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Farm bill takes aim at state animal welfare laws
The future of state laws that regulate everything from the size of a hen's cage to the safe consumption of Gulf oysters may be at stake as farm bill negotiators work to resolve a long-simmering fight between agriculture and animal welfare interests.
Renewable fuel standard change would hurt farmers, group says
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the proposed 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumetric requirements.
USDA issues CRP, Direct and ACRE payments
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA has begun distributing Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) annual rental payments to participants across the country.
USDA site is back, but reports may be delayed
With the federal budget impasse ended, USDA is back to work but it may take some time for regularly scheduled agriculture commodity reports to be issued, the agency said Thursday.
Donate to South Dakota Rancher’s Relief Fund
South Dakota Cattlemen's Association, South Dakota Stockgrowers Association and South Dakota Sheep Growers Association established the South Dakota Rancher Relief Fund Oct. 8, 2013 with the Black Hills Area Community Foundation to provide support and relief assistance to those in the agriculture industry impacted by the blizzard of Oct. 4-7, 2013.
Despite shutdown, ag industry moves forward
Uncertainty looms across the United States as to when the government shutdown will end, and this uncertainty has troubled the agricultural industry and those wanting to make trading decisions for their crops and livestock.
Coming up dry: Study focuses on groundwater
If current irrigation trends continue, 69 percent of the groundwater stored in the High Plains Aquifer of Kansas will be depleted in 50 years. But immediately reducing water use could extend the aquifer's lifetime and increase net agricultural production through the year 2110.
WRDA critical to improving water transportation
There’s hardly a school kid who is not familiar with the American folksong, “Fifteen Years on the Erie Canal.” The song went by a number of names including “Fifteen Miles on the Erie Canal.”
Grower in Ark., to break 100-bushel per acre mark
A Dumas soybean grower has become the first Arkansas farmer to break the 100-bushel per acre mark, and it all came down to a fraction of a bushel.
Smithsonian museum seeks farmers’ stories
No one knows how much agriculture has evolved and transformed over time better than America’s farmers. That’s why the Smithsonian National Museum of American History is seeking farmers’ help in telling stories of the innovation and experiences of farming and ranching across the United States.
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