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House Passes Highway Bill

3 Dec 2015
By Jerry HagstromDTN Political Correspondent WASHINGTON (DTN) -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed the conference report on a highway bill that would also prevent Congress from making a $3 billion cut to the crop insurance program which was included in the budget agreement. The vote was 359 to 65, with no Democrats voting agains...

Ethanol Plants in Operation

3 Dec 2015
By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff Reporter OMAHA (DTN) -- All indications are Abengoa Bioenergy SA continues normal operations at its ethanol plants in the United States despite questions about the Spain-based company's financial health. Abengoa Bioenergy SA filed for protection from its creditors last week, and there were questions about what a potential pe...

The Market's Fine Print

2 Dec 2015
By John HarringtonDTN Livestock Analyst With recreational drones flying off the shelves, letters to Santa need to be mailed pronto. If estimates of nearly a million requests this season for the cool tech toy turn out to be accurate, the old boy stands to lose his Christmas cheer PDQ. Personally, I "overnighted" my entire list to the North Pole sev...

Farm Credit: Mission Creep?

2 Dec 2015
By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy Editor OMAHA (DTN) -- Members of the House Agriculture Committee declared themselves as friends of the Farm Credit System at a hearing on Wednesday, but told regulators in the Farm Credit Administration that friends shouldn't let friends drift outside their mission and purpose. The House Agriculture Committee held a he...

To Lease or Not to Lease?

2 Dec 2015
By Jim PatricoProgressive Farmer Senior Editor A few years ago, about 80% of the John Deere combines with "Olsen Custom Farms" stenciled on the side arrived at the Minnesota farm with purchase agreements. Now, half of the new machines come with lease agreements. That change is a sign of the times. As weak commodity prices eat into farms' cash-flow,...
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