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Northern California County Fire Department Conducts Wildfire Training Drill
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Kansas Farm Groups Helping Ranchers Affected by Grass Fires; Beef Exports to South America Increase

After a year of devastating wildfires in the northwest, now Kansas farm groups are collecting donations for ranchers affected by the massive grass fires in southern Kansas...

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California's Central Valley Impacted By Major Drought
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World’s Population to See Severe Water Stress by 2030; China Scrapping Corn Stockpiling Plan

A report by the United Nations Environment Program says almost half of the world's population will suffer severe water stress by 2030. The report finds that as the global population rises, increased urbanization, climate change and a shift in how food is consumed are likely to increase future demand for water...

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Cows Graze In California Fields
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USDA Role in ChemChina Merger; Mad Cow Confrmed in France

U.S. lawmakers are pushing for USDA to have a formal role in considering ChemChina's planned takeover of Switzerland's Syngenta.  Sen. Chuck Grassley says the $43 billion takeover of Syngenta could pose risks to the security of America’s food supply...

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President Obama Delivers Speech At Gran Teatro In Havana
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U.S. Ag Businesses Ready to Promote In Cuba; Scientists Looking to Increase Wheat Production

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says checkoff groups can promote U.S. agriculture in Cuba. While in Cuba with President Obama, Secretary Vilsack announced USDA will allow the 22 industry-funded Research and Promotion Programs and 18 Marketing Order organizations to conduct authorized research and information exchange activities with Cuba...

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U.S. Farm Earnings Drop 14.6 Percent In Third Quarter AFter A Decline In Output
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Net Farm Income Falling; The Fed Keeping Interest Rate at Current Level for Now

The largest agriculture cooperative predicts more pain ahead for the industry. Carl Casale, CEO of CHS, Inc. says net farm income is falling faster than cash receipts indicating that fixed costs are too high...

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Strong Retail Sales of Farm Tractors; Chipotle Canceling Executive Bonuses

Retail sales of farm tractors less than 40 horsepower were up 26.2 percent last month compared to February of 2015. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers says the numbers show a strong start to 2016 and a continuation of last year’s trend with year-to-date growth of 19...

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Federal Reserve Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged
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Feds Won’t Raise Interest Rate; Voluntary GMO Labeling Gets Support From National Farmers Union

The Federal Reserve will not increase interest rates at this week’s meeting but will likely hint that rate hikes are on the horizon. As long as U...

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