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Locals plant seed crops in a field in the countryside outside Ternopil, Ukraine, on May 2, 2014.

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Locals plant seed crops in a field in the countryside outside Ternopil, Ukraine, on May 2, 2014.

USAID’s Shah: U.S. Agribusiness, Come to Ukraine

From international crisis comes business opportunity. For Raj Shah, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, that puts Odessa on his itinerary. Shah is heading to the Ukrainian port city and Kiev next week as part of what’s...

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Corn outside Malden, Illinois.

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Corn outside Malden, Illinois.

Immigration Stalemate Taking Agriculture Toll: Vilsack

Written with Laura Curtis Add American crop production to the list of U.S. losses because Congress can’t agree on immigration reform, according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Perishable fruits and vegetables are left to rot, and potentially productive fields are...

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A Hampshire pig  in Winchester, Kentucky.

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A Hampshire pig in Winchester, Kentucky.

Hog-Wild Beef Prices Belie Ranchers’ Livestock Losses

The life and death of livestock gets congressional attention this week as a House  subcommittee looks at an industry that has seen its ups (in prices) and downs (in millions of lost animals). One of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s...

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A Richmond Emergency Food Bank volunteer packs boxes with food on Nov. 1, 2013 in California.

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A Richmond Emergency Food Bank volunteer packs boxes with food on Nov. 1, 2013 in California.

Vilsack Says Delay Not Possible for Food-Stamp Cuts

A request by lawmakers to delay reductions in food-stamp benefits that Congress approved in a new farm bill can’t be met because of how the law was written, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. “What we’re faced with it is that Congress has...

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A farmer is reflected in a window looking onto freshly harvested soft red winter wheat in the cab of his combine in Kirkland, Illinois, on July 17, 2013.

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A farmer is reflected in a window looking onto freshly harvested soft red winter wheat in the cab of his combine in Kirkland, Illinois, on July 17, 2013.

City Dwellers Get $24 Million From Farm Program That Won’t Die

Congress’s inability to pass a new farm law may frustrate farmers. Still, it may not be a bad deal for some city-dwellers, who received $24 million last year from a program that keeps getting extended until a new law is passed. Residents of...

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A tractor cuts down corn in a field designated as zero yield on a farm in Vigo County near Terre Haute, Indiana.

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A tractor cuts down corn in a field designated as zero yield on a farm in Vigo County near Terre Haute, Indiana.

House Panel Scraps Draft Farm Bill

Written with Derek Wallbank The House Agriculture Committee canceled tentative plans to draft a new farm bill after its top Democrat sought a commitment that the legislation will be considered by the full chamber, according to committee leaders. “There’s going to be no...

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Supporters for passage of a new agriculture law rally near the Capitol in Washington on Sept. 12, 2012.

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Supporters for passage of a new agriculture law rally near the Capitol in Washington on Sept. 12, 2012.

Fiscal Cliff Bonus Savings Offered: Un-sticking that Stuck Farm Bill

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow  is urging her party’s negotiators to throw another big piece of legislation into the mix during fiscal-cliff talks. Her suggestion: Look at the Senate-passed farm bill, S.  3240, according to spokesman Ben Becker. Bloomberg Government...

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