Good morning I’m Clinton Griffiths. We begin with two major developments out of Washington. The Department of Labor has withdrawn its proposed labor rule for children working on the family farm. We'll get to that story in a moment. We begin with news out of the Senate. The 2012 Farm Bill is approved by the Senate AG Committee and now heads for the floor. While rice and peanut growers look for answers, the bill does address cotton. It lays out a revenue protection program costing 3.2 billion dollars over ten years. That may end millions of dollars the US. is paying Brazilian farmers after the WTO found current counter cyclical payments to be trade-distorting. The bill also includes 800-million in mandatory spending for energy.
Also from Washington, responding to thousands of complaints from farmers, the department of labor has decided to withdraw its proposal to deal with children under the age of 16 who work on farms. Late Thursday, the DOL released a statement saying the administration is pulling the proposed rule.
Paying more at the gas pump is siphoning energy from the generally strong rural economy. That's the bottom line of a new survey of bankers conducted by Creighton University. Each month, economist Ernie Goss surveys about 200 bankers in rural communities.
Let's get our first look at weather this Friday morning. Mike Hoffman joins us from the AgDay weather center.
In this week's Pro Farmer profit briefing, managing editor Brian Grete says despite the bounce back after the BSE issue, the sector can still improve.
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Farming is a global industry, but the agricultural practices and government regulations can vary drastically from one country to another. So imagine if you farm in two different nations. North Dakota farmer Dave Rasmussen knows all about it. Cliff Naylor from KFYR-TV has our story. Dave says this spring was the earliest he's ever been able to seed in either Canada or the US. He began planting crops in Montana at the end of march.
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It been more than a month after the LFTB controversy, or pink slime, hit the media and went viral online. Now employees of a company impacted by it are turning to the web to fight back.