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Avian Influenza Cases Declining; Clean Water Rule Being Finalized

Reuters reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. John Clifford says the number of avian influenza cases in the U.S. has begun to decline. Though Clifford believes the worst is in the past - he says that doesn’t mean there won’t be additional cases. He says the war

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US Forest Service Considers Restricting Photography Within Federally Designated Wilderness Areas
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Waters of the United States Rule Finalized; New National Renewable Energy Study Released

Yesterday the Environmental Protection Agency finalized its “Waters of the United States” proposed rule, which unilaterally strips private property rights and adds hundreds of thousands of stream miles and acres of land to federal jurisdiction. Under the guise

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Bill Approved for Agri-Marketing and Country of Origin Labeling

The House Agriculture Committee Wednesday approved a bill to amend the Agriculture Marketing Act of 1946 and repeal the Country of Origin Labeling law for beef, pork and chicken - while leaving requirements for other covered commodities intact. Chairman Mike C

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Canada Seeking Restrictions Against US Products; Teamwork Is Called for Ensuring Healthy Honeybee Population

Reuters reports Canadian Trade Minister Ed Fast and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced Monday Canada will be seeking authority from the WTO to use retaliatory measures on U.S. ag and non-ag products - in light of the final ruling and due to the fact that the U.S. has continued

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WTO Rules Against Origin Labeling; USDA With Ag Producers on Water Issues

The World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body ruled against Country-of-Origin Labeling on Monday. House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway says he expected this decision - and as retaliation by Canada and Mexico becomes a reality - it is more important now than ever to act quickly to avoid a protracted trade war with the United States’ two largest trade partners. House Ag Commit

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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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Debate on Trade Promotion Authority Moves Forward; 6.5 Million Dollars to Be Invested in Water Conservation and Water Quality

The Senate passed a motion by a vote of 65 to 33 last week to move forward with debate on trade promotion authority. The Senate also voted to pass the trade preference bill by a vote of 97 to 1 and the customs bill by a vote of 78 to 20. California Farm

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Public Hearing Held in Pollinators Importance In Ag.; Organic Trade Association Petitioned USDA

The House Agriculture Biotechnology Subcommittee held a public hearing Wednesday to review the federal coordination and response regarding pollinator health. Subcommittee Chair Rodney Davis says pollinators play an important role in ag production. Last year - Pre

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22,000 Producers Received BQA Certification; Wheat Supplies Up 6 percent

More than 21-hundred producers across the U.S. became certified for free through the checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance program this year. Throughout the program’s four-years - nearly 22,000 producers have received free BQA certification. Iowa producer S

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Creativity Improves the Bottom Line on the Farm; June 1st Deadline for Hazard Communication Standard

Farmers and ranchers are creative people who can put that creativity to work and improve the bottom line for their operations - according to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack. Vilsack says Value-Added Producer Grants enable them to develop new product lines to grow their businesses and expand their contributions to the nation’s economy. USDA is making

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Historic Drought Cripples Ranches And Farms In American West
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Get a Move On.com Launched; Farmers Seeking Federal Crop Insurance Subsidies

The American Farm Bureau launched Get a Move On dot FB dot org Wednesday - an advocacy website that gives farmers and ranchers a simple way to take action regarding GMOs. AFBF President Bob Stallman says now is the time for farmers and ranchers to take action in support of innovation in agriculture. Biotechnology i

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Generic Mandatory Labeling Concerns; Potato Council and Pheasant Forever Team Up to Better Habitat

House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway rejected the most recent recommendation to establish a generic mandatory label option if the U.S. loses its WTO appeal regarding COOL. The WTO’s deadline for its decision is May 18th. A generic manda

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