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Wheat Harvest Begins Amidst Hot Summer
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USDA Projects Drop in Wheat Production; Zinke Tours Monuments

**On the heels of a late snowfall devastating much of the Kansas winter wheat crop, the Department of Agriculture is projecting a 25 percent drop in U...

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Tyson Foods Makes Offer For Hillshire Brands
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Shareholders Approve Chem-China Purchase of Syngenta; Tyson Stocks Tumble

**Syngenta shareholders have accepted ChemChina’s $43 billion offer to buy the company, tendering more than enough shares to allow the transaction to go forward...

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2018 Farm Bill to Stretch Every Dollar; Changes to Canada Dairy

**Members of the Senate Ag Committee say they’ll need to stretch every dollar allocated in the 2018 Farm Bill.

Regardless of the crops they grow, the Michigan farmers who testified at a Farm Bill hearing Saturday said a strong safety net program was at the top of their priority list...

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U.S. Beef to Brazil and Trump Nominees This Week

**It took a little more than 13 years, but the U.S. is again exporting beef to Brazil after a ban that started when bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, was first discovered in the U...

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Farmers Decide Yea Or Nay On Genetically Modified Crops
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FDA to Redefine “Healthy”; Ag Lenders Expect Rise in Loan Demand

**The FDA will have to sift through hundreds of comments containing often-conflicting advice as it tries to redefine the term “healthy” for use on food products...

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Snow Damages Kansas Wheat and Branstad Ambassador to China

**A foot of snow fell on a good chunk of the western Kansas wheat crop last weekend, striking a devastating blow to a region known for robust wheat production...

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Senator Dick Durbin Tours New Healthy Lunch In Schools Program
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USDA Holds Changes to School Lunches; FFA Questions Perdue

**USDA is putting a hold on regulations in the National School Lunch Program requiring less salt and more whole grains in cafeterias.

At an elementary school in Leesburg, Virginia, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue also said USDA will lift restrictions to allow schools to serve flavored, 1 percent milk instead of the non-fat now required by law...

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Senator Dick Durbin Tours New Healthy Lunch In Schools Program
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Ag Weighs In As Lawmakers Haggle Over NAFTA, SNAP, Trump budget

Now that U.S. efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement are ramping up, lawmakers are asking President Trump to focus on what they call Canada’s increasingly protectionist dairy policies...

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Meat Demand Is Up; Ag Employers to Invest in Employees

**The USDA’s latest cold storage report showed strong retail and export demand for meat.

Pork was down 10% on the year, despite record pork production during March, including a 68% drop in bellies, and beef supplies were 4% lower, even after a 7% year to year increase in production last month...

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John Deere Reports Lower Quarterly Profits
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EPA Asked to Stop Analyzing Insecticides; Tractor Sales Up

**Three big names are asking the Interior and Commerce departments to stop analyzing the effects of three widely used insecticides on endangered species, arguing that EPA evaluations have overstated the risks to wildlife and the process used is deeply flawed...

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Central Washington Jr. Livestock Show Is This Weekend In Toppenish

It's the 68th Annual Central Washington Jr. Livestock Show kicks off this weekend in Toppenish. It'll be an exciting few days as kids will be showing off beef, sheep and hogs until May 3rd.

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Ag Job Outlook Up and Technology to Prevent Bird Flu

**A new jobs outlook report shows interest in agricultural careers is increasing.

Erika Osmundson with AgCareers.com tells Brownfield job opportunities last year were about average with almost 60,000 postings on their site and 2017 is starting out strong...

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