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EPA Holding Public Hearing on Renewable Fuels; Raisin Farmers Won’t Sell Crop for Less Market Price

Scores of corn growers from more than a dozen states will converge in Kansas City, Kansas, tomorrow. The EPA is holding a public hearing on its proposal to cut nearly four billion gallons of corn ethanol from the Renewable Fuels Standard through 2016, according to the National Corn Growers Association. NCGA President

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National Labeling Law getting Support; Agricultural Spending Bill Win Approval

More lawmakers are showing support for a national labeling law. A House hearing last week by the Energy and Commerce subcommittee on health reviewed a labeling bill introduced by Kansas Representative Mike Pompeo and North Carolina Democrat G.K. Butterfield.

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Trade Promotion Authority Passed Again; Possible Merger of Monsanto and Syngenta

The U.S. House has again passed Trade Promotion Authority. House lawmakers approved TPA Thursday as a standalone bill. It was the second time in a week that the House passed TPA. A week ago the chamber voted to approve TPA as part of a package of trade measures, but it defeated a Trade Adjustment Assistance bill, thus preventing TPA from moving forward. This time, TPA

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Record High Temperatures Exacerbate Drought as Strange Weather Plagues Los Angeles County
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El Nino May Harm the Global Economy; Bills Moved to Cut Budgets and Block Regulations

A report by Citigroup indicates El Nino may harm the global economy in the second half of this year. The report released this month says the El Nino weather pattern may increase returns from grains by as much as 25 percent and lead to higher retail food prices. Australia decla

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EPA Funding Scheduled to Pass; Enrollment for Ag Risk Coverage is Open

A bill slashing Environmental Protection Agency funding and blocking several of its new regulations is scheduled to pass through the House Appropriations Committee, this week. Republicans are pushing an Interior and Environment funding bill that cuts $718 million, or 9 percent, from the EPA’s budget in fiscal 2016, on top of the 20 percent cut the agency has absorbed since Republicans took the House in 2011. The bill also i

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110 Million Invested to Support Workers, Farmers Suffering from Drought; TPA Wins Congressional Approval

The White House has announced drought assistance for states in the west that continue to struggle with prolonged dryness. The Administration is announcing new actions and investments of more than $110 million to support workers, farmers and rural communities suffering from drought and to combat wildfires. The new funding

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Country of Origin Labeling Challenged by U.S. House; Committee of Environment and Public Works to Rewrite “Waters of the U.S.”

The U.S. House has sent a bill that would repeal Country of Origin Labeling on to the Senate. The bill passed the House 300-131 Wednesday night. House Ag Committee Chairman Mike Conaway told House members “repeal is the only viable option before us to avoid this retaliation.” Canada and M

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Monsanto Looking at Takeover of Syngenta; Hudson Institute Reports on Lower-calorie Foods

The Monsanto takeover offer to Syngenta could cut Monsanto’s U.S. tax bill in half. If accepted and approved, Monsanto told Syngenta back in April they would incorporate the company in the U.K. – a move th

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Month of June to Determine 2015 El Nino; A Repeal of Country of Origin Labeling

What happens during June will determine the evolution of the 2015 El Nino. DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist Mike Palmerino says the Southern Oscillation Index has retreated from its very strong El Nino levels the last week or so - and he says this bears watching. The U.S. foreca

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Cover Crop Chart to Help Growers; Trade Promotion Authority Talks Continue

In order to help reduce soil erosion, increase organic matter, improve early weed control and provide forage for animals - cover crops are becoming more popular. Cover crops are able to create more resilient, efficient production systems. In 2010 - USDA

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U.S. Wins Case Against India’s Ban on U.S. Meat; H-2B Workers Year Cap

The U.S. has won its World Trade Organization case against India regarding India’s eight-year-old ban on U.S. poultry, meat, eggs and live pigs. India claimed it needed to restrict these ag products to prevent avian influenza from entering India. The U.S. Trade

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USDA Releases Veterinary Feed Directive; Foreign Ag Subsidies Under Review

During the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship on Tuesday - the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released its final Veterinary Feed Directive rule - a major component of FDA’s plan to promote judicious use of medically important antibiotics in food-producing animals. The regulations

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