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Tailgate Talk January 2013

January 7, 2013

Written by Sara Brown and Katie Humphreys

Crop Insurance Payments as of Dec. 10

As of Dec. 10, more than $8.7 billion has been paid to farmers for crop losses in 2012. That number is expected to almost double when final numbers are tallied. This time last year, farmers had no idea that their $4.1 billion investment to purchase 1.2 million crop insurance policies for 281 million acres (86% of U.S. planted acres) would pay. To see an interactive series of maps that detail indemnity payments on a county-by-county basis, visit

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What a Day!

Down hill slide

What a Day

This picture doesn’t show the hill that this tractor and manure spreader slid down, but it must have been a doozy of a ride. Next time they go out to play, they may want to use the regular sled instead!

If you’ve had one of those days—or caught someone else’s on film—we’d love to share it with our readers. E-mail high-resolution images to, or mail prints to What a Day!, FARM JOURNAL, P.O. Box 958, Mexico, MO 65265. Photos for publication will be selected on a first-come basis.

Stat Rack

Facts heard at the 2012 Farm Journal Forum during speeches by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and Tom Dorr, former USDA Rural Development Undersecretary:


of the world’s population

lives outside the U.S.


of U.S. agricultural trade

comes from the

Asia-Pacific Rim area

290 million

Chinese people will emigrate

into the affluent social class

by 2020—that’s almost as

large as the entire U.S.


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