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House OKs first part of turkey flu fiscal aid
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota House Wednesday night approved the first installment of funding to fight bird flu that is killing poultry across the state in a vote that paves the way for state money to soon start flowing in the battle. The bill, which passed unanimously, would provide $379,000 for the Board of Animal Health and $514,000 for the state Agriculture Department. Senators are expected to approve it soon.
Thursday, April, 30, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Committees pass TPA
The House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee last week passed bills granting President Barack Obama trade promotion authority. 
Wednesday, April, 29, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Pacific trade deal excites, worries Minnesota business
The U.S. Senate could vote this week to give President Obama authority to finish negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal between 12 countries that border the Pacific Ocean.
Wednesday, April, 29, 2015 - - News

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Bill provides funding to respond to bird flu
As many of you know, Minnesota is the nation’s largest turkey producer, and 26 of the state’s turkey farms have been devastated by H5N2, the avian influenza virus.
Tuesday, April, 28, 2015 - - Opinion

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Tester criticizes land-grant colleges on organics
As attendees at the Organic Trade Association luncheon April 15 ate a salad with bulgur wheat from his organic farm, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., the only organic farmer in the Senate, said advocates would have to work hard to achieve labeling of genetically modified foods, and more farmers would transition to organic operations if the land-grant colleges paid more attention to organics.
Monday, April, 27, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Heitkamp introduces legislation to lift ban on credit to Cuba
WASHINGTON — After a major hearing on U.S. agricultural trade with Cuba, Sen. Heidi Heikamp, D-N.D., on April 22 introduced a bill to lift the ban on private banks and companies from offering credit for agricultural exports to Cuba.
Monday, April, 27, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Avian Flu public forum at 3 p.m. Saturday in Willmar with Dayton, other lawmakers
WILLMAR, Minn. –– The avian influenza, which continues to steamroll through commercial turkey farms in Kandiyohi County, is getting the attention of the state’s top lawmakers who will hold a public forum at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Minnwest Technology Campus in Willmar.
Friday, April, 24, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Heitkamp introduces bill to allow credit for ag exports to Cuba
After a major hearing on U.S. agricultural trade with Cuba, Sen. Heidi Heikamp, D-N.D., on April 22 introduced a bill to lift the ban on private banks and companies from offering credit for agricultural exports to Cuba.
Wednesday, April, 22, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Minnesota bird flu funding heads to negotiations
A provision Democratic senators added to avian flu funding legislation resulted in House Republicans rejecting it and forcing negotiations to resolve the differences.
Wednesday, April, 22, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Tester calls for GMO labeling
As attendees at the Organic Trade Association luncheon April 15 ate a salad with bulgur wheat from his organic farm, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., the only organic farmer in the Senate, said advocates would have to work hard to achieve labeling of genetically modified foods, and that more farmers would transition to organic operations if the land-grant colleges paid more attention to organics.
Tuesday, April, 21, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Bill to grant Obama TPA released
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Finance ranking member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., released the long-awaited bill to grant President Barack Obama trade promotion authority (TPA) on April 16, but it is still unclear whether that legislation will pass Congress.
Friday, April, 17, 2015 - Agweek - News

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U.S. House passes estate tax repeal despite veto threat
WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday ignored a White House veto threat and passed legislation to repeal the estate tax that hits inherited assets worth $5.4 million or more.
Thursday, April, 16, 2015 - Reuters - News

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U.S. senators introduce fast-track trade bill
WASHINGTON - U.S. lawmakers on Thursday introduced a bipartisan bill in the Senate and House of Representatives to streamline the passage of trade deals through Congress.
Thursday, April, 16, 2015 - Reuters - News

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Minnesota farmers and businesses would get GOP tax breaks
Farmers and businesses would receive at least a quarter of the $2 billion of tax cuts Minnesota House Republican propose. A GOP bill discussed April 15 in the House Property Tax and Local Government Finance Division would phase out a statewide property tax on businesses, saving $453 million in the next two-year budget. A credit giving farmland owners refunds would add $49 million to the tax-break total.
Thursday, April, 16, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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ND Legislature passes bill to fund ag litigation against federal environmental regulations
The North Dakota Legislature has passed the agricultural piece of a two-part legislative effort, designed to create a fund to help legally protect the state's two largest industries -- agriculture and energy -- from federal environmental regulations.
Wednesday, April, 15, 2015 - Agweek - News

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Minnesota lawmakers to increase funding to fight bird flu
Minnesota legislators are reacting to avian flu by providing money for state agencies to attack the spreading outbreak.
Wednesday, April, 15, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Minnesota senator worries hemp would lead to legal marijuana
If Minnesota approves limited industrial hemp growth, a state senator with a long-time law enforcement background fears recreational marijuana use will be close behind.
Thursday, April, 09, 2015 - Forum News Service - News

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Use Legacy cash to pay farmers for buffer zones, Bakk suggests
Minnesota Senate Majority leader Tom Bakk suggested Tuesday that state Legacy Amendment funds could be used to pay farmers cash to make it more palatable to enact a clean-water proposal by Gov. Mark Dayton.
Wednesday, April, 08, 2015 - St. Paul Pioneer Press - News

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States ask U.S. Congress to launch inquiry of herbal supplements
NEW YORK - A group of 14 state attorneys general on Thursday asked the U.S. Congress to investigate the herbal supplements industry after a New York probe of the products turned up ingredients that were not listed on labels and raised safety concerns.
Tuesday, April, 07, 2015 - Reuters - News

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North Dakota lawmakers have approved a bill doubling the $1-per-head beef checkoff on cattle sold in the state, a Minnesota chicken processor is expanding and Minnesota has confirmed a fourth case of bird flu. South Dakota and Montana also confirmed cases of the virus.
Monday, April, 06, 2015 - Agweek - News

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