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Obama’s Antibiotic Legacy and Trump’s Good for Ag

As he heads out the door, President Obama will put in place two key parts of his administration's strategy to restrict the use of antibiotics in agriculture, part of a broader strategy for fighting drug-resistant germs...

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Historic Drought Cripples Ranches And Farms In American West
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Farmers Urge Protection for Crop Insurance; Animal Products Demand Rising in China

A letter sent to the Senate and House Budget Committee’s last week urges lawmakers to protect crop insurance from further cuts. The letter, signed by 58 farm organizations, tells lawmakers an overreliance on savings from the agriculture community in the future will significantly undermine rural economies that have faced an estimated 54 percent decline in net farm income from 2013 to 2015...

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EPA Admin Gina McCarthy Announces New Regulations Under Obama's Climate Action Plan
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Agriculture Panel to be Chosen for Scientific Advisory Board; FDA Nomination and Labeling

The EPA is close to appointing an agriculture panel within its Scientific Advisory Board, as required by the 2014 farm bill, to review EPA actions that could negatively affect agriculture, though lawmakers are less than impressed that the action has taken this long...

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Farm Equipment Maker Deere Post 27 Percent Drop In Quarterly Profits
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Talks Between Labor Union and Deere & Co.; Major Food Companies Backing Climate Change Agreement

With profits shying away from record levels just a couple years ago, Deere & Co. is working on a new labor agreement with union employees...

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Historical Route 66 Increasingly Threatened By Development
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U.S. Highway Trust Fund’s Power Extended; USDA Bring Broadboard to Rural Areas

Farm groups are disappointed that Congress failed to pass a long-term highway funding bill before its August recess. Congress voted to extend the United States Highway Trust Fund's authorization through Oct...

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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...

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House Passes Executive Action Rebuke, Daily Margin Program Still Available

  • The U.S. House has passed a bill to stop the President's power of executive actions on immigration, but the bill is viewed as largely symbolic.

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Relief Coming For Farmers Affected by Drought, Low-Carbon Law Extended

  • Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined President Barack Obama in Fresno, Calif., Friday to announce that the USDA will provide additional assistance to help farmers, ranchers and residents affected by severe drought in California.

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Government Buys Grape Juice, Farm Bill Passes

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), at the request of Washington Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, have announced a $11.5 million nationwide purchase of Concord grape juice that will provide stability for a critical state agriculture industry.

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Farm Bill Vote This Week and Republicans Immigration Policy

  • The Senate will vote on the farm bill conference report this week.

    The Office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced he filed cloture on the bill

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