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  • Review of potential bee-killing chemical sped up

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday announced he signed legislation to accelerate the review of an insecticide that may be killing honey bees. AB1789 by Democratic Assemblyman Das Williams of Santa Barbara sets a timeline and requirements for an ongoing pesticide review of...

  • USDA: Genetically modified wheat found in Montana

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Unregulated genetically modified wheat has popped up in a second location in the United States, this time in Montana, the Agriculture Department said Friday. No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for U.S. farming, and the discovery of unapproved varieties can pose...

  • Federal regs cost $1.88 trillion, more with Obama's 'pen and phone' rules

    Burdensome federal regulations cost Americans at least $1.88 trillion annually, and that doesn't include the impact of President Obama's "pen and phone" rule making.

  • California may restrict common pesticide

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California farmers who spray a widely used insecticide on some of the state's most abundant crops may soon have to overcome the nation's steepest restrictions or find another pest killer, officials said Thursday. Regulators are proposing heavy restrictions — but not an...

  • USDA details new risk-based farm payment programs

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farmers can start as early as next week on signing up for new safety net programs that U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said replaces the much-criticized direct payments with government payouts based on the risks farmers face. Vilsack traveled to St. Paul,...

  • Vt. dairy farmer agrees to $33K in civil penalties

    Sorrell MONTPELIER, Vt. (Legal Newsline) – Following an investigation by Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell, dairy farmer Richard M. Nelson agreed on Tuesday to pay $33,000 in civil penalties after allegations that some practices at his farm violated the state’s water pollution...

  • Private sector steps up at climate summit

    Several big-name companies across multiple economic sectors put their money behind climate change efforts Tuesday, attempting to strike a tone that shows taking environmental steps doesn't mean they will surrender profits.

  • Ban sought on children working on tobacco farms

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty-five House Democrats are urging the Obama administration to prohibit children from working on tobacco farms, citing concerns about ill health effects. The lawmakers, led by Reps. David Cicilline, D-R.I., and Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., made their plea in a letter to Labor...

  • Higher supply, costs cut Ohio farmers' profits

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio corn farmers might be producing more crops, but the boom in supply and higher expenses are driving down profits this year. Most farmers are reporting they are producing more bushels this year, but the price they're able to get for the commodity has been roughly cut in...

  • Horse power gains favor among small-scale farmers

    MARATHON, N.Y. (AP) — While most modern farmers work their fields accompanied by the rumble of a trusty tractor, sheep farmer Donn Hewes labors to the faint jingling of harnesses in rhythm with the hoofbeats of horses and mules. He readily admits that horse-powered farming takes more time and...

  • USDA: Rain, cold hampering Illinois corn harvest

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Wet, cool conditions across much of Illinois have slowed the state's corn harvesting to a creep, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on the heels of its forecast of a record year for production of the grain and soybeans. Illinois corn growers through Sunday had only managed...

  • Immigration is American

    America needs immigrants. Immigrants co-founded most of Silicon Valley's start-ups. The Patent Office says immigrants invent things at twice the rate of native-born Americans.

  • Iowa candidates farm for votes

    One of the most important Senate contests in this midterm election cycle -- and one of the tightest, according to recent public polling -- could hinge on winning over the Hawkeye State's agriculture industry.

  • Slow Money invests in small food enterprises

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Consumers who want to support local food and farms now have another way in addition to buying locally produced veggies, meats and cheeses. The so-called "Slow Money" network links entrepreneurs with investors who want to support a stronger local food system. Since 2010,...

  • USDA boosts corn, soybean harvest to new records

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The nation's corn and soybean farmers will bring in by far the largest harvest ever this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday in a new report. Corn farmers are expected to harvest nearly 14.4 billion bushels of corn, up from last year's 13.9 billion...



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