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Fill ‘Er Up! New 7-Cent Per Gallon Gas Tax In Washington State Goes Into Effect Saturday!

Better top off the tank by Friday night!

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Organic Farms Likely To Benefit From Dioxin Scandal
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Fines Handed Out for Importing Tainted Produce; Renewable Fuel Standards Helping Rural Economies

Six companies are facing fines for selling fruits and vegetables imported from Mexico, China, Thailand, and Taiwan that were tainted with pesticides that are banned in the UC. The California Department of Pesticide Regulation says the companies were importing and selling produce to stores that primarily cater to California’s ethnic communities, and that the companies were given ample opportunities to change their methods but chose not to do so. The companies a

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USDA is Teaming Up With Microsoft; July Has Been Busy House Agriculture Committee

USDA will partner with Microsoft to launch the "Innovation Challenge," a contest designed to explore how climate change will impact the United States' food system. The challenge invites entrants to develop and publish new applications and tools that can analyze multiple sources of information about the nation's food supply, including key USDA data sets that are now hosted on Microsoft Azure, Microsoft's cloud-computing platform. The challenge o

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2011 APEC Summit Convenes In Hawaii
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Possible Final Talks of Trans-Pacific Partnership; Safe Food Labeling Passed in the House

Trans-Pacific Partnership talks kick off today in Hawaii, in what could be the final round of negotiations ahead of finalizing a trade-pact. The Trans-Pacific Partnership includes the United States and 11 Pacific Rim countries. The TPP trade d

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Bills Dealing With Labeling Being Introduce in the House and Senate

A bill that would make GMO labeling voluntary passed the U.S. House last Thursday. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act would require developers of genetically engineered plants to obtain FDA safety clearance on all new plant varieties before those foods are introduced into commerce; uphold FDA’s authority to specify special labeling if it finds a health or safety risk is posed by such a variety; create a legal framework governing the use of label claims regarding either the absence or presence of GMOs in a food product and require the FDA to define the term ‘natural’ on food labels.

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Canada Standing Firm on Trans-Pacific Partnership; Improvement in Sustainable Beef

The Canadian government says it will not be bullied in Trans-Pacific Partnership talks. The response comes as the United States ratchets up pressure on Canada’s heavily protected dairy sector ahead of what could be the final round of talks for the TPP deal. A Canadian publ

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High Gas Prices Have Rental Car Companies Going Green
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Work Continues on Food Labeling; Priming the Pump on Ethanol Fuel

As the U.S. House works this week on the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, a coalition has pledged their support for the bill. The Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food, an industry group that supports the bill, said 475 groups are backing it. The groups main

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Reports Claims California Leads The Nation In The Green Tech Field
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Increase Proposed Volumes of Bio-diesel; Farm Groups Wanting a Quick Pass to Exporting to Cuba

A bipartisan group of 36 senators are urging the EPA to increase the proposed volumes set for biodiesel production under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard. The senators wrote to the EPA expressing concern the current RFS proposal fails to recognize the domestic biodiesel industry’s production capacity. The senators no

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2016 Agricultural Spending Bill Approved; Monsanto Emerge Seen as a Risk for Farmers

The Senate appropriations Committee approved the fiscal 2016 agricultural spending bill on a vote of 28-2. The measure includes $143.8 billion in discretionary and mandatory funding, $24 billion below the president’s budget request and $3.7 billion below

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Soaking Rains Bring Relief To Drought Stricken West
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This Year’s El Nino Could be the Strongest in 50 Years; Partnership Between USDA and NASA Expanded

El Nino has strengthened steadily during the past month, approaching the “strong category”. El Nino is so strong this go round that it could wind up be the strongest El Nino event in 50 years. El Nino rarely

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Brazilian Farmers Looking to Gain Foothold in US; Farmers and Ranchers Can Apply for Financial Assistance

China’s ban on poultry imports from the U.S., where flocks have been ravaged by bird flu, could give more Brazilian farmers a foot in the door of the biggest import market. A delegation from China’s quarantine office in Beijing left Brazil earlier this month after a 10-day mission to inspect potential new meat suppliers in four states. Brazil already

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Government Proposes Improving Nutrition Facts Labeling On Food Products
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Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Closer to Approval; AFBF President Not Seeking Re-election

The House Agriculture Committee sent the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 one step closer to consideration by the full House. By a voice vote, the committee passed the SAFE act, which now awaits the same action by the House Energy and Commerce Committee before it can be considered by the full chamber. The legislation

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