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Farm Bureau Fighting New Rule, USDA Investing Nearly $400 Million

  • The American Farm Bureau Federation is asking its members to join a grassroots campaign, Ditch the Rule.

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New Fund Created for Rural Business, Lawmakers Concerned with Trade Trip

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business Investment Program is developing a new investment fund, the Rural Business Investment Company, to allow innovative small businesses throughout rural America to access the capital they need to grow and create jobs.

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Train Scheduling Impacting Farmers, Fighting E. Coli

  • Last week the U.S. Surface Transportation Board ordered BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway to direct all railcars to make fertilizer deliveries to avoid planting delays this spring.

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Farmland Film Debuts, Oregon Discussing Used Grains

  • The Film Farmland premiered last Thursday at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

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Government Program Open Trade Markets, Fish Passing Through Wanapum

  • The USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service has helped more than 60 U.S. Ag organizations expand commercial export markets for American products through the Market Access Program.

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Tracking Swine Health, Sen. Johanns Trying to Change Ag Rules

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture is discussing the possibility of setting rules to require reporting of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) outbreaks with the American Association of Swine Veterinarians to improve tracking of the disease.

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Greenhouse Gas Level Rising, Help for Hunger in Poor Countries

  • An Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its report for policymakers titled "Climate Change 2014 -- Mitigation of Climate Change."

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Beef Export Negotiations Continue, Walmart Reducing Organic Prices

  • Reuters reports the U.S. may be willing to accept proposed cuts on U.S. beef imports from Japan instead of insisting on getting rid of the tariffs in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.

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Japan Cutting U.S. Beef Tariffs, Restaurant Menus Changing

  • Reuters reports Japan is considering cutting U.S. beef import tariffs to less than 10-percent from 38.5-percent as part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.

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Senate Committee Passes Fishery Bill, Food Labeling Bill Sponsored

  • The Senate Commerce Committee yesterday passed legislation sponsored by Senator Maria Cantwell that would help boost the West Coast Groundfish fishery and protect maritime jobs.

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