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Politics | 2/10/2014 1:13:47 PM

USDA raises soybean supply estimate on Canadian imports

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 10, 2014 - Estimated U.S. soybean supplies for the current marketing year are 5 million bushels higher than projected a month ago, thanks to
Politics | 2/10/2014 9:11:36 AM

China's cotton policy will shape 2014 outlook for fiber, NCC says

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 10, 2014 - China's plan to stop building cotton reserves and offer support through a target price mechanism will play a role in

Politics | 2/10/2014 8:55:03 AM

Survey: U.S. producers to plant 11.26 million acres of cotton in 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb. 10, 2014 - U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 11.26 million acres of cotton this spring, up 8.2 percent from
Politics | 2/9/2014 7:02:51 PM

California company recalls 8.7 million pounds of beef products

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 9, 2014 - Rancho Feeding Corp., of Petaluma, California, is recalling more than 8.7 million pounds of beef products because they were processed from diseased and
Politics | 2/7/2014 3:27:09 PM

U.S. beef exports rose to a record in 2013; pork sales fell

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb 7, 2014 - U.S. beef exports rose to a record $6.157 billion last year, a 12 percent jump, while overseas pork sales
Politics | 2/7/2014 2:31:39 PM

USDA warns Olympics-goers: Don't bring pests back with you!

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2014 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has a friendly reminder for Americans who plan to attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia: Don't bring any
Politics | 2/7/2014 1:42:18 PM

 Obama signs historic five-year farm bill into law

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2014 - President Obama signed into law a sweeping five-year farm bill (H.R. 2642) today that authorizes nearly $1 trillion in
Politics | 2/7/2014 10:02:30 AM

White House launches initiative to help boost rural exports

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2014 - President Obama directed the administration today, working through the White House Rural Council, to lead a new
Politics | 2/7/2014

 Obama signs historic five-year farm bill into law

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2014 - President Obama signed into law a sweeping five-year farm bill (H.R. 2642) today that authorizes nearly $1 trillion in
Politics | 2/6/2014 8:56:19 PM

Cow-calf ranchers ?in driver?s seat? for 2014, CattleFax says

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 6, 2014 - Improved moisture conditions in much of the U.S. in the coming year will ensure continued supplies of cheap cattle feed, CattleFax analysts told
Politics | 2/6/2014 5:51:49 PM

Beef producers worry TPP may exclude 'sensitive' products

Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 6. 2014 -- Beef producers from the U.S., Australia, Canada and New Zealand issued a statement today expressing concern that some member countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) may seek
Politics | 2/6/2014 2:22:48 PM

Senate approves Baucus to serve as ambassador to China

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2014 - The Senate approved the nomination today, with a 96-0 vote, of Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., to serve as
Politics | 2/6/2014 1:29:46 PM

GMO coalition launches campaign for a federal labeling solution

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2014—In an attempt to prevent a patchwork of state genetically modified (GMO) food labeling rules, a coalition of agricultural, food manufacturer and consumer groups announced today
Politics | 2/5/2014 6:27:23 PM

Organic farmers have more crop insurance options in 2014

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2014 ― USDA's Risk Management Agency (RMA) today reminded producers of recent changes to the organic farm safety net and key dates for producers
Politics | 2/5/2014 5:52:05 PM

House approves contentious California drought relief bill

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2014 - The House today approved legislation (H.R. 3964), on a mostly party-line vote of 229-191, which
Politics | 2/5/2014 4:45:49 PM

USDA creates ?Climate Hubs? for each region

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2014- USDA Climate Hubs located in seven locations across the country will address weather risks and create resources for farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners,
Politics | 2/5/2014 4:43:19 PM

USDA creates ?Climate Hubs? for each region

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2014- USDA "Climate Hubs" located in seven locations across the country will address weather risks and create resources for farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners
Politics | 2/5/2014 3:19:33 PM

Senate approves five-year farm bill, sending it to Obama

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2014 - The Senate approved today, on a 68-32 vote, a five-year farm bill (H.R. 2642), sending the sweeping legislation to President Obama for his expected signature.
Politics | 2/5/2014 2:09:06 PM

USDA announces regional climate research hubs

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the creation of new Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change
Politics | 2/5/2014 11:11:26 AM

Opinion: Congress approves common-sense food aid reforms

By Ellen Levinson. Last April, the future of America's premier international food aid program, Food for Peace (PL 480 Title II), was thrown into doubt when the Obama Administration proposed
Politics | 2/5/2014 11:04:08 AM

Senators ask for prompt implementation of livestock disaster programs

WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2014—Several senators led by Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., asked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to implement the livestock disaster assistance programs
Politics | 2/5/2014 9:56:53 AM

Vilsack readies USDA to implement farm bill

WASHINGTON, Feb 5, 2014--As the Senate passed the farm bill Tuesday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke to state agriculture department leaders at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture
Politics | 2/5/2014

California drought prompts federal aid and political war drums

It can't be an accident: the Obama administration on Tuesday announced it would make available $20 million to aid California farmers struggling through a historic drought, just a day before

Farmers looking at more mechanization to solve immigration issue

As lawmakers continue to struggle with a comprehensive fix to the immigration system to provide farms with a stable

Commercial biofuels from beets in ND pushed back two years

The plan to launch commercial production of biofuels and high-value chemicals from energy beets in North Dakota is being delayed for two years to give growers more time to
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