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A visual depiction of Clean Water Act Changes

OMAHA (DTN) -- A House committee is pressuring EPA to release more information about an October 2013 agency contract to create waters and wetlands maps of all 50 states, including making those maps part of the official record on the proposed Clean Water Act rule.

Along with posting EPA maps to its website Wednesday, House Science Space and Technology Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, asked EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to release other documents related to the agency's spending of taxpayer dollars to hire a consultant to develop the maps.

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Net Farm Income Forecast To Fall in 2014

The following article is from the NAFB News Service:

USDA has forecasted net farm income for 2014 will be $113.2 billion, down 13.8 percent from 2013’s forecast of $131.3 billion. If that holds true, 2014 net farm income would be the lowest since 2010, but would still remain more than $25 billion above the previous 10-year annual average.   Net cash income is forecast at $123 billion, down 6 percent from 2013.   Net cash income is projected to decline less than net farm income primarily because it includes the sale of more than $10 billion in carryover stocks from 2013.  Net farm income reflects only earnings from current calendar-year production.  The forecast was released earlier this week.  

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2014 Montana PRCA Pro Rodeo Circuit Unofficial Standings

As of August 26, 2014

Montana Circuit Standings - All-Around Standings

1, Luke Gee, Stanford, MT, $18,146.66

2, Hank Hollenbeck, Molt, MT, $16,136.73

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Pesticides can be disposed of between Sept. 16 and 19 in western Montana

BOZEMAN – Dates have been set for Montanans to dispose of pesticide wastes through the Montana Pesticide Waste Disposal Program Locations rotate every year, but this year’s dates and cities are Sept. 16 in Kalispell,Sept. 17 in Polson, Sept. 18 in Missoula and Sept. 19 in Bozeman.

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National spring wheat harvest behind

OMAHA (DTN) -- Corn condition improved slightly in the week ended Aug. 24, and soybean condition worsened slightly, according to USDA's latest Crop Progress and Condition reports.

Corn is reported as 73% good-to-excellent condition, compared to 72% last week. "USDA's good-to-excellent rating of 73% for corn increased the DTN Corn Condition Index from 175 to 178, which is still up comfortably from 142 a year ago and above the five-year average of 121.2," said DTN Analyst Todd Hultman. "This report should be viewed as bearish for corn as Monday's slightly higher crop rating remains at a high level for this time of year."

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