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USDA Role in ChemChina Merger; Mad Cow Confrmed in France

U.S. lawmakers are pushing for USDA to have a formal role in considering ChemChina's planned takeover of Switzerland's Syngenta.  Sen. Chuck Grassley says the $43 billion takeover of Syngenta could pose risks to the security of America’s food supply...

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Statewide Drought Takes Toll On California's Honey-Producing Bee Population
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New Opportunities for U. S. Ag in Cuba; Honey Production Down

Leaders from across the U.S. agriculture and food sectors are expressing support and optimism in new opportunities for collaboration with their Cuban counterparts...

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U.S. Ag Businesses Ready to Promote In Cuba; Scientists Looking to Increase Wheat Production

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says checkoff groups can promote U.S. agriculture in Cuba. While in Cuba with President Obama, Secretary Vilsack announced USDA will allow the 22 industry-funded Research and Promotion Programs and 18 Marketing Order organizations to conduct authorized research and information exchange activities with Cuba...

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Longshoremen Union Contract Talks; Asia Buying More U.S. Beef

A coalition of trade associations wants the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association to start contract discussions early...

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FDA Finalizing Rules on BSE; “Ag-gag” Laws Likely to Breed Suspicion

The FDA has issued a rule finalizing three previously issued interim rules regarding bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE. The rules were designed to further reduce the potential risk of BSE, commonly referred to as mad cow disease, in human food...

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U.S. Farm Earnings Drop 14.6 Percent In Third Quarter AFter A Decline In Output
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Net Farm Income Falling; The Fed Keeping Interest Rate at Current Level for Now

The largest agriculture cooperative predicts more pain ahead for the industry. Carl Casale, CEO of CHS, Inc. says net farm income is falling faster than cash receipts indicating that fixed costs are too high...

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Strong Retail Sales of Farm Tractors; Chipotle Canceling Executive Bonuses

Retail sales of farm tractors less than 40 horsepower were up 26.2 percent last month compared to February of 2015. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers says the numbers show a strong start to 2016 and a continuation of last year’s trend with year-to-date growth of 19...

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Federal Reserve Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged
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Feds Won’t Raise Interest Rate; Voluntary GMO Labeling Gets Support From National Farmers Union

The Federal Reserve will not increase interest rates at this week’s meeting but will likely hint that rate hikes are on the horizon. As long as U...

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Grocery Man. Assoc. Didn’t Know of Violating WA. State Law; TPP Ratification

The Grocery Manufacturers Association is preparing to prove in court that officials didn't know that they were violating Washington State law when they decided to set up an account for food companies to pay into in order to oppose the 2013 GMO labeling ballot initiative there without having to disclose where the money came from...

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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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