ISSUE DATE: 08/24/2009
By Larry Dreiling
In the waning days of the Bush administration, as Wall Street came to Washington asking for bailouts of their banks that were "too big to fail," Main Street bankers, those in small town America, kept asking the facetious question, "Where's my bailout?"
While the financial capital of the world reeled in the mess of its own making, the community bankers of America were keeping on keeping on. That is, they were doing what they've done best for years, in good times and bad.
As fears spread about problems at large banks trickling down to the banks of small town America, Congress ordered the Congressional Oversight Panel monitoring the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to analyze the commercial farm credit markets and the use of loan restructuring as an alternative to farm foreclosures.
In its analysis, the Panel found that, thus far, the farm sector has fared somewhat better than the broader economy throughout the financial crisis.
AgrAblity program helps overcome barriers Buy local to celebrate 10th anniversary of Colorado Proud Cargill profit falls with food, fertilizer demand Center for Sustainable Energy selects 14 for graduate student assistantships Colorado adds land, closes loophole in roadless plan Come to Farm Bureau Park during the 2009 Iowa State Fair Controlling red imported fire ants two ways Examine pond dams to help avoid structural failure Farm Safety 4 Just Kids announces photo contest winner Farm storage loan approval process begins Aug. 17 First rural tourism class graduates FSA begins accepting applications for biomass assistance Grower hopes SAREC data shows whether research produces better bottom line HPJ Associate Editor receives KPC awards Main Street banks teach Wall Street how to do business Manure expo a success for ISU Extension Moul discusses USDA Rural Development programs Murphy named ag ed fellow New yeasts could help fast-track biofuel production NRCS requests comments on conservation SPREAD project sniffing out new method of helping Rwandan coffee farmers Stock Growers Ag Land Trust Roundup Barbeque focuses on conservation through ranching UNL scientists focus on diet's impact on E. coli colonization, growth Upcoming KSU ag events USDA announces rural economic development grants USDA announces rural water projects USDA's Food and Nutrition Service turns 40 UW president opposes recommendation to move federal lab What can a business owner do?
2009 soybean aphid update ARS research promotes sustainable potato production Aug. 26 meeting to help landowners get more bang for fertilizer buck Bingaman to speak on renewable energy at Clovis science center's field day Carp in the turn row: Rains cut planted acreage Cedar Creek Lake workshop offered to protect water quality Chocolate pod: Not so sweet for bean growers Cover Crops in No-Till Field Day slated Sept. 9 in Manhattan CSU announces wheat planting decision meetings Fall Field Day scheduled Aug. 26 at Hays center Gene developed through conventional breeding to improve cowpea aphid resistance Grain production field day planned Kansas grower elected vice chairman of U.S. Grains Council Kansas soybean, corn crops forecast at record high Nebraska Wheat Board meeting set Aug. 27 New berry crop on display during field day at NMSU Agricultural Science Center in Los Lunas New plant pathologist named NMSU researcher studies biofumigation techniques for onion fields Scientists hope tiny insect can help save soybeans Sorghum Board meeting rescheduled State wheat production now forecast at 79.2 million bushels Truck farm replaces lost acreage USDA: Second-largest corn crop projected, exports critical Water webinar for floriculture businesses planned Western bean cutworm moth populations are on the rise What soil microbes can tell about farming practices Wheat Growers Association announces educational events
AgriLife Center at San Angelo sets annual sheep and goat field day Angora goat sale results less than stellar Association honors ISU vet Beef nutrition training planned Bennet: Relief for Colorado's struggling dairy producers on the way Cattle industry opens nominations for Environmental Stewardship Award Developing attractants, repellants for a cattle pest Energy Production from Anaerobic Digestion of Dairy Manure short course Sept. 28, 29 Fiery American lamb competition ends in a draw Focus dams top Limousin breed Geoff Andras awarded scholarship in honor of Wesley Rakestraw How do you dispose of 10,000 dead cattle? Investigator to protect N.D. from animal diseases Iowa dairy farmer testifies sector in a 'price-cost squeeze' Iowa Pork Producers sponsoring 'free' pre-harvest PQA Plus certification sessions Kansas Junior Limousin Breeders attend National Show Kansas Junior Limousin Breeders Field Day held Krueger honored by American Poultry Historical Society K-State plans Sept. 5 celebration for new KABSU building K-State students study mechanisms involved in infectious swine diseases K-State's Beef Stocker Field Day set for Sept. 24 K-State's BRI gives researchers tools needed to resolve animal health issues quickly Limousin herds include top females Low milk prices mean tough times for N.M. dairies Minnesota to host National Red Angus Convention Partnership helping Iraqis develop red-meat industry Power cards Slump continues for beef, pork exports Texas Beef Leaders of Tomorrow contest winners announced Weidenbach elected to national junior Red Angus board Young Stockgrowers announce third annual "Cattle Crawl" dinner tour
Delay of lab may not be a loss Political geography Smart Boards trump blackboards Sweet success
EPA approves seed treatment Freedom to Fail Fully integrated pump, irrigation system solution Gaining a behind the scenes look Just a scoop full Nitrogen stabilizer receives federal label
Aberdeen cattle sales report Ada livestock sales report Amarillo livestock auction report Apache livestock sales report Arkansas livestock auction summary Below-average temps seen across state Bids trend lower Clovis livestock sales report Cool, wet weather delays harvest Crop progress slower than last year Dalhart livestock auction report Dodge City cattle sales report Dodge City cattle sales report Ericson livestock sales report Faith livestock auction report Ft. Smith livestock auction report Georgia cattle auction summary Goldthwaite sheep sales report Grain market close Hay trading slow Heat prevails across state High Plains Slaughter News Joplin livestock sales report McAlester livestock auction report Moisture hit and miss across state Most areas of state receive some rain Newell sheep sales report North Arkansas livestock sales report OKC West livestock sales report Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales Pratt livestock sales report Rain recorded statewide Range, pastures rated in mostly fair to poor condition Salina cattle sales report Sioux Falls sheep sales Small grain harvest continues Some hay selling steady, others slow South Central direct sheep Spring wheat harvest still behind Springfield livestock auction report St. Onge livestock auction report Texhoma cattle sales report Thunderstorms generate mixed outcomes Tulia livestock auction report Tulsa cattle auction report West Plains regional cattle sales Wheat harvest wrapping up Woodward livestock auction report Wyobraska cattle sales report
Extension to offer Pasture Management 101 workshops Extra rain helping, hurting hay growers In some fields, rain has caused clover to become too much of a good thing Nebraska tests grazing option in new wetland applications Official upholds Bighorn grazing cuts Perennial Grass Field Day scheduled Aug. 25 Searching for a positive from Oklahoma redcedar invasion Summertime prescribed burning beneficial
Bridget's appearance stately Cole named Fellow by American Society for Horticultural Science Digesting grass is a gas for cattle Extension schedules hunting lease program in Brown County Fairview FFA earns national recognition Gearing up for a new school year Hiawatha FFA Alumni Annual Flea Market set for September Late summer lawn weed problems Meditation for 8-24-09 Nebraska 4-H couple has helped hundreds of kids Preserving fruit salsas Start now for veggies in 2010 Stem-destroying insect may help conquer climbing fern The mix for summer fun Upcoming KSU horticultural events Whether fresh or dried, herbs make a big impression