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NRCS Offers $332 Million to Protect Farmland, Wetlands, Grasslands By: 03/31/2015 @ 11:11am

This year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) is offering up $332 million through the Agricultural Conservation…

How the Federal Clean Water Act Rule May Impact Prairie Pothole Country By: 05/27/2015 @ 4:44pm

How the Federal Clean Water Act Rule May Impact Prairie Pothole Country On one extreme, today’s announcement of…

Making Conservation Convenient By: 05/27/2015 @ 4:38pm

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service rolled out an online portal Wednesday that could save farmers…

Fast Track Clears Another Hurdle By: 05/21/2015 @ 3:00pm

The Senate voted 62-38 Thursday to limit debate on a Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill the Obama administration says it needs to wrap up negotiations on a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).The cloture vote…

Still Time to Fix COOL? By: 05/19/2015 @ 1:25pm

The House and Senate reacted very differently Tuesday to Monday’s announcement by the World Trade Organization that its appellate body had issued a final ruling against the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling…

WTO Rules Against COOL By: 05/18/2015 @ 5:35pm

The appellate body of the World Trade Organization announced Monday that it has ruled against a U.S. appeal of an earlier decision that the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law treats Canadian beef and…

Conservation Compliance Fine Print By: 05/15/2015 @ 4:30pm

As corn planting winds down, we’re rushing toward a key deadline for making sure you can buy subsidized crop insurance next year. By June 1, a small number of farmers who aren’t getting USDA commodity…

Senate Advances Fast Track Bill By: 05/14/2015 @ 2:03pm

The Senate voted 65-33 Thursday to advance a Trade Promotion Authority bill, or Fast Track, opening it to votes on amendments that could last until the Memorial Day recess. “The negotiating process has…

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