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Backyard Poultry Linked to Multiple Salmonella Cases

Several agencies are investigating four multi-state outbreaks of human salmonella infections 

Canadian Beef Prices Show No Sign of Easing

While U.S. producers work towards rebuilding cattle numbers after a prolonged drought, another 

Chesapeake Bay Pollutant Limits Upheld

In a ruling Monday acknowledging that the regulations will likely hurt farmers, an appeals court 

Biofuels Industry Urging Congress to reject any Repeal or Reform to RFS

The Renewable Fuels Association has sent a letter to Congress urging members to reject any proposal that would repeal or reform the Renewable Fuel Standard. The letter represented 25 industry stakeholders telling congress the RFS is working. They urged lawmakers to reject proposals that amend, repeal, defund, or otherwise modify or interfere with the Renewable Fuel Standard. In specific, the

Kansas Soybean Commission Schedules Aug. 13 Meeting

The Kansas Soybean Commission (KSC) will conduct a regular meeting Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Kansas Soybean Building in Topeka. It is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m.

2015/2016 NFU National Youth Advisory Council Elected

The National Farmers Union has elected six young adults to represent the Unions Youth 

Trade Rep. Froman Confident Congress will approve TPP by 2016

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman stated recently his confidence in Congress that it 

AFBF, Others, File Federal Lawsuit over WOTUS

The American Farm Bureau, along with other agriculture and industry groups on Thursday, 

TPP Ministerial Meetings set for July

Reuters reports a ministerial meeting aimed at finalizing the Trans-Pacific Partnership are set 

NASS to Resurvey Growers for Acres Planted in Several States

While releasing the June 30th Acreage and Grain Stocks Reports on Tuesday, USDA’s National 

USDA Releases Acreage and Grain Stocks Reports

In the latest round of USDA reports, The National Ag Statistics Service shows a record 

Fresh Beef from Argentina and Brazil Poses Risk for US Beef Producers

USDA’s APHIS division released the final rules for importing fresh beef from northern Argentina 

Waters of the U.S. set to Become Law

The Clean Water rule is slated to become law on August 28th. The rule, known as the Waters of 

Trade Promotion Authority Signed by President Obama

President Barack Obama now has the necessary piece of trade legislation to complete the 

Ireland BSE Case Classified as Isolated

Final test results have confirmed that a suspected BSE case, or bovine spongiform 

U.S. Hogs and Pigs Inventory Up 9 Percent

USDA’s Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report released on Friday indicated a nine percent inventory 

Farmland Values Continue to Drop

The latest report from Creighton University shows 19 straight months of setbacks for U.S. 

Senate Ag Chair Plans for Movement on COOL in July

Senate Ag Chair Pat Roberts says the Senate must take action in July on Country of Origin 

Missouri Agriculture Testifies To EPA In Support Of RFS

Missouri Agriculture Testifies To EPA In Support Of RFS (Kansas City, Kan.)–Agriculture saw hundreds rally in support of corn farmers during a public hearing on proposed changes to the Renewable Fuels Standard. Corn farmers across the Midwest travel

EPA Hears Testimony in Favor of RFS

The National Corn Growers Association, among others, took to Kansas City, Kansas, 

Asian Trade Partners Welcome TPA, TAA, Passage

The New York Times reports American allies in Asia welcome the completion of trade bills that 

House Wraps up Work on Trade Promotion Authority by Passing TAA

In a 286-138 vote, the U.S. House on Thursday passed Trade Adjustment Assistance, clearing 

Microsoft Demonstrates Farm Data Dashboard

As part of a tech-fair last week, Microsoft demonstrated a farm data dashboard that may 

2,4-D Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans

Following the latest review of scientific literature, the International Agency for Research on 

Survey Shows Drop in Burgers Popularity

An annual survey of restaurant industry chains suggest that the burger is losing ground to the 

Senate Bill Aims at Helping Rural Hospitals

Senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Cory Gardner of Colorado Tuesday introduced a bill to 

USDA Updates Department Policy for Climate Change Adaptation

USDA announced Monday the Department is taking additional steps to integrate climate change 

Peterson: Lucas farm bill may last 20 years

House Agriculture ranking democrat Collin Peterson said recently the 2014 farm bill could last 

Corn Growers Converging on Kansas City, Kansas for EPA Hearing

Scores of corn growers from more than a dozen states will converge in Kansas City, Kansas, 

USDA Seeking Applications for Loans and Grants Supporting Rural Economies

USDA is accepting applications for loan and grants to support businesses in rural communities. 

Hay and Forage Expo this Week

The 2015 Hay and Forage expo opens Wednesday in Southeast Minnesota. The two day expo 

House Ag Spending Bill Advancing

A spending bill for agriculture has won approval by the House Agriculture Appropriations 

Lawmaker Support Building for National Labeling Law

More lawmakers are showing support for a national labeling law. A House hearing last week by 

Clinton Says She Would Vote No for Fast Track Trade

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says she would vote against the fast-track 

McConnell Moving Forward on Trade Votes

Trade votes in the Senate are coming this week, despite no guarantee of support by pro-trade 

NFU Objects Potential Monsanto-Syngenta Merger

The National Farmers Union Board of Directors has passed a resolution stating its objection to 

TPP Failure Could Hurt U.S. Influence in Asia

The New York Times reported this week the nations of Asia are weighing the potential impact of 

Standalone TPA Bill Passes U.S. House

The U.S. House has again passed Trade Promotion Authority. On a vote of 218-208, House 

Sen. Moran Takes Action to Protect Kansans from EPA Overregulation

WASHINGTON –On Thursday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations – of which U.S. 

El Nino Poses Risk to Global Economy

A report by Citigroup indicates El Nino may harm the global economy in the second half of this 

Foster Farms Investigating Undercover Video

Foster Farms is investigating an undercover video by New Mercy for Animals allegedly shot at 

USDA Says Biobased Products Contribute 4 Million Jobs to the Economy

A report by USDA shows the biobased industry is generating substantial economic activity and 

Spending Bills Aim Budget block at EPA

Earlier this week, republicans in both chambers moved bills to cut the Environmental Protection 

Farm to Glass Beers Trend Growing

The Washington Post reports the brewing industry is catching on to “farm-to-table” marketing. 

FDA Says Trans-Fats are not Safe

The food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday partially hydrogenated oils are not 

House Leaders Considering Standalone TPA Bill

While House Speaker John Boehner can bring up the current Trade Package before July 30th, 

USDA Seeking Applications for Rural Development Cooperatives Grants

USDA announced Monday the department is accepting grants to help rural cooperatives 

Farm Groups Urging Passage of TAA

Following last week’s vote against Trade Adjustment Assistance, agriculture groups are calling 

Enrollment Period Opening for Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage

Producers may now formally enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss 

House Hearing Scheduled for Biotech Labeling This Week

A House hearing scheduled this week (Thursday) will tackle biotech labeling in food on a