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Politics | 2/12/2014 6:05:38 PM

Couple ordered to pay $1.4M for submitting bogus claims to FSA

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 12, 2014 -- A federal judge has ordered an Iowa couple to pay almost $1.4 million in a civil judgement for submitting phony claims for
Politics | 2/12/2014 3:39:06 PM

Senate sends debt ceiling limit bill to Obama

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2014 - The Senate approved Wednesday, on a party-line vote of 55-43, legislation that would lift the nation's

Politics | 2/12/2014 3:11:12 PM

 New NCBA chief sees EPA 'overregulation' as biggest challenge

NASHVILLE, TN-The new head of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association says battling overregulation by the Environmental Protection
Politics | 2/12/2014 11:14:08 AM

Democratic senators introduce bill to address growing drought problem

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2014 - Four senators introduced legislation Tuesday to authorize $300 million in emergency funds for drought-relief
Politics | 2/12/2014

Stabenow: Farm bill failure was not an option, partnerships key

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2014 - Just days after flying on Air Force One to witness President Obama sign the farm bill at her alma mater, Michigan State University, Senator Debbie Stabenow traveled to Scottsdale, Arizona, to

Wanted: More farm bill friends

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2014 - With the 2014 farm bill finally signed into law, most people have moved to the next stages of education and implementation. But a few actually caught up on

Immigration reform march continues for agriculture sector

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2014 - One of the European Union's top billed issues in trade negotiations is the question of geographical indications, many in the

Industry says TTIP could do serious damage to cheese

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2014 - One of the European Union's top billed issues in trade negotiations is the question of geographical indications, many in the dairy industry tell Agri-Pulse. The term refers to

Boost to rural areas seen from new bioenergy definitions in farm bill

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2014 - Biotechnology interests say provisions in the new farm bill that for the first time recognize biobased products and renewable chemicals on a par with biofuels represents a sea change, offering

Young farmers told to keep customers in mind

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 - A top executive at Smithfield Foods told an audience of young farmers and ranchers this weekend that they must keep the attitudes of their customers front and center when
Politics | 2/11/2014 6:59:49 PM

Restaurant industry outpacing U.S. economy in job growth

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2014 - The restaurant industry did better than the U.S. economy as a whole in 2013 - and will continue to do so in 2014, according to theNational Restaurant Association.
Politics | 2/11/2014 6:45:47 PM

Obama, Hollande discuss trade, climate change, food security

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2014 - During a state visit by French President François Hollande, President Obama said Tuesday the leaders discussed an array of issues including
Politics | 2/11/2014 6:34:27 PM

Senate poised to approve bill lifting debt ceiling

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2014 - The Senate is likely to approve, as early as Wednesday, legislation that would lift the nation's debt ceiling until
Politics | 2/11/2014 6:27:58 PM

OSHA will issue new grain bin safety guidance

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2014--The U.S. Department of Labor will update its guidance on grain bin safety enforcement, Brian Kennedy, the DOL's assistant secretary of the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs
Politics | 2/11/2014 9:51:29 AM

Washington Week Ahead: Lawmakers will look at debt ceiling, Keystone, immigration

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2014 - Lawmakers are expected to address, or at least discuss, the next looming financial crisis after Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned
Politics | 2/11/2014 9:35:14 AM

Country-of-origin labeling critics worry about trade retaliation

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2014-- Canadian agricultural attaché Mike Hawkins told a small group of young farmers Sunday that the unique integration between Canadian and U.S. livestock
Politics | 2/11/2014 8:56:29 AM

Crop insurance industry aims to build on past successes

SCOTTSDALE, AZ. February 10, 2014 - Just days after President Barack Obama signed a new five-year farm bill, members of the crop insurance industry celebrated the strides
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
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