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Disparity in ARC Payments

7 Oct 2015
By Marcia Zarley TaylorDTN Executive Editor LOUISVILLE, Ky. (DTN) -- When USDA issues an estimated $3.5 billion in farm program checks for the 2014 crop to corn growers later this month, policymakers should brace for a torrent of complaints between the have nots and the haves. Growers were warned that payments would vary based on county revenue fo...

Groups React to TPP Deal

6 Oct 2015
By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy Editor OMAHA (DTN) -- Initial reaction to a Trans-Pacific Partnership deal was varied Monday as some agricultural groups acknowledged they need more details on the final pact while others already had their minds made up on whether they back TPP or oppose it. The agreement between the U.S. and 11 other Pacific-rim coun...

Todd's Take

6 Oct 2015
By Todd HultmanDTN Analyst It is no secret that grain prices have not done well in 2015, but neither have most other commodities. A quick survey shows corn, wheat, and gold near their lowest spot prices in five years; soybeans, cotton, sugar, copper, silver, and crude oil near their lowest spot prices in six years. Soybean oil rounds out the bottom...

Bundle Whole-Farm Policies

2 Oct 2015
By Marcia Zarley TaylorDTN Executive Editor HADDONFIELD, N.J. (DTN) -- Whole-farm income insurance has long been the stepchild of federal crop insurance plans, attracting only about 1,000 policies nationwide, or 0.1% of all policies sold last season. But pressure on farmers to economize and recent enhancements designed to appeal to specialty crop a...

Informa Cuts Corn, Bean Crops

2 Oct 2015
By Katie MicikDTN Markets Editor OMAHA (DTN) -- Private analytical firm Informa Economics estimates that farmers will produce 13.56 billion bushels of corn with a national average yield of 168.4 bushels per acre. That's 24 million bushels lower than USDA's September estimate. The average yield is 0.9 bpa higher. "The new estimate expects the plan...
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