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Rural Lawmakers May be Pivotal on TPP By: 11/23/2015 @ 5:26pm

Farm-state lawmakers will play an outsize role in deciding ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade bloc covering nations that buy 42% of U.S. agricultural…

ADM, Monsanto Campaign Dollars Fuel Congress, Not Presidents By: 02/02/2016 @ 2:59pm

Although agriculture is a $31 billion industry in Iowa, it’s a topic absent from this election season’s share of…

83% of Iowa Caucus-Goers Voted for Pro-RFS Candidates By: 02/02/2016 @ 2:43pm

After Iowa’s 2016 presidential caucus, the renewable fuels industry is feeling positive about the support gained for…

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As Crop Prices Sink, Farm Subsidies Soar By: 01/28/2016 @ 8:48am

WASHINGTON (FERN's Ag Insider) - The government faces three high-cost years for farm subsidies, beginning with $5.8 billion for this year, says the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), as low commodity…

Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden Leaving USDA By: 01/21/2016 @ 3:17pm

Deputy Agriculture Secretary Krysta Harden, who led the implementation of the 2014 farm bill, says she's leaving USDA at the end of February. Michael Scuse, the current undersecretary for Farm and Foreign…

Obama Vetoes Anti-WOTUS Measure By: 01/20/2016 @ 8:08am

President Obama delivered an expected veto of a congressional resolution that would kill the administration's “waters of the United States” rule redefining the jurisdiction of the Clean Water…

USDA Now Offering Microloans for Farm Purchases, Property Improvements By: 01/19/2016 @ 11:59am

To create another option for financial assistance, the USDA is now offering farm ownership microloans to help farmers buy and improve property. Who will benefit from these? Likely beginning or underserved…

Republicans Force Obama to Veto Anti-WOTUS Measure By: 01/13/2016 @ 4:42pm

Congressional Republicans have set the stage for President Obama to issue an election-year veto to preserve his administration's Clean Water Act rule that is widely unpopular with farm groups. In a…

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