Author Archives: Keith Good

Midwest Beckons Tech Investors

Steve Lohr reported earlier this week at The New York Times Online that, “They seem an odd couple. J. D. Vance, author of ‘Hillbilly Elegy,’ his best-selling memoir of growing up in the postindustrial Midwest and his journey of escape. And Steve Case, the billionaire co-founder of America Online. “But Mr. Vance joined Mr. Case’s… Continue Reading

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USDA Organic Rule Delayed- Impact on Organic Egg Production

Geoffrey Mohan reported on the front page of the business section in today’s Los Angeles Times that, “In early November, the USDA quietly shelved a rule that would have given consumers a bit more of what they assume is part of organic eggs — open air. “Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue (who is not related to… Continue Reading

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Monsanto Seeks Halt to Dicamba Ban in Arkansas

Associated Press writer Andrew DeMillo reported on Friday that, “A major agribusiness company asked an Arkansas judge Friday to halt the state’s plan to ban an herbicide that’s drawn complaints from farmers across several states who say the weed killer has drifted onto their fields and caused widespread damage. “Monsanto asked a Pulaski County judge… Continue Reading

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Missouri Limits Dicamba Use

Reuters writer Tom Polansek reported on Friday that, “Missouri will limit the use of a weedkiller made by BASF SE after farmers complained the chemical drifted and harmed their crops, following a move by Arkansas to prohibit spray applications next year of the herbicide and rival products. “Missouri on Thursday banned sprayings of BASF’s Engenia… Continue Reading

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House Passes Tax Reform Measure, Attention Turns to Senate Finance Committee

DTN Political Correspondent Jerry Hagstrom reported yesterday that, “The House of Representatives on Thursday voted to approve a nearly $1.5 trillion tax overhaul bill. The bill passed with a 227-to-205 vote. “President Donald Trump traveled to Capitol Hill ahead of the House vote Thursday morning to urge House Republicans to approve the measure. “The bill… Continue Reading

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Iowa State University Extension Update on Tax Reform

Earlier this week, Kristine A. Tidgren provided an interesting recap and summary of some parts of the tax reform proposals currently being considered by lawmakers in Washington, D.C. The update, “Tax Reform: What’s on the Table,” was posted at the Iowa State University (ISU) Extension Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation webpage. A variety of… Continue Reading

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Bee Health: Fungicides Emerge as Improbable Villain

A Cornell University update yesterday by Blaine Friedlander stated that, “When a Cornell-led team of scientists analyzed two dozen environmental factors to understand bumblebee population declines and range contractions, they expected to find stressors like changes in land use, geography or insecticides. “Instead, they found a shocker: fungicides, commonly thought to have no impact. “‘Insecticides work;… Continue Reading

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EPA Seeks Delay in Emissions Rule For Livestock Producers

DTN writer Todd Neeley reported earlier this week that, “With a new livestock emissions reporting rule set to take effect on [November 15], the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asked a federal court to stay the rule to allow the agency to help farmers prepare to comply. “Back in April, the U.S. Court of Appeals for… Continue Reading

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Bill Would Curb Citizen Lawsuits Against Farmers

DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton reported late last week that, “A House Subcommittee on the Environment and Commerce held a hearing Thursday on a bipartisan bill to reduce the risk of farmers from citizen-led lawsuits. “The Farm Regulatory Certainty Act has more than 60 co-sponsors, and was spearheaded by Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., and… Continue Reading

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Hydroponics, Aquaponics Not “Organic,” Some Say

Associated Press writer Lisa Rathke reported today that, “Can a tomato grown in a nutrient solution instead of dirt be called ‘organic‘? Some purists don’t think so. “The National Organic Standards Board, which advises the U.S. Department of Agriculture, voted this month against a proposal to exclude hydroponics and aquaponics — the raising of plants… Continue Reading

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