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Farm economy starting to see cracks
Low crop prices are putting a damper on the farm economy, but two of the state's top economists say they don't see a long-term downturn in the making.
JournalStar.com – 9/13/2014

Wisconsin IoH rule clarified
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a clarification to the state's new Implements of Husbandry rules. There was some question as to whether farm tractors and self-propelled implements with tracks are allowed on roadways.
Brownfield – 9/12/2014

Tractor Sales Bounce Back during August
According to the Association of Equipment Manufacturer's monthly "Flash Report," the sale of all tractors in the U.S. for August 2014, were up 2% compared to the same month last year.
USAgNet – 9/11/2014

Where oil and grain don't mix
A record crop and booming oil production are about to collide on the plains of North Dakota and nearby states. Farm leaders and transportation experts are predicting losses of $100,000 or more for commercial scale farms and millions of dollars in Minnesota and North Dakota, where the need for rail shipments of North Dakota crude competes with the need for grain cars for corn, soybeans and wheat.
Agriculture Online – 9/9/2014

Ag Groups Launch Coalition For Advancement Of Precision Agriculture
The Coalition for the Advancement of Precision Agriculture (CAPA) announced its official launch and upcoming Precision Ag Forum, taking place Sept. 18 in Washington, D.C. Comprised of trade associations and organizations representing a diverse range of sectors within the agriculture industry, CAPA will serve as a voice for the benefits of precision agriculture technology.
AgriMarketing – 9/9/2014

Interesting Farm Equipment Usage
The latest agricultural census reveals some interesting information about the use of farm equipment. USDA's Rod Bain tells us more above.
RFD-TV – 9/8/2014

USDA: Farm sector debt ratios remain near post-1970 lows
The rate of growth in farm assets, debt, and equity is forecast to moderate in 2014, the result of an expected decline in net farm income, higher borrowing costs, and moderation in the growth of farmland values.
AgProfessional – 9/8/2014

Soybean Exports To Russia At Record Growth
The Russian soy market is growing steadily due to investment in the domestic poultry and swine industries and growth in the soybean industry's crushing capacity.
AgriMarketing – 9/5/2014

Brazil Faces Challenges With Chinese Corn Imports, Too
After 30 years of at or near double digit economic growth, China's capacity to continue increasing domestic corn and feed grain production is believed to be below projected consumption growth. The demand potential is clearly there.
AgriMarketing – 9/5/2014

Thune on rail backlog hearings
A U.S. Senate committee hearing next week will deal with rail service backlogs in South Dakota and the region that have disrupted shipments of grain, ethanol and other goods. South Dakota Senator John Thune is ranking member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.
Brownfield – 9/5/2014