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Judge orders rancher to repay USDA $65,000 for loan he misused
Authorities say he received a $76,000 USDA loan administered by the Farm Service Agency to buy sheep and cover expenses for their care. But he sold the sheep without the FSA approval and deposited the proceeds of the sale into his personal bank account...

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King cotton loses its crown in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Cotton gins are disappearing as Arkansas farmers abandon cotton for more profitable crops.

The number of gins in the state has fallen from 86 to 26 in the past 15 years, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported...

Report: Pacific Rim trade deal good for ag, mostly
Report: Pacific Rim trade deal good for ag, mostly

Agriculture more than any other major sector of the U.S. economy would benefit by the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, but some farmers would miss out on the gains, according to a report by the U.S. International Trade Commission.

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Federal attorneys’ conduct criticized in immigration case

HOUSTON (AP) — Using a mix of scathing language and movie quotes, a federal judge in Texas who had blocked President Barack Obama’s immigration executive action ordered Thursday that Justice Department attorneys attend an ethics course,...

Weeks of rain hamper Indiana’s corn, soybean planting

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Agriculture experts say weeks of rainy, cool weather have left Indiana’s farmers well behind in the spring rush to plant their corn and soybean crops.

The government’s weekly crop report shows...

Tribe: EPA helped guide What’s Upstream campaign
Tribe: EPA helped guide What’s Upstream campaign

The Environmental Protection Agency was “intimately involved” in developing the What’s Upstream campaign, according to the Swinomish Indian tribe’s chairman, Brian Cladoosby.

The tribe undertook the campaign...

EPA water quantity report worries farm groups
EPA water quantity report worries farm groups

Agriculture groups are nervous that a “technical report” released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be used to justify new federal controls over water usage.

The EPA claims its report — “Protecting...

Utah governor, lawmakers, tribal members decry monument proposal

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A proposed national monument in the Bears Ears area of southeastern Utah will close off the area and block tribal members from using the land, said Gov. Gary Herbert, Republican lawmakers and about two dozen members of...

Report: Genetically altered food safe but not curing hunger
Report: Genetically altered food safe but not curing hunger

WASHINGTON (AP) — Genetically manipulated food remains generally safe for humans and the environment, a high-powered science advisory board declared in a report Tuesday.

The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine...

USDA expects normal, but significant fire season
USDA expects normal, but significant fire season

While a “normal” wildfire season is expected in most of the country, that new normal is far worse than it used to be and will still mean thousands of fires and hundreds of thousands of charred acres, particularly in California.

The...

Cranberry antitrust lawsuit suffers setback
Cranberry antitrust lawsuit suffers setback

A federal judge has dealt a serious setback to anonymous cranberry farmers who filed a lawsuit accusing the Ocean Spray cooperative of manipulating prices.

The request to certify the lawsuit as a class action, which would allow numerous other...

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