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Christmas tree checkoff delayed again
Christmas tree checkoff delayed again
USDA has delayed a checkoff program that would raise $2 million a year to promote Christmas trees.

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New GMO potato avoids USDA regulation
A new potato that's engineered with gene deletion doesn't have to be regulated by USDA.
Farms fight DOL bid to broaden ‘hot goods’ case
Farms fight DOL bid to broaden ‘hot goods’ case
A federal judge is scheduled to hear oral arguments on Jan. 13, 2015, about whether U.S. Department of Labor can expand its allegations of "hot goods" labor law violations against Oregon blueberry farms.
Celebrated weatherman: Dry winter, wet spring
Celebrated weatherman: Dry winter, wet spring
Weatherman Art Douglas, a popular speaker at the Spokane Ag Expo each year, says El Nino may have a dry winter but a wet spring in store for farmers in the West, and may help California farmers facing drought.
Opinions differ on impacts of sage grouse deals
Opinions differ on impacts of sage grouse deals
It's unclear whether voluntary conservation agreements signed by farmers and rancher will keep the greater sage grouse from being listed as threatend or endangered.
Farm labor keeps tightening, industry says
Farm labor keeps tightening, industry says
It's hard to get a real handle on it, but agricultural labor sources say the shortage of farmworkers, particularly seasonal, continues to worsen. A big part of it, they say, is people leaving fields for more appealing work.
Irrigation-clogging weed cleared for removal
Irrigation-clogging weed cleared for removal
Flowering rush, an invasive species that clogs irrigation canals and intakes, has been approved for removal after federal authorities reviewed the proposal under Endangered Species Act.
Real immigration reform must come from Congress, Farm Bureau official says
Real immigration reform must come from Congress, Farm Bureau official says
It's good that the president is focused on immigration reform but real solutions can only come from Congress, an American Farm Bureau Federation official says.
Obama: Plan will shield 250,000 farmworkers
Obama: Plan will shield 250,000 farmworkers
The president says his executive action will protect 250,000 farmworkers from deportation.
Environmental groups to sue over Gunnison grouse
The Center for Biological Diversity and Western Watersheds Project filed a formal notice Thursday.
President could act in event of port shutdown
In the event of a container terminal lockout, President Barack Obama can order ports to re-open.