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Senate Ag’s farm bill may see full vote before July 4
The Senate version of the farm bill was introduced and passed out of its Agriculture Committee within a week.
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Groups petition USDA to force change in ‘USA’ meat labeling
In an attempt to force the USDA to change its stance on country-of-origin labeling (COOL), the American Grassfed Assoc. (AGA) and the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) have filed a petition with its Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) demanding policy be changed to allow only U.S. domestic meat products to be labeled with: “Product of the U.S.A.”
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WRDA House OK coincides with river lock construction
After the third Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) crafted over the past six years passed the U.S. House on June 6, the body also quickly passed the fiscal year 2019 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill by a vote of 235-179.
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1-month U.S. corn exports reach record high first time in 29 years
The United States continues to export corn at a record pace, according to numbers released last week by the USDA.
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Building begins on new Columbia City feed mill
Construction has begun on a new Indiana feed mill in a partnership between two grain storage handlers.
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Michigan governor poised to ink water withdrawal bill
A bill designed to cut down on red tape related to large water withdrawals in Michigan has passed out of the state Senate and been sent to the governor’s desk for his signature.
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Michigan village, distillery agree to work on wastewater problem

Officials in a small agritourism community threatening to break up a distillery are shaking hands now with the whiskey maker.
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Russia and Europe weather woes targeting wheat stock
Weather problems have impacted wheat production in Russia and the European Union (EU), causing the USDA to lower worldwide wheat supplies and production estimates.
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Tractor Supply celebrating grand opening in Rushville
In the wake of losing one of its biggest retailers after Walmart announced its store closing in February, it’s safe to say the rural community of Rushville is looking forward to the options that Tractor Supply Co. will offer to local and nearby residents.
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Ag groups support bill to allow livestock truckers to drive longer before breaks

 Several of the nation’s largest agricultural organizations have thrown their support behind a proposed Senate bill that would extend hours truckers hauling livestock could travel before they need to stop and rest. It would also change the mandate of truckers using electronic logging devices (ELD) to monitor travel times.
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