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EPA abandons RFS rulemaking for 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency says it will not finalize the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) for the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) this year. Instead, the agency says it will set the final 2014 volume standard next year, and try to get back on schedule in proposing the 2015 and 2016 blending volumes. Brian Jennings, executive… Read more »

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Closing Grain and Livestock Futures: November 24, 2014

Dec. corn closed at $3.67 and 1/2, down 5 and 1/4 cents Jan. soybeans closed at $10.33 and 3/4, down 5 and 1/4 cents Dec. soybean meal closed at $374.90, down $3.50 Dec. soybean oil closed at 33.20, up 51 points Dec. wheat closed at $5.42 and 1/4, down 5 cents Dec. live cattle closed at $169.50, down $1.40 Dec. lean hogs closed at $91.32, up 67 cents Jan. crude… Read more »


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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Value of meat exports growing

In the last few years, the value of meat exported from the U.S. has grown significantly.  Contributing to that growth is that many countries enhanced their wherewithal to afford meat, according to Leann Saunders of Castle Rock, Colorado, who chairs the U.S. Meat Export Federation. AUDIO: Leann Saunders (3 min. MP3)  

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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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Follow food safety practices for venison

Use careful food safety tips for the deer you harvest – to make sure the meat is safe to eat.  Nutrition and health specialist Tammy Roberts with the University of Missouri Extension says safe handling of venison begins with the hunter. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Deer meat 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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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


State Legislature

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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