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Protests over Argentina farm policies seen increasing in 2015

Argentine farmers will increase protests ahead of presidential elections in October 2015 to push candidates toward reforming policies that growers say are killing their profits, said Omar Principe, the new head of one of the country's main farm groups.

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Redirecting commodity crop expansion can save carbon, wildlife

From oil palm to sugar to coffee and cocoa, commercial agriculture is expanding across the tropics, destroying valuable tropical rainforests, which store immense amounts of carbon and support half of the Earth’s plants and animals; at the same time, responsible producers are looking for solutions.

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Ag markets proved quite mixed again Monday

News of strong demand supported corn futures Monday. Slow trading and limited price action may prevail during the next two weeks as many in the financial industry celebrate the holidays. Conversely, news events might spur choppy action if/when large orders swamp low volume trading. Early news of a sizeable corn sale and the strong Export Inspections result rather clearly boosted the corn market today. March corn futures settled up 1.25 cents at $4.1175/bushel Monday, while July added 0.75 to $4.2675.

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NCGA announces 2014 yield contest winners

The 18 winners in six production categories had verified yields averaging more than 383.6 bushels per acre, compared to the projected national average of 173.4 bushels per acre in 2014. While there is no overall contest winner, yields from first, second and third place farmers overall production categories topped out at 503.7190.

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Commodity markets posted some surprising moves Monday morning

News of strong demand is supporting corn futures. Expect slow trading and limited price action over the next two weeks as many in the financial industry celebrate the holidays. Conversely, news events might spur choppy trading as low trading volume tries to accommodate orders. This morning’s news of a sizeable corn sale and the strong Export Inspections result are rather clearly boosting the corn market. March corn futures gained 0.75 cents to $4.1125/bushel late Monday morning, while July added 0.25 to $4.2225.

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Commentary: Agriculture's self-esteem problem

Farmers are professionals. Farmers are small business owners. If you start your own farm, you are an entrepreneur. I am proud to be a farmer! Why aren’t more farmers?

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