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Vaccine Bank for Poultry; Farm Revenue Protection

**Poultry producer leaders are testifying in strong support of vaccine banks.

Carl Wittenburg, Chairman of the National Turkey Federation, says bird flu has become a global problem and his group supports a mandatory disease program and vaccine bank for high path A-1...

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Extreme Weather Sends Beef Prices To Record Highs
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China Bans Brazilian Beef; Trump Proclaims Nat’l Ag Day

** China has suspended all meat imports from Brazil in the wake of a scandal involving Brazil’s meat industry.

Ag economist Alton Kalo with Steiner Consulting says since China has not yet resumed buying U...

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Uninsured Family Of Farmers Plans To Opt Out Of Affordable Health Care Act
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Glyphonsate Not Carcinogen; Farmers Getting Older

**EPA’s conclusion that glyphosate is “not likely” to cause cancer in humans has received a mixed review from a scientific review panel...

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Trump Proposes USDA Cuts; More Bird Flu in Tennessee

**President Trump is proposing to slash the Agriculture Department’s field staff and also make deep reductions in research, rural development and international food aid...

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Congress Gets Letter From Farm Groups; de la Garza Dies

**As Congress meets to consider budget proposals and annual spending bills, a group of 59 farm, environmental, credit and young farmers organizations circulated letters Tuesday, urging them to “protect crop insurance and recognize its central importance to farmers, lenders and all of rural America...

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Wisconsin Lawmakers To Debate Bill That Would Cripple Wind Energy In State
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Conaway Talks Farm Bill; Hay Aid for Wildfire Victims

** Whenever he talks about the 2018 farm bill, House Ag Committee Chairman Michael Conaway says his goal is “a good farm bill passed on time...

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Senate Hopeful David Perdue Gathers With Supporters On Election Night
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Perdue’s Nomination Received; Trump Budget Due Thursday

** The Senate Ag Committee has officially received the nomination of Sonny Perdue to be the next Ag Secretary, clearing a major hurdle in the confirmation process...

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EPA Declares Greenhouse Gases A Danger To Human Health
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AGs Want Pruitt to Change EPA and 2018 Election Taking Shape

**Federal agencies that regulate biotechnology may NOT have the staffing and expertise to handle the plethora of new products expected over the next five to 10 years...

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Electronic Food Stamp "Debit" Cards Replace Paper Coupons
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Food Stamp Requirements; Sugar & Obesity

** A new battle is brewing in Congress over ways to push unemployed, work-capable food stamp recipients into jobs.

Senate Ag Chairman Pat Roberts, of Kansas, assured hundreds of anti-hunger activists Tuesday that he would oppose any attempt to give states control of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by converting it into block grants...

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South Korea Stops U.S. Poultry; Farm Bill Debate

**South Korea is a major poultry and egg importer, but has closed its market to the U.S. following the new detection of highly pathogenic bird flu at a Tennessee broiler breeding operation...

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Reports Claims California Leads The Nation In The Green Tech Field
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Biofuels Feud; Changes in RFS

**Fuels America, a coalition of biofuels advocates, says it has “severed ties” with the Renewable Fuels Association, accusing the group of siding with billionaire investor and refinery owner Carl Icahn in a plan, denied by the White House, that would “permanently destabilize the Renewable Fuel Standard...

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Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz Campaigns In Iowa
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Perry Sworn as Secretary of Energy; First Cases of Bird Flu

**The Senate has confirmed Rick Perry as the nation’s 14th Secretary of Energy, a department he once vowed to abolish.

He was sworn in following the 62-37 vote...

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