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Politics | 5/6/2015 4:44:18 AM
ARDEN HILLS, MN, May 5, 2015 - Land O'Lakes, Inc. announced first quarter financial results, reporting quarterly net sales of $3.8 billion and net earnings attributable to Land O'Lakes of $99.4 million for the period ending March 31, 2015 - down from $125 million in 2014.
Politics | 5/6/2015
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2015 - Whether crusading against a California oyster farm, against global warming or against fossil fuels, the Obama administration has repeatedly ignored its proclaimed commitment to transparency and "science-based policy."

Politics | 5/5/2015 8:13:46 PM
WASHINGTON, May 4, 2015 - USDA's Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) will continue into its second year in 2016 with a budget of $235 million.
Politics | 5/5/2015 4:48:51 PM
WASHINGTON, May 5, 2015 - USDA announced it will offer up to $3.3 million in grant funding to farmers markets and direct marketing farms that are willing to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits as payment for the fresh fruits, vegetables and other goods they sell locally.
Politics | 5/5/2015 4:38:53 PM
WASHINGTON, May 5, 2015 - The Senate Agriculture Committee today took action to address the expiring U.S. Grain Standards Act, hoping to reauthorize it before a Sept. 30 deadline.
Politics | 5/5/2015 4:15:29 PM
WASHINGTON, May 5, 2015 - This year's fire season will be worse than average for Western and North-Central states due to particularly dry conditions and a meager snowpack, Forest Service (FS) Chief Tom Tidwell told senators Tuesday during an Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing.
Politics | 5/5/2015 2:32:46 PM
WASHINGTON, May 5, 2015 - Senate Republicans insist they will move forward with passing a fast-track trade bill despite Democratic threats to slow it down.
Politics | 5/4/2015 9:32:15 PM
WASHINGTON, May 4, 2015 - With avian flu cases continuing to spread across Midwest poultry farms, a bipartisan group of senators is appealing to appropriators to ensure the Agriculture Department has enough money to fight the outbreak.
Politics | 5/4/2015 4:22:32 PM
WASHINGTON, May 3, 2015 - The Senate could take up its fast-track trade bill as soon as this week, with supporters hoping a solid majority will give the legislation needed momentum in the House.
Politics | 5/4/2015 10:47:40 AM
WASHINGTON, May 4, 2015-The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a final rule recognizing that a soybean developed by Monsanto genetically engineered to produce an insecticidal protein is safe to humans in any expected exposure.
Politics | 5/3/2015 1:43:11 PM
WASHINGTON, May 1, 2015 - Gov. Terry Branstad declared a state of emergency today in Iowa after four new probable cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) were detected in his state, the nation's leading producer of eggs. Two other states, Minnesota, the country's top turkey producer, and Wisconsin, had already declared states of emergency last month.
Politics | 5/2/2015 7:54:39 PM
WASHINGTON, May 2, 2015 - In Congressionally mandated correspondence to some of agriculture's leading lawmakers, the Department of Agriculture said there is little economic benefit, but still consumer interest, in the country-of-origin labeling rule currently entangled in an international trade dispute.
Politics | 5/1/2015 5:13:50 PM
WASHINGTON, April 30, 2015 - A bipartisan group of Senators has introduced a bill calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to start over on its divisive waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, defying a veto threat issued by the White House on similar House legislation.
Politics | 5/1/2015 4:31:42 PM
WASHINGTON, May 1, 2015- USDA moved another variety of genetically engineered potatoes developed by J.R. Simplot Company forward in its approval process, the agency announced today.
Politics | 5/1/2015 11:57:22 AM
WASHINGTON, May 1, 2015 - With minimal Democratic support, the House passed a spending bill that would block the Obama administration from implementing its Clean Water Act rule in fiscal 2016.
Politics | 5/1/2015 10:58:21 AM
WASHINGTON, May 1, 2015 - U.S. and Canadian officials today unveiled new regulations governing the transportation of flammable liquids by rail, including crude oil and ethanol.
Politics | 5/1/2015 9:44:37 AM
WASHINGTON, May, 1, 2015 - Iowa officials have identified five probable cases of highly pathogenic bird flu in the state, one involving a commercial egg-laying operation Buena Vista County housing an estimated 5.5 million birds.
Politics | 5/1/2015 9:03:00 AM

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2015-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack opened the annual USDA Farmers Market today, marking the 20th year of the market's operation outside of USDA headquarters in Washington.
Politics | 4/30/2015 9:41:36 PM

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2015 - A House committee is preparing for the first time to move a bill that would preempt state GMO labeling laws, and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is offering support for the effort.
Politics | 4/30/2015 9:39:55 PM
WASHINGTON, April 30, 2015 - Gayle Smith, a member of the National Security Council staff, is being nominated by President Obama as administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Politics | 4/30/2015 3:40:39 PM
WASHINGTON, April 30, 2015- The Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program delivered through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) should have stronger screening for volunteer candidates against terrorist watch lists, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.
Politics | 4/30/2015 3:02:06 PM
WASHINGTON, April 29, 2015 - The leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees are urging the White House to give Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack the go-ahead to release emergency funds to help poultry and egg producers whose flocks are being decimated by a deadly strain of bird flu.
Politics | 4/30/2015 2:31:41 PM
A few years ago European politicians got an earful when their constituents learned that they were walking around with a stomachful --of horsemeat.
Politics | 4/30/2015 10:30:05 AM
WASHINGTON, April 30, 2015 - The House Agriculture Committee has advanced bills to ensure that export grain inspections continue during labor dispute and that a government shutdown won't halt Agriculture Department's livestock market reports again.
Politics | 4/30/2015 10:10:21 AM
INDIANAPOLIS, April 30, 2015- A Texas family recently donated $250,000 to establish an endowment to be used solely for developing a plan to attract and retain National FFA Organization advisors and agriculture teachers.
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