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Yakima and Mt. Adams Schools Have Most Absent Students in Valley, Granger Lowest

The Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has released the most recent data compiled regarding "chronic absenteeism" among schools statewide and Yakima Valley school districts are split down the middle when compared to the state average.

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GMO Labeling Bill is Not Ready; SNAP Increases Access to Healthy Food

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts of Kansas said his genetically modified food labeling bill is not ready. Roberts hopes his bill will be bipartisan, but he said what he introduces will be “a chairman’s mark” that can be amended...

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EPA Admin Gina McCarthy Announces New Regulations Under Obama's Climate Action Plan
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Agriculture Panel to be Chosen for Scientific Advisory Board; FDA Nomination and Labeling

The EPA is close to appointing an agriculture panel within its Scientific Advisory Board, as required by the 2014 farm bill, to review EPA actions that could negatively affect agriculture, though lawmakers are less than impressed that the action has taken this long...

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Iowa Farmers Harvest Crops As Colder Weather Brings Season's End Near
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La Nina Expected to Follow El Nino; Ag Resource Management Survey Wrapping Up 2015 Data

More forecasters are expecting La Niña to return to the U.S. later this year. The U.S. government last week joined weather forecasters in predicting the weather event will quickly follow the current El Niño weather pattern later this year...

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GOP Candidates Attend First In The Nation Presidential Town Hall In NH
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Votes Might Not Be There for TPP; Report States Usable Water Supply Must Increase

House Speaker Paul Ryan said this week his chamber does not have the votes yet to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership and also said lawmakers have a long list of issues regarding the TPP, which was signed last week in New Zealand...

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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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