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Trump Relaxing EPA Water Regulation; Heartland Farmers Applaud

Farmers in Michigan are expressing relief that President Donald J. Trump has, through an executive order, started the process of reviewing, revising, or rescinding the Waters of the U.S. portion of the Clean Water Act that threatened to put huge swaths of land under federal control.

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Texas Farmers Promise D.C. Fight for Land, Water

The president of the Texas Farm Bureau warned ranchers and farmers at the 83rd annual meeting that the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule for waters in the U.S., “if it’s allowed to happen, will hamstring many farmers and ranchers to the extent that it might not even be possible to farm.” Farmers and ranchers in Texas are struggling with government bureaucracy in many areas.

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Texas Farmers, Ranchers Call for Fairness in Eminent Domain

Texas farmers and ranchers will vote on resolutions to stand-up against taking more farm and ranch lands through eminent domain for high speed rail and other construction projects during a meeting in San Antonio December 3-5. The 83rd meeting of the Texas Farm Bureau will address the challenges in agriculture and rural Texas.

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Texas Tech to Monitor Meat Products for Superbugs

In a reported bid to protect public health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has enlisted a Texas Tech University food center to monitor commercially-sold meat for pathogens and superbugs.

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Yes, Donald Trump Campaigned in … California

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made two quick stops in California on Tuesday for fundraisers, speaking on issues of particular importance to Californians ahead of a Wednesday meeting in Mexico with the President of Mexico, and Trump’s much-anticipated immigration speech in Arizona.

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Trump Taps 6 Texans to Agricultural Advisory Committee

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has put together a team of agricultural policy advisers and six of them hail from the Lone Star State, including former Texas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry.

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The Farmer’s Plight Part 3: Bad Trade Deals and Worse Actors

A historic agriculture crisis requires debt acceleration, price drops and misguided federal policy. When it comes to naming misguided policy, it doesn’t take farmers long — especially cotton farmers — to cite “that damned Brazil deal.”

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The Farmer’s Plight Part 2: Rural America’s Nightmare–Again

The growing and unprecedented crisis with U.S. cotton is indicative of the plight of all sectors in American production agriculture. More and more, on the turn rows of western and southern Texas, they grasp for a historical crisis by which to gauge cotton’s present situation in which the industry’s fundamentals are stressed. “The early ‘80s” is often muttered, but quickly dismissed, mainly because interest rates aren’t soaring as they were 35 years ago.

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Increasing Carbon in Soil Could Be Key to California Drought

Sacramento liberals have tried to starve agriculture during California’s ongoing drought through water restrictions. But farmers could increase production, while decreasing water usage by 25,000 gallons per acre, if they increase the concentration of organic matter in the soil by 1 percent.

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When Water Policy Kills Farming, Consumers Will Pay the Price

When you open your pantry or refrigerator, what do you see? Tomatoes, oranges, lettuce; grains and nuts; chicken and beef; butter, milk, cheese and other dairy products, and yes … almonds – it’s very likely you are looking at products from the Central Valley, most likely grown in the Westlands Water District.

Central Valley aqueducts (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)

Inflation Alert: April Cold Wave Hitting U.S. Crops

Bitter cold across the eastern U.S., caused by Arctic air and a rapidly weakening El Niño weather condition, threatens widespread damage to crops that could ignite a new round of food inflation.

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Chinese-American Pleads Guilty to Stealing Genetically-Engineered Seeds

A case of industrial espionage linked to China concluded with prison time, property forfeiture, and possible deportation on Wednesday, as 46-year-old Mo Hailong—a Chinese citizen described as a “permanent resident of the United States” by the New York Times—pled guilty to charges of stealing high-tech seed corn from American companies.

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California Wine, Farming Sectors Support TPP

California’s wineries have come out strongly in support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement–known to critics as “Obamatrade”–agreed upon by the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations and awaiting ratification by the Senate.

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Silicon Valley AgTech Deals Double in First Half of 2015

Silicon Valley and other tech center start-ups raised $2.06 billion in “agtech” venture capital in the first half of 2015 to develop apps and devices to help farmers manage the four-year-old drought.

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