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Winter Weather and USTR on NAFTA Talks
U.S. Forest Service states that the acres burn due to wildfires of Oregon and Washington this year, 55% more than last year, and in California, 57% over 2016. Critics of crop insurance want subsidies and support cut. NAFTA talks run into to road blocks.
Gulf of Mexico “Dead Zone”; Healthcare for Farmers
**The “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico is bigger than ever. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says hypoxia, which is a reduced oxygen level in the water which can kill marine life or force it to move to other areas, is estimated at 8,776 square miles, 7 % larger than June...
Extreme Eating Awards and Crop Insurance
**For 10 years, The Cheesecake Factory has taken home at least one of the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s ‘Xtreme Eating Awards.’ But this year, the California-based chain earned two of the “dishonors.” First is the Pasta Napoletana dish, boasting 2,310 calories, well over the recommended 2,000 for an entire day...
U.S. Honey Bee Numbers Up; Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance
**EPA will extend the deadline to meet requirements of its new farmworker protection standard until guidance and training materials are ready to help states implement the changes. The EPA’s Wendy Cleland-Hamnett did not specify a new deadline for compliance, but NASDA and other farm groups have repeatedly asked for an extension until at least Jan...
China on GMO Seeds; Perdue on USDA Cuts
**A recently announced agreement between the U.S. and China has been hailed as a huge win for U.S. beef because China promised to follow through on a longstanding commitment to open its market to U.S. imports. But just as important to companies seeking to commercialize genetically modified seeds was China’s promise to review eight traits that have been waiting as long as 70 months for final approv

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