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  • USDA lending $8.5M to 2 Louisiana businesses

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says its rural development program is lending $7.1 million to a New Orleans sausage maker and $1.3 million to a Bunkie senior care company. Lillian Salerno, administrator of the USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Services, is scheduled to...

  • Group opposes Kauai dairy farm plan

    LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A group of biologists and residents is opposing plans for a dairy farm on Kauai, claiming the project is moving forward without proper permits and will have harmful environmental impacts. In a letter to the county earlier this month, the group urged the Department of...

  • Stink bugs invade Europe; France, Italy hit

    Stink bug infestations have spread to 41 states and Europe's farm basket, having lived through the super-cold and snowy winter by making their own anti-freeze, according to the Agriculture Department's top brown marmorated stink bug watcher. “We are not seeing any difference in the mortality...

  • Don't forget to tingle at the benefits of capitalism

    In his classic baseball book “Ball Four,” Jim Bouton writes that as a child he longed to be able to run, just once, across the beautiful outfield grass. Yet as an adult and a major league ballplayer, he takes being on the field for granted. “Sometimes I forget to tingle,” he writes. In...

  • Harsh winter damages Michigan's fruit trees, vines

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's heavy snowfall and bitter cold winter have damaged some fruit trees and vineyards, according to a leading state farm group. The late thaw is finally allowing fruit farmers to assess damage from the cold and heavy snow, the Michigan Farm Bureau said in a...

  • Idle Neb. meatpacking plant to be demolished

    GERING, Neb. (AP) — Gering officials are looking forward to the demolition of an idle meatpacking plant in the Nebraska Panhandle city. The Star-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1lEQnkr ) the Swift Packerland building has been empty for about ten years and has long been considered unsafe. Twin...

  • Maine introduces swipe cards for elver fishermen

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine is one of two states now using electronic swipe cards to record sales and catches in its elver fisheries. In the baby eel fishery best known for ballooned prices, marine resource officials say the new system is crucial to applying tighter regulations that include...

  • 17 billion honey bees injured, killed, threatening apple, berry, veggie crops

    Commercial beekeepers who flood California's almond orchards with nearly 2 million hives every March have lost 25 percent of their colonies to chemical sprays and they are blaming loose regulations for the injury and deaths of an estimated 17 billion bees. The crisis, which robbed the...

  • Agribusinesses give $380,000 to beat anti-GMO vote

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Six major producers of herbicides and genetically modified crops are shoveling $380,000 into the campaign to defeat measures to prohibit genetically modified crops in southwestern Oregon. Political contributions posted Thursday on the Oregon Secretary of State website...

  • Ted Cruz takes dig at Bruce Braley in Iowa op-ed

    Rep. Bruce Braley, the Democratic candidate for Senate in Iowa, has been the target of relentless Republican attacks since a video from a fundraiser revealed Braley dismissing Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley as a "farmer from Iowa" to a crowd of trial lawyers.

  • FOIA exemptions provide ample cover for bureaucrats hiding agency secrets, transparency advocates say

    Black columns run vertically down 700 pages, devoid of any information about the federal workers who spent thousands of hours doing union work while on the government payroll. This is what the U.S. Department of Agriculture considers public disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. In...

  • Applications open for Nebraska Ranch Practicum

    NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) — Applications are being accepted for the 2014 Nebraska Ranch Practicum. Participants will cover several topics, including plant identification, range conditions and grazing strategies, wildlife management and evaluation of beef cattle production systems. Classroom...

  • American farmers confront 'big data' revolution

    Farmers from across the nation gathered in Washington this month for what has become an annual trek to seek action on the most important matters in American agriculture, such as immigration reform and water regulations.

  • Bruce Braley has difficulty spelling terms used regularly in the state he wishes to represent in the Senate

    Bruce Braley, a Democratic Senate candidate in Iowa, has trouble spelling basic agricultural terms. Braley put out a press release Wednesday referencing "detassling" and "bailing" hay, per the Des Moines Register. In the context of farming, those words are correctly spelled "detasseling" and...

  • Video shows Iowa Democratic Senate candidate slamming Chuck Grassley for being 'a farmer'

    Rep. Bruce Braley, the Democratic candidate for Senate in Iowa, recently warned trial lawyers at a fundraising event in Texas that Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, would be ill-prepared to head the Senate Judiciary Committee should Republicans win a majority in November. Braley's reasoning?...



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