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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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Bipartisan group dedicated to normalizing relations
WASHINGTON — Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., have emerged as leaders of a bipartisan coalition to support President Barack Obama’s policy of normalizing relations with Cuba, which would allow more U.S. agricultural exports to be sold to the island nation.
Monday, January, 12, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Roberts confirmed as ag committee chair
WASHINGTON — Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., was confirmed as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee on Jan. 9, and becomes the first person to have chaired both the House and Senate Agriculture committees in modern times.
Monday, January, 12, 2015 - Special to Agweek - News

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Cramer, Klobuchar lead Cuba coalition
Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., have emerged as leaders of a bipartisan coalition to support President Barack Obama’s policy of normalizing relations with Cuba, which would allow more U.S. agricultural exports to be sold to the island nation.
Friday, January, 09, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Slow single-car service means higher interest costs
LEEDS, N.D. — Brian Engstrom is happy to report rail service for his dry edible bean processing plant is better today than it was two months ago.
Monday, January, 05, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Used agriculture equipment values bouncing back
MOORHEAD, Minn. — An auction is a snapshot of how people are feeling, said Greg Peterson, known as Machinery Pete, who has been tracking auction prices on farm and construction equipment since 1989.
Monday, January, 05, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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