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Russia' Ban On US Agricultural Imports To Affect US Food Industry
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Live Poultry Linked to Human Salmonella; U.S. Cattle Producers Rebuilding After Prolonged Drought

Several agencies are investigating four multi-state outbreaks of human salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry in backyards. The CDC reports 181 people have been infected with four strains of salmonella in 40 states with 33 people sent to hospitals as of June 29th. CDC testing has

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2011 APEC Summit Convenes In Hawaii
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More Lawsuits Filed Against Clean Water Rule; TPP Likely to be Approved by End of the Year

More and more lawsuits are being filed against the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers Clean Water Rule, known as Waters of the U.S. Coal giant Murray Energy Corp. is suing the Obama administration over its rule asserting power over small bodies of water. Murray said the

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TPA Move Toward More Export Opportunity; Beef Meeting to Improve Sustainability of US Beef Value

With Trade Promotion Authority in the books last week, the U.S. Wheat Associates and National Association of Wheat Growers call the move a step toward more export opportunity for American farmers. NAWG President

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President Obama Speaks At Nike's Headquarters In Beaverton, Oregon
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Finalizing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Set; Lawsuit Filed Against Clean Water Rule

A ministerial meeting aimed at finalizing the Trans-Pacific Partnership is set for the last week in July. The meetings, according to the report, are set to begin on July 23rd and likely be in the United States. The meeting of

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Trans-Pacific Partnership Has its Important Piece in Place; Clean Water Rule to Become Law

President Barack Obama now has the necessary piece of trade legislation to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership. On Monday, the President signed the Trade Promotion Authority bill that was passed by the U.S. House and Sen

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Agriculture's Rising Force: Female Farmers
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Agricultural Land Values Down; California Irrigation Water Issues Getting Heated

The latest report from Creighton University shows 19 straight months of setbacks for U.S. agricultural land values. The report shows an index value of 31.1 this month for farmland values in 10 states ranging from North Dakota to Missouri. This compares t

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U.S. House Passed Trade Adjustment Assistance; Mexico and Canada Looking to Repeal Country or Origin Labeling

The U.S. House has passed Trade Adjustment Assistance, clearing the way for Trade Promotion Authority. President Obama had said he would not sign the TPA bill without TAA. The bills did not survive the legislative process as a package, but TPA was passed as a standalone bill while TAA was attached to another popular trade bill. The TPA and TAA

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Obama Signs Emergency Appropriations "Iron Dome" Bill
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TPA Bill is Sent to The President’s Desk; The Backlog of Farm Workers Visas Being Cleared

In a 60 – 38 vote, the U.S. Senate has sent Trade Promotion Authority to the President’s desk as a standalone bill not packaged with Trade Adjustment Assistance. Trade Adjustment Assistance also passed the Senate packaged with an African Trade Preference bill. The Senate pass

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Price Of Coffee Hits 13 Year High
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Fast-casual Coffee Shops Gaining Ground; Microsoft Demonstrated New Farm Data Dashboard

An annual survey of restaurant industry chains suggest that the burger is losing ground to the fast-casual coffee shop concept,. The “Chain Industry Restaurant Review” from GE Capital Franchise Finance shows that consumer dining habits have shifted dramatically as competition, technological challenges and rising costs for labor and commodities have taken hold. The report note

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EPA Holding Public Hearing on Renewable Fuels; Raisin Farmers Won’t Sell Crop for Less Market Price

Scores of corn growers from more than a dozen states will converge in Kansas City, Kansas, tomorrow. The EPA is holding a public hearing on its proposal to cut nearly four billion gallons of corn ethanol from the Renewable Fuels Standard through 2016, according to the National Corn Growers Association. NCGA President

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