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Enroll in ARC or PLC by September 30 By: 09/18/2015 @ 1:47pm

In early 2015, you selected PLC or ARC as the coverage program that was right for your farm for the next five years. While that deadline has come and gone, there is…

From the Kitchen to Halls of Power By: 09/29/2015 @ 5:29pm

When James Beard died at 81 in 1985, he had sown the seeds of America’s field to table food movement that nourishes…

EPA Toughens Pesticide Exposure Rules By: 09/28/2015 @ 5:10pm

On Monday, the EPA announced a final rule to protect some 2 million farmworkers from exposure to pesticides…

Farm Groups Applaud Stay on WOTUS Rule By: 10/12/2015 @ 11:07am

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2015 - Farm groups and agricultural stakeholders are celebrating a federal appeals panel decision to issue a nationwide stay on the Environmental Protection Agency's Waters of the U.S…

Energy Policy Affects Ethanol Trade By: 09/01/2015 @ 6:26pm

A new study from USDA’s Economic Research Service looks at how the U.S. became the planet’s largest ethanol exporter and some of the challenges facing future biofuel trade.“Since 2011, the United States…

Buffer Regulations, Benefits, and Challenges By: 08/31/2015 @ 2:36pm

Buffer is not a four-letter word, but in Minnesota, it might as well be one. Governor Mark Dayton’s campaign last winter and spring for mandatory 50-foot buffers along streams, lakes, and ditches brought a…

Judge Blocks EPA Waters Rule By: 08/28/2015 @ 9:09am

Commodity groups are responding positively Friday to an injunction issued late Thursday that at least temporarily blocks implementation of the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Waters of the U.S. rule…

Looking for Ways Out of Water Lawsuit By: 08/05/2015 @ 11:23am

  Des Moines Water Works' nitrate removal tanks  A lawsuit filed by Des Moines Water Works against northern Iowa drainage districts over high nitrates in river water is just over a…

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