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Vilsack seeks estate tax change

By Larry Dreiling U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack wants to change federal estate tax laws in order to create a new generation of farmers. Speaking before the general session of the 2012 Commodity Classic at Nashville, Tenn., Vilsack said beginning farmers not only need better access to credit to get their operations under way, […]

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Defending the Thin Green Line

A famous general turned ethanol advocate has called for holding what he calls the “Thin Green Line” and members of the National Sorghum Producers should do so, too. Tom Sell quoted the line of ¬†Gen. Wesley Clark (USA, Ret.), during the NSP’s annual general session held during the Commodity Classic. “The words of Gen. Clark […]

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Sorghum producers board confident of checkoff passage

The National Sorghum Producers board March 2 expressed general optimism about approval of the sorghum checkoff. The group, however, expressed some impatience in awaiting results of the vote concluded Feb. 28 by The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service. “We’re in a hurry up and wait mode,” said Tim Lusk, USP CEO. “We lost […]

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