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Water Rules War Goes On By: 07/10/2014 @ 5:21pm

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy continued her Midwest campaign to defend her agency's proposed rule on the waters of the U.S. this week with a visit Thursday to the…

Certifying Acres is Still Crucial -- FSA By: 06/10/2014 @ 5:51pm

It's a long-standing annual ritual: Plant, spray, then drive over to your local Farm Service Agency office to…

ASA Fights for Biodiesel By: 05/30/2014 @ 5:05pm

Soybean farmers are worried that the Obama Administration will abandon its support for increasing biodiesel use when…

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USDA Funds Farm Bill Education By: 05/29/2014 @ 6:01pm

Thursday the USDA announced which universities will lead the effort to explain complicated new farm programs to producers, and offered a glimpse of the timetable for making key decisions.As authorized by the…

USDA Expands Conservation Partnerships By: 05/27/2014 @ 5:47pm

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Tuesday that a new farm bill conservation program will make some $400 million available over the next few months for private groups that will join the Natural…

Congress Eyes Conservation Trims By: 05/23/2014 @ 12:47pm

Congress passes a farm bill roughly every five years, but every year its appropriators have a chance to tinker with its spending levels. That's exactly what the House and Senate did this week, when they…

House Passes Water Bill By: 05/20/2014 @ 2:54pm

By a nearly unanimous vote of 412 to 4, the House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act Tuesday. The authorizing legislation aims to improve harbor maintenance and speed up…

Final Water Transportation Bill Released By: 05/15/2014 @ 6:25pm

The final draft of legislation to authorize improvements to the nation's water transportation system was released today by House and Senate leaders who've been negotiating for months.The Conference…

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