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One Year Anniversary Of BP Oil Spill Approaches
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Gulf of Mexico “Dead Zone”; Healthcare for Farmers

**The “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico is bigger than ever.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says hypoxia, which is a reduced oxygen level in the water which can kill marine life or force it to move to other areas, is estimated at 8,776 square miles, 7 % larger than June...

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Brooklyn's Famous Junior's Restaurant To Be Sold To Developer
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Extreme Eating Awards and Crop Insurance

**For 10 years, The Cheesecake Factory has taken home at least one of the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s ‘Xtreme Eating Awards...

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U.S. Honey Bee Numbers Up; Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance

**EPA will extend the deadline to meet requirements of its new farmworker protection standard until guidance and training materials are ready to help states implement the changes...

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China on GMO Seeds; Perdue on USDA Cuts

**A recently announced agreement between the U.S. and China has been hailed as a huge win for U.S. beef because China promised to follow through on a longstanding commitment to open its market to U...

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Farmers Association To Announce Grain Harvest Results
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Experts Say Trump’s Budget Could Devastate Wheat Exports

SPOKANE (AP) — Wheat experts from Washington and Idaho say the agriculture cuts in President Donald Trump's budget proposal would have a devastating impact on U...

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Iowa Freedom Summit Features GOP Presidential  Hopefuls
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Branstad Confirmed as Ambassador to China; Cuts to Crop Insurance

**The Senate voted 82 to 13 Monday to approve President Trump’s choice of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as U.S. ambassador to China.

Senate leaders say Branstad will now be tasked with a portfolio that is important not only for our diplomatic relationship with China, but also for our trade policy

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U.S. Meat Sales Expected to reach $100B by 2021; USDA Expanding Crop Insurance

**A market research firm says U.S. meat sales will reach nearly $100 billion dollars by 2021.

“Packaged Facts” reports demand for animal protein will continue to grow in the face of challenges from plant-based protein alternatives...

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Extreme Weather Sends Beef Prices To Record Highs
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China Bans Brazilian Beef; Trump Proclaims Nat’l Ag Day

** China has suspended all meat imports from Brazil in the wake of a scandal involving Brazil’s meat industry.

Ag economist Alton Kalo with Steiner Consulting says since China has not yet resumed buying U...

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Congress Gets Letter From Farm Groups; de la Garza Dies

**As Congress meets to consider budget proposals and annual spending bills, a group of 59 farm, environmental, credit and young farmers organizations circulated letters Tuesday, urging them to “protect crop insurance and recognize its central importance to farmers, lenders and all of rural America...

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Wheat Harvest Begins Amidst Hot Summer
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Ag Wants Input on NAFTA fix and Crop Insurance

More than 130 farm groups and agribusinesses from around the country are asking President Trump to work with his administration during renegotiating of the North America Free Trade Agreement...

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