STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Farmers’ story same for weather, economics: volatile
By Don Davis
Farmers face unpredictability, whether the topic is the weather or economics.
In the weather, farmers are going to be forced to deal with ever-increasing temperatures and humidity, a wel... Posted on 11/6/13 at 8:25 AM
An extra $100 million for rural water management and an expanded program for farmers to design their own Conservation Reserve Program contracts were among items that Sens. John Hoeven and Amy Klobuchar discussed Tuesday in a farm bill roundtable.
The question of the moment seems to be, Will Amy run?
Minnesota’s U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar will speak at a Democratic fundraiser in Iowa later this month — and that has fueled speculation about her as a presidential candidate.
Recently we saw gas prices spike when refineries shut down for routine maintenance and to turn operations around for summer blends. Some of these shutdowns were planned, and some weren’t; but in either case, the simultaneous shutdown of refineries across the Upper Midwest caused shortages of fuel and higher prices at the pump for consumers and businesses.
North Dakota and Minnesota’s congressional delegations offered mixed reactions Wednesday to President Barack Obama’s call for sweeping changes to address gun violence in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting a month ago, but all agreed it’s time for a comprehensive look at the issue.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and challenger, Minnesota Rep. Kurt Bills, R-Rosemount, agree on the need to fix a dysfunctional Congress. The two participated in a candidate forum Tuesday at the Duluth Playhouse sponsored by the News Tribune editorial board and the Duluth Chamber of Commerce.
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