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  • Rauner broadens Ag Department patronage criticism

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The GOP candidate for Illinois governor broadened his criticism of state agriculture officials Wednesday, saying the department was "full of cronyism" and has "folks running things that generally don't have much expertise." Winnetka businessman Bruce Rauner's statements...

  • Audit: $662,000 given to failing farmer's market

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The state Department of Agriculture spent $662,000 in federal money on refrigeration upgrades at a failing farmer's market, according to an audit. The report follows an audit detailing problems under former Agriculture Commissioner Gus Douglass. The main issue stemmed...

  • GOP: Come clean on water rule

    House Republicans are suspicious of a proposed EPA rule, one they say could subject lots of private property to federal regulation.

  • Rauner: Dept. of Agriculture 'full of cronyism'

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — The GOP candidate for Illinois governor says if elected he'd work to overhaul the state Department of Agriculture. Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) is a Winnetka businessman. He told attendees at a forum in Bloomington Wednesday coordinated by the Illinois Farm Bureau that the...

  • Online food stamp fraud growing, GAO reports

    One online posting in Raleigh, N.C., offered 10 days of cooking and cleaning services in exchange for food stamps. Someone in Charlotte offered to exchange beer for food stamps, according to GAO.

  • North Dakota winter wheat crop hurt by disease

    MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Some North Dakota grain elevators are urging farmers to bin their newly harvested winter wheat until the market figures out what to do with a heavily diseased crop. The crop is showing high levels of vomitoxin — a toxin associated with scab disease that can make grain unsafe...

  • Seed company sued by migrant workers in Michigan

    CASSOPOLIS, Mich. (AP) — A major seed company is being sued by 32 migrant farm workers and seven of their children over the workers' claims that they were underpaid and experienced unsafe conditions and poor housing while removing tassels from corn in southwestern Michigan. The workers are...

  • Lobbying fight kicks off as ethanol rules sent to the White House

    The Environmental Protection Agency sent the Office of Management and Budget a long-awaited proposal for review that would set the federal target for blending biofuels into gasoline.

  • Does it take more water to frack an oil well or keep a golf course green?

    Quick question: Which uses more water, growing vegetables or hydraulic fracturing to produce oil and natural gas? The right answer, according to a recent study, found that fracking in states of the Mountain West region uses far less water than a whole host of activities, including golf courses.

  • Michigan agriculture group launches mapping tool

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has launched a mapping tool designed to help the state's agribusinesses improve their operations. The Michigan Agri-Business Association says the tool gives businesses access to information that will guide their decisions, allow them to seize opportunities for...

  • USDA: Puppy imports must be healthy, 6 months old

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Foreign dog breeders have gone unregulated for years, shipping puppies so young and so sick that one in four died before reaching a U.S. airport, animal welfare workers say. The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a regulation Friday that, starting in 90 days, will...

  • House speaker says farmers' take illegal losses

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The speaker of the Arkansas House says he wants a legislative committee to look at regulations governing commodities brokers after state farmers reported millions of dollars in losses. House Speaker Davy Carter on Friday asked the chairman of the House Agriculture...

  • Crab season a bit pinched in Delaware, Maryland

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — When you look at $200 plus for a bushel of blue crabs, shake your head and say "no way," there's just one thing to do: Blame it on the weather. And we're not talking about the chilly winter of 2014, either, at least not here in Delaware Bay. Think back to September and...

  • Manhattan Moment: A new layer of regulation would boost cost of onions but not safety

    A proposed federal food safety rule would drastically increase costs for American onion farmers and consumers, without any improvement in public safety.

  • Deere takes a hit as farm economy weakens

    MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Deere's profit slumped 15 percent in the third quarter and the farming equipment maker, seeing weak sales ahead, trimmed its outlook and will cut production. Chairman and CEO Samuel Allen said Wednesday that the cuts will bring production "in line with demand for our...



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