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Supreme Court unanimously backs landowners in Clean Water Act case
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Supreme Court unanimously backs landowners in Clean Water Act case
A Supreme Court ruling opens the way for landowners to sue the federal government when it determines their property is subject to the Clean Water Act.

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Poultry returning to Pennsylvania fairs, farm show, after ban
Chickens, ducks and other poultry were barred in May 2015 as a precaution to protect the state’s poultry industry against the threat of avian influenza
Wheat growers organization names new CEO
Wheat growers organization names new CEO
Chandler Goule has been named new CEO of the National Association of Wheat Growers.
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...
Senate votes to scrap catfish inspection program
Critics have said the added regulation is wasteful and solely intended to raise a new, higher hurdle for catfish imports from Vietnam and other nations. Besides the new catfish inspections, USDA has traditionally only been responsible for meat, poultry...
U.S. organic food, fiber sales booming
U.S. organic food, fiber sales booming
U.S. organic sales in the U.S. thrived in 2015 but could have been even more robust with sufficient supply, an issue the industry is addressing.
Conservation groups want to stop Utah lands push

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Leaders of Utah’s nearly $6 billion outdoor recreation industry plan to launch a campaign that criticizes a push by state officials to take control of vast swaths of public land from the federal...

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.


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...