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Trans-Pacific Partnership Has its Important Piece in Place; Clean Water Rule to Become Law

President Barack Obama now has the necessary piece of trade legislation to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership. On Monday, the President signed the Trade Promotion Authority bill that was passed by the U.S. House and Sen

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EPA Holding Public Hearing on Renewable Fuels; Raisin Farmers Won’t Sell Crop for Less Market Price

Scores of corn growers from more than a dozen states will converge in Kansas City, Kansas, tomorrow. The EPA is holding a public hearing on its proposal to cut nearly four billion gallons of corn ethanol from the Renewable Fuels Standard through 2016, according to the National Corn Growers Association. NCGA President

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EPA Funding Scheduled to Pass; Enrollment for Ag Risk Coverage is Open

A bill slashing Environmental Protection Agency funding and blocking several of its new regulations is scheduled to pass through the House Appropriations Committee, this week. Republicans are pushing an Interior and Environment funding bill that cuts $718 million, or 9 percent, from the EPA’s budget in fiscal 2016, on top of the 20 percent cut the agency has absorbed since Republicans took the House in 2011. The bill also i

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Waters of the U.S. Findings Worse Than the Original Proposal; Conservation Programs in Farm Bill Working Successfully

The American Farm Bureau’s analysis of the Waters of the U.S. rule finds the final rule to be worse than EPA’s original proposal. American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman said the conclusions “are sobering.” The rule wou

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Country of Origin Labeling Challenged by U.S. House; Committee of Environment and Public Works to Rewrite “Waters of the U.S.”

The U.S. House has sent a bill that would repeal Country of Origin Labeling on to the Senate. The bill passed the House 300-131 Wednesday night. House Ag Committee Chairman Mike Conaway told House members “repeal is the only viable option before us to avoid this retaliation.” Canada and M

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EPA’s New Renewable Standard; Strong Outlook for USDA Third Quarter

The EPA has proposed new renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The President of the National Corn Growers Association, Chip Bowling, says that once again, the EPA has chosen to ignore the law by cutting the corn ethanol obligation 3.75 billion gallo

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Avian Influenza Cases Declining; Clean Water Rule Being Finalized

Reuters reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. John Clifford says the number of avian influenza cases in the U.S. has begun to decline. Though Clifford believes the worst is in the past - he says that doesn’t mean there won’t be additional cases. He says the war

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Waters of the United States Rule Finalized; New National Renewable Energy Study Released

Yesterday the Environmental Protection Agency finalized its “Waters of the United States” proposed rule, which unilaterally strips private property rights and adds hundreds of thousands of stream miles and acres of land to federal jurisdiction. Under the guise

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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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Bipartisan Legislation Wants to Repeal Waters of U.S. Rule; House Ag Committee at Review at Grain Standard Act

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced to repeal EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. This legislation would require EPA and the Army Corps to withdraw the rule and re-write their proposal. It also require

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