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Traci Eatherton, WLJ Correspondent

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Aug 10, 2012
According to Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, this year, farmers markets saw a 9.6 percent increase. USDA’s directory, a database published online at farmersmarkets.usda. gov, lists 7,864 farmers markets operating throughout the U.S.
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Aug 10, 2012
For example, in 2009, Obama’s Energy Department awarded $535 million to solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra, which went bankrupt last year. But despite President Barack Obama’s support for several failed solar companies, his administration continues to support new creative energy initiatives—including making energy out of manure.
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Jul 27, 2012
USDA was under fire last week from both ranchers and politicians on Capitol Hill after encouraging employees to go vegetarian one day a week to improve both their health and the climate. While the department retracted the statement, claiming it was unauthorized, some believe the damage was already done with a little help from social media.
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Jun 29, 2012
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released its latest monthly Cattle on Feed (COF) report on June 22. Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the U.S. for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.1 million head on June 1, 2012.
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Jun 22, 2012
President Barack Obama’s administration, along with eight other countries, last Monday formally invited Mexico to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations. In addition to the U.S., the current TPP countries are Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.
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