WASHINGTON — The probability that Congress and President Barack Obama will conclude a “fiscal cliff” bill to deal with the nation’s deficit, much less include a new farm bill in it, is low, but House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said he is not worried about whether a bill is passed before next year.
Milk production continues to improve in Wisconsin, where dairy producers increased their output by 2 percent. Most of the 23 major milk-producing states in the nation showed similar gains. Two states had lower production, and Minnesota's output was unchanged at 786 million pounds.
A Minnesota farmer who distributes raw milk is due to stand trial next week for food code violations in a case that pits the government's efforts to ensure a safe food supply against consumers' rights to choose what they drink and eat.
UPDATED WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25
HANFORD, Calif. — A nondescript building in the heart of California’s dairy country has become the focus of intense scrutiny now that mad cow disease has been discovered in a dead dairy cow.
Gosia Wozniacka and Tracie Cone
April 24, 2012
WASHINGTON — Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and ranking member Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, recently released a farm bill proposal and announced that the committee will begin consideration of the bill on Wednesday.
FARGO, N.D. — Five months after a fire that gutted the headquarters building of the Shortfoot Calf Ranch near Veblen, S.D., a final South Dakota Fire Marshal’s office report shows a general location for its start but an “undecided” cause.
OMAHA, Neb. — House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., said March 4 that he will run for re-election, partly because he is not sure that Congress will finish a farm bill in 2012 and he wants to be on hand for writing it.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — First lady Michelle Obama and Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack visited an elementary school in Virginia on Jan. 25 to unveil new school meal standards. It is popular with the fruit and vegetable industries, but the potato and dairy industries were worried that it would reduce consumption of their products.
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