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ISSUE DATE: 07/14/2014

Export-Import Bank backers seek to assist small ag entrepreneurs

By Larry Dreiling

Much has been made over the last few weeks over the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Better known as Ex-Im Bank, it is an independent agency of the executive office of the President. The bank’s mission is to create and sustain U.S. jobs by financing sales of U.S. exports to international buyers.

During the reauthorization debate, a number of members of Congress—practically all Democrats and a large number of Republicans—have said this independent agency is necessary to help promote U.S. exports. The more U.S. exports, they say, the more jobs will be created and the better the economy will perform.

A number of interest groups on both sides of the aisle want it to be shut down, labeling the bank as “crony capitalism.” Far-left liberals say it too much serves the needs of big business, while tea party conservatives say it interferes with the private flow of capital.

Perhaps the reason for much of the hand-wringing is that the biggest client for Ex-Im Bank is Boeing Co., which sells jet aircraft around the world and competes with Airbus Group, which receives subsidies from its European government partners.

Supporters of Ex-Im Bank say a shutdown would be devastating to companies like Boeing, while opponents say it would be a kick-start of free-market capitalism that the economy needs to stand on its own.

Adding fuel to the fire: Ex-Im Bank’s inspector general currently is investigating charges into whether employees have accepted kickbacks and gifts in exchange for helping at least one firm secure financing.


NEWS

Coon assumes OSU ag, natural resources VP post
El Nino forecast weaker than earlier predicted
Export-Import Bank backers seek to assist small ag entrepreneurs
Oncologists: Future of rural cancer care seen as 'dire'
Rain helps some drought-stricken parts of Missouri
Rural primary care topic of panel discussion
Senators introduce Rural Hospital and Provider Equity Act
SNAP expanded at farmers markets
Speaker provides insight for agriculture industry
State of Kansas unveils redesigned website
Toolkit to help rural first responders begins distribution
United States and Korea streamline organic trade
USDA awards rural development loans, grants
We Kan! award recipients named

CROPS

2014 farm bill panel headlines Arkansas Rice Expo Aug. 1
Agricultural drainage techniques to be presented at Iowa Drainage School
AgriLife Extension to begin farm program educational effort in the High Plains
Colorado Farm Fresh Directory celebrates 30th anniversary
Corn growers smile in June rains; haymakers fret at few sunny days
Environmental and natural resource groups weigh in on 50-Year Vision for Water in Kansas
Groups teach farmers about grain bin hazards
Hoffman Harvesting: Celebrating on the trail
Kansas NRCS provides assistance to producers in drought areas
K-State faculty, students receive honors at conference
Misener crew: Taking time to enjoy holiday
Mother Nature wields a hit to gut in heartland
Osowski: Stuck in the rain, the harvest continues
Put an end to sugar ends through latest Focus on Potato webcast
Roland: Working to get caught up
Save yields by scouting for 6 problems in young corn
Sorghum Checkoff announces Leadership Sorghum Class II
Test soil for optimum yields
USDA boosts sorghum acres to 7.47M
USDA designates 4 counties in Colorado as primary natural disaster areas
Wheat pests cause aesthetic, financial loss to agricultural producers
Wheat production workshop set Aug. 4 at UNL Panhandle Center
Z Crew: Best cherry pie recipe

LIVESTOCK

American Gelbvieh Junior Association holds 'Under the Western Skies' show
American Red Cross blood donors get special thanks from Kansas pork farmers
Bison association director appointed to USDA trade advisory committee
Cattle producers reminded of disaster program
Cattlemen's Boot Camp gives take-home ideas on beef genetics
Kansas animal health officials working with USDA officials on PEDv federal order protocols
Kansas auctioneers top World Championship
Kansas Livestock Foundation names scholarship recipients
K-State awarded grant for international collaboration on global issues
Managing calf health in the shadow of drought
Sheep, goats need special care during summer heat and humidity
Texas Beef Council promotes beef in fitness ads
Texas beef producers approve beef checkoff program in Lone Star State
TVMDL services support bovine Anaplasma marginale study
U.S. Cattlemen's Association urges Congress not to intervene in COOL

EDITOR

Capturing the country life
Rural students deserve a 21st century education
The border is broken and creating a crisis

COLUMNS

Ag chemical company gets green light for new insecticide
Another Cattle Drive era is needed
Company announces key partnership
Company's technology can track environmental factors
Enrofloxacin generic offered with caution
Firm invests in functional crop care products
Severe-duty equipment maker enters pact
The glacier of environmental regulation
Wheat growers explore national checkoff, other funding sources

MARKETS

Cooler temps with rain prevail Kansas
Dry conditions remain New Mexico
Dry, hot conditions push small grain development Colorado
Fort Smith livestock market report
Grain market close
Harvest underway in southern districts Nebraska
Hay harvest progressing Wyoming
Hay trade, movement slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter sales report
Joplin livestock auction report
Limited precip, warm temps dominate weather pattern South Dakota
Little trade reported over holiday
Pratt 3 p.m. feeder cattle sales report
Precipitation limits fieldwork yet again Iowa
Row crops mostly rated good to excellent Arkansas
Some parts of state receive precipitation Texas
Soybeans close with sharp losses
Tulsa livestock sales report
Warm and windy; wheat harvest winding down Oklahoma
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Wheat harvest nearly complete Missouri

RANGE

Corn growers smile in June rains; haymakers fret at few sunny days
June grass growth doubles May's low hay production
Scout pastures for armyworms
Stiles Farm Field Day highlights include weed control, forage management
Toxic fungus appears in Missouri pastures

FAMILY

4-H members reach 10,000-hour hunger service goal, keep going
Follow tips for summer grilling safety
Garden tips for July
Gardenia's facade a combination of styles
K-State horticulture night planned for Hays
Meditation
No need to spray fungicides on lawn mushrooms
Orange-fleshed honeydew ripe for beta-carotene analysis
PBR stars eager for Guymon event
Rain barrels part of sustainable gardening
Summer bucket list
Topping is for ice cream, not trees

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