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Action on ag appropriations postponed
The House of Representatives has postponed action on the fiscal year 2015 Agriculture appropriations bill until the week of June 23, but the Senate plans to take up its version of the bill this week.
Monday, June, 16, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Australia trims 2014 to '15 wheat crop forecast as El Nino looms
Australia lowered its forecast for 2014-15 wheat production by nearly 1 percent as dry weather curbs yields, and the world’s third-largest wheat exporter warned output could fall further if an El Nino weather pattern forms.
Wednesday, June, 11, 2014 - - News

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Insurance and the farm bill
Though members of Congress often have every intention of enacting a new farm bill well before farmers have to make planting decisions, so farmers can take the new policies into consideration in their planning process, very often planting is under way before the legislation is completed and signed into law by the President. This farm bill year is no different.
Monday, May, 19, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Small farms, big roles
The Census of Agriculture shows, for the most part, farms are becoming bigger and fewer. But the census also shows farms still vary in size: Small ones are growing in number and those of modest size continue to play a huge role. Agweek kicks off a series profiling small farms operated by people whose main sources of income are off-farm jobs.
Monday, May, 19, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Vilsack speaks on farm bill issues
Everything from the “actively engaged rule” and conservation compliance to the Brazil cotton case and the new position of agriculture undersecretary for trade came up when Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack testified before the Senate Agriculture Committee May 7 on the implementation of the 2014 farm bill.
Monday, May, 12, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Report: Big payoff from GM crops
Genetically modified crops benefit both farmers’ finances and the environment, according to a report released today.
Tuesday, May, 06, 2014 - - News

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US dairy insurance plan a template for reluctant livestock farmers
A plan in the new U.S. farm law to help dairy farmers limit losses from rising feed costs or falling milk prices could become a model in coming years for livestock producers who have resisted similar types of insurance.
Tuesday, April, 22, 2014 - - News

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China GMO research funding dipped 80 percent
BEIJING — Chinese research funding into genetically modified organisms (GMO) has fallen by 80 percent in the past four years, according to a member of a parliamentary advisory body, as Beijing faces public unease over a technology it has been promoting to boost food security.
Monday, March, 17, 2014 - Reuters - News

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China to spend more on farm subsidies
BEIJING — China will increase its 2014 budget for farming subsidies by 10 percent from last year’s 1.6 trillion yuan ($261.09 billion), a top government official says, even as critics argue that subsidies play a limited role in boosting food production.
Monday, March, 17, 2014 - - News

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Agriculture Act of 2014: Commodities Title
The Agriculture Act of 2014 is divided into 12 titles covering commodities, conservation, trade, nutrition, credit, rural development, research, forestry, energy, horticulture, crop insurance and miscellaneous. In this column, we take a look at some of the elements of Title I — Commodities. Beginning with the 1996 farm bill, crop farmers have been provided with — in one form or other — direct payments based on historical yields and acreage.
Monday, March, 10, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Caterpillar threatens Brazilian breadbasket
Brazilian farmers are battling a voracious caterpillar that likely arrived from Asia, challenging the agricultural superpower’s widely touted mastery of tropical farming, just as it is on the verge of becoming the world’s top soybean producer.
Monday, March, 10, 2014 - Reuters - News

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Average farm prices up from January, down from 2013
The February All Farm Products Index is 106 percent of its 2011 base, up 7.1 percent from the January index but 2.8 percent below the February 2013 index.
Monday, March, 03, 2014 - - News

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China’s approval process for GMO grains ‘overly political’ - AmCham
China’s approval process for GMO grains has become “overly political,” “unpredictable and nontransparent,” an American industry group said on Thursday, in the strongest criticism of Beijing’s biotech policy since China began rejecting thousands of metric tons of genetically modified corn last year.
Thursday, February, 27, 2014 - - News

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USDA report: US GMO crops show benefits, concerns
After more than 15 years of using genetically modified crops, U.S. farmers are continuing to see an array of benefits, but the impacts on the environment and on food production are mixed, and high farmer use of a popular herbicide on GMO crops is a cause for ongoing concern, according to a report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Monday, February, 24, 2014 - Reuters - News

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Farm bill to affect income, not plantings
The U.S. Department of Agriculture increased its estimate of U.S. agricultural exports to $142.6 billion for fiscal 2014, up $5.6 billion from November’s estimate and $1.5 billion higher than the previous record level in fiscal year 2013.
Monday, February, 24, 2014 - Agweek - News

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USDA chief economist says farm bill will affect income, not plantings
The U.S. Department of Agriculture increased its estimate of U.S. agricultural exports to $142.6 billion for fiscal 2014, up $5.6 billion from November’s estimate and $1.5 billion higher than the previous record level in fiscal year 2013.
Friday, February, 21, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Growth of biotech crops plateaus
The growth of biotech crops in the U.S. appears to have hit a plateau, but farmers are accelerating plantings in Asia, although it still remains a much smaller market, according to an industry report issued Feb.13.
Monday, February, 17, 2014 - Reuters - News

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China set to bar more US corn as GM ban drags on
China is set to keep rejecting U.S. corn shipments containing an unapproved genetically modified strain at least until the end of March, shrugging off pressure from Washington to swiftly approve the variety developed by crop chemicals giant Syngenta AG.
Friday, January, 24, 2014 - Reuters - News

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Monsanto profit beats expectations; shares rise
Monsanto Co, the world’s largest seed company, reported higher-than-expected quarterly earnings on Jan. 8 as a rise in herbicide sales offset a decline in its corn business.
Wednesday, January, 08, 2014 - Reuters - News

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Traders squeezed in India
Farmers such as 68-year-old Ghanshyam Gokale are quietly shaking up agricultural commodity trading in India, forcing the likes of top soybean processor Ruchi Soya to shift its business model away from futures contracts and toward the spot market.
Monday, January, 06, 2014 - Reuters - News

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