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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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US lawmakers propose bill to create single food safety agency
U.S. lawmakers proposed a bill on Jan. 28 that would create a single food safety agency by bringing together the oversight functions of the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture and other agencies.
Thursday, January, 29, 2015 - Reuters - News

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SDFU celebrates January farm family
Like all business owners, farmers are always crunching numbers, so the fact that John Kippley, 69, and his son, Jeff, 35, both have accounting degrees works well for the Aberdeen, S.D., farmers.
Monday, January, 26, 2015 - South Dakota Farmers Union - News

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Senate ag now controlled by Kansas
WASHINGTON — Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., will chair the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran, R-Miss., announced Jan. 21.
Monday, January, 26, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Ag committee chairman wants thorough evaluation of SNAP
WASHINGTON — House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway, R-Texas, told reporters on Jan. 22 that his plans to undertake a “full-scale review” of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program without “prejudging the outcome” could be altered if he receives budget instructions from leadership before that review is finished.
Monday, January, 26, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Slow-darkening pinto varieties available in 2017
BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota State University researchers are making progress on a naturally occurring slow-darkening gene in pinto beans, according to an edible bean organization leader.
Monday, January, 19, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Anti-corporate farming, urban ag among topics in state legislatures
FARGO, N.D. — Against a backdrop of strong livestock prices and declining crop commodity prices, state legislative agriculture committees in the area are looking for ways to help farmers and ranchers thrive.
Monday, January, 19, 2015 - Agweek - News

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US rolls out new Cuba rules on trade, travel
The U.S. rolled out a sweeping set of measures on Jan. 15 to significantly ease the half-century-old embargo against Cuba, opening up the country to expanded travel, trade and financial activities.
Thursday, January, 15, 2015 - Reuters - News

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ND lawmakers aim to provide fertilizer plant incentives
A bill introduced in the North Dakota Legislature would provide incentives to construct new fertilizer or chemical processing plants in the state. The proposal, Senate Bill 2035, would exempt sales and use taxes for materials used to construct or expand a fertilizer or chemical processing facility. That would be a boost to Northern Plains Nitrogen, a planned nitrogen fertilizer plant near Grand Forks.
Wednesday, January, 14, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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