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    Biofuel Mandate Bashed In Iowa Speech

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on October 30, 2012

    The chairman of the board of Nestle Group, the giant Switzerland-based food manufacturing and marketing company that owns many brand names and supplies numerous products on grocery store shelves around the world, warns that overuse of water will lead to shortfalls of grain. "This year's drought in the U.S. has aggravated the trend," said Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, one of the speakers at the recent 2012 World Food Prize symposium held October 17-19 in Des Moines, Iowa. Over…

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    Farmers Challenged To Invest An Acre To Help Fight Hunger

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on October 23, 2012

    Speaking in Des Moines recently, farmer/philanthropist Howard Buffett challenged all farmers in America to donate the profits from at least 1 acre of their 2012 harvest to their local food banks in an effort to help eradicate hunger nationwide. Buffett was the keynote speaker at the 2012 Iowa Hunger Summit held October 16. Buffett, the son of Omaha billionaire investor Warren Buffett, pushed for the donations during his speech. Buffett's private foundation, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation…

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    Ag Politics: Election Day Is November 6

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on October 18, 2012

    Election Day is November 6 and Iowa is a swing state in the presidential race. Iowa could go either way. Polls show the race remains quite tight nationally. Why should Iowa farmers vote for Republican Mitt Romney for president of the United States? Why should they vote for Democrat Barak Obama? Wallaces Farmer in an interview earlier this week asked that question of Mike Johanns, the Republican U.S. Senator from Nebraska, who served as Secretary of Agriculture under President George W. Bush…

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    2012 Farm Bill? Don't Bet On It

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on October 12, 2012

    More and more observers are placing odds there won't be much, if any, work done on the new five-year farm bill in Congress this year. The heavy lifting will likely take place when Congress comes back into session in January. Even then, the farm bill might not get the attention of Congress right away. Farm bills usually last for five years and the 2008 Farm Bill officially expired on September 30, 2012. Congress left Washington September 21 to go home to campaign without getting the new farm…

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    A Food & Ag Message At Harvest Time

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     by Rod Swoboda
     on October 4, 2012

    A few weeks ago my daughter and I drove to Spencer in northwest Iowa to the 2012 Clay County Fair. I hadn't attended the fair in 10 years. Billed as the World's Greatest County Fair, it's still one of the biggest and best truly agricultural fairs. A regional event, it attracts a lot of people (farm as well as nonfarm folks) from northwest Iowa and neighboring states. This year's fair ran September 8 through 16. We attended a customer appreciation event put on by the Case-IH dealers of…

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