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July 17, 2012 | Views on the News |

Summer 2012 = Climate Change Proof?

Debate heats up over whether it's a fluke or sign of things to come

As I write this post at 8 in the morning in Southern Wisconsin, the mercury has already hit 85 degrees. Nearly all of Indiana, Iowa and Illinois along with the lower halves of Wisconsin and Michigan are under heat advisories and at least ¾ of the country has a hazardous weather outlook,...

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June 15, 2012 | Views on the News |

Corn Roles

The commodity plays double-duty as food and fuel source, but which is best for industry?

As I delve into research for my next Focus on Biofuels article, which will analyze the impact of the EPA’s decision to approve the sale of higher ethanol/gasoline blends, I’m confronted with the fact I’m quite torn on the issue of using corn for fuel.

Evidence both in support of and against...

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May 15, 2012 | Views on the News |

Time to Re-prioritize 2012 Farm Bill Cuts

Ag research funding deserves long-term investment

Now in the final stages of Senate mark-up, the 2012 Farm Bill will no doubt see its fair share of reduction in government program funding. Crop subsidies are an easy target that most people can live with — even farmers. Farmer group leaders have noted that the direct payments programs first...

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April 25, 2012 | Views on the News |

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