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Drought Is Widespread Rainfall Spotty

 

The Drought of 2012 is very serious.  WGFA's National Farm Broadcaster, Ken Root has comments from growers across the region and few are favorable: {audio}images/stories/171612.mp3{/audio}
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American Petroleum Institute Warns Drivers Not To Use E-15 Gasoline

 

The squabbles within the petroleum and ethanol industry continue.  A single retailer in Kansas is selling the latest fuel approved by the EPA but the petroleum industry is trying to discourage use.  More from WGFA National Farm Broadcaster, Ken Root: {audio}images/stories/271612.mp3{/audio}
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House Tries To Corral GIPSA Rules

 

The House Agriculture Committee had a marathon session this week that culminated in passage of a farm bill.  But the proceedings became divisive and a bit ugly over a rule on livestock marketing that was in the 2008 Farm Bill.  More from WGFA National Farm Broadcaster, Ken Root: {audio}images/stories/171312.mp3{/audio}
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Governor's Drought Plan to be Unveiled Monday

WALTONVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- A southern Illinois farmer and rancher says his 300 acres of corn are a bust and he's eager to hear the governor's plan for dealing with drought.

Gov. Pat Quinn is set to visit 71-year-old James Laird's farm near Waltonville  today ( Monday 7/16).  

Laird says he'll likely mow down all his corn, chop it up and feed it to his cattle. Almost a third of the nation's corn crop has been damaged by heat and drought.

Laird hopes his 300 acres of soybeans pull through.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week announced a streamline approach to getting drought-affected farmers and ranchers federal help that could include emergency loans with lower interest rates.

 

 

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Will House Leader Find Time To Debate Farm Bill?

 

The passage of the farm bill in the house ag committee now means it can move to the floor but there are so few days left and so much to do that things don't look good for quick action.  Here's the reaction and the delimma from WGFA National Farm Broadcaster, Ken Root: {audio}images/stories/271312.mp3{/audio}