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Economist doubts population projections
Projections of massive global population growth may be inflated, which casts doubt on the notion of long term upward pressure on commodity crop prices, an economist says.

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FSA helps farmers understand new risk management tools
FSA helps farmers understand new risk management tools
Farmers will want to learn more about new USDA Farm Service Agency insurance programs in the weeks ahead, says Judy Olson, executive director of the Washington office.
Commodity groups turn to science to help shape federal nutrition policy
Commodity groups turn to science to help shape federal nutrition policy
To help shape the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, U.S. commodity groups consider it a top priority to promote and advance science demonstrating the health attributes of their crops and products.
Onion growers grapple with proposed produce rule
Onion growers grapple with proposed produce rule
Oregon State University researchers have started new trials designed to help onion growers meet minimum standards for bacteria levels in irrigation water contained in the FDA's proposed produce safety rule.
Chipotle backs Colorado, Oregon labeling proposals
The Denver-based chain said in a statement that consumers want to know whether the food they’re eating has been genetically modified. The company has not donated to the Colorado or Oregon labeling campaigns.
Mexican trucking pilot expires
A three-year pilot program of allowing Mexican trucks to deliver goods in the United States has expired and the Department of Transportation has not said what's next.
Hay forecast up in U.S., Northwest
Hay forecast up in U.S., Northwest
USDA forecasts a 9.4 percent increase in all U.S. hay production in 2014. The agency also expects a 9 percent increase in hay production in the Northwest and a 1.8 percent increase in drought-stricken California.
Vermont’s GMO label law faces legal test
A federal judge will hear oral arguments over Vermont's genetically modified organism labeling law in mid-December.
Hawaii GMO case heads for court
Oral arguments over a Hawaiian county's ban on genetically modified organisms will be held on Oct. 23.
EPA extends water rule comment period
EPA extends water rule comment period
The Environmental Protection Agency has extended the comment period on a controversial proposal that would change the definition of "waters of the U.S.," a rule change some say will increase the agency's power over agriculture.
Comments open on protection for fisher
Fishers have virtually disappeared from forests in Washington, Oregon and California because of a variety of threats, including wildfire, certain timber practices and rodenticides associated with illegal marijuana plantations.