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A Benefit of the Polar Vortex
4:11 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Harsh Winter Freezing Out Some Crop-Devouring Pests

Western Corn Rootworm Beetles chew on a stalk of corn
Credit Purdue University Extension

Despite what they may be thinking now, Midwest grain farmers and backyard gardeners alike may be thankful for the recent arctic temperatures before 2014 is out.

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Bacon & Eggs
2:49 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Spike in Propane Price Worries Midwest Farmers

The barn at Borgic Farms in Nokomis, Ill., where piglets are weaned must be kept warm year-round. In the winter, that means using a bank of propane-fueled heaters.
Credit Peter Gray/Harvest Public Media

Residents across the Midwest are struggling with tight propane supplies, especially in this bitterly cold, snowy winter. But it’s not just homes in rural counties that are lacking adequate heating fuel.

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Harvest Public Media
5:19 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Years in the Making, New Farm Bill Becomes Law

President Obama signs the Agriculture Act of 2014 as members of Congress and the Cabinet look on.
Credit Courtesy Stephen Carmody/Michigan Radio

President Barack Obama signed the new farm bill into law Friday at Michigan State University in East Lansing, ending years of negotiations and wrangling.

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President’s Signature Expected
4:54 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

US Senate Approves Farm Bill

After more than two years of debate on Capitol Hill, a new farm bill is poised to become law after both the U.S. House and Senate approved it.
Credit andrewmalone/Flickr

The US Senate passed the farm bill Tuesday by a vote of 68-32, sending it to the president’s desk and ending years of political wrangling.

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House Already Approved Bill
11:45 am
Fri January 31, 2014

2014 Farm Bill Would Change US Ag Policy

Credit Discovery.com

It’s getting so close now… Wednesday morning the U.S. House passed the Agriculture Act of 2014, the new farm bill. The Senate is expected to take a preliminary vote Monday, February 3.

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