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ISSUE DATE: 08/24/2009

Main Street banks teach Wall Street how to do business

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.


NEWS

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?

CROPS

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

LIVESTOCK

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

EDITOR

Delay of lab may not be a loss
Political geography
Smart Boards trump blackboards
Sweet success

COLUMNS

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

MARKETS

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

RANGE

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

FAMILY

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

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