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Government Proposes Improving Nutrition Facts Labeling On Food Products
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Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Closer to Approval; AFBF President Not Seeking Re-election

The House Agriculture Committee sent the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 one step closer to consideration by the full House. By a voice vote, the committee passed the SAFE act, which now awaits the same action by the House Energy and Commerce Committee before it can be considered by the full chamber. The legislation

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Food Prices Continue To Rise At Alarming Rate
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Improving Groceries Access to Homebound Seniors; USDA Reports Crop Maturity Trails Five Year Average

USDA is proposing to improve access to groceries for homebound seniors and people with disabilities who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. USDA is proposing to allow grocery purchasing and delivery services run by government and non-profit organizations to accept SNAP benefits as payment, allowing for home delivery to those unable to shop for food. Nationally, onl

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Stocks Close Sharply Lower As Oil Prices Continue Decline
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Ag Subcommittee Approve Ban on Brazilian and Argentine Beef; Oil Prices May Fall Further

The House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee approved an amendment to the Agriculture Appropriations bill banning imports of Brazilian and Argentine Beef. The ban would be in place, under the amendment, until the U.S. Department of

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Family Farmed Expo Reconnects Farmers And Consumers
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Switzerland Expanding Market Access for Organic Farmers;Global Food Prices Hits New Five Year Low

USDA says a new agreement with Switzerland will expand market access for organic farmers. As of Thursday, organic products certified in the United States or Switzerland may be sold as organic in either country. USDA claims the

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You Have 3 Weeks To Buy Gas Before Washington State Has 2nd Highest Fuel Tax In US

The most recent session of the Washington State Legislature has just wrapped up, and one of the biggest bills that was passed was a $16 BILLION transportation package. How will this be paid for? By increasing the gasoline tax, of course!

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U.S. Beef and Pork Exports Fell; National Farmers Union Like New Spending Bill

The National Farmers Union commended the U.S. House Appropriations Committee for passing a spending bill that did not include a rider prohibiting funding for implementation of regulations ensuring fairness in marketing. NFU President R

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G7 Finance Ministers Meet In Dresden
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Last Rounds of Talks for TPP; Avian Flu Still Wreaking Havoc

A trade deal linking 40 percent of the global economy remains on track for a potential agreement by the end of the month. The 12 nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership are slated to meet late this month for the last round of talks. The New York Ti

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Russia' Ban On US Agricultural Imports To Affect US Food Industry
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Live Poultry Linked to Human Salmonella; U.S. Cattle Producers Rebuilding After Prolonged Drought

Several agencies are investigating four multi-state outbreaks of human salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry in backyards. The CDC reports 181 people have been infected with four strains of salmonella in 40 states with 33 people sent to hospitals as of June 29th. CDC testing has

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2011 APEC Summit Convenes In Hawaii
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More Lawsuits Filed Against Clean Water Rule; TPP Likely to be Approved by End of the Year

More and more lawsuits are being filed against the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers Clean Water Rule, known as Waters of the U.S. Coal giant Murray Energy Corp. is suing the Obama administration over its rule asserting power over small bodies of water. Murray said the

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TPA Move Toward More Export Opportunity; Beef Meeting to Improve Sustainability of US Beef Value

With Trade Promotion Authority in the books last week, the U.S. Wheat Associates and National Association of Wheat Growers call the move a step toward more export opportunity for American farmers. NAWG President

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Trans-Pacific Partnership Has its Important Piece in Place; Clean Water Rule to Become Law

President Barack Obama now has the necessary piece of trade legislation to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership. On Monday, the President signed the Trade Promotion Authority bill that was passed by the U.S. House and Sen

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Agriculture's Rising Force: Female Farmers
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Agricultural Land Values Down; California Irrigation Water Issues Getting Heated

The latest report from Creighton University shows 19 straight months of setbacks for U.S. agricultural land values. The report shows an index value of 31.1 this month for farmland values in 10 states ranging from North Dakota to Missouri. This compares t

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