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USDA Delays GIPSA; KFC to Use Antibiotic Chickens

**U.S. beef trade could be one step closer to resuming with China.

According to the Financial Times, weekend trade talks resulted in China offering to resume imports of US beef and better market access for financial sector investments...

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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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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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Dutch Veal Targeted; Regulation Rollbacks

U.S. veal producers are suffering because of what industry representatives say is a flood of Dutch imports priced below domestic cuts.

The American Veal Association continues to contest the USDA’s decision last year to allow Dutch products back into the U...

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Democrats Hold All-Night Senate Session To Push For Action Against Climate Change
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USDA Delays and Perdue Endorsement

President Trump's delayed selection of his new Ag Secretary, former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, will also mean that filling USDA's sub-cabinet and agency officials will take longer than usual...

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Bayer Buys Monsanto
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Bayer Committment and Vilsack Confirmed

German agrochemical giant Bayer has committed to creating at least 3,000 new U.S. jobs and spending $8 billion on research and development if allowed to take over Monsanto...

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Tom Vilsack Testifies At House Hearing On State Of The Rural Economy
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What is in Vilsack Future Plans and Trump’s Work on Regulations

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says what’s next for him remains to be seen.

It was reported last week that Vilsack is expected to take over as CEO of the U...

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The Cost of Raising a Child and 2017 Farm Economy Outlook

If you’ve been blessed with starting a family in recent years, a fair warning that it’s going to cost you.

That's apparent from USDA's latest “Cost of Raising a Child” report, which estimates that for a child born in 2015, a middle-income married couple will spend $233,610 (in 2015 dollars) on child-rearing expenses until the child turns 18...

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Discount Grocery Outlet Sells Overstocked And Out-Of-Date Food
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Trump Talking With Ag Secretary Candidate As Latest Food-Expenditure Numbers Come Out

lsa Murano, a former undersecretary for food safety at USDA and former president of Texas A&M University, will be interviewed by President-elect Trump to become secretary of Agriculture.

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California Central Valley Farming Communities Struggle With Drought
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Short Term Spending Bill and Japan Approves TPP

The Senate passed a short-term fiscal 2017 spending bill to avert a government shutdown and then gave final congressional approval to a water projects bill that includes drought relief for California farmers...

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