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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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U.S. Ag Coalition for Cuba Calling for Removal Trade Barriers; Currency Fluctuations and Prices Hurting Farmers

At last week’s Commodity Classic, the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba called on Congress to remove trade barriers with Cuba. The coalition says by doing so; agriculture could capture sales in the country just 90 miles off the U...

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La Nina Time Schedule Pushed Back; Self-Described Activist Plans to Fly Drones Over Farms

Some weather models that initially showed La Nina would develop by July have been pushed back a month or two, according to Kyle Tapley, senior agricultural meteorologist at MDA Weather Services...

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High Gas Prices Have Rental Car Companies Going Green
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DuPont Names New Vice President of Public Policy & Sustainability; API Looking at New Plans for Renewable Fuel Standards

DuPont announced Wednesday that former USDA deputy secretary Krysta Haden has joined the company as the vice president of Public Policy & Chief Sustainability Officer. Ha...

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Historic Drought Cripples Ranches And Farms In American West
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Farmers Urge Protection for Crop Insurance; Animal Products Demand Rising in China

A letter sent to the Senate and House Budget Committee’s last week urges lawmakers to protect crop insurance from further cuts. The letter, signed by 58 farm organizations, tells lawmakers an overreliance on savings from the agriculture community in the future will significantly undermine rural economies that have faced an estimated 54 percent decline in net farm income from 2013 to 2015...

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