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North Dakota corporate farming bill gets do-pass recommendation
A bill that would partially lift North Dakota’s ban on non-family corporate farming to allow for corporate ownership of dairy and swine operations received a 4-2 do-pass recommendation Feb. 19 from the Senate Agriculture Committee.
Thursday, February, 19, 2015 - - News

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Pressure mounts on shippers, union to settle West Coast ports dispute
The U.S. labor secretary joined congressional leaders and three governors on Feb. 18 in pressing shipping lines and the dockworkers’ union to settle a contract dispute that has led to months of turmoil clogging cargo traffic at 29 West Coast ports.
Thursday, February, 19, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Farmers look to Legislature for expansion paths
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota farmers want state leaders to help them expand to new markets. They are ready to enter a new era of producing crops that can be made into products ranging from rope to ink, but rural legislators say some laws must change first.
Thursday, February, 19, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Minnesota lawmakers introduce another bill to thwart wild rice water rules
Northern Minnesota lawmakers have introduced a second round of legislation to roll back or thwart water-quality protections for wild rice in an effort to protect the taconite iron ore mining industry.
Wednesday, February, 18, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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In Cuba, senators see path for end to US embargo
Three U.S. Democratic senators visiting Havana said on Tuesday there could be enough Republicans who support lifting a trade embargo on Cuba to dismantle it in Congress.
Tuesday, February, 17, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Pro-GMO labeling senators plan amendment
Senators who favor the labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients hope to use the amendment process to pass a labeling measure in the Senate, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said Feb. 12.
Monday, February, 16, 2015 - Agweek - News

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US challenges China export subsidy program, USDA announces $4 million through the Water Bank Program; CHS seeks land for elevator project, USDA announces funding for renewable energy, energy efficiency and House Ag urges Budget Committee to avoid cuts to its programs.
Monday, February, 16, 2015 - - News

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Pro-GMO labeling senators plan amendment
Senators who favor the labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients hope to use the amendment process to pass a labeling measure in the Senate, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said Feb. 12.
Friday, February, 13, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Senators introduce bill to cut crop insurance
Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.; Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.; and Rep. John Duncan, R-Tenn., on Feb. 12 introduced companion bills that would eliminate subsidies for the harvest price option in the crop insurance program. Under the harvest price option, which is known in farm circle
Friday, February, 13, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Klobuchar introduces bipartisan bill to lift Cuba embargo
U.S. companies can already export food and farm equipment to Cuba, but the bill and another one that would ease travel to Cuba are of great interest to U.S. farm and agribusiness leaders because they would make it easier to export.
Friday, February, 13, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Congress passes Keystone XL bill, Obama expected to veto
The Republican-led Congress gave final passage on Wednesday to a bill to approve the long-pending Keystone XL pipeline, a measure that next goes to President Barack Obama, who has vowed to veto it. The bill passed by 270-152 in the House of Representatives, with only one Republican voting against it and 29 Democrats for it. The legislation passed in the Senate in late January.
Thursday, February, 12, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Region’s legislatures work on ag bills
Agricultural-related bills in legislatures in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota this year include funding for transportation infrastructure, state anti-corporate farming rules and water rights.
Monday, February, 09, 2015 - Agweek - News

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New Congress keeps ag at top
Last year’s passage of the 2014 farm bill was a significant step forward for South Dakota farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses, as it included critical livestock assistance and a secure crop insurance program.
Monday, February, 09, 2015 - - News

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Lawmaker says Japan, Canada must cut tariffs under trade pact
Canada and Japan must open their markets to farm imports under a Pacific trade pact, the chairman of a U.S. congressional committee responsible for trade says, adding any country that cannot meet the deal’s goals should drop out.
Friday, February, 06, 2015 - - News

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US FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to step down
Dr. Margaret Hamburg, who as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for almost six years has overseen public health initiatives ranging from tobacco control and food safety to personalized medicine and drug approvals, is stepping down, the agency said Feb. 5.
Thursday, February, 05, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Four US lawmakers begin second RFS effort
A group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers will begin their second attempt on Wednesday to introduce a bill that would reform the Renewable Fuel Standards program in the U.S., targeting an end to ethanol fuel-blending mandates.
Wednesday, February, 04, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Obama proposes creation of stand-alone US food safety agency
U.S. President Barack Obama has proposed bringing together the country’s food safety operations into one agency to better monitor food quality in a move that would reshape the Food and Drug Administration.
Tuesday, February, 03, 2015 - Reuters - News

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US lawmakers preparing Cuba telecomms, agriculture bills
U.S. lawmakers are preparing a series of bills to ease U.S. restrictions on trade with Cuba, with plans to introduce them in the Senate in the next two months, senior congressional aides say.
Tuesday, February, 03, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Bill restricting ND beehive placement gets do-not-pass
Beekeepers swarmed to the Capitol on Jan. 29 to testify against a bill that would have put a 2-mile no-hive zone around North Dakota homes, day care centers and schools, a restriction industry leaders say would have ended beekeeping in the state.
Monday, February, 02, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Obstruction of EPA detrimental
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A terrifying omnibus budget bill has passed both the House and Senate. Among its many disastrous provisions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is to be disallowed from regulating greenhouse gas emissions that are produced by farm-related activities.
Monday, February, 02, 2015 - - News

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