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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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Jun 21, 2013
The White House statement of policy on the House version of the farm bill said the administration strongly opposes cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and would rather see cuts to crop insurance programs.
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Jun 21, 2013
In the Senate, Sen. John Thune, R-SD, and Senate Finance Committee ranking member Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, are spearheading the effort to permanently eliminate the tax. Thune cited the effect of the tax on farmers and ranchers in his state, where land values have increased dramatically in recent years.
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May 17, 2013
Unlike the Senate Agriculture Committee—which cleared its entire bill in three and a half hours—the House Agriculture Committee’s markup on Wednesday was setting up to be a much longer affair, even though the lion’s share of the legislation is the same as last year.
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May 3, 2013
EWG released a report last Wednesday from Iowa State University Agricultural Economics Professor Bruce Babcock analyzing the high costs of crop insurance. The report largely focused on the farmer shift to buying Revenue Protection policies that protect against losses due to both low prices and low yields.
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Apr 5, 2013
Kansas farmer and rancher Steve Irsik, a member of the 25x’25 adaptation committee, said he believes he began to see subtle changes in the weather about a decade ago when it began to get drier where he lives in southwest Kansas. Once-rare events are expected to become more common because of more volatile weather patterns as global temperatures rise.
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Mar 22, 2013
“In production agriculture, a carbon tax is very simply a farmer tax,” said Ford West, president of the Fertilizer Institute. “Farmers will bear the brunt of a carbon tax through increased input costs, increased cost of fuel on the farm, increased cost of transportation and getting their product into the market in a global environment.
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Mar 1, 2013
While the Obama administration and others see great potential in spurring more exports to Europe through a new possible freetrade agreement, U.S. agriculture will be hard-pressed to see big gains unless Europe agrees to dramatically change its regulatory mindset.


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