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U.S. Labeling Law Distorts Global Livestock Trade, WTO Panel Finds By: 10/20/2014 @ 2:57pm

Long-disputed country-of-origin labeling, or COOL, gives U.S.-produced livestock a competitive advantage over its imported equivalent, according to a ruling handed down…

Uncertain Trendlines For Political Stability And Global Trade By: 10/17/2014 @ 3:08pm

“The question of feeding the world in a sustainable way offers many challenges,” Charles Rivkin told participants…

U.S. and Mexico to Share More Research By: 10/16/2014 @ 6:07pm

After visiting the USDA’s “climate hub” at Iowa State University Thursday, the agriculture secretaries of the…

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Water Quality Can’t Be Avoided By: 10/15/2014 @ 5:14pm

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What's The Best Way to Keep Our Water Nutrient-Free? By: 10/15/2014 @ 11:16am

There are a lot of nitrates flowing into the Des Moines Waterworks plant. The fact of the matter is agriculture is part -- just one of many parts -- of the problem. That problem is fairly clear. Its solution…

2013 ACRE Revenue Shortfall Triggers Corn Payment By: 10/13/2014 @ 6:51am

The Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE), a countercyclical program created in the 2008 farm bill, has had limited participation by Iowa producers. In addition to the Direct & Counter-Cyclical Payment…

Ebola, ISIS Taking Front Stage at World Food Prize By: 10/07/2014 @ 2:55pm

Ebola and ISIS -- the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria -- may seem worlds away from the corn and soybean fields of the Midwestern U.S. While the miles separating them are many, that's not to say those…

Remember The Brazilian WTO Cotton Case? It's Finally Over By: 10/07/2014 @ 12:58pm

About a decade ago, the phrase "Brazilian WTO cotton case" was an earthquake shaking under a lot of global ag trade talks. The long-running dispute about U.S. cotton subsidies and Brazilian officials'…

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