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22,000 Producers Received BQA Certification; Wheat Supplies Up 6 percent

More than 21-hundred producers across the U.S. became certified for free through the checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance program this year. Throughout the program’s four-years - nearly 22,000 producers have received free BQA certification. Iowa producer S

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Proposed Budget Cuts Threaten Funding For California Universities
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Increasing Demand for Ag Degree Graduates; Legislation Introduced to Ban Sale of Horse Meat

A new report produced by Purdue University shows demand for recent college graduates with degrees in Ag programs. There are an estimated 57,900 high-skilled job openings each year in the food, Ag, renewable natural resources and environment fields in the United States. Ag Secretary Vi

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Creativity Improves the Bottom Line on the Farm; June 1st Deadline for Hazard Communication Standard

Farmers and ranchers are creative people who can put that creativity to work and improve the bottom line for their operations - according to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack. Vilsack says Value-Added Producer Grants enable them to develop new product lines to grow their businesses and expand their contributions to the nation’s economy. USDA is making

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Historic Drought Cripples Ranches And Farms In American West
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Get a Move On.com Launched; Farmers Seeking Federal Crop Insurance Subsidies

The American Farm Bureau launched Get a Move On dot FB dot org Wednesday - an advocacy website that gives farmers and ranchers a simple way to take action regarding GMOs. AFBF President Bob Stallman says now is the time for farmers and ranchers to take action in support of innovation in agriculture. Biotechnology i

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Generic Mandatory Labeling Concerns; Potato Council and Pheasant Forever Team Up to Better Habitat

House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway rejected the most recent recommendation to establish a generic mandatory label option if the U.S. loses its WTO appeal regarding COOL. The WTO’s deadline for its decision is May 18th. A generic manda

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Bipartisan Legislation Wants to Repeal Waters of U.S. Rule; House Ag Committee at Review at Grain Standard Act

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced to repeal EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. This legislation would require EPA and the Army Corps to withdraw the rule and re-write their proposal. It also require

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Poultry and Egg Producers to Receive Aid; Gray Wolf to Be Delisted

Four top ag ranking members have sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget calling for emergency assistance to be released to poultry and egg producers suffering flock losses from H5N2 avian influenza infections. The leaders rec

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Nanotechnology Used to Secure Healthy Food Supply; USDA Extends Public Comments on Ag. Easements

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced more than 3.8-million dollars through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative yesterday to support grants focused on using nanotechnology to find solutions to societal challenges. NIFA Director S

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17 GMO Products Approved by European Commission; FDA Presented Food Safety Modernization Act

Last week - the European Commission approved 17 different genetically modified agricultural products for food and feed through careful, scientific analysis. However - with the announcement - the American Farm Bureau says the EC also undermined its principled position by recommending individual states be permitted to opt out of importation or use of the products within their own borders. Farm Bureau say

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Trade Promotion Authority Bill Heading to the Senate and House; Farmers and Ranchers Lead the Way in Reducing Emissions

The House Ways and Means Committee passed trade promotion authority yesterday, better known as TPA, by a vote of 25 to 13. The bill will now head to the floor in the House and the Senate. House Ways and

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U.S. Restores Diplomatic Relations With Cuba
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Potential Increase U.S. Ag and Food Sales to Cuba; Sweet Sunrise and Columbia Star Two New Berries

The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing on the potential to increase U.S. ag and food sales to Cuba by lifting the trade embargo on Tuesday. Senate Ag Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow says ag sales to Cuba are a way to rebuild trust between the U.S. and Cuba. Ver

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5.3 Million Laying Hen Impacted Avian Flu; Senator Cantwell Speaks Out for Ex-Im Banks

The highly pathogenic H5N2 strain of avian influenza has now impacted 5.3-million laying hens on an Iowa egg operation. The operation represents about 1.5-percent of the total layer population in the United States. Bill Northey, I

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