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Disaster aid signup starts April 15
Farmers and ranchers can begin signing up for disaster assistance programs on Tuesday, April 15, the U.S. Department of Department officially announced today.
Monday, April, 07, 2014 - - News

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Secretary says sugar producers' legal issues 'ill timed'
WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on April 3 he fears the legal case U.S. sugar producers have filed asking for corrective action could affect other negotiations with Mexico, but a spokesman for the sugar growers said the case is justified.
Monday, April, 07, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Hot air still flying with farm bill
Yep, the farm bill savings is — was — no savings at all.
Monday, April, 07, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Vilsack says no FSA closures this year
WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s proposal to close some Farm Service Agency offices came under attack on March 26 when he outlined his 2015 budget for the Senate Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee.
Monday, March, 31, 2014 - Agweek - News

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USDA will publish volume data, supporting, small and mid-size farms
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will begin collecting and publishing information on price and volume data on food that is sold within the locality and region in which it is produced as one of a series of efforts to expand support for small and mid-sized farmers and ranchers.
Monday, March, 17, 2014 - Agweek - News

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USDA wants ethanol available nationwide
Higher grade levels of ethanol need to be available outside the Midwest and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help make that possible, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.
Monday, March, 17, 2014 - Agweek - News

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NFU discusses 2014 priorities
SANTA FE, N.M. — The National Farmers Union will try to increase its membership and fight for the preservation of country-of-origin labeling for red meat, the Renewable Fuel Standard and fair trade agreements in 2014, NFU President Roger Johnson said during the group’s annual convention in Santa Fe, N.M., which ended March 11.
Monday, March, 17, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Black and Gold Farms acquires Dawson Farms, ND tightens requirements on swine and FUELS Act clears unnecessary regulation.
Monday, March, 17, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Renewable Fuel Standard reality check
The Renewable Fuel Standard has been so successful that the oil industry now sees ethanol as a major threat to its bottom line. Unfortunately, Annette Meeks’ opinion piece, “Ethanol mandate hurts environment,” recently published in Agweek, shamelessly parroted many of the oil industry’s false claims about ethanol and repeatedly cites skewed facts from an Associated Press story that can only be described as a “hatchet job” against the ethanol industry.
Monday, March, 17, 2014 - - News

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U.S. senators urge help for producers hit by killer pig virus
Two U.S. senators urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture to approve disaster assistance for small pork producers affected by a deadly virus that has killed more than 4 million pigs across the U.S. in the past year.
Friday, March, 14, 2014 - Reuters - News

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Heitkamp pushing ND grazing access
On the heels of a letter sent by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., to Dakota Prairie Grassland Supervisor Dennis Neitzke on March 5, the senator said she’s pushing for the U.S. Forest Service to “provide fair grazing access for parts of the Dakota Grasslands.”
Friday, March, 14, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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Ethanol mandate hurts environment
Congress has a rare opportunity to finally fix a legislative and financial fiasco: It can and should repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard once and for all. Repeal of the standard would result in a big gain for American taxpayers who have been footing the bill for higher energy and food prices — based on false promises.
Monday, March, 10, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Vilsack: Cut in funding does not undermine US meat safety
A cut in funding for the U.S. meat and poultry inspections contained in the Obama administration’s 2015 budget proposal does not mean less attention to food safety, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says.
Wednesday, March, 05, 2014 - Reuters - News

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Ag census shows stability
This week, U.S. Department of Agriculture released preliminary data from the 2012 Census of Agriculture that provides a snapshot of a rural America that remains stable in the face of difficult economic times.
Monday, March, 03, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Vilsack makes promises to ethanol industry
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in Phoenix Feb. 27 that even though Congress has said he can’t use one U.S. Department of Agriculture program to subsidize blender pumps, he will use a wide array of other programs to help the ethanol industry, as well as promote ethanol exports for the first time and express his views on the Renewable Fuel Standard to the Environmental Protection Agency and the White House.
Friday, February, 28, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Ag census shows farms are bigger, fewer, more prosperous
The Ag Census, conducted once every five years, says American farms, on average, are bigger, fewer and more prosperous. And though the number of young farmers has risen, U.S. farmers, on average, are getting even older.
Friday, February, 21, 2014 - Agweek - News

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US trade rep says TPP key to Congress agreeing to pass TPA
U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman signaled late Thursday that the Obama administration plans to convince Congress to pass trade promotion authority by negotiating such a strong Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement that members will want to give the administration the authority to finish it.
Friday, February, 21, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Implementation of farm bill livestock disaster programs to be expedited
Ranchers in the Dakotas and other areas who experienced losses from winter weather will get disaster assistance faster because President Barack Obama has directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to implement the livestock disaster programs in the farm bill within 60 days, rather than the usual six to eight months.
Friday, February, 14, 2014 - Agweek - News

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Thune: Ranchers could get blizzard payments in April
Ranchers could have checks as soon as April from farm bill disaster programs that will pay ranchers for livestock losses from the October blizzard and the 2012 drought, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said Wednesday.
Thursday, February, 13, 2014 - Forum News Service - News

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USDA working on farm bill rules, regulations
Passing a new farm bill took more than two years. Working out details, particularly ones involving livestock disaster programs, won’t take as long, says Aaron Krauter, the executive state director of the North Dakota Farm Service Agency.
Tuesday, February, 11, 2014 - Agweek - News

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