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A PRIMEDIA Property December 28, 2005 | 051228   
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 >> Logan Hawkes

 >> Partnership for success is soybean checkoff's focus

 >> Sen. Trent Lott: Playing Hardball

 >> Conservation funds removed from defense spending bill

 >> U.S. Trade proposals at WTO create different outcomes

 >> Senate passes reconciliation package

 >> Year in Review: Perspectives And Outlook

 >> POPs legislation introduced by Chambliss, Harkin

 >> Winter season agriculture shows

 >> Cuba and U.S. Wheat Associates sign agreement

 >> 2006 Conservation Tillage Conference & Expo

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  EDITOR'S NOTE
Logan Hawkes
12/28/05    Crop News Weekly
Happy New Year! The final hours of the year are slipping away quickly and the new year looms ahead with the promise of new beginnings. Here's hoping your new year will be profitable and rewarding and free of unexpected misery. Here's hoping, as always, that congress, weather, science or economics will not get in your way or hold you back, and that you will succeed this year like never before. Make it so!

Heading up the spotlight this week, after setting records in soybean exports and production this year, the 64 farmer-directors of the soybean checkoff recently met to plan for the next round of success. One important element in that success is a new leader. Also in the news, Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott's weekly column deals with disaster assistance for Gulf Coast residents and farmers. Read about what the good Senator has to say. Elsewhere, farmers had more at stake in the latest attempt to authorize oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge than they may have realized - like $1 billion in conservation program spending, to be exact. Also this week, negotiators for U. S. agriculture at the World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting in Hong Kong must play a finely tuned game of give and take. We want more market access and they want less price support for U.S. farmers. And speaking of politics, the Senate last week passed the deficit reduction omnibus reconciliation bill after Vice President Dick Cheney cut short a trip to the Middle East to return to Washington and cast the deciding vote.

You'll find these stories and more in this issue of Crop News Weekly. Happy reading, and Happy New Year!



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Partnership for success is soybean checkoff's focus
12/22/05   
After setting records in soybean exports and production this year, the 64 farmer-directors of the soybean checkoff recently met at their annual board meeting to plan for the next round of success. One important element in that success is a new leader. Curt Raasch, a soybean farmer from Odebolt, Iowa, will serve as the 2006 chairman of the United Soybean Board (USB) and will lead the charge for soybean farmers to continue building preference for U.S. soybeans at home and abroad. "It is an honor to be elected by the board of directors I have served with for the past eight years," says Raasch. - Farm Press Editorial Staff

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Sen. Trent Lott: Playing Hardball
12/23/05   
Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott's weekly column deals with disaster assistance for Gulf Coast residents and farmers: "Before Christmas the Senate completed work on three major pieces of Hurricane Katrina recovery legislation totaling about $40 billion. As we all remember, Congress and President Bush immediately made more than $60 billion available in relief funds just days after Hurricane Katrina hit last August. $29 billion supplemental: Of the $40 billion Congress provided for Katrina and Rita recovery on the eve of the Senate's adjournment on Dec. 21, about $29 billion was contained in a supplemental budget appropriation..." - Farm Press Editorial Staff

Conservation funds removed from defense spending bill
12/22/05   
Farmers had more at stake in the latest attempt to authorize oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge than they may have realized - $1 billion in conservation program spending to be exact. The $900 million was removed from the defense appropriations bill conference report Wednesday night after Senate Democrats and a small group of Republicans forced Republican leaders to delete the ANWR provision from the report. - Forrest Laws, Farm Press Editorial Staff

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"Lambsquarters are tough. By the time they die completely with glyphosate, it's too late. We have to have a pre-emergence herbicide to knock them out to get picture-perfect, high-performance fields. We are managing to prevent glyphosate resistance on our farm, because resistance will add cost. In corn, we use LUMAX with a burndown of Gramoxone and 2-4D pre-plant to get good weed control with more than one mode of action."
Blake Johnson, Holdrege, Neb.

U.S. Trade proposals at WTO create different outcomes
12/22/05   
Negotiators for U. S. agriculture at the World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting in Hong Kong must play a finely tuned game of give and take. "What the United States wants is more market access and less subsidized competition," said Pat Westhoff, international policy analyst with the University of Missouri Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI). "What other countries ask is that the U.S. sharply reduce domestic price and income supports to our farmers. Those countries argue that our subsidies give U.S. producers an unfair advantage in the world market." - The Corn & Soybean Digest

Senate passes reconciliation package
12/21/05   
The Senate passed the deficit reduction omnibus reconciliation bill after Vice President Dick Cheney cut short a trip to the Middle East to return to Washington and cast the deciding vote. The action, which wrapped up nearly a year of work by House and Senate committees, occurred during a flurry of days-before-Christmas votes on bills that were more remarkable for that they didn't do for farmers than for what they accomplished. The deficit reduction omnibus reconciliation the Senate passed by a 51-50 vote today, for example, did not contain language that would have extended the commodity programs in the 2002 farm bill until 2011. - Forrest Laws, Farm Press Editorial Staff

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Year in Review: Perspectives And Outlook
12/22/05   
Agriculture Road Warrior Dave Kohl writes: "We've come to the end of another year by the calendar. This is my 244th column since the beginning of this series as the Road Warrior, and it's fun to sit back and reflect on 2005 and envision possible changes on the agricultural landscape next year..." - The Corn & Soybean Digest

POPs legislation introduced by Chambliss, Harkin
12/22/05   
The chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry have introduced legislation that would put the United States "at the table" where decisions on persistent organic pollutants or POPs are being made. The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants or POPs, which went into effect in May 2004, bans or severely restricts 12 crop protection chemicals, nine of which are not available in the United States. (The latter includes organo-chlorine compounds such as DDT.) - Forrest Laws, Farm Press Editorial Staff

Winter season agriculture shows
IT'S WINTER. Now is your chance to learn about the latest farm products, technologies and research that can help boost profits in the year to come. To help you in your homework, Farm Industry News compiled a list of events that cover everything from combating fuel costs to expanding your operation. - Jodie Wehrspann, Farm Press Editorial Staff

Cuba and U.S. Wheat Associates sign agreement
12/21/05   
Taking an historic and welcome step toward further normalization of grain trade between Cuba and the United States, Cuba's food buying agency has committed to purchase half a million tons of U.S. wheat in the next calendar year. Representatives from U.S. Wheat Associates, the industry's export market development organization, traveled to Cuba on to meet with leadership of Alimport, the Cuban government's official food importers. Recognizing the quality of U.S. wheat and related products, as well as the performance of American wheat growers and processors, Alimport agreed to purchase 500,000 metric tons of wheat from American exporters in 2006. - Farm Press Editorial Staff

2006 Conservation Tillage Conference & Expo
12/18/05   
Want to improve your return on investment and learn ways to improve the soil at the same time? Information about this and other conservation-related topics will be the focus of the 2006 Conservation Tillage Conference & Expo February 1-2 in Sioux Falls, SD.

The Conference is presented by Corn & Soybean Digest and Farm Industry News magazines. The program is the collaborative effort of agronomy and soils experts at Iowa State University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Nebraska and South Dakota State University.

For view the complete program, go to http://www/tillageconference.com. Information to register is available at the site. You can also call 1-800-722-5334 to register.



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