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Ag Chairman Conaway Takes on Intelligence Duties

Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee Mike Conaway has been tapped to take the lead in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, taking over for Congressman Devin Nunez, R- Calif., who has recused himself in light of ethics violation charges. Read more

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Moving Baled Hay From Areas Under Quarantine for Imported Fire Ant

‘Moving Baled Hay From Areas Under Quarantine for Imported Fire Ant’ is the title of a new factsheet issued by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) which contains “… useful information for farmers, ranchers, hay growers, and suppliers, especially those who are responding to recent wildfires in[…]

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Making Products More Biodegradable With Starch

More Biodegradable Films made from Starch Complexes blended with Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVOH), which could “… dramatically enhance future production of food packaging, plastic bags and other synthetic products …” have been developed by scientists with the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria, Illinois[…]

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Ag Retail Plants Adapt Designs, Software

A host of factors could be cited for “the rise of the machines” in ag retail plants — and the need for ever more sophisticated software to help run them: blender designs, new fertilizer products, precision advances, personnel challenges, larger farms. Read more

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California Water Saga Takes A Turn

Stunning rain and snowfall in California have been making national headlines over the last few months. Initial reaction would be to rejoice that the state’s five-year drought is over. Read more

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Of Doritos, Goats and Satiety Triggers

The first and most basic premise of Mark Schatzker’s provocative 2015 book “The Dorito Effect” seems sound enough: Flavor matters. “We eat,” Schatzker says, “because we love the way food tastes.” Read more

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DDG Prices Stay Firm

The DTN average dried distillers grains, or DDG, spot price was up $2 from one week ago, at $94, for the week ended April 6. Read more

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