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Icahn may save $49 million as Trump weighs biofuel policy change

Iowa Farmer Today - February 26, 2018 - 2:30pm
Billionaire Carl Icahn’s oil refiner CVR Energy Inc. plans to spend almost $50 million less this year than it did in 2017 to comply with the U.S. biofuel mandate just as President Donald Trump’s direct intervention energizes prospects of regulatory…
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Funds turned positive on grains for first time since August

Iowa Farmer Today - February 26, 2018 - 2:15pm
For the first time in six months, hedge funds are betting on a rally in the grain markets.
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Flint Hills says new bin to be one of world's largest

Iowa Farmer Today - February 26, 2018 - 8:14am
MENLO, Iowa — Flint Hills Resources said it is adding nearly 2 million bushels of year-round corn storage at its Menlo ethanol plant.
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Trade talks, export programs highlight USGC meeting

Iowa Farmer Today - February 26, 2018 - 7:55am
HOUSTON, Texas — U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney addressed the delegates and members of the U.S. Grains Council at their recent meeting, updating them on ongoing trade negotiations that will affect…
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With bread loaves and fish, Russia is a food export powerhouse

Iowa Farmer Today - February 25, 2018 - 7:06pm
Russian food exports are skyrocketing thanks to the world’s appetite for the country’s wheat.
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NAFTA negotiators dig in for long haul as talks resume in Mexico

Iowa Farmer Today - February 24, 2018 - 7:52am
It’s looking increasingly likely NAFTA talks will extend beyond a March target, meaning negotiators will have to deal with the added political uncertainty of a Mexican election campaign.
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Icahn's biofuel fight lives on as Trump said to plan meetings

Iowa Farmer Today - February 23, 2018 - 11:45am
The price of biofuel blending credits tumbled Friday on mounting speculation that the fight by independent oil refiners to change U.S. laws mandating the use of ethanol will lead to rule changes.
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China's growing taste for high-grade beef poised to aid Uruguay

Iowa Farmer Today - February 23, 2018 - 9:20am
Uruguay — famous for its grass-fed, hormone-free beef — is set to benefit as China’s consumers upgrade to higher-quality meat.
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Iowa project battles herbicide-resistant weeds

Iowa Farmer Today - February 23, 2018 - 8:22am
AMES, Iowa — Harrison County is home to a new project focused on combating weed resistance as part of a statewide pest resistance management program led by Iowa State University.
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White House is said to plan meetings on clash over biofuel

Iowa Farmer Today - February 23, 2018 - 7:01am
Top Trump administration officials are planning two summits to discuss possible changes to the U.S. biofuel mandate, according to people familiar with the discussions, as the White House grapples with political fallout from the bankruptcy of the largest refiner in…
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Proven pedigree brings strong sale at Beef Expo

Iowa Farmer Today - February 23, 2018 - 6:00am
DES MOINES — Aaron Siek knew there would be a lot of interest in one of the heifers he was taking to the Iowa Beef Expo.
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Cruz wants to ease renewable-fuel rules to save refiner jobs

Iowa Farmer Today - February 22, 2018 - 1:47pm
Bankrupt U.S. refinery Philadelphia Energy Solutions LLC has friends in Washington, and wants you to know it.
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Grocers sounded out on Trump administration's `harvest box' plan

Iowa Farmer Today - February 22, 2018 - 1:33pm
The Agriculture Department has begun talking with grocery retailers about their potential role in a proposal to replace some food-stamp allocations with prepackaged boxes of groceries, Secretary Sonny Perdue said.
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Profit margins tend to be bigger on larger farms: Study

Iowa Farmer Today - February 22, 2018 - 1:23pm
In general, larger farms are more profitable and own a smaller share of their land than smaller farms, so greater land ownership is not a requirement for higher profits.
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Soybeans could dethrone corn as U.S. crop king

Iowa Farmer Today - February 21, 2018 - 1:45pm
For the first time in 35 years, soybeans are poised to steal the crown of U.S. crop king from corn.
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As food trade ballooned under NAFTA, so did Mexican waistlines

Iowa Farmer Today - February 21, 2018 - 5:11am
Avocado toast and juice bars are all the rage for American hipsters, foodies and millennials.
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Tyson aims to turn food scraps into snacks in pivot from chicken

Iowa Farmer Today - February 20, 2018 - 11:10am
Tyson Foods Inc., the largest U.S. meat producer, wants to get deeper into the snack game.
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Trump plan to swap food stamps for food faces skeptical Congress

Iowa Farmer Today - February 20, 2018 - 10:18am
A Trump administration plan to to replace food-stamp spending with boxes of “100 percent American grown food’’ landed on Congress’s doorstep with a thud.
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Biggest commodity winner of 2018 rallies on Argentina's drought

Iowa Farmer Today - February 18, 2018 - 8:12pm
To understand why soybean meal is the best-performing commodity so far this year, talk to Ariel Striglio, a 52-year-old farmer in Argentina’s Santa Fe province.
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Timing is key ingredient in profitable double-crop wheat

Iowa Farmer Today - February 18, 2018 - 9:30am
MT. VERNON, Ill. — Wheat growers in southern Illinois may never be able to match the monster yields their counterparts across the pond pull from their fields. But at least one Englishman is convinced U.S. farmers can continue to boost…
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