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Heitkamp-Cramer race heats up again

October 30, 2018 — Recent polls have shown Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., as much as 16 points ahead of Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., in what has been one of the tighest Senate races in the country, but in recent days the race has taken on new life. Heitkamp, a

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Trump talks to FFA in Indianapolis

October 30, 2018 — President Donald Trump opened a long and rambling speech to the FFA in Indianapolis on by telling the assembled high school students "you're very smart" to be a future farmer, that the shootings in Pittsburgh were "horrific" and that, "If I can fly on Air

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Trump: Not enough votes for SNAP work requirements

October 30, 2018 — President Donald Trump said Saturday that there are not enough votes in the Senate to pass a farm bill that includes stiffer work requirements for beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. In an interview with Agri-Pulse, Trump said, "We may have to do that

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Perdue swears in Angle amidst NIFA relocation controversy

October 30, 2018 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue swore in Scott Angle as director of the National Institute for Food and Agriculture amidst controversy over the Trump administration's plans to relocate most NIFA and Economic Research Service employees outside the Washington metropolitan area. Chavonda Jacobs-Young, the Agriculture acting deputy

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Some U.S. and Canadian cattle producers leary of mandatory sustainabiity programs

October 29, 2018 — In both the U.S. and Canada, beef processing facilities are pushing for more involvement in "sustainability" programs. While some Canadian producers enjoyed incentive payments for such programs, other producers worry that the programs will be a moving target that will become costly and impractical. In

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Fighting world hunger can be profitable for ag biotech firms

October 29, 2018 — LINCOLN, Neb. — New research from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln shows that agricultural biotechnology companies can do well by doing good. Agricultural economists Konstantinos Giannakas and Amalia Yiannaka found that companies can profit by lowering the price of genetic-modification technology in hunger-stricken areas when consumers

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USDA announces early release of select commodity tables for USDA’s agricultural projections to 2028

October 29, 2018 — WASHINGTON — On Nov. 2, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. EDT, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will release selected tables prepared for the upcoming USDA Agricultural Projections to 2028 report. USDA will post online tables containing long-term supply, use, and price projections to 2028 for major

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Tariff data on Indiana released ahead of Trump speech

October 26, 2018 — Just as President Donald Trump is scheduled to travel to Indianapolis on Saturday to speak to the national Future Farmers of America convention to talk about agriculture, Tariffs Hurt the Heartland, the campaign against tariffs, has released data showing that Indiana exports of pork to

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Perdue to swear in Angle at NIFA headquarters Monday

October 26, 2018 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will swear in Scott Angle as director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the USDA agency that makes most of the nation's grants for agricultural research, on Monday. The swearing-in will take place at 2 p.m. at the NIFA

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USDA designates 2 Wyoming counties as primary natural disaster areas

October 26, 2018 — WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated two Wyoming counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Big Horn and Laramie counties, who suffered losses due to hail, high winds, excessive rain, flash flooding, lightning and tornadoes, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture

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World Bank study highlights cost of unsafe food in developing countries

October 26, 2018 — A World Bank study released this week finds that the impact of unsafe food costs low- and middle-income economies about $110 billion in lost productivity and medical expenses each year. The study, "The Safe Food Imperative: Accelerating Progress in Low- and Middle-Income Countries," says that

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No conclusion on cell-cultured animal products at USDA-FDA meeting

October 25, 2018 — The Agriculture Department and the Food and Drug Administration finished their two-day public meeting on what some call animal cell culture products on Tuesday, and posted the sessions on You Tube. The sessions allowed officials and stakeholders to present their views in a formal setting,

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Author: Steel aluminum tariffs ‘here to stay’

October 25, 2018 — The steel and aluminum tariffs that President Donald Trump imposed on Chinese steel and aluminum and have resulted in retaliatory tariffs on U.S. farm products are likely to last a long time, the author of a book on the history of China's membership in the

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Farm Bureau praises signing of anti-opioid law

October 24, 2018 — American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall today praised President Donald Trump for signing and Congress for passing the Support for Patients and Communities Act, a measure focused on fighting drug addiction. "Opioids are stalking rural America," Duvall said. "Our farmers and ranchers once thought

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National Milk Producers Federation asks USDA to increase dairy trade aid

October 24, 2018 — The National Milk Producers Federation this week asked the Agriculture Department to increase payments to dairy farmers for their losses due to tariffs other countries have put on U.S. farm products in retaliation for the tariffs that President Donald Trump has imposed on imports of

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NCBA to reiterate unwavering support for USDA oversight of lab-grown fake meat

October 24, 2018 — WASHINGTON – The National Cattlemen's Beef Association will highlight the food safety and product labeling expertise of the U.S. Department of Agriculture during a two-day public meeting on lab-grown fake meat. The public meeting, hosted jointly by USDA and the Food and Drug Administration, started

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Ranchers praise White House for intent to nominate Skipwith as director of USFW

October 24, 2018 — WASHINGTON – Ethan Lane, executive director of the Public Lands Council and National Cattlemen's Beef Association Federal Lands, released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration's announcement of the intent to nominate Aurelia Skipwith as director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Wyo. deputy director testifies before Senate on grizzly bear management and other efforts

October 23, 2018 — WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), welcomed John Kennedy, deputy director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, to the committee. Kennedy was testifying before the committee at a hearing titled "From

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USDA-FDA meetings on cell-cultured protein today and Wednesday

October 23, 2018 — The Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Food and Drug Administration are hosting a long anticipated joint meeting today and Wednesday on what is commonly called cell-based meat but what the agencies call "cell cultured food products." The event, formally titled the

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Presidential order requiring re-consultation of the biological opinions to be completed and fully implemented by August 2019 restores Western water supplies

October 23, 2018 — SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Today's order by President Trump will provide welcome relief to Western farmers, cities, rural communities and wildlife refuges that have struggled under water supply rules that are long overdue for an update. Prioritizing national interest and the value of California food production,

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