livestock Insurance Specialist with Badgerland… Read more »

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Ag’s future

Commentary. What does the future hold for agriculture?  Any of you who are in it for the long run, or who have family members farming or involved in the industry in some way, have spent time thinking about this and making plans.  We’ve been told time and again that there are going to be a… Read more »

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Love me some leftovers

What are you going to do with all that leftover turkey and stuff? Well, you want to eat it – but do so before it begins to spoil. Here are some practical, food saving tips in this Healthy Living program about leftovers. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Leftover food safety (1:30 mp3):

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Is this same old, same old?

I’m still amazed when politicians ignore what’s directly in front of their collective face.  Such is the case with immigration reform and President Obama’s decision to  double-dog dare the Republicans to challenge his November 20 “executive order,” action effectively granting legal status to nearly 5 million undocumented workers in this country who just 24 hours… Read more »

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Grassley hopes for tax extenders vote by next week

Congress continues to wrestle with the tax extenders package. Republicans and Democrats are reportedly working on a compromise that would make permanent a few of the tax breaks that expired at the end of 2013 and extend others through 2015. Of particular interest to agriculture are the biodiesel tax credit and the Section 179 deduction… Read more »

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Cover crop management

Now that most cover crops have been seeded, Jim Hoorman, Ohio State University Extension educator in Putnam County Ohio says farmers need to be thinking about how they are going to manage those cover crops next spring. Audio: Jim Hoorman, Extension educator, Putnam County Ohio


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Hearing examines work opportunities for SNAP recipients

The House Agriculture Committee held a hearing Wednesday to review implementation of state pilot projects under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  One of the reforms in the 2014 Farm Bill included new employment and training pilot projects.  To open the hearing, Committee Chairman Frank Lucas of Oklahoma said that although the unemployment rate has come… Read more »

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Training a horse by personality type

Eunice Rush has learned a lot about matching the right horse with the right rider.  In fact, she’s written the book on it.  Her book, “Know You, Know Your Horse“ focuses on matching the horse with the rider, which she discussed in an earlier program.  Another area discussed in her book is training and how… Read more »


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