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News from Around the Farm World - Nov. 7, 2012
Corn crop insurance payout up to $7.50 per bushel
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The USDA says farmers who chose to pay more to insure their crops at harvest prices will receive $7.50 per bushel for corn.

The Des Moines Register also reported the harvest price payout for soybeans will be $15.39 per bushel. Farmers who elected to be covered by the less expensive non-harvest price coverage will receive the $5.68 per bushel for corn and $12.55 per bushel for soybeans. Those prices were set in March at the time of insurance signup.

USDA figures show crop-loss insurance payments through Oct. 29 totaled $3.5 billion nationally, including $1.63 billion for corn and $247.6 million for soybeans.

Iowa woman sues Deere, alleging race discrimination
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines woman has filed a race discrimination lawsuit against her employer, Moline, Ill.-based farm equipment manufacturer Deere & Co.

Copa Burse, who is black, claims she was subjected to being yelled at and taunted by co-workers. She said racial slurs were painted on her work locker, and last year she arrived home from work to find a doll painted with a black face hanging from her garage door beneath racially motivated threats.

Burse, 48, has worked at Deere’s Ankeny plant since September 2010. She filed the lawsuit in Polk County District Court in Des Moines Oct. 15.

A Deere spokesman said the company doesn’t tolerate conduct that creates a discriminatory, intimidating or hostile workplace and investigates all complaints, taking appropriate action to correct problems.

GOP candidate among 3 killed in West Virginia weather
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia legislative candidate was the third person in the state reported to be killed in accidents related to weather from Hurricane Sandy.

George Rose told The Associated Press his 60-year-old father, John Rose Sr., was checking fences on his deer farm in Barbour County on Oct. 30 when he was struck by a falling tree limb. He was a Republican candidate for the House of Delegates.

Barbour County Emergency Services Director Cindy Hart said another man in his 60s died that day while shoveling snow. The storm also was blamed for the death of a 40-year-old woman whose car collided with a cement truck on Oct. 29 in Tucker County.

Mountain lion sighting in SE Missouri confirmed
STRINGTOWN, Mo. (AP) — For the second time in the past few weeks, a mountain lion sighting has been confirmed in southeastern Missouri.

Trail cameras captured a big cat on a Ripley County farm last weekend. Lee Ray Pickrell, who owns the farm, told the Southeast Missourian the cameras were set on food plots for deer. He was stunned when he checked and saw photos of a beefy male mountain lion.

Ripley County conservation agent Darren Killian confirmed the sighting. He said it is the first confirmed mountain lion in the county. Another trail camera photographed a mountain lion Oct. 10 on the Current River Conservation Area near Ellington, Mo.