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Monsanto Looking at Takeover of Syngenta; Hudson Institute Reports on Lower-calorie Foods

The Monsanto takeover offer to Syngenta could cut Monsanto’s U.S. tax bill in half. If accepted and approved, Monsanto told Syngenta back in April they would incorporate the company in the U.K. – a move th

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USDA Releases Veterinary Feed Directive; Foreign Ag Subsidies Under Review

During the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship on Tuesday - the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released its final Veterinary Feed Directive rule - a major component of FDA’s plan to promote judicious use of medically important antibiotics in food-producing animals. The regulations

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California's Central Valley Impacted By Major Drought
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Debates Grow in WOTUS; Mexico to Decide on Restrictions on U.S. Meat Products

During a nomination hearing for Jeffrey Prieto - President Obama’s nominee to be the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s General Counsel, Senate Ag Chair Pat Roberts said the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule would ha

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Bill Approved for Agri-Marketing and Country of Origin Labeling

The House Agriculture Committee Wednesday approved a bill to amend the Agriculture Marketing Act of 1946 and repeal the Country of Origin Labeling law for beef, pork and chicken - while leaving requirements for other covered commodities intact. Chairman Mike C

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WTO Rules Against Origin Labeling; USDA With Ag Producers on Water Issues

The World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body ruled against Country-of-Origin Labeling on Monday. House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway says he expected this decision - and as retaliation by Canada and Mexico becomes a reality - it is more important now than ever to act quickly to avoid a protracted trade war with the United States’ two largest trade partners. House Ag Commit

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Senate Legislators Make Progress On Trade Deal
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Debate on Trade Promotion Authority Moves Forward; 6.5 Million Dollars to Be Invested in Water Conservation and Water Quality

The Senate passed a motion by a vote of 65 to 33 last week to move forward with debate on trade promotion authority. The Senate also voted to pass the trade preference bill by a vote of 97 to 1 and the customs bill by a vote of 78 to 20. California Farm

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Public Hearing Held in Pollinators Importance In Ag.; Organic Trade Association Petitioned USDA

The House Agriculture Biotechnology Subcommittee held a public hearing Wednesday to review the federal coordination and response regarding pollinator health. Subcommittee Chair Rodney Davis says pollinators play an important role in ag production. Last year - Pre

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Proposed Budget Cuts Threaten Funding For California Universities
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Increasing Demand for Ag Degree Graduates; Legislation Introduced to Ban Sale of Horse Meat

A new report produced by Purdue University shows demand for recent college graduates with degrees in Ag programs. There are an estimated 57,900 high-skilled job openings each year in the food, Ag, renewable natural resources and environment fields in the United States. Ag Secretary Vi

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Creativity Improves the Bottom Line on the Farm; June 1st Deadline for Hazard Communication Standard

Farmers and ranchers are creative people who can put that creativity to work and improve the bottom line for their operations - according to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack. Vilsack says Value-Added Producer Grants enable them to develop new product lines to grow their businesses and expand their contributions to the nation’s economy. USDA is making

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Nanotechnology Used to Secure Healthy Food Supply; USDA Extends Public Comments on Ag. Easements

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced more than 3.8-million dollars through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative yesterday to support grants focused on using nanotechnology to find solutions to societal challenges. NIFA Director S

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