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USDA awards grants for new school food service equipment

- Posted 4/18/2014 at 12:00 p.m.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding $25 million in grants to help schools purchase needed kitchen equipment.
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Vilsack announces additional USDA actions to combat spread of diseases among U.S. pork producers

- Posted 4/18/2014 at 9:27 a.m.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that in an effort to further enhance the biosecurity and health of the US swine herd while maintaining movement of pigs in the US.
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ASU-Beebe Ag Department receives national recognition

- Posted 4/18/2014 at 8:30 a.m.
Toyota awarded a two-year lease on a 2014 Toyota Tundra to Arkansas State University-Beebe’s Department of Agriculture in recognition of it receiving the 2013 Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Agricultural Education Program award.
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USFWS to reopen comment period on endangered mussels

- Posted 4/17/2014 at 3:56 p.m.
The announcement was made in a meeting at Farm Bureau Center in Little Rock.
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Animals with human rights will be more than a pet peeve for researchers

- Posted 4/17/2014 at 3:06 p.m.
Legally, dogs and cats are moving closer to personhood. A new book says this poses problems for biomedical researchers and veterinarians.
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USDA announces Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

- Posted 4/17/2014 at 2:30 p.m.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of approximately $66 million in Specialty Crop Block Grants to state departments of agriculture for projects that help support specialty crop growers.
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CURE applauds STB decision on fertilizer shipments

- Posted 4/17/2014 at 12:13 p.m.
"We applaud the Surface Transportation Board’s decision requiring reports from the rail industry on its plans to ensure delivery of fertilizer to farmers in the upper Midwest."
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Chinese market could help rid rivers of invasive Asian carp

- Posted 4/17/2014 at 10:30 a.m.
Water experts worried about Asian carp may have new hope. They’re turning their eyes to China, where a carp-hungry populace may be the key for stemming the tide of the invasive fish.
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Vermont GMO bill passes senate. Now what?

- Posted 4/17/2014 at 9:15 a.m.
Vermont looks as though it will be the first state in the nation to require the labeling of genetically modified foods, and proponents of labeling elsewhere are hoping that developments in the Green Mountain State will spur others to take action.
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Veach: EU trade agreement would boost Arkansas' economy

- Posted 4/17/2014 at 8:15 a.m.
ArFB president hopes we’ve turned a corner with EU leaders in Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks.
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Family farming in the United States

- Posted 4/16/2014 at 4:03 p.m.
The United Nations has designated 2014 as the “International Year of Family Farming” to highlight the potential family farmers have to help eradicate hunger and preserve natural resources.
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USDA considers mandatory reporting for PEDv

- Posted 4/16/2014 at 3:03 p.m.
The USDA is considering rules that would require outbreaks of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus to be reported to the government in an effort to improve tracking of the disease, which has already spread to 30 states, an industry group said on Monday.
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USDA helps open, expand export markets for U.S. agriculture

- Posted 4/16/2014 at 10:54 a.m.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) awarded funding to more than 60 U.S. agricultural organizations to help expand commercial export markets.
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Pitchford joins Arkansas Farm Bureau

- Posted 4/16/2014 at 9:00 a.m.
Arkansas Farm Bureau has hired Jeff Pitchford as its director of public policy for state affairs.
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Poll identifies top consumer questions on GMOs

- Posted 4/15/2014 at 3:45 p.m.
Cancer, allergies, food prices and how seed companies treat farmers are among the leading questions consumers have about GMOs and how our food is grown, according to a recent national survey.
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EU’s attack on common food names threatens U.S. meat exports

- Posted 4/15/2014 at 2:15 p.m.
First it was the stink about common cheese names, now it's the baloney about "bologna," "black forest ham" and the names of other meats that the European Union says are "geographical indicators."
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USDA announces 2014 cotton loan rate differentials

- Posted 4/15/2014 at 1:46 p.m.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced the 2014-crop loan rate differentials for upland and extra-long staple (ELS) cotton.
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Farm Round Up opens event to public

- Posted 4/15/2014 at 12:30 p.m.
Thirteen-hundred second graders and nine stations in two hours will add up to a trip around the world of Agriculture on April 16-17 as part of the annual Faulkner County Farm Round Up.
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Optimism: A farmer’s stock-in-trade

- Posted 4/15/2014 at 11:15 a.m.
When we think of farmers we don’t necessarily think of romantics, but don’t let their typical reserve in showing emotions fool you.
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Sign-up begins today for USDA disaster assistance programs restored by farm bill

- Posted 4/15/2014 at 10:05 a.m.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that starting today, eligible farmers and ranchers can sign up for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs restored by passage of the 2014 Farm Bill.
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Farm Bureau sets Measure the Candidate forum

- Posted 4/14/2014 at 2:16 p.m.
Arkansas Farm Bureau is hosting a Measure the Candidate forum Tuesday, April 22, at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock.
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ArFB supports UAMS Rural Medicine Student Leadership Association

- Posted 4/14/2014 at 12:16 p.m.
Farm Bureau supports the Rural Medicine Student Leadership Association at UAMS and its efforts to support students who have expressed an interest in helping to meet the healthcare needs of rural Arkansas.
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Election Directory available for download

- Posted 4/14/2014 at 10:15 a.m.
ArFB's 2014 Election Directory is now available for download. Printed copies will be available soon.
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Arkansas companies urged to apply for trade award

- Posted 4/14/2014 at 9:22 a.m.
Arkansas companies actively pursuing global markets are encouraged to apply for the Governor's Award for Excellence in Global Trade, an award recognizing the importance of international trade for Arkansas's economy.
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Read the new Front Porch magazine

- Posted 4/11/2014 at 3:11 p.m.
Save the date for the 2014 Texas League All-Star Game; P. Allen Smith shares how to enjoy garden-fresh fare year-round.
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USDA announces funding to train, educate next generation of farmers, ranchers

- Posted 4/11/2014 at 10:30 a.m.
USDA Secretary Vilsack announced the availability of more than $19 million in grants to help train, educate and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of agricultural producers through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.
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AFBF issues action alert on House GMO bill

- Posted 4/11/2014 at 9:21 a.m.
H.R. 4432 would create a federal, voluntary labeling system for foods that are not made from GMO ingredients and assert FDA’s role as the authority to oversee GMOs and GMO labeling.
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Walmart aims to drive down organic prices with new, cheaper line

- Posted 4/11/2014 at 9:15 a.m.
Starting this month, Walmart aims to drive down the price of organic food nationwide with its new in-house line of 100 or so products in exclusive partnership with Wild Oats, a pioneering health brand of the 1980s.
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Producers Rice Mill names new operations VP

- Posted 4/10/2014 at 4:23 p.m.
Producers Rice Mill named Steven Caver as their new vice president of operations in charge of all milling, drying, packaging, shipping, and storage facilities for all Producers Rice Mill locations.
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Beef prices hit all-time high

- Posted 4/10/2014 at 1:40 p.m.
Beef prices have reached all-time highs in the U.S. and aren't expected to come down any time soon.
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