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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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Judge seeks input on use of unclaimed funds in Native American land discrimination suit settlement
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has set a June 29 hearing to consider what to do with $380 million in unclaimed funds generated in a discrimination case against the U.S. Department of Agriculture by Native Americans.
Friday, May, 15, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Canada says will defend dairy protection at Pacific trade talks
OTTAWA - Canada will continue to defend a system of tariffs and quotas that protect dairy farmers, a senior official said on Monday, in comments that could worry nations negotiating a Pacific trade treaty.
Monday, May, 11, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Washington gives Jordan 100,000 tons of wheat worth $25 million
AMMAN - The United States has given Jordan 100,000 tonnes of wheat as part of broader aid to help its Middle Eastern ally cushion the impact of Syrian refugees on its economy, U.S. officials said on Sunday.
Monday, May, 11, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Unhappy Canada says will negotiate Pacific deal in own interests
OTTAWA - A top Canadian official, responding to U.S. comments that Canada could be sidelined in talks on a 12-nation Pacific trade agreement, said on Thursday that Ottawa would negotiate a deal in its own best interests.
Thursday, May, 07, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Canada risks being sidelined in Pacific trade deal
ISTANBUL - Canada risks getting left behind in a 12-nation Pacific trade deal because it has been reluctant to negotiate on opening its markets, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Thursday.
Thursday, May, 07, 2015 - Reuters - 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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U.S. boosts bird flu emergency funds as Hormel cuts jobs
CHICAGO - The U.S. government approved the use of an additional $330 million in emergency funds to help contain the worst avian influenza outbreak in U.S. history, as infected bird cases soared and hundreds of Minnesota poultry workers learned they would lose their jobs.
Wednesday, May, 06, 2015 - Reuters - News

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U.S. approves $330 million for bird flu outbreak in poultry
CHICAGO - The U.S. government will tap an additional $330 million in emergency funds to cover farmer claims related to the fast-spreading bird flu outbreak and other efforts to contain the disease, U.S. Agriculture Department sources told Reuters on Tuesday.
Tuesday, May, 05, 2015 - Reuters - News

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China won’t reduce U.S. turkey ban to regions
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has asked the Chinese government to allow state or regionalized importing of U.S. turkey, rather than a blanket ban.
Monday, May, 04, 2015 - Agweek - News

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U.S. asks China to drop ban on poultry imports triggered by bird flu
WASHINGTON - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday asked China to drop a ban on imports of U.S. poultry imposed because of an outbreak of bird flu in chickens and turkeys.
Monday, April, 27, 2015 - Reuters - 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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Dispatches from DC: Ag journalism in the nation’s capital
Today, we’ll hear from numerous top national figures, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Robert Johansson, USDA chief economist, as well as top trade officials. Clint Raine of the National Corn Growers Association, will talk about the use of drones in agriculture.
Monday, April, 27, 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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U.S. pushing organic crops as demand grows
CHICAGO - The U.S. government will boost support for production of organic crops and produce this year to meet growing consumer demand and boost rural incomes, U.S. Agriculture Department Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Wednesday.
Thursday, April, 16, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Vilsack says pleased with Farm Bill sign-up, results likely in May
CHICAGO - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Wednesday he is pleased with the number of grain farmers signing up for the new five-year federal farm bill’s main crop supports, but final results will not be available for another month.
Thursday, April, 16, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Vilsack: U.S. pushing organic crops as demand grows
The U.S. government will boost support for production of organic crops and produce this year to meet growing consumer demand and boost rural incomes, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said on Wednesday.
Wednesday, April, 15, 2015 - Reuters - 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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Names released in fatal shooting at hog farm; South Dakota farmer elected chair of FCSIC; Rural Minnesota man dies in farm accident; North Dakota branding laws upheld on imports; USDA extends ARC/PLC deadline to April 7; and CSP renewal deadline is March 31.
Monday, March, 30, 2015 - - News

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USDA extends ARC/PLC deadline to April 7
Farmers have an additional week, until April 7, to choose between Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage, the two-safety programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday.
Friday, March, 27, 2015 - - News

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