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FAA Rules, Regs and Testing for Drones; Cargill to Reduces Antibiotic Use

A bill introduced in the Senate last week would require drone operators to prove they understand aviation regulations. The bill would set policy for the FAA and includes a requirement for unmanned fliers to pass an online test...

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Government Proposes Improving Nutrition Facts Labeling On Food Products
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Mandatory Disclosure on Labeling; Travel and Trade Restrictions to Cuba Easing

The Senate may be settling for pushing through a mandatory GMO labeling bill, but in the form of “mandatory disclosure.” An industry lobbyist says that Senate Agriculture Leaders are moving towards a proposal favored by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, requiring the use of “smart labels” and banning state labeling laws...

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Egypt Reaffirms Zero Tolerance Ag Quarantine; EU Delaying Approval of Glyphosate

Just as Egypt announced a restructuring in its agriculture quarantine authority and reaffirmed its .05 percent limit of ergot contamination in wheat, the authority now says it will continue to apply a zero tolerance policy...

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Pork Industry Fights Back Against HSUS; BASF Interested in DuPont

Pork producers want USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to exhaust all legal options against a lawsuit filed by the Humane Society of the United States...

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La Nina Time Schedule Pushed Back; Self-Described Activist Plans to Fly Drones Over Farms

Some weather models that initially showed La Nina would develop by July have been pushed back a month or two, according to Kyle Tapley, senior agricultural meteorologist at MDA Weather Services...

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Consumers Shop For Meat Products In Pennsylvania
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GMO Labeling Bill Up Hill Battle; COOL Repeal Requirements

While the Senate Agriculture Committee Tuesday passed a GMO labeling bill by Chairman Pat Roberts, the bill faces an uphill battle in the full Senate...

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Drought Forces California To Evacuate Some Fish Hatcheries
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EPA to Stop Use of Flubendiamide; February Had Big Gains for MGEX

The EPA is issuing a notice of intent to cancel all Bayer CropScience, LP and Nichino America’s flubendiamide products that pose a risk to aquatic invertebrates that are important to the health of aquatic environments...

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Historic Drought Cripples Ranches And Farms In American West
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Farmers Urge Protection for Crop Insurance; Animal Products Demand Rising in China

A letter sent to the Senate and House Budget Committee’s last week urges lawmakers to protect crop insurance from further cuts. The letter, signed by 58 farm organizations, tells lawmakers an overreliance on savings from the agriculture community in the future will significantly undermine rural economies that have faced an estimated 54 percent decline in net farm income from 2013 to 2015...

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Wheat Futures Hit Two-Year High After Russia Bans Grain Exports
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U.S. Agriculture Exports Expect Lower Numbers; Agriculture Target of “Economic Espionage”

USDA analysts have once again lowered their expectations for U.S. agricultural exports this fiscal year. In August, USDA forecasted exports to reach roughly $138 million...

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Balance Of Power At Stake As Midterm Elections Draw Near
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States Claim EPA Goes to Far With Water Rules; Support For TPP “Cautiously Optimistic”

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati Monday agreed to hear challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S...

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Retailers Must Label Seafood's Origins Under New Law
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GMO Labeling and Country of Origin Labeling Under Review

The Senate Agriculture Committee will markup Chairman Pat Roberts GMO labeling bill Thursday. Roberts released a draft of the bill last week that drew applause from many agriculture groups...

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Farm Equipment Maker Deere Post 27 Percent Drop In Quarterly Profits
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Deere Profits Falling; Poultry Fourth Quarter Prices Stabilizing

Agriculture equipment manufacturer Deere & Company faces a third straight year of falling profit as farm income is suffering from an oversupply of crops. Fa...

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