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Global CO2 Levels Reach Unprecedented Monthly Highs
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Changes in Ethanol Blend Could Increase Carbon Emissions; Aug. 15 is Oregon Native Bees Awareness Day

In a recent study by the Energy Resources Center at the University of Illinois in Chicago, A proposal by the EPA to change ethanol blending rules would significantly increase carbon emissions to the equivalent of adding nearly one million more passenger vehicles on the road

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Federal Cleanup Crew Spills 3 Million Gallons Of Toxic Mine Waste In Colorado's Animas River
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Waters of the U.S. Rule Being Challenged; Trans-Pacific Partnership on Track to Pass

A coalition of 13 states have asked a federal judge to block the controversial Waters of the U.S. rule slated to take effect later this month. The attorney generals for eight of the 13 states filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in U.S. District Cour

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Federal Cleanup Crew Spills 3 Million Gallons Of Toxic Mine Waste In Colorado's Animas River
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Monsanto Merger Facing Tough Opposition; EPA Takes Blame for Mining Waste Spill

Several farm and consumer groups are seeking to derail the proposed deal Monsanto has offered to Syngenta as a possible merger/takeover. Ag Professional reports coalitions of opponents are being formed and market analysis are being conducted. It comes though

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images
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Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks Looking to Wrap Up; Price of Meat Remains Unchanged

Following what the L.A. Times called a disappointing round of talks in Hawaii, negotiators for the 12 nations included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership are still hoping to wrap the trade deal up sometime this month. It's almost cer

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Scott Olson/Getty Images
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Drop in Corn and Soybean Prices; Agricultural Production Up.

Grain farmers should brace for a drop in net incomes this year as the prices for corn, soybeans and wheat have fallen significantly from recent years, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

The latest

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Texas Gulf Coast Braces For Hurricane Rita
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Apps to Show Customized Weather and Soil Data; Partnership Between Ports of Seattle and Tacoma Formed

Iteris, Inc. , a leader in providing information solutions to the transportation and agriculture markets, has entered into an agreement to provide custom weather and soil data to localize growth and disease models for growers via Iteris' precision farming data delivery platform, ClearAg™. Users will gain

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Heavy Rains Pound Southern California
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Federal Judge Rule Against an Idaho Law; They Expect This El Nino to be the Strongest in Recent History

Direct from the pages of the Idaho Statesman: “A federal judge ruled last week that an Idaho law making it illegal to secretly film animal abuse at agricultural facilities violates the right to free speech.The effect of th

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Historic Drought Cripples Ranches And Farms In American West
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Deadlines for Federal Crop Insurance Approaching; Trouble Bubbling in the Water Rules

USDA’s Risk Management Agency reminds producers in Idaho, Oregon, Colorado and Washington of the fast approaching 2016 sales closing deadlines for federal crop insurance programs. Producers need to buy, review, or modify their crop insurance policies for most fall-planted crops with winter coverage before the sales closing date of September 30 has passed.

A series of

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Historical Route 66 Increasingly Threatened By Development
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U.S. Highway Trust Fund’s Power Extended; USDA Bring Broadboard to Rural Areas

Farm groups are disappointed that Congress failed to pass a long-term highway funding bill before its August recess. Congress voted to extend the United States Highway Trust Fund's authorization through Oct. 29, the second

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Health Authorities Seek Clues To EHEC Outbreak
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E.coli Bacterium in Humans Found; Federal and State Response to Avian Flu

Scientists with the US Department of Agriculture have found the bacterium that causes E.coli in humans, is more likely to contaminate lettuce when downy mildew is already present. Microbiologist Maria Brandl has been investigating why so many E. coli outbreaks

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