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Rising Levels Of Poverty In Scotland
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Feed the Future Program Get Closer to Law; GIPSA Rider is Not in the Farmers, Ranchers Best Interest

The Senate - by unanimous consent - passed its own version of the Global Food Security Act, moving President Barack Obama's Feed the Future program one step closer to law...

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Cooperative Extension Programs Valuable to Farmers; Syngenta Merger On Schedule

A new study says federal cooperative extension programs at land-grant universities help farmers stay in business. The researchers say since 1985, 137,000 farmers would have left the industry without the federal program...

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USDA Says Mexico Will Lift Its Poultry Ban; Canada to Plant More Pulse Crop

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack attributes the announcement by Mexico that the nation will lift its ban on poultry from 14 states “a result of USDA’s close communications with Mexico to reduce trade restrictions...

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House GOP Conference Meets To Select New Ways And Means Committee Chairman
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TPP Might See Some Movement This Summer; 2018 Farm Bill in Unofficial Development

There may be a possibility of action on the Trans Pacific Partnership as early as this summer in the House Ways and Means Committee. Committee Chair Kevin Brady said action would only happen if the Obama Administration resolves concerns that Republicans and some Democrats have on the trade deal...

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2017 USDA and FDA Spending Legislation Work Started; FTC Takes Action Against Companies Falsely Using “All Natural”

Lawmakers are cued up to examine issues ranging from farm credit to the Endangered Species Act as the House Appropriations Committee meets today to mark up fiscal 2017 spending legislation for the USDA and FDA...

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Despite Wobbly Economy, Midwestern Farmers Enjoy High Yields And Profits
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Farmers Dealing With Increasing Financial Pressure and Low Commodity Prices

Agriculture groups are telling lawmakers farmers are facing increased financial pressure in an economic downturn brought on by low commodity prices...

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EU Allows Continued Use of Glyphosate; 10 States Urging Drug Tests for SNAP Recipient

Germany will back a proposal by the European Union that will allow the continued use of glyphosate in weed killers. Germany’s agriculture ministry said this week it agrees with the assessment of the European Food Safety Authority, which issued an opinion that glyphosate was unlikely to cause cancer...

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Iowa Farmers Harvest Crops As Colder Weather Brings Season's End Near
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2016 Farmland Prices in Canada Easing; Swift Vote Called for on TPP

The rise in Canadian farmland prices will slow in 2016, thanks in part of softer commodity prices.  Farm Credit Canada said that growers should prepare for a possible easing in land values after prices rose at a slower rate in 2015...

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Positive Step for Sanitary Transportation by FDA; Ag Drone Market is Going to Be Huge

Officials say the sanitary transportation rule finalized by the FDA last week overall is a positive step, requiring transporters of human and animal food to follow best practices like proper refrigeration, cleaning vehicles between loads and protecting food during travel but it shouldn't exempt the most problematic group, small box trucks...

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First Marijuana Gardening Superstore Opens In Bay Area
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Fertilizer Industry $162 Billion Economic Impact; Wal-Mart’s Egg Suppliers to Adopt United Egg Producers Rules

A new study finds the fertilizer sector contributed more than $162 billion and more 500,000 jobs to the U.S. economy in 2014. The Fertilizer Institute announced the economic impact study this week that the organization says quantifies the fertilizer industry's contribution to the U...

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Farm Equipment Maker Deere Post 27 Percent Drop In Quarterly Profits
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Talks Continue on Voluntary GMO Labeling; Prices Fall, Farmers Cutting New Equipment Costs

The Senate is back in session after a two-week break. The Senate failed to limit debate on a voluntary GMO-labeling bill last month, and supporters are vowing to try again...

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Mad Cow Disease Confirmed in France; Lower Exports and Oversupply Plagues U.S. Agriculture

Market analysts say bans on French beef are likely following a confirmed case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, otherwise known as BSE or mad cow disease...

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