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TPA Move Toward More Export Opportunity; Beef Meeting to Improve Sustainability of US Beef Value

With Trade Promotion Authority in the books last week, the U.S. Wheat Associates and National Association of Wheat Growers call the move a step toward more export opportunity for American farmers. NAWG President

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Fast-casual Coffee Shops Gaining Ground; Microsoft Demonstrated New Farm Data Dashboard

An annual survey of restaurant industry chains suggest that the burger is losing ground to the fast-casual coffee shop concept,. The “Chain Industry Restaurant Review” from GE Capital Franchise Finance shows that consumer dining habits have shifted dramatically as competition, technological challenges and rising costs for labor and commodities have taken hold. The report note

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McConnell, GOP Senators Hold News Conference On Trade Promotion Authority
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Trade Promotion Authority Passed Again; Possible Merger of Monsanto and Syngenta

The U.S. House has again passed Trade Promotion Authority. House lawmakers approved TPA Thursday as a standalone bill. It was the second time in a week that the House passed TPA. A week ago the chamber voted to approve TPA as part of a package of trade measures, but it defeated a Trade Adjustment Assistance bill, thus preventing TPA from moving forward. This time, TPA

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Cover Crop Chart to Help Growers; Trade Promotion Authority Talks Continue

In order to help reduce soil erosion, increase organic matter, improve early weed control and provide forage for animals - cover crops are becoming more popular. Cover crops are able to create more resilient, efficient production systems. In 2010 - USDA

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High Gas Prices Have Rental Car Companies Going Green
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USDA Launches New Ethanol Program; Beef Checkoff Act of 1985 Could be Reopen

USDA announced last week it will launch a program worth 100-million dollars to help fund infrastructure projects to increase the availability of higher blends of ethanol. American-made, clean energy sources support the environment, reduce U.S. dependence on

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EPA’s New Renewable Standard; Strong Outlook for USDA Third Quarter

The EPA has proposed new renewable volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The President of the National Corn Growers Association, Chip Bowling, says that once again, the EPA has chosen to ignore the law by cutting the corn ethanol obligation 3.75 billion gallo

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American Food Safety System Failing; U.S. to Projected to Produce 30 Percent of World Corn

Last week - New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced legislation that would give the USDA mandatory recall authority over contaminated meat and poultry. Gillibrand says the American food safety system is failing to protect Americans - leaving thousands of people hospitalized every year with preventable illnesses. She says poultr

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Trade Promotion Authority Bill Heading to the Senate and House; Farmers and Ranchers Lead the Way in Reducing Emissions

The House Ways and Means Committee passed trade promotion authority yesterday, better known as TPA, by a vote of 25 to 13. The bill will now head to the floor in the House and the Senate. House Ways and

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Labeling of GMO Food; Farmers Earth Friendly

During the Organic Trade Association luncheon last week - Montana Senator and organic farmer Jon Tester said advocates would have to work hard to achieve labeling of genetically modified foods. Tester says mor

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420 Songs About Marijuana, Getting High

While the origins of the term "420" remain murky at best, the fact that there have been dozens of songs written about marijuana is indisputable.

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