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Organic advocates file lawsuit against USDA over review

Fifteen organic food advocacy and watchdog groups have filed a lawsuit against the USDA, claiming the agency failed to follow proper procedure in a 2013 USDA move to streamline the approval procedure for inputs used in certified organic production.
4/15/2015
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Illinois retailer to Congress: First, define what is a GMO

Like many in his industry, Illinois grain and oilseed retailer Lynn Clarkson, president of Clarkson Grain Co., Inc., finds the market demand for non-GMO food ingredients on the rise.
4/15/2015
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Pair of seed theft suspects in custody, face trial this fall

Two Chinese business associates face trial in September on conspiracy charges for stealing hundreds of specially modified and designed hybrid corn seeds from Iowa and Illinois farm fields.
4/15/2015
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Seneca County farmers growing cover crops to protect Lake Erie

With all the algae bloom discoveries in Lake Erie, it comes as no surprise that runoff from farms gets much of the blame.
4/15/2015
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Tri-state 4R certification used by more vendors than first expected

Participation in the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program is greater than organizers had hoped when they launched it a little more than a year ago.
4/15/2015
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FBI warning firms to be alert for ag technology espionage

The FBI is expanding its efforts targeting agricultural and biotech companies and farmers to join its Counterintelligence Strategic Partnership Program, in fighting trade secret thefts and agricultural espionage.
4/15/2015
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Proposed FDA changes aim to trim regulations on farm food

The American Farm Bureau Federation is holding back on its support on new Food Safety Modernization Act rule changes proposed April 9 – for now.
4/15/2015
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Lawsuit regarding Kraft’s wheat trading will test muscle of CFTC

A civil enforcement complaint alleges that Kraft bought $90 million in wheat futures contracts in 2011 with the intent to manipulate prices paid for wheat used at its Toledo, Ohio flour mill.
4/15/2015
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BOAH OKs fee hikes for animal diagnostic testing

The Indiana State Board of Animal Health approved new fees and increases to existing fees for tests conducted at the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.
4/15/2015
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Indiana BOAH’s optimistic on preserving ops budget

The Indiana State Board of Animal Health is hopeful ongoing budget negotiations in the state legislature will allow the board to be fully funded for the next two years.
4/15/2015
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