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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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Mexico Sets New Import Restrictions; U.S. Cattlemen’s Decides Not to Sign

Mexico and other major countries have imposed new import restrictions at the end of last week after the H5N2 strain of avian influenza was found in the heart of America’s poultry region. Arkansas, Misso

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The Importance of U.S. Waterways; It’s National Ag Week

The Waterways Council Inc. and more than 40 other organizations and businesses sent letters to the House and Senate Appropriations leaders stressing the importance of maintaining U.S. navigation channels and inland waterways for safe and efficient freight movement to avoid similar impacts like the West Coast port dispute. WCI is pushing

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Diverse Job Market in Ag Industry; Inflatable Buildings Cost Effective

When we think of farming jobs we tend to think of the big red barn and coveralls but the ag industry has a very diverse job market that can include high tech industries and laboratories as well. The need to fee

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E-Verify Advances; U.S. Agribusiness On Trade Mission To S.E. Asia

The House Judiciary Committee has advanced mandatory E-Verify legislation by a vote of 20 to 13. This legislation would force employers to use E-Verify to ensure workers can legally work in the U.S. Democrats arg

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Workforce Act Challenged; Cuba Visit Continues

There is strong opposition to the Legal Workforce Act currently being considered in the House Judiciary Committee. The Agriculture Workforce Coalition - comprised of more than 70 agricultural organizations - says any bill mandating E-Verify must only come after or in conjunction with legislation to address the labor crisis America’s farmers, ranchers and growers currently face. Imposing mandat

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MGEX Has 2nd Best Month; Opening Export Market to Cuba

MGEX has recorded the 2nd-best month in its storied history, reporting a total volume of 221,410 from February. MGEX also saw its electronic volume from February finish the month at 197,456, making it the highest electronic volume month ever for the Exchange. February’s co

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Trusting Agricultural Science;”Farmland” Movie Released on DVD

The issue of whether to trust agricultural science and scientists is coming to a head as there is a demand for more science-based information. Recent examples like removing potatoes from the WIC program and then turning around and putting them back in…or that eggs are a cholesterol demon to be avoided when new research says not to worry about that. Ag Secretrary V

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