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ISSUE DATE: 12/17/2012

Flinchbaugh: No farm bill seen until April

By Larry Dreiling

Barry Flinchbaugh, it's been said, has been working on farm bills since Chevys had tailfins.

The emeritus professor of agricultural economics at Kansas State University told the American Bankers Association's recent Agricultural Bankers Conference at Milwaukee his experience doesn't foretell a new farm bill being signed into law until next April.

"We will get a farm bill in April of 2013," Flinchbaugh. "It will look a lot like the (current) Senate version that puts a strong foundation under crop insurance and adds a county-by-county or farm-by-farm shallow loss revenue payment."

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, Flinchbaugh said, was forced by wheat growers in Oklahoma and Texas to place the longtime target price program back into his group's farm bill, a provision that Flinchbaugh said doesn't work.

"It's backwards. In a year like this where farmers have no crop, how can you convince congressmen that if you don't have a crop you don't get a price? I don't know. So they're in trouble, since prices are above target," Flinchbaugh said.


NEWS

Ag survey shows declines in farm income
Changes in school lunch offer opportunities for youth and families
Council launches 'Friends of Greene County Extension'
Discount Kansas State Parks Passport to debut in 2013
EPA approves pathway for ethanol produced from grain sorghum
Farmers can wash their hands of food safety fears
Flinchbaugh: No farm bill seen until April
Ford County family named Farm Family of the Year
Hemisphere GPS announces new corporate strategy
High Plains Journal marketing team expands
High Plains Journal receives OFB Excellence in Journalism award
Kansan finalist for national teaching award
Low Mississippi threatens barge traffic
Missouri farmland costs at record high
MU ag economist: Expect volatility going into 2013
New guides make food safety easy
OSU's International Trade Center - SBDC hosts open house
ReMax of Green County sells farms, ranches
Saving money when buying a new car
Study reinforces pig's importance to human health research
Thatcher urges farmers to engage with Congress to get a farm bill
USDA report: U.S. ag exports continue to climb
WTO sets deadline for U.S. compliance on Country of Origin Labeling

CROPS

Advances in nutrient efficiency
Ag Day to include soybean, rice production research and review
Applications open Jan. 1 for Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership Program
Brays win Farm Bureau achievement award
Choosing the correct fertilizer product for your crop
Colorado Corn Growers Association names legislative intern
Consider a 20-year fixed rate loan now
CornerBank celebrating 140th anniversary
Economist: High probability of large crops, increasing stocks, lower corn and soybean prices
Elkhart Co-op finds a way to weather the drought
Emerged, non-irrigated wheat 'going backwards'
Expert: No way to summarize statewide cotton yields, quality
Extension expert: Uncertainty the name of the game with wheat
Farmers report high yields with Pioneer brand soybeans
Farming goes fishy with prawns
Fertility recommendations following drought
Fuel blended with ethanol helps keep gas prices lower
Herbicide resistance continues to be a growing problem
Iowa farmers spring 'Free Groceries for a Year' on two lucky Iowans
Mid-Plains Equipment receives top sales award
Military benefits from insecticide spray equipment testing
NRCS state conservationist addresses American Agri-Women
NuTech Seed announces new products for 2013
Oklahoma Farm Bureau inducts first Eagle Club member
OSU research aims to keep cotton competitive in modern farming
Risk management highlights the Texas Commodity Symposium
Soy partnership seeks high-oleic expansion
State Association of Kansas Watersheds to meet in Topeka
Syngenta offers new Vibrance seed treatment fungicide to boost RootingPower
Take wheat profits to the next level
Veteran scholarships available for Sustainable Ag Conference

LIVESTOCK

AgriLife Extension to offer beef/wildlife series in Amarillo
Alltech brings the power of genetics to the farm
Applegate's ATV Feeder provides an end to bucket feeding
Applications for the 2013 Young Stockmen's Academy due
ASA elects board of directors, announces awards
Brown and Brooks headline Dairy Expo
Cattle Trails Cow-Calf Conference set for Jan. 15
Cattleman inducted into Cowboy Hall of Fame
Cattlesoft launches CattleScales.com
CHC to hold annual meeting Dec. 8
Colorado Department of Agriculture reports on livestock diseases
Convention grants offered to emerging entrepreneurs
Creating a cow-centered facility
Evaluate your nutrition program by looking at calving records
Hereford show awards presented in Kansas City
Horse shows find a warm welcome in Oklahoma
Kansas cattlemen discuss BSE with USDA
Kansas Junior Swine Producer Day set for Feb. 16 in Manhattan
K-State vet college to host cow-calf conference
Michael Colvin headlines UNL's annual Horsin' Around Conference Jan. 12 to 13
Mile High Night Sale will benefit Hereford youth
NCBA Environmental Stewardship Award calls for entries
NCBA invites youth to compete in 2013 contests
Show-Me-Select heifers average $1,974, set record
Stephanie Swope and Pierce win inaugural Extreme Mustang Makeover Barrel Slot Race
Texas Beef Checkoff launches blog
Texas Beef Council hosts Farm to Fork tour
Tri-State Cow/Calf Symposium set for Jan. 8
Using implants in beef cattle production
UW Ranch Horse Team captures two crowns

EDITOR

Ensuring a safe food supply for Americans
Moving forward
Water wards

COLUMNS

A new five-year farm bill by Christmas?
Christmas confessions
Family farms of all sizes are the answer
Just a scoop full
New formulation technologies reduce environmental impact
New tool for grain bin rescues
Tough land, tougher people

MARKETS

Aberdeen livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Corn, wheat close with modest losses
Denison feeder cattle auction report
Dodge City livestock auction report
Grain market close
Hay trade slow
Lexington livestock auction report
McAlester livestock auction report
Most hay trade remains steady
North Arkansas livestock auction report
Ogallala livestock auction report
OKC West livestock auction report
Salina livestock auction report
San Angelo livestock auction report
Tama feeder cattle auction report
Texas direct feeder cattle summary
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
West Plains regional cattle sales report

RANGE

Colorado rancher takes the helm of Public Lands Council
Don't overgraze no-till
K-State's Winter Ranch Management Seminar set for Jan. 8
Protecting open lands through conservation easements
'Quick-N-Big' and 'Red River' crabgrasses for high quality forage in the summer time

FAMILY

Colorado Master Gardener program scheduled
Crown Jewel 2's rambling facade has many accents
CSU Extension to host tree selection workshops
Delightful holiday desserts
Dormant seeding of turfgrass
Fall mowing leads to healthier spring lawns
Festive, affordable holiday roasts
Garden tips for December
Give healthy holiday gifts, donations
Give your trees a break from drought
Grant awarded to help farmers, ranchers protect Lesser Prairie-Chicken
'Green Your Life' online course now available
Helpful household tips
Increasing deer population leads to ornamental and garden plant damage
Join Audubon's Christmas Bird Count
Meditation
Miss Rodeo Kansas crowned
Pierce changes focus, hopes for better WNFR
Prevent holiday weight gain with 'mindful eating' approach
Protect young trees from winter injury
Scientists: Despite reputation, poinsettias are not poisonous
The Botanic Garden at OSU seeks garden enthusiasts

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