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Cooperative Extension Programs Valuable to Farmers; Syngenta Merger On Schedule

A new study says federal cooperative extension programs at land-grant universities help farmers stay in business. The researchers say since 1985, 137,000 farmers would have left the industry without the federal program...

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USDA Says Mexico Will Lift Its Poultry Ban; Canada to Plant More Pulse Crop

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack attributes the announcement by Mexico that the nation will lift its ban on poultry from 14 states “a result of USDA’s close communications with Mexico to reduce trade restrictions...

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House GOP Conference Meets To Select New Ways And Means Committee Chairman
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TPP Might See Some Movement This Summer; 2018 Farm Bill in Unofficial Development

There may be a possibility of action on the Trans Pacific Partnership as early as this summer in the House Ways and Means Committee. Committee Chair Kevin Brady said action would only happen if the Obama Administration resolves concerns that Republicans and some Democrats have on the trade deal...

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2017 USDA and FDA Spending Legislation Work Started; FTC Takes Action Against Companies Falsely Using “All Natural”

Lawmakers are cued up to examine issues ranging from farm credit to the Endangered Species Act as the House Appropriations Committee meets today to mark up fiscal 2017 spending legislation for the USDA and FDA...

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Drug And Alcohol Testing Industry Association Conference Is Held In Seattle
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EU Allows Continued Use of Glyphosate; 10 States Urging Drug Tests for SNAP Recipient

Germany will back a proposal by the European Union that will allow the continued use of glyphosate in weed killers. Germany’s agriculture ministry said this week it agrees with the assessment of the European Food Safety Authority, which issued an opinion that glyphosate was unlikely to cause cancer...

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Iowa Farmers Harvest Crops As Colder Weather Brings Season's End Near
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2016 Farmland Prices in Canada Easing; Swift Vote Called for on TPP

The rise in Canadian farmland prices will slow in 2016, thanks in part of softer commodity prices.  Farm Credit Canada said that growers should prepare for a possible easing in land values after prices rose at a slower rate in 2015...

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Any Proposed GMO Labeling Bill Not Perfect; Trade Agreement Seen in Positive Light by US Adults

Michigan Democrat and U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow told consumer groups last week that any proposed GMO labeling bill will not be perfect. Groups such as Just Label It and the Center for Food Safety have pushed for a nationwide, mandatory GMO labeling system, such as the one set to take effect in Vermont in July...

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Positive Step for Sanitary Transportation by FDA; Ag Drone Market is Going to Be Huge

Officials say the sanitary transportation rule finalized by the FDA last week overall is a positive step, requiring transporters of human and animal food to follow best practices like proper refrigeration, cleaning vehicles between loads and protecting food during travel but it shouldn't exempt the most problematic group, small box trucks...

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