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WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2015 - The way some multi-generation cotton producers were talking at a congressional hearing on the state of the cotton industry Wednesday, their generation might be the last to raise a cotton crop if changes aren't enacted and prices don't improve.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2015 - USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) said Thursday it will make $40 million in conservation funding available to farmers and ranchers operating within the greater sage grouse's 11-state range in the western U.S.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2015 - Three years after he was ousted from the House Agriculture Committee, Kansas Republican Tim Huelskamp landed a coveted spot on the panel that makes GOP committee assignments.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2015 - Canada and Mexico called on the Senate to eliminate the country-of-origin labeling law for meat, and Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts expressed confidence that a repeal measure would be included in a year-end spending bill.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2015 - Democrats are seeking a long-term extension of wind power subsidies and reauthorization of the lapsed Land and Water Conservation Fund in return for ending the ban on oil exports.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2015 - Demographic changes in the marketplace and increasingly unpredictable weather patterns make it imperative that farmers - and the dealers who supply them - embrace a sustainable approach to farming, a former General Mills executive told an audience of several hundred at the Agricultural Retailers Association annual conference last week in Palm Desert, California.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2015 - USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) says its plan to have a new and improved Conservation Stewardship Program up and running by January has been delayed and the CSP's new features won't be fully rolled out until the beginning of 2017.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2015 - U.S. lawmakers and ag industry stakeholders were quick to respond today after the World Trade Organization authorized $1.01 billion in retaliation for damages resulting from the U.S. country-of-origin labeling law, and Canada pledged to quickly impose tariffs on U.S. exports.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2015 - A wild mallard duck shot by a hunter last month in Morrow County, Oregon, has tested positive for Eurasian H5 avian influenza. USDA has yet to determine the virus' strain, or if commercial poultry flocks are in danger.
This week's guest on Open Mic is Michel Nischan, CEO and Founder of Wholesome Wave, and an award-winning chef. The USDA announced a second amount of funding for the nonprofit to expand its healthy food initiative into areas of Connecticut and Vermont. The $500,000 was awarded through the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program, enabling SNAP program participants to buy more locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. The program means better nutrition for consumers and increased opportunities for local farmers. In this interview, Chef Nischan shares his vision for the power of food to improve personal health, his thoughts on improving diets with fresh as well as frozen vegetables, and his ideas for the future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.