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ND senator appointed to help with farm bill talks
North Dakota Republican Sen. John Hoeven has been named to a conference committee that will try and negotiate an agreement on a 2013 farm bill.
Friday, August, 02, 2013 - - News

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Republican push to slash food stamps puts farm bill in jeopardy
WASHINGTON — A plan by House leaders to cut $40 billion from the food stamp program — twice the amount of cuts proposed in a House bill that failed in June — threatens to derail efforts by the House and Senate to work together to complete a farm bill before agriculture programs expire on Sept. 30.
Friday, August, 02, 2013 - Associated Press - News

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GOP prepares bill to cut food stamps by 5 percent
House Republicans are preparing legislation that would cut food stamps by as much as $4 billion annually in an effort to downsize a program that many conservatives say has become too bloated in recent years.
Thursday, August, 01, 2013 - Associated Press - News

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Below expectations
Launched with great hopes and fanfare eight years ago, the South Dakota Certified Beef program has so far fallen short of its goal of helping farmers and ranchers sell state-branded beef as a premium product commanding higher prices.
Monday, July, 29, 2013 - Associated Press - News

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House farm bill a meager harvest
The House has finally passed a farm bill, and we’ll start our discussion by listing the legislation’s good points.
Monday, July, 29, 2013 - - Opinion

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Lucas: Farm bill conference should proceed if no House SNAP agreement by Aug. 2
With the farm bill stalled, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., says that if the House cannot reach agreement on a bill to reauthorize the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as SNAP or food stamps, before leaving on Aug. 2 for five weeks, the farm bill conference between the House and the Senate should proceed.
Friday, July, 26, 2013 - Agweek - News

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House GOP, Democrats clash over immigration
House Republicans took a tentative step toward offering citizenship to some unauthorized immigrants Tuesday, but hit an immediate wall of resistance from the White House on down as Democrats said it wasn’t enough.
Wednesday, July, 24, 2013 - Associated Press - News

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‘We are mad as hell’
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack spoke to the National Corn Growers Association in Washington, urging the group to pressure House Republicans to pass a farm bill.
Monday, July, 22, 2013 - Agweek - News

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Renewable fuels leaders praise confirmation of McCarthy as EPA administrator
Renewable fuels leaders on July 17 praised the Senate confirmation of Gina McCarthy as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, while Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said she still has reservations about EPA policy, but finds McCarthy open and willing to listen. The vote was 59-40.
Friday, July, 19, 2013 - Agweek - News

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Senate sends farm bill back to House
With a powerful assist from Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., convinced the Senate on July 18 to send the farm bill back to the House.
Friday, July, 19, 2013 - Agweek - News

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Minn. research center celebrates renewable fertilizer pilot plant
On an appropriately warm and windy summer afternoon, scientists, politicians and supporters gathered at the West Central Research and Outreach Center to dedicate the Renewable Hydrogen and Ammonia Pilot Plant, the most recent step in the WCROC's renewable energy program.
Thursday, July, 18, 2013 - Forum News Service - News

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SD senator warns he could vote ‘no’ on farm bill
As the farm bill heads into a conference committee, South Dakota’s senior senator warned that he might vote against the final version.
Thursday, July, 18, 2013 - Forum News Service - News

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Disagreement over new method for taxing SD farmland
As corn and soybean prices have soared to unprecedented heights in recent years, South Dakota farmers have made more money than ever.
Monday, July, 15, 2013 - Forum News Service - News

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Labor worries loom
From Christmas tree growers in the Appalachians to Wisconsin dairy farmers and producers of California’s diverse abundance of fruits and vegetables, agricultural leaders are pleading with Congress for an immigration bill that includes more lenient and less complex rules for hiring farm workers.
Monday, July, 15, 2013 - Associated Press - News

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Republicans to tackle cuts in food stamp program
House approval of a scaled-back farm bill is setting up what could be an even bigger fight over food stamps and the role of domestic food aid in the United States.
Friday, July, 12, 2013 - Associated Press - News

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House farm bill passage raises concern
Area farm group leaders have worked for two years on a new farm bill. They have a mixed reaction on whether legislation approved Thursday by the U.S. House is a step in the right direction.
Thursday, July, 11, 2013 - Agweek - News

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House passes farm bill without food stamps
A sharply divided U.S. House passed a farm bill 216-208 today amid complaints that it is the first time federal farm programs have become embroiled in partisan politics.
Thursday, July, 11, 2013 - Forum News Service - News

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Farm bill comes up again in House
A late Wednesday decision by the House Rules Committee sent the farm bill to the full House, first for a parliamentary debate and, if that passes, for a vote on the bill itself.
Thursday, July, 11, 2013 - Forum News Service - News

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Republicans drop food stamps from farm bill
Just hours before Thursday’s expected floor vote, it was still unclear whether GOP leaders had the 218 votes needed to pass the new measure containing only farm programs.
Thursday, July, 11, 2013 - Associated Press - News

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Divided House Republicans grapple with immigration
House Republicans on Wednesday confronted the politically volatile issue of immigration, their ranks divided and their way forward unclear even as national GOP leaders pressured them to act.
Wednesday, July, 10, 2013 - Associated Press - News

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