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Deal with Japan is crucial to new Pacific trade pact

The United States and Japan started talking trade in 1853, after Commodore Matthew Perry anchored four U.S. naval steamboats in Tokyo Bay, not budging until he got to talk trade with high-level Japanese officials.
11/12/2014
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How Republicans’ congressional wins may impact U.S. ag policy

The shifting political landscape after last week’s Republican wins could impact farm policy, especially in the U.S. Senate, where Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts is expected to chair the agriculture committee.
11/12/2014
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Co-ops are tried and true model of farm businesses

The Organic Valley brand has brought together farmers from 1,800 operations across 35 states and generated $970 million in sales last year, said spokesperson Jerry McGeorge.
11/12/2014
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FDA seeks public comment on newest food safety rules

The nation’s farm and food industry has less than a month to file new comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s latest proposed rule changes to the agency’s Food Safety Modernization Act, ahead of the FDA’s deadline of Dec. 15.
11/19/2014
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Task force working on plan to combat antibiotics resistance

Antibiotic resistance is growing in animals used in production agriculture, according to the chair of a committee created to help provide solutions for the problem.
11/19/2014
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Indiana turkey producers climb in national rankings

Many Americans will stuff themselves on turkey in the coming month. But Indiana’s turkey production, which reached a record level this year, is increasing not so much from holiday demand as from year-round global trends.
11/19/2014
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U.S. corn and soy output at all-time high, for 2014

Last year’s corn and soybean crops set several records, according to the NASS 2014 Crop Production report. Corn harvest was a record 14.2 billion bushels, up 3 percent from 2013’s revised numbers. Soybeans had a record production of 3.97 billion bushels, up 18 percent from 2013. 
1/14/2015
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Impact of ag trade with Cuba unclear yet

No guarantees have been made on whether more food grown and raised on U.S. farms will be made available for sale to Cuba, but many in the agricultural community expect the door to open at least somewhat to farmers. Speculation ranges from optimism to uncertainty.
1/14/2015
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Incomplete corn harvest can spell death for feeding cattle

Cattle ranchers routinely turn cattle out on corn stover as a way to use the entire plant. That can be an excellent feed source for cattle, but it can be a problem if there is much corn grain still present in the field.
1/14/2015
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Specialists: Take a hard look at split N for corn

Corn Belt extension specialists sent a reminder to corn growers last month to start thinking about spring nitrogen (N) applications. The specialists (in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas) highlighted a free online tool to manage fertilization for corn acres in those states. 
1/14/2015
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