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Trump budget would trim crop insurance, change SNAP pay
Just weeks after promising the American Farm Bureau convention that he supports crop insurance, President Donald Trump in his 2019 budget proposed a 33 percent cut to the popular program that has sustained farmers who have faced losses from natural disaster or dips in commodity prices.
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How one Florida farm pledged to ensure better ag work conditions

With more than a million farm workers in the United States, agriculture is heavily reliant on manual labor, and the treatment of workers has been a concern in some areas of the country.
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Villwock, others attest to needs of farm bill in era of low prices
Since 2014, when the price paid for crops decreased, the only thing that has saved farmers financially is higher yields. As the low commodity prices continue, the chances of a bad yield increase and the need for a strong farm bill increases.
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Trump directs 25 percent of 'new funds' to rural spending
While many in agriculture followed USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue’s lead in applauding the principles behind President Donald Trump’s Feb. 12 infrastructure investment plan, some have more questions about the specifics of it.
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Trump proposal to shutter ‘Ag Lab’ for second time raises ire

For the second time in a year, President Trump is threatening to close one of America’s most recognizable and prolific agricultural utilization laboratories.
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No agreement in sight yet on status of immigration reform
 It appears any hope of passing an immigration bill to address the “Dreamers” who work in agriculture and elsewhere will have to wait on the federal courts, including the Supreme Court, to determine their future.
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Refinery blames ethanol standard for bankruptcy

The largest oil refinery on the East Coast blaming the federal ethanol mandate for its bankruptcy filing has corn growers worried more about the axe dropping on blended fuels.
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Michigan officials plan March meeting on bovine TB cases
An Ottawa County roping cattle herd has been depopulated after two animals sent to slaughter were found to be infected with bovine tuberculosis (TB), the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) announced last week.
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La Porte landmark demolished, makes way for produce garden
 It was once a popular northern Indiana hangout with milkshakes and sodas. Bottled milk also came rolling out for home delivery on horse-drawn wagons and, later, trucks.
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Indiana Ports saw record string of growth, in part thanks to ag
For the first time, ships on Indiana waterways for the fourth consecutive year topped 10 million tons of cargo. Part of the credit goes to 14 percent increases in both ethanol and fertilizer shipments during 2017.
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