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Agriculture Committee Examine Bio-Tech Labeling Laws; Senate Commerce Subcommittee Looks at Aviation Operations

The House Agriculture Committee held a public hearing on Tuesday to examine the costs and impacts of states implementing mandatory biotechnology labeling laws. Last year - 30 different states introduced 125 bills mandating labeling of biotechnology. A Cornell Busin

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Cows Protected From East Coast Fever; FDA Drafts Guidance of Animal Feed

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh have found cows are protected from a parasite that causes a deadly disease - East Coast Fever - if they've previously been infected with a closely-related yet milder species of the parasite. After tracking

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Tieton Cider Works to Publicly Unveil New Beverage Next Friday

Tieton Cider Works will launch a new canned, hard cider product called Rambling Route to the public next Friday (March 27). The new beverage is described as being "bold and has a crisp flavor just like biting into a Washington state-grown apple."

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U.S. Exports to China On Record Pace; Drought Issues Increases In The West

Just halfway through the 2014-2015 marketing year - U.S. sorghum exports to China are continuing at a record pace from last year’s record of 165-million-bushels with accumulated exports and sales of 260-million bushels so far. U.S. Grains Cou

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Agriculture Committee Reduces Pesticide Regulation; Farmers Join In Only Organic Fight

The House Agriculture Committee approved the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2015 last week - which would clarify Congressional intent regarding pesticide regulation in or near waters of the United States. House Ag Chair

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Ag. Subcommittee Reviews Water Rules; Railroad to Improve Service

The House Ag Committee Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee held a public hearing Tuesday to review the definition of the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule and its impact on rural America. Subcommittee me

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EPA’s Clean Water Rule; E-Verify Impact on Ag Industry

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told the National Farmers Union convention she’s renaming the Waters of the U.S. rule the Clean Water Rule and said EPA should have done a better job of rolling out its Clean Water Rule - from calling it WOTUS instead of the Clean Water Rule - to not being more clear about what EPA was and was not proposing - to not talking to farmers and others before EPA put out the interpretive rule. McCarthy says t

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Loss of Jobs And Depression Due to Trade Agreement; National Ag Day

There might be trouble for the TPA agreement. Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro doesn’t believe Trade Promotion Authority will pass. She says there’s been a loss of jobs and depression of wages due to prior trade agreements. DeLauro says an

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Mexico Sets New Import Restrictions; U.S. Cattlemen’s Decides Not to Sign

Mexico and other major countries have imposed new import restrictions at the end of last week after the H5N2 strain of avian influenza was found in the heart of America’s poultry region. Arkansas, Misso

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The Importance of U.S. Waterways; It’s National Ag Week

The Waterways Council Inc. and more than 40 other organizations and businesses sent letters to the House and Senate Appropriations leaders stressing the importance of maintaining U.S. navigation channels and inland waterways for safe and efficient freight movement to avoid similar impacts like the West Coast port dispute. WCI is pushing

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Snowpack Declining; EPA’s Air Quality Standards Restrictions

Due to warmer temperatures last month, snowpack in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada have further declined. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Hydrologist Cara McCarthy says nearly one-third of SNOTEL sites in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada are reporting the lowest snowpack ever measured and -- for the first time -- some snow sites were snow-free on March 1. McCarthy says t

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Research Funding For Specialty Crops; Trans Pacific Partnership Talks Continues

Secretary Vilsack announced Tuesday more than 66.5-million dollars in funding for research and extension activities for specialty crops and organic agriculture through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative and Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative. The projects fu

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