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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…

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…

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…

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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…

Bird Backlog Concerns Senators By: 05/14/2015 @ 11:19am

Huge numbers of chickens and turkeys exposed to highly pathogenic avian influenza need proper disposal, and USDA isn’t responding fast enough, say two senators from Iowa who wrote Agriculture Secretary Tom…

Lose Future Insurance by June 1? By: 05/13/2015 @ 5:06pm

June 1, another vital USDA deadline, looms ahead for a few farmers — those who may not meet the new conservation compliance requirements for crop insurance that were added to the 2014 Farm…

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