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House passes bill making GMO food labeling voluntary
The controversial bill would block states from making GMO labeling a mandate, and instead puts into place guidelines for a voluntary system.
7/29/2015
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Surface Transportation Board may alter how shipping rates are figured

 Railroad freight rates may change as a result of a two-day hearing in front of the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) focused specifically on how shipping rates are determined.
7/29/2015
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Heavy rains raising Lake Erie phosphorous load for algae

"During these wet years like we had this year, and in 2011 where we had record-breaking rainstorms in May and June, a lot of phosphorus is carried off in runoff and gets into Lake Erie.”
7/29/2015
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Impacts of weather, dollar, trade driving meat prices

Both pork and chicken inventories should keep prices down heading into winter – and there could be room for U.S. retail pork prices to head lower. And drought-breaking rains this year in most of the Great Plains are keeping cow-calf producers in expansion mode. Heifers are staying on the ranch and out of the feedlot. 
7/29/2015
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Dean plant's shutdown to cost Indiana city lost revenue, 130+ jobs

May layoffs followed Meijer’s opening of a $100 million dairy processing facility for milk, cottage cheese and yogurt at its Tipp City, Ohio, warehouse complex.
7/29/2015
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WOTUS lawsuit picks up Indiana
“There are a number of problems here, but success to me would be to push back and have the EPA stay within their primary responsibility – that is, navigable waterways and those areas that lead directly into a waterway.”
7/29/2015
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Farmland values lower for Illinois, maybe for 5 years

“Cash rents are under some pressure, income is under some pressure and that puts land values under pressure."
7/29/2015
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Michigan reinstating produce collection of $2 per $1,000

The failure of a grain company last year resulted in 108 claims - $3.5 million - being parceled out to farmers who did not get paid for delivered grain.
7/29/2015
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DOT would monitor ports productivity under Senate bill

A bill before Congress would allow the federal government to better monitor port productivity as a way to prevent a repeat of the labor “slowdown” that caused shipping congestion in West Coast ports.
7/29/2015
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PPO-resistant Palmer means 2016 pre-emergent vigilance

Tests conducted last week at the University of Illinois showed that a gene present in PPO-resistant waterhemp is now present in Palmer amaranth samples taken from Tennessee soybean fields.
7/29/2015
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