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Rep. Tipton discussed how the Senate’s failure to pass H.R. 872 is unleashing regulatory blitz

Last week, during The Ag Minute, Rep. Scott Tipton discussed how the Senate’s failure to pass H.R. 872 is unleashing a...

USDA Announces Improvements to Risk Assessment and Rulemaking Process

The USDA announced in a press release that, “The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)...

Secretary Vilsack Announces Funding to Improve Access to Health Care in Rural Areas

Last week, Secretary Tom Vilsack announced funding to establish telemedicine and other health care projects to address unmet health care needs...

Smucker’s peanut butter recalled

The J.M. Smucker Company announced today that it is voluntarily recalling certain 16-ounce jars of peanut butter over concerns about salmonella...

USDA Seeks Comments on Revisions to Marketing Order for Tart Cherries

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting comments on a proposed rule to amend the federal marketing order regulating tart cherries...

USDA Announces Funding to Convert Biomass to Energy

Today, Deputy Agriculture Undersecretary for Rural Development Doug O’Brien announced that USDA is funding a series of projects to convert biomass...

California upholds recall of raw milk products

The dairy sells 2,400 gallons of raw milk a day in California and does not ship any milk products to...

Vilsack Announces Investments in International Market Development to Help Sustain Demand for American Agriculture

Today, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing in approximately 70 U.S. agricultural organizations to...

Chairman Baucus comments on Japan’s announcement to begin consultations

Monday, a news release from the Senate Finance Committee stated that, “Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) commented following Japan’s...

Klobuchar Sponsors Legislation Supporting Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

This week, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) sponsored legislation to extend, improve and strengthen programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture...

Commodity Groups Call for Balanced and Equitable Farm Bill

A new release posted at the National Cotton Council Online stated that, “Commodity groups representing cotton, rice, peanuts and grain sorghum...

USDA reports “locally grown” food a $4.8 billion business

A new U.S. Department of Agriculture report says sales of “local foods,” whether sold direct to consumers at farmers markets or...

Vilsack Announces Funding to Expand and Improve Broadband Services in Rural Areas

Yesterday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced funding for telephone utilities to build, expand and improve broadband in their rural service territories...

USDA reminds producers of disaster program deadlines

USDA reminds eligible ranchers and livestock producers who had livestock losses or grazing losses during the 2011 crop year that the...

China industry leaders take look at U.S. Cotton Belt

This month, eight Chinese cotton industry leaders visited the U.S. Cotton Belt to learn more about the U.S. cotton industry.  ...

Illegal produce imports bring $10,000 penalty for California company

The California company, Best Oriental Produce Inc. was penalized $10,000 and agreed to put control measures in place to prevent sales...

President Bush to keynote World Ag Expo Ag Warriors Benefit

Former President George W. Bush will be the keynote speaker Feb. 15, 2012 during World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif., at...

Livestock Gross Margin (LGM) Plans of Insurance

The Risk Management Agency announced that the next sales date for LGM is November 18, 2011.   According to a USDA...

USDA Proposes Improvements to Help Deliver Disaster Assistance More Quickly to Producers

Yesterday, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Bruce Nelson announced that USDA is accepting comments on a...

Comment Period Open for Proposed CAFO Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently accepting public comments on a proposed new rule which could increase the amount...