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2016 Agricultural Spending Bill Approved; Monsanto Emerge Seen as a Risk for Farmers

The Senate appropriations Committee approved the fiscal 2016 agricultural spending bill on a vote of 28-2. The measure includes $143.8 billion in discretionary and mandatory funding, $24 billion below the president’s budget request and $3.7 billion below

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Soaking Rains Bring Relief To Drought Stricken West
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This Year’s El Nino Could be the Strongest in 50 Years; Partnership Between USDA and NASA Expanded

El Nino has strengthened steadily during the past month, approaching the “strong category”. El Nino is so strong this go round that it could wind up be the strongest El Nino event in 50 years. El Nino rarely

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Pickle Power! Got A Summer Sweet Tooth? Dill It And Kill It!

How's that garden coming?  Cucumbers?  If you have a family history of diabetes like I do, you are continuously on the lookout for ways to cut cravings for sweets.  So if the opposite of sweet is sour, maybe look there first?

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Brazilian Farmers Looking to Gain Foothold in US; Farmers and Ranchers Can Apply for Financial Assistance

China’s ban on poultry imports from the U.S., where flocks have been ravaged by bird flu, could give more Brazilian farmers a foot in the door of the biggest import market. A delegation from China’s quarantine office in Beijing left Brazil earlier this month after a 10-day mission to inspect potential new meat suppliers in four states. Brazil already

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Government Proposes Improving Nutrition Facts Labeling On Food Products
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Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Closer to Approval; AFBF President Not Seeking Re-election

The House Agriculture Committee sent the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 one step closer to consideration by the full House. By a voice vote, the committee passed the SAFE act, which now awaits the same action by the House Energy and Commerce Committee before it can be considered by the full chamber. The legislation

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Food Prices Continue To Rise At Alarming Rate
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Improving Groceries Access to Homebound Seniors; USDA Reports Crop Maturity Trails Five Year Average

USDA is proposing to improve access to groceries for homebound seniors and people with disabilities who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. USDA is proposing to allow grocery purchasing and delivery services run by government and non-profit organizations to accept SNAP benefits as payment, allowing for home delivery to those unable to shop for food. Nationally, onl

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Stocks Close Sharply Lower As Oil Prices Continue Decline
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Ag Subcommittee Approve Ban on Brazilian and Argentine Beef; Oil Prices May Fall Further

The House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee approved an amendment to the Agriculture Appropriations bill banning imports of Brazilian and Argentine Beef. The ban would be in place, under the amendment, until the U.S. Department of

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Family Farmed Expo Reconnects Farmers And Consumers
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Switzerland Expanding Market Access for Organic Farmers;Global Food Prices Hits New Five Year Low

USDA says a new agreement with Switzerland will expand market access for organic farmers. As of Thursday, organic products certified in the United States or Switzerland may be sold as organic in either country. USDA claims the

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You Have 3 Weeks To Buy Gas Before Washington State Has 2nd Highest Fuel Tax In US

The most recent session of the Washington State Legislature has just wrapped up, and one of the biggest bills that was passed was a $16 BILLION transportation package. How will this be paid for? By increasing the gasoline tax, of course!

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U.S. Beef and Pork Exports Fell; National Farmers Union Like New Spending Bill

The National Farmers Union commended the U.S. House Appropriations Committee for passing a spending bill that did not include a rider prohibiting funding for implementation of regulations ensuring fairness in marketing. NFU President R

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