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Agriculture Committee Reduces Pesticide Regulation; Farmers Join In Only Organic Fight

The House Agriculture Committee approved the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2015 last week - which would clarify Congressional intent regarding pesticide regulation in or near waters of the United States. House Ag Chair

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Tieton Cider Works To Publicly Unveil New Beverage Next Friday

Tieton Cider Works will launch a new canned, hard cider product called Rambling Route to the public next Friday (March 27). The new beverage is described as being "bold and has a crisp flavor just like biting into a Washington state-grown apple."

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Ag. Subcommittee Reviews Water Rules; Railroad to Improve Service

The House Ag Committee Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee held a public hearing Tuesday to review the definition of the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule and its impact on rural America. Subcommittee me

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EPA’s Clean Water Rule; E-Verify Impact on Ag Industry

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told the National Farmers Union convention she’s renaming the Waters of the U.S. rule the Clean Water Rule and said EPA should have done a better job of rolling out its Clean Water Rule - from calling it WOTUS instead of the Clean Water Rule - to not being more clear about what EPA was and was not proposing - to not talking to farmers and others before EPA put out the interpretive rule. McCarthy says t

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Loss of Jobs And Depression Due to Trade Agreement; National Ag Day

There might be trouble for the TPA agreement. Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro doesn’t believe Trade Promotion Authority will pass. She says there’s been a loss of jobs and depression of wages due to prior trade agreements. DeLauro says an

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Mexico Sets New Import Restrictions; U.S. Cattlemen’s Decides Not to Sign

Mexico and other major countries have imposed new import restrictions at the end of last week after the H5N2 strain of avian influenza was found in the heart of America’s poultry region. Arkansas, Misso

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The Importance of U.S. Waterways; It’s National Ag Week

The Waterways Council Inc. and more than 40 other organizations and businesses sent letters to the House and Senate Appropriations leaders stressing the importance of maintaining U.S. navigation channels and inland waterways for safe and efficient freight movement to avoid similar impacts like the West Coast port dispute. WCI is pushing

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Snowpack Declining; EPA’s Air Quality Standards Restrictions

Due to warmer temperatures last month, snowpack in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada have further declined. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Hydrologist Cara McCarthy says nearly one-third of SNOTEL sites in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada are reporting the lowest snowpack ever measured and -- for the first time -- some snow sites were snow-free on March 1. McCarthy says t

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Research Funding For Specialty Crops; Trans Pacific Partnership Talks Continues

Secretary Vilsack announced Tuesday more than 66.5-million dollars in funding for research and extension activities for specialty crops and organic agriculture through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative and Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative. The projects fu

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USDA To Pay Out 3.9 Billion Dollars; Results of FDA Analysis of Milk

The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute or FAPRI released its latest baseline outlook for U.S. agriculture projecting the USDA to pay out 3.9-billion dollars in ARC and PLC payments for the 2014 crop after Fiscal Year 2016 begins on October 1st this year. FAPRI projects

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U.S. Meat Export Expo; Companies Changes The Way of Buying Meat

The U.S. Meat Export Federation Market Expo began last week in Shanghai, China. The tour began with an overview of the Federation’s marketing objectives in China and an explanation of several market-access issues that impact U.S. meat exports

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Diverse Job Market in Ag Industry; Inflatable Buildings Cost Effective

When we think of farming jobs we tend to think of the big red barn and coveralls but the ag industry has a very diverse job market that can include high tech industries and laboratories as well. The need to fee

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