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USDA Releases Veterinary Feed Directive; Foreign Ag Subsidies Under Review

During the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship on Tuesday - the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released its final Veterinary Feed Directive rule - a major component of FDA’s plan to promote judicious use of medically important antibiotics in food-producing animals. The regulations

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Uninsured Family Of Farmers Plans To Opt Out Of Affordable Health Care Act
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150 Food Companies Joined in a White House Forum; Net Farm Income Decreases Since 2013

The Obama Administration hosted the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship on Tuesday - bringing together more than 150 food companies, retailers and human and animal health stakeholders to highlight commitments to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. President Barac

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Interior And Energy Departments Hold Meeting On Oil/Gas Drilling Accidents
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Environmental Defense Fund Teams Up Campbell Soup Company; New Vaccines for Avian Flu

The Environmental Defense Fund announced a collaboration with Campbell Soup Company and its subsidiary, Pepperidge Farm, Incorporated, to improve water quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by optimizing fertilizer use and improving soil conservation in the company’s wheat sourcing areas. Campbell’s su

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High Gas Prices Have Rental Car Companies Going Green
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USDA Launches New Ethanol Program; Beef Checkoff Act of 1985 Could be Reopen

USDA announced last week it will launch a program worth 100-million dollars to help fund infrastructure projects to increase the availability of higher blends of ethanol. American-made, clean energy sources support the environment, reduce U.S. dependence on

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EPA’s New Renewable Standard; Strong Outlook for USDA Third Quarter

The EPA has proposed new renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The President of the National Corn Growers Association, Chip Bowling, says that once again, the EPA has chosen to ignore the law by cutting the corn ethanol obligation 3.75 billion gallo

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Avian Influenza Cases Declining; Clean Water Rule Being Finalized

Reuters reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. John Clifford says the number of avian influenza cases in the U.S. has begun to decline. Though Clifford believes the worst is in the past - he says that doesn’t mean there won’t be additional cases. He says the war

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US Forest Service Considers Restricting Photography Within Federally Designated Wilderness Areas
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Waters of the United States Rule Finalized; New National Renewable Energy Study Released

Yesterday the Environmental Protection Agency finalized its “Waters of the United States” proposed rule, which unilaterally strips private property rights and adds hundreds of thousands of stream miles and acres of land to federal jurisdiction. Under the guise

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California's Central Valley Impacted By Major Drought
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Debates Grow in WOTUS; Mexico to Decide on Restrictions on U.S. Meat Products

During a nomination hearing for Jeffrey Prieto - President Obama’s nominee to be the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s General Counsel, Senate Ag Chair Pat Roberts said the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule would ha

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Senate Legislators Make Progress On Trade Deal
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The Debate Begins on Trade Promotion Legistlation; Food Retailer Wants Antibiotics Usage Curb

By a vote of 62 to 38 the Senate invoked cloture to begin debate on trade promotion authority legislation last Thursday. The motion allows 30-hours of debate on an amendment to extend the charter of the Export-Import Bank. Senate Finance

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Bill Approved for Agri-Marketing and Country of Origin Labeling

The House Agriculture Committee Wednesday approved a bill to amend the Agriculture Marketing Act of 1946 and repeal the Country of Origin Labeling law for beef, pork and chicken - while leaving requirements for other covered commodities intact. Chairman Mike C

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Canada Seeking Restrictions Against US Products; Teamwork Is Called for Ensuring Healthy Honeybee Population

Reuters reports Canadian Trade Minister Ed Fast and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced Monday Canada will be seeking authority from the WTO to use retaliatory measures on U.S. ag and non-ag

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WTO Rules Against Origin Labeling; USDA With Ag Producers on Water Issues

The World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body ruled against Country-of-Origin Labeling on Monday. House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway says he expected this decision - and as retaliation by Canada and Mexico becomes a reality - it is more important now than ever to act quickly to avoid a protracted trade war with the United States’ two largest trade partners. House Ag Commit

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