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USDA report targets initiatives to boost rural, ag communities
A task force of 22 federal agencies led by the USDA has recommended to the White House a sweeping reform of regulatory and policy issues affecting farm communities across rural America that, if adopted, could boost farm income and change the lives of millions of farm families.
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Leaning on community means having the strength to beat opioid addiction
Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielson brought home the severity of the national opioid crisis: Last year’s 64,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States matches the number of residents in this one county.
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USDA rolls out new phytosanitary rule for soybean experts to China
The USDA announced a new procedure for soybean growers and exporters late last month regarding China’s phytosanitary import requirements that agency officials said would ensure the continued export of U.S. soybeans, valued at $14.4 billion annually.
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Specialty crop grant funding up for grabs for Michigan interests
State officials have announced a request for proposals through the federal Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, a federal initiative through the USDA’s Marketing Services division.
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Michigan set to aid farmers with FSMA's implementation
The federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was passed years ago, but part of it, regarding produce safety, is only being implemented now for large-scale farmers.
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Biofuel, ag benefits among provisions in Hatch tax bill
In areas where President Donald Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act fell short in extending tax credits for farmers and farm-related industries, Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch’s Tax Extenders Act of 2017 (S.2256) filled the gaps quite nicely.
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Rural Hoosiers seek answers to counter state opioid crisis
A crowd of approximately 400 people filled the Boone County fairgrounds exhibit hall for the Ag Industry and Rural Community Opioid Addiction Symposium on a Friday earlier this month.
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Trump to AFBF: Farmers need better NAFTA deal
When negotiators face off next week at trade talks in Montreal, U.S. officials will be seeking “a better deal for our country and for our farmers,” President Donald Trump pledged last week, before more than 7,000 farmers at the 99th annual convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation.
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modernizing agriculture among Indiana's goals, says Holcomb
 Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb cited a need to modernize traditional sectors of the state’s economy, such as agriculture, during his Jan. 9 annual State of the State address.
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Views and opinions: Trump advises NAFTA should be overhauled
Food and Farm File by Alan Guebert
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