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Opinion: Consumers want to make informed food choices
Laws requiring the labeling of foods produced from genetically modified crops have been adopted by Vermont and Connecticut and a referendum in Oregon was narrowly defeated.
Friday, May, 22, 2015 - - News

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Action plan to save U.S. pollinators released, includes federal task force
The plan is a result of a 2014 presidential memorandum that recognized the increase in pollinator losses in recent years, made the health of honeybees and other pollinators a presidential-level concern and set up a task force of many federal agencies to develop a government-wide strategy to reduce their losses.
Thursday, May, 21, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Organic checkoff proposed
The Organic Trade Association on May 12 formally petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture to begin the process of setting up an organic checkoff that it said would collect money for research and promotion to allow the industry to grow and clear up consumer confusion about organic products.
Monday, May, 18, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Biofuels leaders ask for meeting with Obama
Citing a study showing the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed volumetric requirements for renewable fuels and the agency’s delays in releasing them have frozen about $13.7 billion, leaders of the renewable fuels industry asked President Barack Obama for a meeting.
Friday, May, 08, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Bill would roll back whole grain, sodium requirements for kids
Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Angus King, an independent from Maine who caucuses with the Democrats, on May 2, introduced a bill that would roll back some of the whole grains and sodium reduction requirements under the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.
Friday, May, 08, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Officials apologize to grain industry for lack of action in Port of Vancouver labor dispute
At a May 5 hearing on the reauthorization of the Grain Standards Act, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and grain industry officials were unusually critical of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s performance last summer when it refused to step in and provide export grain inspection services for 36 days during a labor dispute in the Port of Vancouver.
Thursday, May, 07, 2015 - - News

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Peterson's price for TPA vote: Canada deal
House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said April 28 his decision on whether to vote for trade promotion authority will depend on whether U.S. trade negotiators achieve a deal with Canada to reform its dairy supply management system and provide market access for U.S. dairy producers.
Monday, May, 04, 2015 - Special to Agweek - News

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Committees pass TPA
The House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee last week passed bills granting President Barack Obama trade promotion authority. 
Wednesday, April, 29, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Tester criticizes land-grant colleges on organics
As attendees at the Organic Trade Association luncheon April 15 ate a salad with bulgur wheat from his organic farm, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., the only organic farmer in the Senate, said advocates would have to work hard to achieve labeling of genetically modified foods, and more farmers would transition to organic operations if the land-grant colleges paid more attention to organics.
Monday, April, 27, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Heitkamp introduces legislation to lift ban on credit to Cuba
WASHINGTON — After a major hearing on U.S. agricultural trade with Cuba, Sen. Heidi Heikamp, D-N.D., on April 22 introduced a bill to lift the ban on private banks and companies from offering credit for agricultural exports to Cuba.
Monday, April, 27, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Heitkamp introduces bill to allow credit for ag exports to Cuba
After a major hearing on U.S. agricultural trade with Cuba, Sen. Heidi Heikamp, D-N.D., on April 22 introduced a bill to lift the ban on private banks and companies from offering credit for agricultural exports to Cuba.
Wednesday, April, 22, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Tester calls for GMO labeling
As attendees at the Organic Trade Association luncheon April 15 ate a salad with bulgur wheat from his organic farm, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., the only organic farmer in the Senate, said advocates would have to work hard to achieve labeling of genetically modified foods, and that more farmers would transition to organic operations if the land-grant colleges paid more attention to organics.
Tuesday, April, 21, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Bill to grant Obama TPA released
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Finance ranking member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., released the long-awaited bill to grant President Barack Obama trade promotion authority (TPA) on April 16, but it is still unclear whether that legislation will pass Congress.
Friday, April, 17, 2015 - Agweek - News

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EPA says proposed RFS requirements will be released by June 1, finalized by Nov. 30
The Environmental Protection Agency today announced plans to release the proposed volumetric requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2015 by June 1, and the final requirements for 2014 and 2015 by Nov, 30.
Friday, April, 10, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Stewards of the land: Corporations or people?
Almost all our clients are farmers and ranchers. Although I often complain about how busy I am, I also recognize that some of the busiest people I have met are the farmers and ranchers who produce our food, and take care of their land.
Thursday, April, 02, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Co-ops worry about USDA reorganization
Co-op leaders are worried the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be reorganizing its division that collects statistics and does research on co-ops. They’re concerned the changes could lead to a decline in services for co-ops that USDA has provided since the Cooperative Marketing Act was passed in 1926.
Monday, March, 30, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Grandin: Animals should be bred for disease resistance
WICHITA, Kan. — Reacting to the scandal surrounding the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Nebraska, meat industry consultant Temple Grandin on March 16 at the National Farmers Union convention said meat animals should be bred for “optimal rather than maximum” production.
Friday, March, 27, 2015 - Agweek - News

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USDA releases ‘actively engaged’ farmer rule
The U.S. Department of agriculture has released the proposed rule to limit the farm payments made to non-farmers, as required in the 2014 farm bill.
Tuesday, March, 24, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Senate, House pass budgets
WASHINGTON — The House and Senate Budget committees released and passed budgets that could lead to cuts in spending on farm programs, but the two budgets were different, leading to questions of whether they ever will become government policy.
Tuesday, March, 24, 2015 - Agweek - News

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McCarthy promises RFS this spring
WICHITA, Kan. — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy told the National Farmers Union on March 16 she is renaming the Waters of the United States rule “the Clean Water Rule” and promised to release both it and the volumetric requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard this spring.
Monday, March, 23, 2015 - Agweek - News

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