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Egypt Downplaying Wheat Cargo Denials

Dan General

The world’s largest wheat buyer is backing away from recent comments regarding poppy seeds found in wheat shipments. Egypt has rejected two cargoes of wheat for import after testing found the shipments were contaminated with poppy seeds that Egypt called “drug-producing.” However, the poppy seeds were found to be of non-opium producing kinds, and Egypt now calls them “not very …

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Poll Shows Americans Support Tax Reform for Farmers

Taylor Hillman General

A new poll shows a large majority of American voters support tax reforms, including some changes that would help America’s farm and ranch families. The survey, conducted by Morning Consult, found that 7 out of 10 American voters agreed passing tax reforms should be an important priority for Congress. Over half the voters supported specific tax reform provisions that would …

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A New Source of Help for Young and Beginning Farmers

Dan General

Saturday, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue signed a Memorandum of Understanding with officials from SCORE, the nation’s largest volunteer network of expert business mentors, to support new and beginning farmers. The agreement provides new help resources for beginning ranchers, veterans, women, socially disadvantaged Americans and others, providing new tools to help them both grow and thrive in agri-business. According to …

NMPF, USDEC Dairy Cooperative Leader Outlines NAFTA Renegotiation Priorities at Congressional Hearing

Dan General

The CEO of a major farmer-owned dairy cooperative in Washington state told a congressional panel that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has created jobs and increased sales for his company and the entire U.S. dairy sector and that a renegotiated treaty must maintain market access to Mexico while also fixing trade challenges with Canada. “An agreement that has …

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Veterinarians: Establish Offshore FMD Vaccine Bank

Dan General

Warning of the dire economic consequences of an outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD), swine veterinarians from around the country during Capitol Hill visits will urge congressional lawmakers to establish an offshore vaccine bank to help quickly control and eradicate the animal disease. The 23 veterinarians are in town as part of the Swine Veterinarian Public Policy Advocacy Program of the …

Panetta Recognizes Similar Problems for U.S. Growers

Abbey Taylor General

By Jaci Schreckengost The problems faced by growers in California are some of the same issues faced in places such as Florida and Georgia, Jimmy Panetta of California’s 20th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives says. “Coming from the specialty crop capital … the salad bowl of the world, Salinas Valley, you realize that we’re not alone,” Panetta …