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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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Additional Cuts to 2014 Farm Bill; New Plant Growth Regulator OK’d

Nearly 400 farm, nutrition and conservation groups have written congressional budget letters urging Senate and House leaders to reject calls for additional cuts to the 2014 Farm Bill. The groups say Congress passed sweeping changes to the nation’s food and farm policy that included significant deficit reduction just over one year ago. The 2014 Farm B

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Agriculture Made Billions for Washington in 2013

The state's top farm crops, including apples, milk and wheat, were worth $4.5 billion to farmers in 2013.

That's according to information recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Tri-City Herald reports that at least six of the state's 10 most valuable crops saw gains in 2013

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Record Crop Might Not Get to Central America Due to Labor Woes

Growers say labor woes at major West Coast sea ports have slowed the export of a record crop of Washington apples and endangered big Christmas season shipments of the fruit to Central America.

Delays have also hit shipments of autos, smartphones and numerous other products as longshoremen and shippers try to hammer out a new contract involving work at 29 West Coast ports

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Growing Population Placing Demands on Farms, USDA Says No GMO in Commerce

  • Analysts forecast that the world's population will grow to 9 billion people by 2050.

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Weather Will Determine Number of Apple Pickers

Leaving fruit on trees because of a lack of labor has happened in the past in the Yakima Valley.

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EPA Fights Back Over Water Rules, Agricultural Stats for 113th Congress

  • Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy feels her efforts to meet with farmers and ranchers and policymakers on the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule has been worth it.

    Agriculture owners believe the proposal means the EPA wants to regulate all ditches and the American Farm Bureau Federation has been calling on EPA to ditch the rule.

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Biosolid Fertilizers Concerning to Toppenish Group

It is called biosolid or sludge; treated sewage that is used as fertilizer in many areas of Eastern and Central Washington.

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Dairy Provides Big Boost to Yakima Valley

Dairy is big business in Washington and according to a WSU economic study, Yakima County's 69 dairy farms likely average $10 million per farm, employ 20-30 people and generate approximately $500 million to the valley's local economy.

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