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From Farm To Plate, Make Food Safe — Dave’s Diary

Today is World Health Day.  Congratulations if you enjoy good health.  Millions of people around the world do not.  In underdeveloped countries, clean food and water can't be taken for granted.

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USDA to Help Farm and Ranch Land; CA. Governor Jerry Brown Defends Water Actions

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service will accept ACEP applications to help productive farm and ranch lands remain in agriculture and to protect the nation's critical wetlands and grasslands, home to diverse wildlife and plant species. NRCS will provi

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Statewide Drought Takes Toll On California's Lake Oroville Water Level
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Asia-Pacific Expanding Its Reach; California Water Shortage Impact Farmers

Trade negotiators for the U.S. and Japan are working around the clock to complete a trade agreement prior to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Washington later this month. Negotiators are working to have the agreement ready to unveil during Abe’s visit as they hope the deal can pave the way for a broader Asia-Pacific pact involving 10 other countries. U.S. Trade Repr

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U.S. Corn Growers Plant Less Corn; $19 Million Awarded by National Institute of Food and Agriculture

According to the Prospective Plantings report released on Tuesday - U.S. corn growers intend to plant two-percent less acres to corn - at an estimated 89.2-million acres. Wheat acreage is estimated at 55.4-million acres

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Ag Group Urging Congress to Reject Policy Riders; FDA Established Safety Antibiotic Residue Levels

A coalition representing family farmers, ranchers, consumers and rural affairs submitted testimony urging Congress to reject any policy riders in the Fiscal Year 2016 Ag Appropriations bill that would weaken or withdraw COOL or limit the rule making authority of GIPSA. National Farmer

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Final Details of Trade Promotion Authority; World Health Releases Insecticides and Herbicides Report

House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch are working with Senator Ron Wyden on the final details of Trade Promotion Authority. Ryan believes they are making good progress - as he says he, Hatch and Wyden are in constant contact with each other trying to iron out the hold-up over TPA. Wyden has assur

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USDA Extending Coverage for Farmers; Senate Sends Message on U.S. Water Rules

USDA is providing farm owners and producers one additional week, until April 7, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage. If no changes are made to yield history or base acres by the deadline, the farm's current yield and base acres will be used. If a program ch

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Public Hearing Held For Origin Labeling; Dollar Limitations Increases on Meat and Poultry

The House Ag Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture held a public hearing Wednesday to examine the implications of potential retaliatory measures against the U.S. regarding Country-of-Origin Labeling. Subcommittee Ch

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Agriculture Committee Examine Bio-Tech Labeling Laws; Senate Commerce Subcommittee Looks at Aviation Operations

The House Agriculture Committee held a public hearing on Tuesday to examine the costs and impacts of states implementing mandatory biotechnology labeling laws. Last year - 30 different states introduced 125 bills mandating labeling of biotechnology. A Cornell Busin

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Cows Protected From East Coast Fever; FDA Drafts Guidance of Animal Feed

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh have found cows are protected from a parasite that causes a deadly disease - East Coast Fever - if they've previously been infected with a closely-related yet milder species of the parasite. After tracking

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