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Trump hints at China trade pact as truce progress reported

Iowa Farmer Today - November 30, 2018 - 6:10am
President Donald Trump said he is very close to “doing something” with China ahead of a planned meeting with President Xi Jinping, raising expectations again that the two leaders may be able to hash out a ceasefire in their trade…
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Weather varies, but hybrid trials follow ‘routine’

Iowa Farmer Today - November 30, 2018 - 6:00am
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The 2018 University of Illinois corn hybrid tests, at 13 locations across the state, produced fairly typical results, with good yields overall and some weather-related variations.
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Cannabis cash from high-less hemp beckons to ailing U.S. farmers

Iowa Farmer Today - November 29, 2018 - 1:10pm
Where tobacco once flourished on Gator Williams’ North Carolina farm, he now plants 1,380 acres of cannabis.
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New NAFTA deal set for signing as tariff fight remains

Iowa Farmer Today - November 29, 2018 - 12:33pm
The U.S., Canada and Mexico are set to sign their new trade deal Friday following a year of intense negotiations to revamp the continent’s free trade zone — and after President Donald Trump’s threats to kill it.
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Bayer to cut 12,000 jobs, exit vet unit amid drag from suits

Iowa Farmer Today - November 29, 2018 - 12:11pm
Bayer AG plans to cut 12,000 jobs and exit its animal health business in an effort to mollify Wall Street, which has punished the company over the tidal wave of lawsuits that came alongside the $63 billion takeover of Monsanto…
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Farm bill deal reached by dumping new work rules backed by Trump

Iowa Farmer Today - November 29, 2018 - 11:54am
Democrats and Republicans said they reached a tentative deal on farm legislation after jettisoning controversial work requirements for food stamp recipients demanded by President Donald Trump and conservatives in the House.
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Through field trials, farmers gain knowledge of new products

Iowa Farmer Today - November 29, 2018 - 6:00am
Research trials help producers to experience new technologies first-hand. Studying seed varieties, herbicides and planting techniques gives farmers insight to improve yields.
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EPA said to keep exempting refineries from biofuel quotas

Iowa Farmer Today - November 28, 2018 - 5:02pm
The Trump administration has decided to keep waiving some oil refineries from U.S. biofuel mandates, despite pressure from ethanol advocates to end the practice, according to three people familiar with the matter.
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Meat production heads for more records in 2019

Iowa Farmer Today - November 28, 2018 - 2:00pm
Record levels of red meat production should continue in 2019.
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Even in dry year, MU corn testing provides data for growers

Iowa Farmer Today - November 28, 2018 - 11:28am
Since the University of Missouri first began publishing corn yield test results in 1937, the goal has been to provide objective information for farmers to help make their seed decisions. The number of entries has grown from fewer than 50…
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Border threats may mean more headaches for U.S. farmers

Iowa Farmer Today - November 28, 2018 - 7:13am
Donald Trump’s confrontation at the southern U.S. border means millions of dollars worth of American farm trade could be back under threat.
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EPA said to hold biofuel quotas for gasoline steady for 2019

Iowa Farmer Today - November 27, 2018 - 12:39pm
The Trump administration is set to order refiners to use 15 billion gallons of conventional renewable fuels such as corn-based ethanol next year, resisting oil industry pressure to lower the mandate, according to three people familiar with the plans.
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Trump signals U.S. likely to go ahead with China tariff increase

Iowa Farmer Today - November 27, 2018 - 7:19am
President Donald Trump said he’ll likely push forward with plans to increase tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods, indicating he would also slap duties on all remaining imports from the Asian nation if negotiations with China’s leader Xi Jinping…
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N loss reduction practices vary in cost, effectiveness

Iowa Farmer Today - November 27, 2018 - 7:00am
A variety of agricultural conservation practices are available to reduce the amount of nitrogen leaving fields and traveling downstream.
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Extra care goes into growing crops for seed companies

Iowa Farmer Today - November 27, 2018 - 7:00am
PONTIAC, Ill. — Darren Fehr had a steep learning curve when he first started growing seed soybeans for Beck’s Hybrids.
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Advances push commercial cattle producer to AI

Iowa Farmer Today - November 26, 2018 - 7:45am
Using artificial insemination (AI) to change genetics is becoming more attractive to some commercial cattle producers.
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Ominous U.S. climate change report offers few policy solutions

Iowa Farmer Today - November 26, 2018 - 7:15am
A landmark U.S. climate change study by 13 federal agencies brings greater urgency to the question of what Americans can do to avoid an unprecedented shift in how they live in coming decades. What it doesn’t do is provide any…
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U.S. crop yields threatened by rising heat from climate change

Iowa Farmer Today - November 25, 2018 - 4:50pm
American farmers’ livelihoods are at risk from climate change as Midwestern grain yields are poised to tumble amid increasing temperatures and more extreme flooding and droughts, according to a new report.
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After weather challenges, 2018 harvest comes to close in Missouri

Iowa Farmer Today - November 25, 2018 - 8:00am
CONCORDIA, Mo. — On a cold fall day, Nov. 8, snow flurries were falling from a gray overcast sky on Darren Hull’s Lafayette County farm. The change in weather was fitting, as he had just recently finished up harvest and…
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Q&A: When does soybean seed treatment pay?

Iowa Farmer Today - November 24, 2018 - 3:15pm
Like you, many farmers are looking for ways to trim input costs due to lower commodity prices this year. Cutting costs is usually not easy and certainly needs to be done without reducing profitability.
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