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Budget Proposal to Cut Crop Insurance; USDA Looking to Open Office in Cuba

The Budget proposal released by the White House Tuesday includes a cut to crop insurance. The budget request to Congress calls for a ten-year, $18 billion cut to the federal crop insurance program...

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Disagreement In Wheat Export to Egypt; Canada’s Egg Production Heading Toward Other Methods

Egyptian officials over the weekend denied there had been any disagreement regarding what level of the fungus ergot they would permit in wheat imports...

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China Opposes Genetically Modified Crops; Members of TPP Rolling Up Their Sleeves

Chinese officials issued a warning to seed dealers and farmers not to use unapproved genetically engineered seeds following a Greenpeace report that found widespread GM contamination in corn...

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New Larger Locks to Open in the Panama Canal; USDA Funding to Help Improve Private and Tribal Working Land

Panama Canal officials say the opening of the larger locks is not expected until the second quarter of this year after already being postponed several times by construction delays...

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Trans-Pacific Partnership Vote Might Be Held in November; Syngenta/ChemChina Merger

Senate Agriculture Chair Pat Roberts says a vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership is not expected until after the November Elections. The trade deal was formally signed this week but still needs approval from the member countries...

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Center For Disease Control Director Tom Frieden Addresses The Media On Ebola Case In U.S.
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Syngenta Takeovers ChemChina; Chipotle E. coli Outbreak Appears Over

Syngenta is inching closer to announcing a $43 billion takeover agreement with ChemChina. ChemChina reportedly offered a sweeter deal to Syngenta than Monsanto, by offering the $43 billion in cash...

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Data to Reveal Economic Impact of Organic Agriculture; China Resumes Imports of U.S. Beef

USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service is gathering new data on organic agriculture production. NASS is conducting the 2015 Certified Organic Survey to gather data on certified organic crops and livestock in the U...

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Ag Groups Ask For Repeal of Cuba Embargo; Hog Prices Lowest Since 2008

A coalition of agriculture groups is calling on Congress to repeal the Cuba embargo to allow agriculture exports. The latest announcement from the Commerce Department allows more exports to Cuba, but failed to include agriculture products as they fall under restrictions put in place by Congress...

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Thumbs Up For Beef Checkoff Program; Thumbs Down For Vacating Registration of Herbicide

The majority of beef producers say they approve of the Beef Checkoff Program. A recent survey found three out of four producers, or 76 percent, support the checkoff...

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El Nino Changing into La Nina; Agriculture Won’t Benefit From Opening of Cuba

The current El Niño weather pattern could be shifting quickly to the La Niña weather pattern later this year. Meteorologist Kyle Tapley said that weather models “now show full-fledged La Niña conditions by the summer...

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