Full List of 2010’s Top Ag Stories

December 31, 2010 06:00 AM

Read through these stories which paint a picture of the year that was and what's ahead for agriculture.


#5 - Tea Party Victory Will Shine Light on Ag Spending 

By Roger Bernard
Agriculture programs will face tough scrutiny as a "stop-spending" wave sweeps the nation.

#4 – Battered U.S. Dairies Face Uncertain Future

By Catherine Merlo
Still reeling from 2009’s financial disaster, U.S. dairies spent 2010 in full survival mode and face more pressure in 2011. 

#3 – Competition in Agriculture Focus of Year Long Debate

By Kim Watson
The Department of Justice and USDA team up to find out where enforcement efforts need to focus.

#2 - Weather Patterns Could Dry Up Farmers’ 2011 Optimism

By Sara Schafer
Tough grain growing conditions may be ahead in 2011 as La Nina threats loom.

By Greg Vincent
We learned in 2010 that big late-summer crops don't always get bigger as worldwide grain stocks continue to plummet.


From the Blogs

Check out what some of our bloggers thought were the biggest stories of the year.
AlanBruglerBig Stories of 2010, Market Watch
While we are very willing to acknowledge that markets are mean reverting in the long term, the market can remain illogical for far longer than you can remain solvent. 
Before the year 2010 slips into the history books, here’s a quick review of what the farmers who lend their voices to Truth about Trade & Technology said about some of the most pressing issues of the day. 
From a farm tax standpoint, one of the biggest trends for 2010 is the expansion of the Section 179 deduction to $500,000 and the introduction of 100% bonus depreciation for new assets bought after Sept. 8, 2010 and before Jan. 1, 2012.
I think one of the major trends is the continuing high level of commodity prices for most grains, livestock, sugar, cotton, etc.  In 2008, we had high level of prices in the grains, however, the pricing for livestock was much lower.
We will be posting each day this week a top 5 trend or item for 2010.  It may be related to taxes or other items that have affected farmers either in 2010 or looking forward to 2011.
SteveCornettBeef’s Big Year, Out to Pasture
It’s the last column of the year, so I sat me down and made a list of candidates for most important developments of the year.
As the year finishes, you can expect to see ubiquitous end-of-the-year roundups, highlighting the biggest stories of the past 12 months. Ever the contrarian, I’ve decided instead to focus on arguably the biggest non-story of the past decade,
JohnBlockHappy New Year, John Block Reports from Washington
The new year is upon us. Hard to believe. I want to take this opportunity to look back at 2010 and look ahead to the new year. 


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