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Iowa Governor Responds to Entertainers Remarks on Gestation Crate

KCCI of Iowa reports a twitter battle erupted, so to speak, between entertainer Cher and Iowa Governor Terry Branstand. Cher had posted a message on twitter asking why Iowa farmers "torture pigs" in narrow gestation crates, and calling New Jerse

USDA Extends Dairy Margin Protection Program Signup Deadline

USDA has once again extended the deadline for the dairy Margin Protection Program. Dairy producers now have until December 19th to sign up for the program. Vilsack said “this safety net is not automatic.”  The program, established by the

US House Passes Bill to Stop Executive Action on Immigration

The U.S. House has passed a bill to stop the Presidents power of executive actions on immigration, but the bill is viewed as largely symbolic. The vote was 219 to 197 and included House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, a democrat, vot

Protec Fuels Offering E15 in Florida

A Florida based fuel distributor is now offering E15 at the pump in Fort Myers and Sarasota, Florida. The state joins a growing list of now 15 states that offer E15 at more than 100 gas stations. Currently, E15 is available at more than 100 stations acros

More Than 200 Groups Urge Congress Against Altering COOL in Spending Bill

More Than 200 Groups Urge Congress Against Altering COOL in Spending Bill 207 groups urged Congress to leave Country of Origin Labeling along in federal spending legislation that must be passed by Congress before the lame duck session comes to a clos

Farm Bureau Urges Congress to Pass Tax Extenders

Following Wednesday night’s passage of tax extender in the U.S. House, the American Farm Bureau Federation urged Congress to pass the temporary legislation by the end of the year. While Farm Bureau favors a long term extension, President Bob Stall

Cargill Recalls Ground Beef sold to Canadian Walmart?s

Cargill has recalled about 31,000 pounds of packaged ground beef sold to Walmart stores in four Canadian Provinces. ' Meatingplace reports the recall was issued due to possible E. coli contamination. The ground beef was produced at the company's

PEDv Reaches Hawai

Reuters reports Hawaii has confirmed its first outbreak of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus. The Hawaii Department of Agriculture confirmed PEDv on a farm November 20th on Oahu, the most populous Hawaiian island. State officials do not know how PEDv arriv

Fuel Maker Threatens Lawsuit against EPA over RFS Delay

The American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers organization intends to file a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency.

AFPM threatens the lawsuit because EPA failed to meet deadlines on its 2014 proposal for the renewable fuel mandate.

The Hill reports AFPM filed a notice of intent for the lawsuit on Monday. The group contends that the EPA should have finalized the 2015

#Thankful4Ag Campaign Helps Food-Insecure Familes

Bayer CropScience is sponsoring a social initiative - hashtag Thankful4Ag - along with Feeding America with the goal of providing up to 200-thousand meals through December 19th. Bayer CropScience President and CEO Jim Blome says there is no better way to show gratitude to the nation’s farming families - and everyone who helps get food from the farm to people’s tables - than to help

Farm Bureau Wants EPA to Ditch the Waters of the U.S. Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency and U.S Army Corps of Engineers’ Waters of the U.S. rule is a blatant effort to expand federal authority over land use by regulating land as if it were water - according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. AFBF filed formal comments with the EPA after rallying farmers, ranchers, other regulated industries, and members of Congress behind its popular

Disaster Declaration for Mo. Counties

Maryville, Mo., November 18, 2014 – The President designated 20 Missouri counties as primary agricultural disaster areas making certain farmers and other agricultural producers in primary and contiguous counties eligible for low-interest emergency loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA).

The following counties were designated as primary disaster areas due to

Americans Eating at Home More

Americans are eating at home more than ever, according to a recent study from NPD Group. But, Americans aren’t necessarily cooking more than ever. Meatingplace reports An estimated eight out of 10 meals consumed by Americans came from home rather th

New Congress Will Work to Prevent WOTUS Implementation

North Dakota Senator John Hoeven said this week a top priority for the new congress will be to stop unnecessary regulatory burdens. Those burdens include the Environmental Protection Agencies Waters of the U.S. proposal. Hoeven made the comments during a

TPP likely Completion Early Next Year

“The finish line is in sight—according to New Zealand’s veteran trade minister Tom Groser. He made those remark to the Wall Street Journal this weeks in regards to the ongoing negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He said &ldquo

Cargill Offering Turkeys Raised Without Growth-Promoting Antibiotics

Two brands from Cargill are now offering turkey free of growth-promoting antibiotics. Meatingplace reports Shady Brook Farms and Honeysuckle white brands are now offering the turkeys, although antibiotics are still being used on the birds to treat and pre

Beef, Pork Exports Solid in Septembe

Beef and Pork exports both broke the $5 billion mark for the first three quarters of the year in September. The U.S Meat Export Federation announced this week beef exports for September increased six percent from last year and Pork exports were up seven p

Opening Farm Bill in Next Congress Puts Everything in Jeopardy

U.S. Representative Collin Peterson anticipates the next Congress will be able to work out compromises on agricultural issues, but has concerns regarding the Senate Agriculture Committee. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports the concerns stem with Kansas

Republican Control Doesn?t Mean TPP a Done Deal

Little change is expected in the relationship between the U.S. and Japan following the midterm elections but it remains unclear on what Republican control of Congress means for Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.  The Japan Times reports for a br

Deer Season Forecast

Hunters’ harvest decisions determine the number and quality of deer on private land.

RFA Announces E85 "Post Your Price" Contest

The Renewable Fuels Association has announced a contest to promote E85 sales and track 

Russia Importing Chinese Pork

Eight hundred tons of pork is on its way to Russia, according to a report by food-market-dot-

EPA Study Suggest Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments Bring Little Benefit

A new Environmental Protection Agency analysis concluded neonicotinoid insecticide seed 

Lawsuit Filed To Reverse Approval of Dow Enlist

The Natural Resources Defense Council has filed a lawsuit seeking to reverse EPA approval of 

Chipotle Supporting State Labeling Measures

Chipotle has endorsed ballot measures in Colorado and Oregon that would require labeling for 

USDA reductions Helping Drop Federal Defici

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and the Office of Management and Budget announced the 

ASA, NCGA Welcome Registration of Enlist Herbicide

The American Soybean Association along with the National Corn Grower Association welcomes 

Mo. Governor Presents St Joseph Company with Ag Award

Gov. Nixon presents agricultural achievement award to animal nutrition company BioZyme, of 

MoDOT Waives Weight Limits to Help Farmers

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – With heavy rains affecting farmers’ ability to harvest their crops in many 

Opponents of Missouri Farmers Continue Legal Attack on Missouri Agriculture

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (Oct. 15,2014) Despite a statewide vote in favor of Amendment #1 and 

Harvest Progress Remains Slow, Quality Still High

The National Corn Growers Association says farmers are working hard to harvest a record crop, 

Brazilian Beef Exports Down 16 percent

Beef exports by Brazil fell 16 percent by volume, nine percent in revenue for September. 

State Cattlemens’ Associations Don’t Want New USDA Checkoff

The National Cattlemens’ Beef Association announced Tuesday 45 cattlemens’ associations 

WTO Panel Favors US in Avian Influenza Retractions Dispute

U.S. trade Representative Michael Froman announced Tuesday alongside USDA Secretary 

Utah Farm Confirms PEDv

Utah’s largest swine operation and one of the biggest hog farms in the country has confirmed a 

Meat Export Volumes Drop, Values at Record Pace

July meat exports slowed but the values remain at a record pace.  The U.S. Meat Export 

Colorado Voting Guide Suggest GMO Labeling will Raise Food Prices

A guide published for voters in Colorado suggest that required labeling of genetically engineered 

Stakeholders call for Federal Help in Real Car Shortages

A wide spectrum of industry leaders called on the Surface Transportation Board to take action 

Purdue Foods Removing antibiotics from Chicken Hatcheries

Purdue Foods said this week the company has removed all antibiotics for growrth from its 

13 Senators want GIPSA Policy Limited Removed

13 Senators have signed a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee asking for the 

USDA Loan Funds Turning Waste into Renewable Jet Fuel

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Thursday a loan guarantee to help a company turn 

Acreage, Yield Updates Due Soo

Farmers have until the end of the month to verify current base acres, yields and planting history 

Food Safety Concerns drop revenue for McDonald in China and Japan

(NAFB)--McDonalds reports a significant negative impact in China and Japan stemming from 

MO Farming Rights Amendment Passes

For many in Missouri Agriculture, it’s a win after Tuesday’s primary election. 

School Meals Study Paints Positive Picture

(NAFB)--A study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Michigan State 

Dairy Companies Try to Make Comeback

(NAFB)--According to the Wall Street Journal - the trend of looking for healthier food choices 

15th National Farmers Market Week

(NAFB)--August 3rd through the 9th has been declared as National Farmers Market Week. This 

Corn Crop Maturity Keeps Pace, Quality Remains High

(NCGA)--The percentage of corn acres having reached the silking stage remained one point 

Fresh Produce Pavilion at School Nutrition Association Conference

(NAFB)--The United Fresh Foundation has a Fresh Produce Pavilion at the School Nutrition 

Process Turns Barley into High Protein Fish Food

(NAFB)--Barley typically contains 10 to 12-percent protein - but carnivorous fish - like rainbow 
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113th Congress ends with more fights than feats
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By KHI News Service TOPEKA — Jeff Gragg recently joined Topeka-based Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas as vice president ...Read More
Kan. man indicted for theft at Ft. Riley
TOPEKA, KAN. – A Kansas man was indicted Wednesday on one count of theft occurring on federal property. U.S. Attorney ...Read More
Lawsuit filed over feds using immigrant license data
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Gov. Nixon ends state of emergency for Ferguson protests
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New leader for the Missouri's education department
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