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Trans-Pacific Partnership Has its Important Piece in Place; Clean Water Rule to Become Law

President Barack Obama now has the necessary piece of trade legislation to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership. On Monday, the President signed the Trade Promotion Authority bill that was passed by the U.S. House and Sen

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Agricultural Land Values Down; California Irrigation Water Issues Getting Heated

The latest report from Creighton University shows 19 straight months of setbacks for U.S. agricultural land values. The report shows an index value of 31.1 this month for farmland values in 10 states ranging from North Dakota to Missouri. This compares t

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U.S. House Passed Trade Adjustment Assistance; Mexico and Canada Looking to Repeal Country or Origin Labeling

The U.S. House has passed Trade Adjustment Assistance, clearing the way for Trade Promotion Authority. President Obama had said he would not sign the TPA bill without TAA. The bills did not survive the legislative process as a package, but TPA was passed as a standalone bill while TAA was attached to another popular trade bill. The TPA and TAA

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Obama Signs Emergency Appropriations "Iron Dome" Bill
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TPA Bill is Sent to The President’s Desk; The Backlog of Farm Workers Visas Being Cleared

In a 60 – 38 vote, the U.S. Senate has sent Trade Promotion Authority to the President’s desk as a standalone bill not packaged with Trade Adjustment Assistance. Trade Adjustment Assistance also passed the Senate packaged with an African Trade Preference bill. The Senate pass

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Price Of Coffee Hits 13 Year High
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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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EPA Holding Public Hearing on Renewable Fuels; Raisin Farmers Won’t Sell Crop for Less Market Price

Scores of corn growers from more than a dozen states will converge in Kansas City, Kansas, tomorrow. The EPA is holding a public hearing on its proposal to cut nearly four billion gallons of corn ethanol from the Renewable Fuels Standard through 2016, according to the National Corn Growers Association. NCGA President

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National Labeling Law getting Support; Agricultural Spending Bill Win Approval

More lawmakers are showing support for a national labeling law. A House hearing last week by the Energy and Commerce subcommittee on health reviewed a labeling bill introduced by Kansas Representative Mike Pompeo and North Carolina Democrat G.K. Butterfield.

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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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Record High Temperatures Exacerbate Drought as Strange Weather Plagues Los Angeles County
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El Nino May Harm the Global Economy; Bills Moved to Cut Budgets and Block Regulations

A report by Citigroup indicates El Nino may harm the global economy in the second half of this year. The report released this month says the El Nino weather pattern may increase returns from grains by as much as 25 percent and lead to higher retail food prices. Australia decla

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EPA Funding Scheduled to Pass; Enrollment for Ag Risk Coverage is Open

A bill slashing Environmental Protection Agency funding and blocking several of its new regulations is scheduled to pass through the House Appropriations Committee, this week. Republicans are pushing an Interior and Environment funding bill that cuts $718 million, or 9 percent, from the EPA’s budget in fiscal 2016, on top of the 20 percent cut the agency has absorbed since Republicans took the House in 2011. The bill also i

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110 Million Invested to Support Workers, Farmers Suffering from Drought; TPA Wins Congressional Approval

The White House has announced drought assistance for states in the west that continue to struggle with prolonged dryness. The Administration is announcing new actions and investments of more than $110 million to support workers, farmers and rural communities suffering from drought and to combat wildfires. The new funding

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Monsanto Looking at Takeover of Syngenta; Hudson Institute Reports on Lower-calorie Foods

The Monsanto takeover offer to Syngenta could cut Monsanto’s U.S. tax bill in half. If accepted and approved, Monsanto told Syngenta back in April they would incorporate the company in the U.K. – a move th

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