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Congress Gets Letter From Farm Groups; de la Garza Dies

**As Congress meets to consider budget proposals and annual spending bills, a group of 59 farm, environmental, credit and young farmers organizations circulated letters Tuesday, urging them to “protect crop insurance and recognize its central importance to farmers, lenders and all of rural America...

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Wisconsin Lawmakers To Debate Bill That Would Cripple Wind Energy In State
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Conaway Talks Farm Bill; Hay Aid for Wildfire Victims

** Whenever he talks about the 2018 farm bill, House Ag Committee Chairman Michael Conaway says his goal is “a good farm bill passed on time...

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Senate Hopeful David Perdue Gathers With Supporters On Election Night
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Perdue’s Nomination Received; Trump Budget Due Thursday

** The Senate Ag Committee has officially received the nomination of Sonny Perdue to be the next Ag Secretary, clearing a major hurdle in the confirmation process...

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EPA Declares Greenhouse Gases A Danger To Human Health
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AGs Want Pruitt to Change EPA and 2018 Election Taking Shape

**Federal agencies that regulate biotechnology may NOT have the staffing and expertise to handle the plethora of new products expected over the next five to 10 years...

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Electronic Food Stamp "Debit" Cards Replace Paper Coupons
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Food Stamp Requirements; Sugar & Obesity

** A new battle is brewing in Congress over ways to push unemployed, work-capable food stamp recipients into jobs.

Senate Ag Chairman Pat Roberts, of Kansas, assured hundreds of anti-hunger activists Tuesday that he would oppose any attempt to give states control of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by converting it into block grants...

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South Korea Stops U.S. Poultry; Farm Bill Debate

**South Korea is a major poultry and egg importer, but has closed its market to the U.S. following the new detection of highly pathogenic bird flu at a Tennessee broiler breeding operation...

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Reports Claims California Leads The Nation In The Green Tech Field
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Biofuels Feud; Changes in RFS

**Fuels America, a coalition of biofuels advocates, says it has “severed ties” with the Renewable Fuels Association, accusing the group of siding with billionaire investor and refinery owner Carl Icahn in a plan, denied by the White House, that would “permanently destabilize the Renewable Fuel Standard...

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Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz Campaigns In Iowa
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Perry Sworn as Secretary of Energy; First Cases of Bird Flu

**The Senate has confirmed Rick Perry as the nation’s 14th Secretary of Energy, a department he once vowed to abolish.

He was sworn in following the 62-37 vote...

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Summertime Jobs Are Available For Yakima Valley Teens [VIDEO]

The Washington Department of Ecology’s Central Regional Office in Union Gap is planning to hire 72 teenagers this summer as part of the Ecology Youth Corps, and you could be part of the crew if you get your application in.

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Supreme Court Rules Against Obama Admin's PlanFor Power Plant Emissions
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New WOTUS Rules; WTO & U.S. Sovereignty

**The EPA will write a new definition of “waters of the U.S.” rules that is less expansive than the Obama administration’s rule that the agency is withdrawing...

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WOTUS Repeal and Cage Free Eggs

** President Trump’s Waters of the United States repeal Tuesday represents hope and optimism for reducing the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory reach...

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Conaway on Farm Bill; Egg Carton Labels

**House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway of Texas says he expects fewer new programs in the 2018 farm bill than there were in 2014. Money is the big consideration...

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