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First Marijuana Gardening Superstore Opens In Bay Area
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Fertilizer Industry $162 Billion Economic Impact; Wal-Mart’s Egg Suppliers to Adopt United Egg Producers Rules

A new study finds the fertilizer sector contributed more than $162 billion and more 500,000 jobs to the U.S. economy in 2014. The Fertilizer Institute announced the economic impact study this week that the organization says quantifies the fertilizer industry's contribution to the U...

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Farm Equipment Maker Deere Post 27 Percent Drop In Quarterly Profits
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Talks Continue on Voluntary GMO Labeling; Prices Fall, Farmers Cutting New Equipment Costs

The Senate is back in session after a two-week break. The Senate failed to limit debate on a voluntary GMO-labeling bill last month, and supporters are vowing to try again...

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Mad Cow Disease Confirmed in France; Lower Exports and Oversupply Plagues U.S. Agriculture

Market analysts say bans on French beef are likely following a confirmed case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, otherwise known as BSE or mad cow disease...

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Northwest's Power Supply Dries Up as California's Energy Crisis Spreads
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USDA Investing in Improvement of Critical Infrastructure; Canada Shortens List of U.S. Restrictions

USDA will invest up to $103 million in post-disaster recovery and the rehabilitation of aging dams in 19 States. The funding will improve critical Infrastructure and is aimed at improving public safety...

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Northern California County Fire Department Conducts Wildfire Training Drill
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Kansas Farm Groups Helping Ranchers Affected by Grass Fires; Beef Exports to South America Increase

After a year of devastating wildfires in the northwest, now Kansas farm groups are collecting donations for ranchers affected by the massive grass fires in southern Kansas...

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Government Proposes Improving Nutrition Facts Labeling On Food Products
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Individual States Considering Their Own GMO Labeling; Food Safety Issues Concerns In Syngenta Merger

As food companies are preparing to comply with the Vermont GMO labeling law, many other states are now considering their own GMO labeling laws including Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island...

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California's Central Valley Impacted By Major Drought
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World’s Population to See Severe Water Stress by 2030; China Scrapping Corn Stockpiling Plan

A report by the United Nations Environment Program says almost half of the world's population will suffer severe water stress by 2030. The report finds that as the global population rises, increased urbanization, climate change and a shift in how food is consumed are likely to increase future demand for water...

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March 28 is ‘Weed Appreciation Day’ — Make Yummy Wine With Dandelions!

March 28 is "Weed Appreciation Day," but I don't mean just marijuana. (We'll celebrate that on April 20.)  I am talking about all nuisance weeds: crabgrass, dandelions, cocklebur, prickly lettuce and even carpetweed.

But the thing is, they taste good.

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USDA Role in ChemChina Merger; Mad Cow Confrmed in France

U.S. lawmakers are pushing for USDA to have a formal role in considering ChemChina's planned takeover of Switzerland's Syngenta.  Sen. Chuck Grassley says the $43 billion takeover of Syngenta could pose risks to the security of America’s food supply...

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Statewide Drought Takes Toll On California's Honey-Producing Bee Population
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New Opportunities for U. S. Ag in Cuba; Honey Production Down

Leaders from across the U.S. agriculture and food sectors are expressing support and optimism in new opportunities for collaboration with their Cuban counterparts...

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President Obama Delivers Speech At Gran Teatro In Havana
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U.S. Ag Businesses Ready to Promote In Cuba; Scientists Looking to Increase Wheat Production

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says checkoff groups can promote U.S. agriculture in Cuba. While in Cuba with President Obama, Secretary Vilsack announced USDA will allow the 22 industry-funded Research and Promotion Programs and 18 Marketing Order organizations to conduct authorized research and information exchange activities with Cuba...

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Longshoremen Union Contract Talks; Asia Buying More U.S. Beef

A coalition of trade associations wants the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association to start contract discussions early...

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