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Jan 23, 2015
An upbeat president suggested recent economic optimism coming over the country goes beyond simply an improving economy. The country is riding a wave of lower unemployment coupled with lower gas prices, prompting both the White House and congressional leaders to claim credit for the economy.
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Jan 23, 2015
An upbeat president suggested recent economic optimism coming over the country goes beyond simply an improving economy. The country is riding a wave of lower unemployment coupled with lower gas prices, prompting both the White House and congressional leaders to claim credit for the economy.
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Dec 29, 2014
Vilsack, in a phone interview with DTN earlier this month, expressed his frustration with some of the policy riders in the $1.1 trillion funding bill Congress approved. The policy restrictions ranged from blocking the secretary from creating a new beef checkoff to preventing the Farm Service Agency from eliminating its smallest offices nationally.
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Dec 29, 2014
In a phone interview, Vilsack said USDA won’t pursue efforts to create another checkoff under the 1996 commodity promotion law. A policy rider in the recently passed and signed federal appropriations bill prevents USDA from continuing to write a rule for the plan during this fiscal year.
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Dec 12, 2014
A British author and environmentalist, Lynas gained his reputation in the 1990s as a leader in European campaigns against genetically engineered crops. He helped build resistance to GMOs that remains entrenched in Europe today. There are online videos of Lynas throwing a pie at an author who wrote an environmental book Lynas and others opposed.
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Oct 3, 2014
Beef demand has been a pleasant surprise so far this year. Wholesale and retail beef prices have increased fast enough to maintain decent margins for beef packers and allow feedlots profitability for the first three quarters of the year.
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May 9, 2014
Soil conservation practices will become more critical as weather volatility increases with higher temperatures and rising atmospheric carbon-dioxide levels, said one of the lead authors of the agriculture chapter in the National Climate Assessment released last Tuesday.
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Mar 7, 2014
The six states are suing the attorney general and agriculture secretary of California, arguing the Golden State is violating the Commerce Clause of the Constitution with a state statute imposing hen layer space requirements for all eggs sold in California.
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Nov 22, 2013
The House and Senate began conference talks last Wednesday to reauthorize the Water Resources Development Act. The bill provides authorization for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build, upgrade or repair sea ports, locks and dams in major rivers, wetland projects and other major water infrastructure needs.
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Nov 15, 2013
Farmers currently don’t expect lower prices to be the trend. A farm survey in March asked farmers what they expect for corn prices over the next five years. Most farmers expected the average cash price to be slightly higher than $5 per bushel. Producers saw a 10 percent chance of $7 corn.
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Oct 25, 2013
The Water Resources Development Act, or WRDA, tells the Army Corps of Engineers how to spend its money on mandatory programs. Over the past decade, the Corps has spent an average of $5 billion annually on waterway construction projects based on WRDA authorization.
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Oct 18, 2013
The World Food Prize, which touts itself as the Nobel Prize of agriculture, is honoring work in biotechnology with a three-person award this year to Robb Fraley, executive vice president for Monsanto Co.
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Oct 18, 2013
Schumacher is co-founder of Wholesome Wave, a Connecticut-based group that develops programs to help provide more fruits and vegetables in underserved communities. Schumacher’s work on Wholesome Wave’s doublevalue program helped him win a James Beard Foundation visionary award last month for helping create a healthier food supply.
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Sep 13, 2013
The House of Representatives could hold a floor debate this week on a bill that would cut nutrition programs by as much as $40 billion over 10 years. The cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are 10 times the level passed in the Senate earlier this year.


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