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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Discount Grocery Outlet Sells Overstocked And Out-Of-Date Food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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Tom Vilsack Testifies At House Hearing On State Of The Rural Economy
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Vilsack Goodbye and Veterans in Ag

The nation’s 30th agriculture secretary has unveiled his portrait which will hang among his predecessors on the walls of USDA's headquarters in Washington D...

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Torrey Resigns and EPA Concerns

Michael Torrey, who was advising Donald Trump on setting up his administration at the USDA, has resigned from the transition team because of a five-year lobbying ban...

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Immigration Reform and Ag Leaders

Farmers who depend on a stable supply of foreign-born and often undocumented laborers plan to continue the long-fought battle for immigration reform...

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Historic Drought Cripples Ranches And Farms In American West
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GIPSA Getting Support From Iowa Senator

USDA sent a letter to multiple meat and livestock organizations stating that they will be moving forward on their Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Act, GIPSA The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and The national Pork Producers along with other animal ag groups are opposed to GIPSA and any changes that would limit producers marketing options while adding layers of bureaucracy and open even more doors to litigation...

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