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day without immigrants
Last week’s Day Without Immigrants protests caused some slowdowns at meatpacking operations in the United States, but Tyson Foods and Cargill said all plants were operational last Thursday. Continue reading

east coast dock workers
Dock workers and cargo companies along the east coast are getting an early start to contract negotiations, an effort that could prevent a port slowdown like the one seen on the west coast during 2015. Continue reading

class action
Farmers have filed a class action lawsuit against Monsanto over dicamba herbicide drift issues. The lawsuit focuses on the off-label use of dicamba that led to drift damage in ten states last year. DTN says the new case, a class action suit filed in the U.S. District Court in Missouri, has two farmers from Missouri as lead plaintiffs. The lawsuit was filed by the same Missouri-based legal firm that also sued Monsanto over dicamba drift in November 2016 on behalf of a Missouri fruit and row-crop operation. Attorneys representing the farmers say they expect “hundreds of farmers” will eventually join the class action lawsuit. The lawsuit is open to farmers who experienced damage from illegal dicamba drift in 2016 from Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. Illegal, off-label, over the top use of a Monsanto dicamba product led to drift damage to crops that were not tolerant to dicamba. The new lawsuit contends that Monsanto is responsible for the off-label dicamba use and damage.

From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting news service.

yellow corn
Mexico is turning its attention to South America, given uncertainty over U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade policies. Mexico’s agriculture minister last week announced he would lead a business delegation to Argentina and Brazil to explore buying yellow corn from the two nations. Continue reading

living
Everett Griner talks about rural living not being so bad in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →


In today’s California Kitchen, learn to cook amazing chewy caramel with The Untamed Chef, Albert J. Hernandez. Here is what you will need:
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ACP Management
The Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program (CPDPP) will hold meetings in the southern Central Valley about coordinated Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) treatments. Organizers said communication between growers is essential for effective area-wide ACP management. Continue reading

world ag expo
The 2017 World Ag Expo came to a close on February 16, 2017, with large crowds, cutting-edge exhibits and a little bit of rain. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the world’s largest annual agricultural exposition was held at the International Agri-Center and featured 1,480 exhibitors on 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space. The three day show hosted 105,780 attendees representing 43 states and 71 countries. Continue reading

Pruitt

Pruitt

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was confirmed and sworn in as the 14th administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was confirmed and sworn in as the 14th administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Administrator Pruitt was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito at 5:40pm this evening (Friday, February 17, 2017) and subsequently resigned as Attorney General of Oklahoma.

Administrator Pruitt believes promoting and protecting a strong and healthy environment is one of the lifeblood priorities of the government, and EPA is a vital part of that mission.

Pruitt became a national leader through a career of advocating to keep power in the hands of hardworking Americans. He has a proven record of working with industry, farmers, ranchers, landowners, small business owners and others to protect our natural resources. Continue reading

nass hall fame
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) inducted to its Hall of Fame two retired agency leaders whose impact continues to resonate today. The NASS Hall of Fame honors individuals whose work at the agency has had a lasting impact on agricultural statistics and the service NASS provides. Continue reading

conaway scott pruitt

Conaway


The Senate approved the nomination of Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway issued the following statement. Continue reading


Evacuation of a large swath of land downstream from Oroville Dam during the weekend caused logistical headaches for farmers, ranchers and agricultural businesses within the affected area, while Department of Water Resources crews worked to head off a feared failure of the emergency spillway at the dam.

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Farm City Newsday Get the latest agriculture news in today’s Farm City Newsday, hosted by Sabrina Hill. To listen or subscribe Continue reading

Pruitt epa groups respond confirmation

Pruitt


Agriculture groups respond after the U.S. Senate confirmation of Scott Pruitt to be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Continue reading

ice damage
Yesterday Cathy Isom filled us in on things we should do if our trees have ice damage from the storm. Cathy continues her segment on winter tree care by letting us know some things we shouldn’t do if our trees are damaged by a fierce winter storm. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more. →

abolish rfs epa
A group of plaintiffs recently filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) challenging how the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) has recently been implemented. Continue reading

nutrition
Daniel Lubetzky, the founder of a rapidly growing granola and nut bar company called KIND LLC, says he’s giving $25 million to back a new non-profit group called Feed the Truth. Continue reading

national farm machinery show
Dennis Slater, President of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, and Jason Rittenberry, CEO of the Kentucky State Fair, made a joint announcement at this week’s National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky, regarding a collaboration between the groups. Continue reading

china trade
The European Union is getting set to talk trade with China in April or May. European officials told Reuters the goal is to promote free trade and international cooperation in the face of what may be a more protectionist Washington D.C. Continue reading

food labeling
Everett Griner talks about the food labeling law not helping the public’s purchasing habits in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

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