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Grain Bin Safety and Hastings Impact on Farming

  • According to a letter from the Department of Labor’s Assistant Secretary of the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs Brian Kennedy, the department is going to update its guidance on grain bin safety enforcement.

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China Still Holding Up Wheat Imports, USDA Offering Marketing Help

  • A government official told the U.S. Grains Council that China’s decision to hold up imports of certain U.S. corn shipments is a result of the country’s divisions in developing a modern agricultural and food policy.

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Examining the Future of Farming

  • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is expected to host two Future of Agriculture panels at the 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum, “The Changing Face of Agriculture” on February 20.

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Panama Canal Work Stopped and New Head of Beef Board

  • The U.S. Grains Council reports talks between the Panama Canal Authority and a Spanish-led building consortium fell apart this week and work on the project to expand the Canal was stopped.

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U.S. Dairy Farming Still A Struggle Despite Rise In Milk Prices
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Dangerous Country Outside Those City Limits — Dave’s Diary

The city slicker becomes the country bumpkin in the 1965 TV hit Green Acres.  The theme song says it all!   “Green acres is the place for me. Farm livin' is the life for me. Land spreadin' out so far and wide. Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside.”  Of course fledgling farmer Eddie Albert’s wife played by the delightful Eva Gabor wasn’t exactly on board with the transition.  “ New York is where I'd rather stay. I get allergic smelling hay. I just adore a penthouse view. Dah-ling I love you but give me Park Avenue.”  The conflict was set the program had a successful run until 1971.

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Farm Bill Signed Into Law, Boehner Skeptical on Immigration

  • The President has signed the farm bill into law ending a three year tussle between the House and the Senate.

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Gas Prices Could Moderate, One Species Off Endangered List

  • Many drivers might pay rising gas prices this spring as refineries conduct seasonal maintenance, but the peak could be less expensive than 2013.

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Climate Change Hubs Announce, New Bird Flu Found in China

  • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the creation of the first ever Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change at seven locations around the country Wednesday.

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Government Buys Grape Juice, Farm Bill Passes

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), at the request of Washington Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, have announced a $11.5 million nationwide purchase of Concord grape juice that will provide stability for a critical state agriculture industry.

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USDA Offers School Nutrition Guidelines and Data Privacy

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed the establishment of professional standards and training requirements for school nutrition professionals.

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