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Domestic cotton yield, price outlooks shrink this season
Higher temperatures in August ironed out some worries of unusually low cotton yields in West Tennessee. But global supply and demand are keeping cotton futures below 70 cents a pound, meaning Mid-South cotton growers must carefully manage defoliation for a profitable harvest.
9/26/2014
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Sudden death syndrome found in Illinois soybeans

With excellent growing conditions and planted acreage likely leading to a record soybean harvest this year, a soil-based disease could take a bite out of yields in Illinois, particularly in the west-central part of the state.
9/26/2014
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Farm groups hope depreciation, deduction are made permanent

Farmers and ranchers would be better able to plan for equipment purchases and other capital expenditures under a bill passed last month by the U.S. House of Representatives.
10/1/2014
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Ferrellgas agrees to credits after propane pricing issues

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has reached an agreement with propane supplier Ferrellgas to credit customers more than $100,000 over pricing issues from last winter.
10/1/2014
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Merger talks continue for 2 big sellers of fertilizer

Illinois-based CF Industries Holdings, Inc. confirmed last week it is discussing a possible merger with Yara International ASA in Norway – a deal that would lead to the world’s largest fertilizer supplier.
10/1/2014
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4 Ohio horses succomb to Eastern Equine Encephalitis

At least four horses in Northeast Ohio died this past week from eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE, according to Ohio State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey.
10/1/2014
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Hog inventory up 6 percent from June, in spite of PEDv concerns

U.S. hog numbers increased 6 percent from June and farmers are expanding sow herds despite ongoing concerns about porcine epidemic diarrhea virus.
10/8/2014
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U.S., Brazil finally iron out years-long cotton dispute

The United States and Brazil announced last week the conclusion to a cotton trade dispute in the World Trade Organization that stretched more than a decade and prompted a change in U.S. farm bill cotton programs.
10/8/2014
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Lower grain prices help egg producers expand

Egg production is increasing as U.S. producers leverage lower grain prices with steady domestic and export demand.
10/8/2014
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U of I rolls out online toolbox to help farmers pick coverage

An Oct. 3 webinar on farm bill decision aids and programs sponsored by the University of Illinois Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics was attended by 450 farmers eager to learn more about the three sets of decisions they will soon make for each Farm Service Agency farm, including expected deadlines.
10/8/2014
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