WASHINGTON — The Agriculture Department Inspector General is close to finishing a two-year investigation of the soybean research and promotion program that has split the industry and involves charges of a knife fight, sexual harassment and misspending, according to a spokesman for the Inspector General.
WASHINGTON — The United States and Brazil reached agreement on April 6 for a negotiated settlement in the longstanding dispute over cotton in the World Trade Organization. The settlement will avoid Brazil imposing up to $820 million in retaliatory measures on U.S. products and eventually may allow Brazil to export more pork and beef to the United States.
WASHINGTON — President Obama and Michelle Obama turned the April 5 White House Easter Egg Roll into part of their childhood anti-obesity campaign while anti-hunger and nutrition advocates continue their campaign to boost the increase in funding for school meals programs above the $4.5 billion in 10 years that the Senate Agriculture Committee provided in the in child nutrition reauthorization bill it passed March 24.
The wheat markets put in a decent week this for the week of April 8, gaining 14- to 15-cents in the front months. Most of the strength was because of technical recovery as wheat really had nowhere to go but up, especially after Chicago traded to seven straight new lows.
The next two to five years probably will prove to be just as interesting for U.S. farmers as the past five have been. Of the world’s six largest economies, three have budget deficits — Great Britain, the United States and Japan. Great Britain has the worst deficit at 14.5 percent of the gross domestic product in 2009.
WASHINGTON — Major farm groups are praising President Obama’s March 27 decision to appoint Michael Punke, a former aide to Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., as deputy U.S. trade representative and head of the Trade Representative’s Geneva office and two other officials whose nominations had been held up in the Senate.
WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who is traveling to Japan April 5 to 9 to Japan, says he hopes to make progress on expanding beef exports to Japan by listening to the Japanese more than Bush administration negotiators did.
FLOODWOOD, Minn. — Steve Traeger drives the 200-horsepower, all-wheel-drive tractor into a wall of willow and alder.
Brush and small trees bend and snap, and the BioBaler towed behind the tractor chews it up and packs it tightly into half-ton bales as if it were hay.
PRESTON, Minn. — When Dean and Lisa Erickson’s children started to leave the nest, the rural Preston, Minn., couple decided they needed a hobby.
Dean’s background in farming led him to want to grow something.
AMSTERDAM — Within a decade, passenger planes will be flying on jet fuel largely made from plants — flax, marsh grass, even food waste — as airlines seek to break away from the volatile oil market and do their part to fight climate change, aviation experts say.
RICHMOND, Va. — Some researchers say an age-old cash crop long the focus of public health debate could be used to help solve the nation’s energy crisis, by genetically modifying the tobacco leaf for use as a biofuel.
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