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US, Brazil settle cotton subsidy dispute for $300 million
The U.S. and Brazil on Wednesday agreed to end a decade-long dispute over subsidies paid to U.S. cotton growers, taking steps to soothe diplomatic relations strained by an espionage scandal.
Wednesday, October, 01, 2014 - - News

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Battling herbicide-resistant weeds
For nearly a decade, cotton growers have been battling to save crops from the ravages of glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri).
Monday, December, 16, 2013 - - News

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Vilsack speaks on farm bill issues
Everything from the “actively engaged rule” and conservation compliance to the Brazil cotton case and the new position of agriculture undersecretary for trade came up when Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack testified before the Senate Agriculture Committee May 7 on the implementation of the 2014 farm bill.
Monday, May, 12, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Nation shoulders 22 commodity check-off programs
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there now are federal commodity checkoffs for beef, blueberries, Christmas trees, cotton, dairy products, eggs, fluid milk, Hass avocados, “Honey Packers and Importers,” lamb, mango, mushrooms, paper and paper-based packaging, peanuts, popcorn, pork, potatoes, processed raspberries, softwood lumber, sorghum, soybeans and watermelons.
Monday, July, 21, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Reflections of a reluctant farm kid
Once upon a time, there was a little farm girl who longed for city life. Every day she thought, “I will never ever live on a farm, when I grow up.” She gaped with wide eyes and an open mouth the first time she entered a real shopping mall.
Monday, July, 07, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Developing countries blast rich-world farm subsidies at Rome talks
Wealthy countries are still subsidizing their farmers at the expense of developing nations, undermining market access for some of the world’s poorest producers, two farm ministers told a Food and Agriculture Organization meeting on Monday.
Monday, October, 06, 2014 - Thomson Reuters Foundation - News

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Payments undermine market access
ROME — Wealthy countries are still subsidizing their farmers at the expense of developing nations, undermining market access for some of the world’s poorest producers, two farm ministers told a Food and Agriculture Organization meeting on Oct. 6.
Monday, October, 13, 2014 - Thomson Reuters Foundation - News

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China GMO research funding dipped 80 percent
BEIJING — Chinese research funding into genetically modified organisms (GMO) has fallen by 80 percent in the past four years, according to a member of a parliamentary advisory body, as Beijing faces public unease over a technology it has been promoting to boost food security.
Monday, March, 17, 2014 - Reuters - News

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Growth of biotech crops plateaus
The growth of biotech crops in the U.S. appears to have hit a plateau, but farmers are accelerating plantings in Asia, although it still remains a much smaller market, according to an industry report issued Feb.13.
Monday, February, 17, 2014 - Reuters - News

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China to crack down on price fixing
China’s pricing regulator says it will crack down on price manipulation in agricultural products to help protect low-income citizens, widening its probe on antitrust violations that has targeted some well-known global firms.
Monday, December, 23, 2013 - - News

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Beast of a weed
Palmer amaranth is creeping across the Midwest from the South.
Monday, November, 04, 2013 - Associated Press - News

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Australia trims 2014 to '15 wheat crop forecast as El Nino looms
Australia lowered its forecast for 2014-15 wheat production by nearly 1 percent as dry weather curbs yields, and the world’s third-largest wheat exporter warned output could fall further if an El Nino weather pattern forms.
Wednesday, June, 11, 2014 - - News

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Agriculture Act of 2014: Commodities Title
The Agriculture Act of 2014 is divided into 12 titles covering commodities, conservation, trade, nutrition, credit, rural development, research, forestry, energy, horticulture, crop insurance and miscellaneous. In this column, we take a look at some of the elements of Title I — Commodities. Beginning with the 1996 farm bill, crop farmers have been provided with — in one form or other — direct payments based on historical yields and acreage.
Monday, March, 10, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Report: Big payoff from GM crops
Genetically modified crops benefit both farmers’ finances and the environment, according to a report released today.
Tuesday, May, 06, 2014 - - News

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China to spend more on farm subsidies
BEIJING — China will increase its 2014 budget for farming subsidies by 10 percent from last year’s 1.6 trillion yuan ($261.09 billion), a top government official says, even as critics argue that subsidies play a limited role in boosting food production.
Monday, March, 17, 2014 - - News

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Insurance and the farm bill
Though members of Congress often have every intention of enacting a new farm bill well before farmers have to make planting decisions, so farmers can take the new policies into consideration in their planning process, very often planting is under way before the legislation is completed and signed into law by the President. This farm bill year is no different.
Monday, May, 19, 2014 - Agweek - News

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China set to bar more US corn as GM ban drags on
China is set to keep rejecting U.S. corn shipments containing an unapproved genetically modified strain at least until the end of March, shrugging off pressure from Washington to swiftly approve the variety developed by crop chemicals giant Syngenta AG.
Friday, January, 24, 2014 - Reuters - News

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USDA chief economist says farm bill will affect income, not plantings
The U.S. Department of Agriculture increased its estimate of U.S. agricultural exports to $142.6 billion for fiscal 2014, up $5.6 billion from November’s estimate and $1.5 billion higher than the previous record level in fiscal year 2013.
Friday, February, 21, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Vilsack proud of farm bill implementation
WASHINGTON — As the six-month anniversary of the farm bill approached, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told reporters on Aug. 6 that he is proud of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s record on implementation, but noted that farmers will not be able to update their actual production history records until the 2016 crop year.
Monday, August, 11, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Caterpillar threatens Brazilian breadbasket
Brazilian farmers are battling a voracious caterpillar that likely arrived from Asia, challenging the agricultural superpower’s widely touted mastery of tropical farming, just as it is on the verge of becoming the world’s top soybean producer.
Monday, March, 10, 2014 - Reuters - News

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