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California's Central Valley Impacted By Major Drought
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EPA’s Clean Water Rule Heads Off to Management Budget Review; Farm Service Agency Handing Out Emergency Assistance

The EPA sent the Clean Water Rule - formerly known as Waters of the U.S. - to the Office of Management and Budget on Friday. In a blog post - EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the Army Jo-Ellen Darcy say the rule will better define tributaries and protect farming practices. They say they a

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USDA to Help Farm and Ranch Land; CA. Governor Jerry Brown Defends Water Actions

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service will accept ACEP applications to help productive farm and ranch lands remain in agriculture and to protect the nation's critical wetlands and grasslands, home to diverse wildlife and plant species. NRCS will provi

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Final Details of Trade Promotion Authority; World Health Releases Insecticides and Herbicides Report

House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch are working with Senator Ron Wyden on the final details of Trade Promotion Authority. Ryan believes they are making good progress - as he says he, Hatch and Wyden are in constant contact with each other trying to iron out the hold-up over TPA. Wyden has assur

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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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