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USDA announces Farmer Fair Practices Rules

Earlier today, the USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) announced updated regulations designed to protect contract rights of farmers....

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APHIS proposes regulations permitting importation of Hass avocados from Columbia

Late last month, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a proposed rule amending fruits and vegetables regulations to...

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Deere and Monsanto address DOJ monopoly claims

In late August, the U.S. Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit to prevent agriculture company John Deere from merging with...

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Horticulture Field Day in Hope, AR

Agritourism is the focus at today’s Horticulture Field Day at the Southwest Research and Extension Center in Hope, Arkansas. Food preservation,...

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Supreme Court rules for landowners in wetlands case

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday in the case U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc., that Army Corps of...

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New York farm workers challenge labor organizing law

The New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit this week challenging a state law forbidding farm workers from organizing. Per...

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R-CALF sues USDA over beef checkoff advertising

Per the Billings-Gazette, the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, (R-CALF USA) filed a federal lawsuit Monday against the US Department of Agriculture....

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Arkansas Food Innovation Center Workshop, May 18

With the recent consumer focus on locally-grown foods, many farmers and food entrepreneurs are trying to expand their markets by creating...

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California bill would combat ag cargo theft

Cargo theft of produce is an ongoing problem in California that investigators believe involves domestic and international organized crime. The state has...

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Pennsylvania legalizes marijuana for medical use

On Sunday, Pennsylvania became the 24th state to legalize marijuana for medical use. Per the Washington Times, the state may license...

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Tax code may exclude income earned on 4-H projects

Last week, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee, and U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)...

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Arkansas State Council for Engage Cuba launched this week

Earlier this week, members of the Arkansas agribusiness community, including academic and political leaders, launched the Arkansas State Council for Engage...

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Mid-South ag, environmental law conference April 21-22

By Mary Hightower Handling agricultural bankruptcies, federal wetland regulations and a keynote about ag trade with Cuba are all part of...

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Potential US ag trade with Cuba takes significant steps

In Cuba last month, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA will allow 22 industry-funded Research and Promotion Programs and...

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Boulder County, CO may prohibit GMO crops on county-owned land

According to Boulder Public Radio, Boulder County authorities may soon prohibit farmers from growing genetically engineered crops on county-owned farmland. Last...

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California bill would standardize food label expiration dates

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Assemblyman David Chiu has proposed a food labeling measure, AB 2725, designed to give...

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Ambassador Vetter to speak in Little Rock on Trans-Pacific Partnership

The nation’s chief agricultural trade negotiator, Darci Vetter, will speak March 29 in Little Rock about the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, a...

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Nebraska legislators consider ‘right to farm’ bill

The Lincoln Star Journal reports Nebraska state legislators are considering a proposed constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to “engage in farming and ranching...

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Washington state bill would allow licensed growers to produce industrial hemp

According to the Capital Press website, House and Senate lawmakers in the state of Washington approved Senate Bill 6206 establishing regulations...