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Vilsack says he urged Buffett to ready BNSF for record crops
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack met with Warren Buffett last week to urge the billionaire investor to make sure his BNSF railroad is ready for an expected record corn and soy harvest this year.
Wednesday, September, 17, 2014 - - News

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Rep. Peterson expects funding resolution, as conflict resumes over ag appropriations
Congress has not passed any appropriations bill funding individual agencies for the 2015 fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. The Agriculture appropriations bill is mired in conflicts over whether the healthier meals rules for the school lunch and breakfast programs should be changed.
Friday, September, 05, 2014 - Agweek - News

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New FSA administrator will implement PLC, ARC
WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told Agweek on Aug. 25 he has named Val Dolcini the new administrator of the Farm Service Agency, the division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that distributes farm subsidies and disaster payments.
Tuesday, September, 02, 2014 - Agweek - News

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New program included in 2014 farm bill
WASHINGTON — Dairy farmers can start signing up for the new dairy Margin Protection Program for 2014 and 2015 on Sept. 2, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Aug. 28.
Tuesday, September, 02, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Beef groups differ on check-off revamp
The three-year attempt to make recommendations to Congress to revamp the Beef Checkoff program might be in trouble.
Monday, August, 18, 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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Poultry inspection rule won't increase line speed
WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on July 31 announced a new long-awaited poultry inspection rule that will require companies to conduct microbiological tests for patho-gens that cannot be seen by the naked the eye, and will remove federal inspectors from the beginning of lines. But the rule will not increase the speed at which young chickens can whiz by the inspectors.
Monday, August, 04, 2014 - Agweek - News

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US CDC says salmonella outbreak from Foster Farms’ chicken appears over
A salmonella outbreak linked to California-based poultry producer Foster Farms’ contaminated chicken appears to be over, more than 17 months after it began, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday.
Friday, August, 01, 2014 - Reuters - News

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US reforms poultry inspections to boost food safety
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Thursday reforms to decades-old processes for inspecting poultry facilities in a bid to cut down on the number of foodborne illnesses, but dropped an industry-backed plan to speed up production.
Friday, August, 01, 2014 - Reuters - News

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Poultry rule would shift inspection responsibilities
A coalition of consumer groups has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of Management and Budget to release the latest version of a rule to change poultry inspection and open a new comment period.
Monday, July, 21, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Montana hail insurance deadline approaches, Hoeven asks the Senate to eliminate the Waters of the U.S. rule and USDA provides an update on disaster assistance.
Monday, July, 14, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Renewing the commitment to conservation
The valley is one of the most productive breadbaskets of the world and home to critical habitat for wildlife and migratory birds, as well as millions of people living in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Monday, July, 14, 2014 - Agweek - News

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USDA provides 12-week progress update on disaster assistance
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack provided a 12-week progress report on U.S. Department of Agriculture disaster assistance programs July 10, announcing that USDA has processed 106,000 payments to farmers in 40 states across the country who suffered livestock and grazing losses between October 2011 and passage of the 2014 farm bill.
Thursday, July, 10, 2014 - - News

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Hoeven calls for Senate to eliminate Waters of the US rule
In a speech on the Senate floor, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., called on the Senate to stand up for farmers and ranchers and vote on an amendment he is cosponsoring that prevents the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing their proposed Waters of the U.S. rule.
Thursday, July, 10, 2014 - - News

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Barcode system could be used for GMOs
ASPEN, Colo. — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he has been so impressed by Nestlé’s barcode labeling system that he believes putting information about genetically modified ingredients in the same manner on food labels could resolve the issue of labeling foods that contain GMO ingredients.
Monday, July, 07, 2014 - Agweek - News

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$50 million announced to mitigate RRV flooding
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced July 2 that up to $50 million is available over five years to the Red River Valley of eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota to help mitigate flooding through a new regional conservation program.
Thursday, July, 03, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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USDA announces funding for honeybee habitats
The U.S. Department of Agriculture on June 20 announced $8 million in Conservation Reserve Program incentives for Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin farmers and ranchers who establish new habitats for declining honeybee populations.
Monday, June, 23, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Ag bill set aside in Senate and House
WASHINGTON — The Agriculture appropriations bill for the 2015 fiscal year, beginning Oct. 1, is now bogged down in both the Senate and the House.
Monday, June, 23, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Trade deal with EU suffers from prohibited products
A planned trade deal between the European Union and the U.S. needs to sweep away “nonscientific barriers” that prevent U.S. farmers from selling many genetically modified (GM) crops and some chemically treated meats in Europe, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says.
Monday, June, 23, 2014 - Reuters - News

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Farm bill enables collaboration on conservation
Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture launched the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, a new farm bill effort that will expand partnerships and boost investments in clean water, soil and wildlife conservation projects.
Monday, June, 23, 2014 - Agweek - News

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