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Research Funding For Specialty Crops; Trans Pacific Partnership Talks Continues

Secretary Vilsack announced Tuesday more than 66.5-million dollars in funding for research and extension activities for specialty crops and organic agriculture through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative and Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative. The projects fu

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USDA To Pay Out 3.9 Billion Dollars; Results of FDA Analysis of Milk

The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute or FAPRI released its latest baseline outlook for U.S. agriculture projecting the USDA to pay out 3.9-billion dollars in ARC and PLC payments for the 2014 crop after Fiscal Year 2016 begins on October 1st this year. FAPRI projects

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U.S. Meat Export Expo; Companies Changes The Way of Buying Meat

The U.S. Meat Export Federation Market Expo began last week in Shanghai, China. The tour began with an overview of the Federation’s marketing objectives in China and an explanation of several market-access issues that impact U.S. meat exports

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Diverse Job Market in Ag Industry; Inflatable Buildings Cost Effective

When we think of farming jobs we tend to think of the big red barn and coveralls but the ag industry has a very diverse job market that can include high tech industries and laboratories as well. The need to fee

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E-Verify Advances; U.S. Agribusiness On Trade Mission To S.E. Asia

The House Judiciary Committee has advanced mandatory E-Verify legislation by a vote of 20 to 13. This legislation would force employers to use E-Verify to ensure workers can legally work in the U.S. Democrats arg

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Workforce Act Challenged; Cuba Visit Continues

There is strong opposition to the Legal Workforce Act currently being considered in the House Judiciary Committee. The Agriculture Workforce Coalition - comprised of more than 70 agricultural organizations - says any bill mandating E-Verify must only come after or in conjunction with legislation to address the labor crisis America’s farmers, ranchers and growers currently face. Imposing mandat

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MGEX Has 2nd Best Month; Opening Export Market to Cuba

MGEX has recorded the 2nd-best month in its storied history, reporting a total volume of 221,410 from February. MGEX also saw its electronic volume from February finish the month at 197,456, making it the highest electronic volume month ever for the Exchange. February’s co

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Deadline for Producers Extended; U.S. Ag Officials Visit Cuba

The deadline has been extended for producers to update yield history or reallocate base acres until March 31st. If no changes are made to yield history or base acres by March 31st - the farm’s current yield and base will be used. The deadline to

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Former U.S. Ag Secretaries Urging Passing of T.P.A.; Replacement of Corn Ethanol

On Friday, bipartisan group of former U.S. Agriculture Secretaries, representing all past Administrations from those of President Jimmy Carter to President George W. Bush, issued an open letter urging Congress to pass Trade Promotion Authority. The former secr

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Trusting Agricultural Science;”Farmland” Movie Released on DVD

The issue of whether to trust agricultural science and scientists is coming to a head as there is a demand for more science-based information. Recent examples like removing potatoes from the WIC program and then turning around and putting them back in…or that eggs are a cholesterol demon to be avoided when new research says not to worry about that. Ag Secretrary V

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Additional Cuts to 2014 Farm Bill; New Plant Growth Regulator OK’d

Nearly 400 farm, nutrition and conservation groups have written congressional budget letters urging Senate and House leaders to reject calls for additional cuts to the 2014 Farm Bill. The groups say Congress passed sweeping changes to the nation’s food and farm policy that included significant deficit reduction just over one year ago. The 2014 Farm B

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Ag Report: West Coast Ports Back to Business; Taiwanese Ban Import Beef

West Coast ports are nearing normal activity and lining up the backlog of shipments for movement. As the recent agreement allowed a settlement to the issue’s along the west coast farm groups are calling for more long-term improvements at the ports. Some are worrie

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