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Bill Clarifies Transportation Laws For Ag Products

Posted on 7/12/2012 by Chris Heiss in Transportation

Following passage by the U.S. House and Senata, President Obama recently signed off on H.R. 4348, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). The bill includes reauthorization of surface transportation programs, an extension of reduced student loan rates and a reauthorization of the flood insurance program.

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Be Prepared For Drought Stories In The Media

Posted on 7/12/2012 by Chris Heiss in Drought

With drought affecting more than half of the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has named more than 1,000 counties in 26 states as natural-disaster areas, the largest such declaration ever.

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Record Settlement Reached In H-2A Case

Posted on 7/12/2012 by Chris Heiss in H-2A Workers

Peri & Sons, a Nevada-based onion grower, has agreed to pay a record total of $2.3 million in back wages to 1,365 workers, along with a civil penalty of $500,000 for violations under the H-2A program.

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House Ag Committee Approves Farm Bill

Posted on 7/12/2012 by Chris Heiss in 2012 Farm Bill

Today, the House Agriculture Committee approved its version of the farm bill by a vote of 35 to 11. The bill would reduce spending by $35 billion over 10 years, mainly by cutting about $16.5 billion from the food stamps program.

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DeMint Amendment Defeated

Posted on 6/28/2012 by Chris Heiss in Checkoff

Another closely watched vote was on the amendment offered by Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC). The amendment would have prohibited mandatory promotion and research orders, or checkoff programs.

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