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Wheat Industry Subject to More Government Regulations; Simplot to Sell GMO Potatoes to Canada

More government regulations impact the western wheat industry. A provision in the 7 part Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), will have serious implications on how wheat is handled and transported...

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California Agriculture Faces Challenges As Drought Continues
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U.S. Wheat Grower Wants Canada to Reform Grain Grading System

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President Gordon Stoner and U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) Chairman Brian O'Toole sent a letter last week to Canada's Minister of Agriculture, and Minister and International Trade, continuing to press the Canadian government to reform its grain grading system, which unfairly minimizes the quality of U...

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Balance Of Power At Stake As Midterm Elections Draw Near
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The Heat is Turning Up for TPP; 2017 Ag Spending Bill Amendment Gains Approval

Criticism of the Trans-Pacific Partnership intensified after 160 farm, food, and faith groups sent a letter to Capitol Hill asking lawmakers to reject the pact...

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Cyber Attack On South Korea Traced To China
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Farmers Beware of “Hackivists”; Hydroponic Farmers Facing Roadblocks

The FBI is warning agriculture against data breaches that may expose farming data through internet-connected farming equipment. The FBI, along with USDA, say farmers should be very mindful of the way they configure technology devices on the farm...

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Cuban Delegation Toured U.S. Agriculture; USDA to Address Dairy Priority in TPP

An agriculture delegation from Cuba toured American agriculture. Hosted by the U.S. Grains Council, the delegation was brought to the U.S. to learn about U...

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Rising Levels Of Poverty In Scotland
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Feed the Future Program Get Closer to Law; GIPSA Rider is Not in the Farmers, Ranchers Best Interest

The Senate - by unanimous consent - passed its own version of the Global Food Security Act, moving President Barack Obama's Feed the Future program one step closer to law...

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Cooperative Extension Programs Valuable to Farmers; Syngenta Merger On Schedule

A new study says federal cooperative extension programs at land-grant universities help farmers stay in business. The researchers say since 1985, 137,000 farmers would have left the industry without the federal program...

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USDA Says Mexico Will Lift Its Poultry Ban; Canada to Plant More Pulse Crop

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack attributes the announcement by Mexico that the nation will lift its ban on poultry from 14 states “a result of USDA’s close communications with Mexico to reduce trade restrictions...

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House GOP Conference Meets To Select New Ways And Means Committee Chairman
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TPP Might See Some Movement This Summer; 2018 Farm Bill in Unofficial Development

There may be a possibility of action on the Trans Pacific Partnership as early as this summer in the House Ways and Means Committee. Committee Chair Kevin Brady said action would only happen if the Obama Administration resolves concerns that Republicans and some Democrats have on the trade deal...

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2017 USDA and FDA Spending Legislation Work Started; FTC Takes Action Against Companies Falsely Using “All Natural”

Lawmakers are cued up to examine issues ranging from farm credit to the Endangered Species Act as the House Appropriations Committee meets today to mark up fiscal 2017 spending legislation for the USDA and FDA...

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Despite Wobbly Economy, Midwestern Farmers Enjoy High Yields And Profits
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Farmers Dealing With Increasing Financial Pressure and Low Commodity Prices

Agriculture groups are telling lawmakers farmers are facing increased financial pressure in an economic downturn brought on by low commodity prices...

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EU Allows Continued Use of Glyphosate; 10 States Urging Drug Tests for SNAP Recipient

Germany will back a proposal by the European Union that will allow the continued use of glyphosate in weed killers. Germany’s agriculture ministry said this week it agrees with the assessment of the European Food Safety Authority, which issued an opinion that glyphosate was unlikely to cause cancer...

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