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Avian Flu Fears Prompt Bird Sampling From Remote Alaska Outpost
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USDA’s REAP Awards; Bird Flu Help Online

**The latest numbers from USDA Rural Development show the Rural Energy for America Program, or REAP, which was originally created in the 2002 farm bill, has awarded nearly $3-billion in grants and loan guarantees since it was reauthorized and given substantial funding in the 2008 farm bill...

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ChemChina/Syngenta Merger OK’d; Dairy Gets Tough on Canada

**ChemChina’s $43 billion acquisition of Syngenta has been approved by the Federal Trade Commission, on the condition that ChemChina divest three of its generic pesticides...

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Produce Safety Standards; U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement

**State agencies that are beginning to implement new produce safety and other standards required by the Food Safety Modernization Act will need a lot more money in fiscal 2018...

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Reports Claims California Leads The Nation In The Green Tech Field
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Perdue Pledges Tenacity; Biofuels Foul for Argentina Indonesia

** Sonny Perdue, President Trump’s nominee for Ag Secretary, pledged to be a “tenacious advocate and fighter” for farmers within the administration and says he’ll try to address requests for help from dairy and cotton producers ahead of the next farm bill...

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Trump Proposes USDA Cuts; More Bird Flu in Tennessee

**President Trump is proposing to slash the Agriculture Department’s field staff and also make deep reductions in research, rural development and international food aid...

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Wisconsin Lawmakers To Debate Bill That Would Cripple Wind Energy In State
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Conaway Talks Farm Bill; Hay Aid for Wildfire Victims

** Whenever he talks about the 2018 farm bill, House Ag Committee Chairman Michael Conaway says his goal is “a good farm bill passed on time...

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EPA Declares Greenhouse Gases A Danger To Human Health
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AGs Want Pruitt to Change EPA and 2018 Election Taking Shape

**Federal agencies that regulate biotechnology may NOT have the staffing and expertise to handle the plethora of new products expected over the next five to 10 years...

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WOTUS Repeal and Cage Free Eggs

** President Trump’s Waters of the United States repeal Tuesday represents hope and optimism for reducing the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory reach...

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Conaway on Farm Bill; Egg Carton Labels

**House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway of Texas says he expects fewer new programs in the 2018 farm bill than there were in 2014. Money is the big consideration...

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Wheat Execs Worry; Lease Not Buy

A recently elected member of the U.S. Wheat Associates Executive Board says the depressed ag economy continues to challenge U.S. wheat farmers...

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