Commentary: U.S., Europe talks may indicate future of free trade

I’ve heard it said many times the last few years that agriculture has been the bright spot in California’s lagging economy. All data suggest that fair and open trade with foreign markets plays a significant role. FULL STORY »

MF Global customer claims near resolution

The trustee overseeing the liquidation of MF Global's failed futures brokerage said he expects the more than 28,000 customer claims that have been filed to be fully resolved within the next few months, according to a report filed in court on Tuesday. FULL STORY »

The Peterson brothers are back! Play video

Watch out YouTube – the Peterson brothers are back, and this time they are bringing agriculture to consumers through the popularity of PSY’s “Gangnam Style.” From galloping on hay bales to feeding cattle, the video connects family farming with pop culture. FULL STORY »

Extreme weather is new normal, U.N.'s Ban tells climate talks

Extreme weather is the new normal and poses a threat to the human race, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday as he sought to revive deadlocked global climate change talks. FULL STORY »

House, White House aim for $32-$35 billion in farm bill cuts

As time runs out to pass a new U.S. Farm Bill in 2012, the White House and Republicans in the House of Representatives hold surprisingly similar goals about how much to cut spending - roughly from $32 billion to $35 billion. FULL STORY »

Tools for business succession planning

Here are links to some interactive resources and workbooks to help you make generational transitions a success. FULL STORY »

Employee turnover on dairy farms and what it’s costing producers

Dairy farm owners and managers know intuitively that employee turnover is expensive. But how expensive is it? What are the major causes and what can you as an owner or manager do to combat it? FULL STORY »

Democrats' discord undercuts Obama estate tax push

Divisions among Democrats are undermining President Barack Obama's push to raise the U.S. estate tax on inherited wealth, just weeks before the arrival of the "fiscal cliff" could drive the present estate tax rate even higher than Obama proposes. FULL STORY »

As clock ticks down, lawmakers and USDA push for new farm law

With time running out, agricultural leaders in Congress vowed to do everything they can to pass a farm bill that cuts spending by at least $23 billion - savings that could assure support by lawmakers determined to reduce the federal deficit. FULL STORY »

Drought clings to the Plains

The drought continues to hang on in the nation's midsection as wetter storm systems stick to the coasts. Nearly two-thirds of the country – primarily in the Corn Belt – is in moderate or worse drought, according to the latest Drought Monitor released on Thursday. FULL STORY »

3 dairy cows shot to death; 2 teens charged

Three cows were shot to death late Wednesday evening on a dairy farm near LaPorte, Ind., and police have arrested two teenagers in connection with the incident. FULL STORY »

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