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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…

Today’s the Deadline for RFS Views By: 07/27/2015 @ 2:13pm

Welcome to the Procrastinators for Ethanol Web Page!You’ve had much of the summer to comment for or against the…

House Votes To Stop GMO Labeling By: 07/23/2015 @ 6:10pm

A bill that would pre-empt state laws requiring labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in foods passed the…

Jindal Touts Smaller Government at Forum By: 07/21/2015 @ 5:56pm

Presidential candidate Bobby Jindal, who was reelected Louisiana governor in a landslide in 2011, backed estate tax repeal and federal energy policy that doesn’t pick winners during a wide-ranging hour-long…

Conservation Compliance Survives In Senate By: 07/17/2015 @ 4:46pm

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved an appropriations bill for the U.S. Department of Agriculture that does not have a provision to delay enforcement of the 2014 Farm Bill’s requirement to meet…

Nearly All Farms Jump New Conservation Hurdle By: 07/13/2015 @ 5:25pm

USDA reported late last week that nearly all producers — 98.2% — met a 2014 Farm Bill requirement to certify that they comply with conservation rules in order to qualify for crop insurance premium…

Farm Bureau Opposes Blocking Funds for RFS By: 07/07/2015 @ 7:00pm

If you can’t kill it, starve it.That’s a strategy Congress can always use to block unpopular efforts by any president, since it has the power of the purse. Tuesday, as the House considered a spending bill…

Cuba’s Food Potential By: 07/03/2015 @ 3:02pm

Agricultural interests remain optimistic about export potential to Cuba following last week’s announcement that the U.S. and Cuba are restoring diplomatic relations at the end of this month.Yet, opening an…

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