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WTO Rules Against Origin Labeling; USDA With Ag Producers on Water Issues

The World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body ruled against Country-of-Origin Labeling on Monday. House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway says he expected this decision - and as retaliation by Canada and Mexico becomes a reality - it is more important now than ever to act quickly to avoid a protracted trade war with the United States’ two largest trade partners. House Ag Commit

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American Food Safety System Failing; U.S. to Projected to Produce 30 Percent of World Corn

Last week - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced legislation that would give the USDA mandatory recall authority over contaminated meat and poultry. Gillibrand says the American food safety system is failing to protect Americans - leaving thousands of people hospitalized every year with preventable illnesses. She says poultr

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Senate Legislators Make Progress On Trade Deal
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Debate on Trade Promotion Authority Moves Forward; 6.5 Million Dollars to Be Invested in Water Conservation and Water Quality

The Senate passed a motion by a vote of 65 to 33 last week to move forward with debate on trade promotion authority. The Senate also voted to pass the trade preference bill by a vote of 97 to 1 and the customs bill by a vote of 78 to 20. California Farm

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Public Hearing Held in Pollinators Importance In Ag.; Organic Trade Association Petitioned USDA

The House Agriculture Biotechnology Subcommittee held a public hearing Wednesday to review the federal coordination and response regarding pollinator health. Subcommittee Chair Rodney Davis says pollinators play an important role in ag production. Last year - Pre

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Creativity Improves the Bottom Line on the Farm; June 1st Deadline for Hazard Communication Standard

Farmers and ranchers are creative people who can put that creativity to work and improve the bottom line for their operations - according to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack. Vilsack says Value-Added Producer Grants enable them to develop new product lines to grow their businesses and expand their contributions to the nation’s economy. USDA is making

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Historic Drought Cripples Ranches And Farms In American West
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Get a Move On.com Launched; Farmers Seeking Federal Crop Insurance Subsidies

The American Farm Bureau launched Get a Move On dot FB dot org Wednesday - an advocacy website that gives farmers and ranchers a simple way to take action regarding GMOs. AFBF President Bob Stallman says now is the time for farmers and ranchers to take action in support of innovation in agriculture. Biotechnology i

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Conservation Program to Improve Water Quality; Economic Benefit of Origin Labeling

Funding is now available through the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Regional Conservation Partnership Program to improve U.S. water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability. The 235-million

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Poultry and Egg Producers to Receive Aid; Gray Wolf to Be Delisted

Four top ag ranking members have sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget calling for emergency assistance to be released to poultry and egg producers suffering flock losses from H5N2 avian influenza infections. The leaders rec

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Nanotechnology Used to Secure Healthy Food Supply; USDA Extends Public Comments on Ag. Easements

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced more than 3.8-million dollars through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative yesterday to support grants focused on using nanotechnology to find solutions to societal challenges. NIFA Director S

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Trade Promotion Authority Bill Heading to the Senate and House; Farmers and Ranchers Lead the Way in Reducing Emissions

The House Ways and Means Committee passed trade promotion authority yesterday, better known as TPA, by a vote of 25 to 13. The bill will now head to the floor in the House and the Senate. House Ways and

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