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First Marijuana Gardening Superstore Opens In Bay Area
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Fertilizer Industry $162 Billion Economic Impact; Wal-Mart’s Egg Suppliers to Adopt United Egg Producers Rules

A new study finds the fertilizer sector contributed more than $162 billion and more 500,000 jobs to the U.S. economy in 2014. The Fertilizer Institute announced the economic impact study this week that the organization says quantifies the fertilizer industry's contribution to the U...

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Heavy Rains Pound Southern California
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La Nina Weather Arriving Earlier; Food Safety Transportation Rule Finalized by FDA

La Niña appears to be arriving sooner than expected. One weather expert says the cold phase of tropical Pacific Ocean surface temperatures is occurring more rapidly than originally thought...

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Farm Equipment Maker Deere Post 27 Percent Drop In Quarterly Profits
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Talks Continue on Voluntary GMO Labeling; Prices Fall, Farmers Cutting New Equipment Costs

The Senate is back in session after a two-week break. The Senate failed to limit debate on a voluntary GMO-labeling bill last month, and supporters are vowing to try again...

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Mad Cow Disease Confirmed in France; Lower Exports and Oversupply Plagues U.S. Agriculture

Market analysts say bans on French beef are likely following a confirmed case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, otherwise known as BSE or mad cow disease...

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Northwest's Power Supply Dries Up as California's Energy Crisis Spreads
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USDA Investing in Improvement of Critical Infrastructure; Canada Shortens List of U.S. Restrictions

USDA will invest up to $103 million in post-disaster recovery and the rehabilitation of aging dams in 19 States. The funding will improve critical Infrastructure and is aimed at improving public safety...

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Bridges Undergo Inspections Around The Nation
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Thousands Turn Out as Gov. Inslee Cuts Ribbon on 520 Bridge

 

SEATTLE (AP) — Thousands of people turned out for festivities celebrating the opening of the new State Route 520 floating bridge across Lake Washington.

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Northern California County Fire Department Conducts Wildfire Training Drill
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Kansas Farm Groups Helping Ranchers Affected by Grass Fires; Beef Exports to South America Increase

After a year of devastating wildfires in the northwest, now Kansas farm groups are collecting donations for ranchers affected by the massive grass fires in southern Kansas...

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Government Proposes Improving Nutrition Facts Labeling On Food Products
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Individual States Considering Their Own GMO Labeling; Food Safety Issues Concerns In Syngenta Merger

As food companies are preparing to comply with the Vermont GMO labeling law, many other states are now considering their own GMO labeling laws including Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island...

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California's Central Valley Impacted By Major Drought
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World’s Population to See Severe Water Stress by 2030; China Scrapping Corn Stockpiling Plan

A report by the United Nations Environment Program says almost half of the world's population will suffer severe water stress by 2030. The report finds that as the global population rises, increased urbanization, climate change and a shift in how food is consumed are likely to increase future demand for water...

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Wal-Mart Building Milk Processing Plant; Russia Second Largest Wheat Exporter

The Nation’s largest milk processor now faces competition from its biggest customer. Wal-Mart plans to start building its first milk processing plant this summer...

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