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ARC/PLC paying on 2014 crop losses for half of enrolled farms

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TPP could top session talks at Ohio Grain Symposium Dec. 17

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Indiana corn, soybean losses probably less than projected

While Indiana was hit hardest by record rainfall this year, its losses to flooding are less than half of projections.
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Soybeans variable in yield during one northern Indiana FIRST trial

In the northern part of Indiana, hit hardest by the heavy rains this season, crop height and yields were variable in one soybean hybrids test staged by Farmers’ Independent Research of Seed Technologies (FIRST).
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Treated food scraps another feed option for Indiana swine

Swine nutrition has improved dramatically over the last 50 years, resulting in hogs that are 75 percent leaner today. Another feed option may be coming to the table for Indiana swine: Treated food scraps from commercial kitchens.
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Nearly $4 billion in safety-net payments to start soon

Farmers can expect to receive their safety-net payments for the 2014 crop year in the mail beginning this month. Nearly $4 billion will be dispersed nationwide.
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Urban farmers developing vacant lots in some Midwest cities

In Cleveland, with 20,000 vacant lots and 1,000 houses torn down per year, the city managers are spending exorbitant amounts to maintain properties. In one neighborhood, however, something is growing again: food and farms.
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European Parliament strikes down opt-out deal on GMOs

The European Parliament voted down a proposal that would have let individual member nations "opt out" of the European Union’s (EU) policy of allowing some biotech food and feed imports.
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Executive branch, ag groups backing passage of final TPP

Farm groups last week joined the federal departments of Agriculture and Commerce to praise the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), as the U.S. Trade Representative and White House continued pushing for what would be the world’s biggest free trade agreement to date.
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USDA leads trade visit to Africa to boost exports

The USDA is leading a trade mission this week to Sub-Saharan Africa to increase U.S. ag exports in the region, which is a growing market for U.S. table-ready food.
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Thanksgiving meal costs rise because of avian flu

The average price of a Thanksgiving meal for a family of 10 has topped $50 nationwide for the first time since the Farm Bureau has been doing its annual Marketbasket survey.
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FDA approves GMO salmon; won’t require special labeling

It has been more than two decades since a company first approached federal health officials about developing a genetically modified (GMO or GE) salmon, and while it has been an upstream fight to win the approval it received last week, there are numerous groups and retailers who still say they’ll boycott the fish.
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