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West Coast ports resume work with a provisional deal

Dock workers in 29 shipping terminals along the West Coast have begun working on a full schedule again after a tentative agreement was reached late Friday in their labor dispute.
2/25/2015
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CAT staying in Peoria with 31-acre downtown campus

"Caterpillar will stay in Peoria," company Chair and CEO Doug Oberhelman announced at the Caterpillar Visitors Center in downtown Peoria on Friday. "I repeat: Caterpillar will stay in Peoria."
2/25/2015
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EQIP funding up to $1.37B on the table, for applicants

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) will have $1.37 billion to fund conservation programs nationwide and for technical assistance in 2015, according to a USDA official.
2/25/2015
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U.S. cattle numbers down, but hints of increase in report

The January cattle inventory report from the USDA contained good news even if it wasn’t evident at first glance.
2/25/2015
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FAS chief urges farmers to support TPA for president

With trade agreements that could affect most of the nation’s farmers nearing completion, the Obama administration and USDA are encouraging Congress to restore Trade Promotion Authority.
2/25/2015
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Senators proposing bill to end U.S. trade embargo with Cuba

Agriculture in the United States is thought to benefit if President Barack Obama’s call to ease trade restrictions in Cuba develops in a total lifting of the half-century embargo.
2/25/2015
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Speakers: Water conservation is best answer for Western drought

As drought conditions continue in the Southwest, water conservation was a focus for the 91st annual USDA Agriculture Outlook Forum.
2/25/2015
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Indiana bill setting hunt preserve regulations now going to Senate

A bill that would set regulations for hunting preserves in Indiana was sent to the state Senate last week after clearing the House of Representatives by a 55-39 vote.
2/25/2015
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USDA to deregulate GMO apple; awaiting FDA study

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced its decision to deregulate the first genetically modified apple.
2/25/2015
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Agreement will allow trade of all apples between U.S. and China

The USDA announced it has reached an agreement with Chinese officials to allow all U.S.-grown apples access to the Chinese market. The deal will in turn allow Chinese-grown apples access to the American market.
2/25/2015
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