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For some in Michigan, SNAP benefits smaller

Fewer than 20 percent of households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits will see a benefit reduction this fall as a result of changes in the 2014 Farm Bill aimed at cutting program costs.
10/1/2014
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4-H program seeks new ways to feed the world’s population

A National 4-H Council program, which is inspiring a new generation to discover ways to feed a growing world population, will soon enter its second year.
10/1/2014
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Too much rain, too little labor hurts tobacco crop

While there is no such thing as a perfect growing season, most tobacco producers in the region will agree this year has been adequate enough to produce a high quality crop.
10/1/2014
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Farm groups hope depreciation, deduction are made permanent

Farmers and ranchers would be better able to plan for equipment purchases and other capital expenditures under a bill passed last month by the U.S. House of Representatives.
10/1/2014
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Workshop to focus on health of sheep, small ruminants

Michigan State University will host a special program on small ruminant animal health, including sheep and goats.
10/1/2014
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Panel says credit is plentiful for farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Credit is plentiful for America’s farmers and ranchers, and it is being provided at rates near historically low levels.
7/2/2014
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States awaiting Vermont outcome on GMO lawsuit

MONTPELIER, Vt. — States across the country are waiting for a Vermont court verdict on  the first labeling law for GMO foods.
7/2/2014
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CBO says Renewable Fuel Standard no longer viable

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Complying with the Renewable Fuel Standard as it was originally written is not feasible, according to a CBO report.
7/2/2014
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Corn ethanol RFS opponents also putting pressure on D.C.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Halfway into the year, the biofuel industry is still waiting for the Renewable Fuel Standard target to be finalized for 2014.
7/2/2014
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Independent banks charge FCS activities are ‘troubling’

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Although all panelists last week declared farm credit is readily available for growers, the competitive balance for that credit was debated.
7/2/2014
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