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Monsanto Merger a No Go; Canadian Poultry Ban Lifted

Monsanto announced Wednesday that they are no longer pursuing the current proposal for Syngenta. In a news release, Monsanto announced Syngenta said Monsanto’s enhanced proposal did not meet financial expectations. Monsanto will c

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Monsanto Increases Offer to Syngenta; African Swine Fever Outbreak in Ukraine

Monsanto has increased its Syngenta takeover offer. After the initial deal was rejected earlier this year, Monsanto has changed the proposal to contain a higher proportion of cash than the prior bid, which envisioned a split of 45 percent cash to 55 percent Monsanto shares. Raising the bid

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Federal Cleanup Crew Spills 3 Million Gallons Of Toxic Mine Waste In Colorado's Animas River
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EPA Inspectors Busy Investigating Colorado Spill; Deere Sales Fall in Weak Economy

A bipartisan group of senators from western states are asking the Environmental Protection Agency inspector general to investigate all aspects of a recent spill in Colorado. The senators are asking the inspector general to probe everything from the work EPA contractors were doing in the Gold King Mine before the August 5th spill to the safeguards the agency put in place to prevent other spills in the future. The senators, l

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Internet Access of U.S. Farms Grows; Currency Manipulation a Big Issue in TTP Talks

A report released this week by USDA shows 70 percent of U.S. farms and ranches now have access to internet. The Computer Usage and Ownership report by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service shows a three percent increase in internet access since 2013. DSL remained th

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USDA Request Stockpiling Avian Flu Vaccine; American Feed Industry Assoc. Say the FDA Over Step Their Power

USDA has announced a request for proposal to stockpile vaccine doses in preparation for another potential wave of highly pathogenic avian influenza. While the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has not approved use of a vaccine, the agency wants to ensure it is available should it be needed. The emergency s

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USDA Looking for Options in Lawsuit; Trans-Pacific Partnership Maybe a Way to Stop Currency Manipulation

USDA is looking into its options after a federal appeals court cleared the way for a 2012 lawsuit that was filed by an Iowa hog farmer, the Humane Society of the United States and the group Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement. A District Cour

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Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks Continues; U.S. Forest Service and BLM Getting the Blame for Wildfires

The Trans-Pacific Partnership remains doable but increasingly harder as the U.S. Presidential election moves closer. Australian Federal Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb said “the last few yards are very difficult.” Robb spoke l

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McDonalds Downsizing; False Statements About the Science Behind EPA Waters Rules

In a move that hasn’t happened in 40 years, fast food giant McDonalds will downsize. In the last week McDonalds announced it is planning to close 184 restaurants across the United States this year, 59 more than it is planning to open. The last time t

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John Kerry Opens American Embassy In Havana, Cuba
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Castro Stating U.S. Owes “Millions” to Cuba; El Nino Weather Taking its Toll in South America

Prior to the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Cuba, Fidel Castro said on Thursday that the United States owes his government “millions of dollars” because of the decades-long embargo. The former Cuba

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