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US Forest Service Considers Restricting Photography Within Federally Designated Wilderness Areas
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Delays in Water of the U.S. Rule; USDA Investing in Sage Grouse Initiative

Last Thursday, a North Dakota federal judge granted an injunction against the Waters of the U.S. rule, effectively delaying implementation by the Environmental Protection Agency for 13 states. U.S. District J

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Monsanto Merger a No Go; Canadian Poultry Ban Lifted

Monsanto announced Wednesday that they are no longer pursuing the current proposal for Syngenta. In a news release, Monsanto announced Syngenta said Monsanto’s enhanced proposal did not meet financial expectations. Monsanto will c

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Google Nears 10th Anniversary
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Internet Access of U.S. Farms Grows; Currency Manipulation a Big Issue in TTP Talks

A report released this week by USDA shows 70 percent of U.S. farms and ranches now have access to internet. The Computer Usage and Ownership report by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service shows a three percent increase in internet access since 2013. DSL remained th

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USDA Request Stockpiling Avian Flu Vaccine; American Feed Industry Assoc. Say the FDA Over Step Their Power

USDA has announced a request for proposal to stockpile vaccine doses in preparation for another potential wave of highly pathogenic avian influenza. While the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has not approved use of a vaccine, the agency wants to ensure it is available should it be needed. The emergency s

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USDA Looking for Options in Lawsuit; Trans-Pacific Partnership Maybe a Way to Stop Currency Manipulation

USDA is looking into its options after a federal appeals court cleared the way for a 2012 lawsuit that was filed by an Iowa hog farmer, the Humane Society of the United States and the group Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement. A District Cour

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Historic Drought Cripples Ranches And Farms In American West
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Deadlines for Federal Crop Insurance Approaching; Trouble Bubbling in the Water Rules

USDA’s Risk Management Agency reminds producers in Idaho, Oregon, Colorado and Washington of the fast approaching 2016 sales closing deadlines for federal crop insurance programs. Producers need to buy, review, or modify their crop insurance policies for most fall-planted crops with winter coverage before the sales closing date of September 30 has passed.

A series of

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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. 29, the second

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USDA is Teaming Up With Microsoft; July Has Been Busy House Agriculture Committee

USDA will partner with Microsoft to launch the "Innovation Challenge," a contest designed to explore how climate change will impact the United States' food system. The challenge invites entrants to develop and publish new applications and tools that can analyze multiple sources of information about the nation's food supply, including key USDA data sets that are now hosted on Microsoft Azure, Microsoft's cloud-computing platform. The challenge o

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2011 APEC Summit Convenes In Hawaii
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Possible Final Talks of Trans-Pacific Partnership; Safe Food Labeling Passed in the House

Trans-Pacific Partnership talks kick off today in Hawaii, in what could be the final round of negotiations ahead of finalizing a trade-pact. The Trans-Pacific Partnership includes the United States and 11 Pacific Rim countries. The TPP trade d

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High Gas Prices Have Rental Car Companies Going Green
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Work Continues on Food Labeling; Priming the Pump on Ethanol Fuel

As the U.S. House works this week on the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, a coalition has pledged their support for the bill. The Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food, an industry group that supports the bill, said 475 groups are backing it. The groups main

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