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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...

Vilsack Announces Economic Development Funding to Create Jobs, Economic Opportunity and Strengthen Rural Communities

Yesterday, Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the selection of 35 rural microdevelopment organizations for loans and grants to support rural business...

Statement from Agriculture Secretary on Record Growth of U.S. Agriculture Exports

Today, in a press release, Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement after USDA released its final tally for agricultural...

Christmas tree tax will be sidelined after uproar

The Obama administration has decided to delay implementation of the fee that would have allowed the Christmas tree industry to create...

FDA Denies Citizen Petitions on Animal Antibiotics

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) denied two citizen petitions that asked the Agency to ban certain uses...

George Washington University Seminar on Food

The George Washington University Seminar on Food will take place November 21, 2011. The seminar will address the market concentration of...

Irrigators along a Nebraska river lose appeal

This week, a federal appeals court panel ruled that irrigators along Nebraska’s Niobrara River did not have their property rights violated...

New Economic Research Service Report

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service released a report titled, “The Renewable Identification Number System and U.S. Biofuel...

Senator Voices Concerns with USDA forum

Kansas U.S. Senator Jerry Moran is voicing concern with USDA’s plan to conduct an animal welfare scientific forum.   Moran stated...