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  • "Today marks an important milestone for the farm workers who plant, tend, and harvest the food that we put on our tables each day," Gina McCarthy, EPA administrator, said in a statement.

  • U.S. proposes new safety rules for farm pesticide use Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 5:37 PM ET

    "Today marks an important milestone for the farm workers who plant, tend, and harvest the food that we put on our tables each day," Gina McCarthy, EPA administrator, said in a statement.

  • UPDATE 1-USDA Census shows bigger farms, older farmers Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 3:44 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 20- The proportion of U.S. farms with annual sales and government payments of $1 million or more doubled in the five years through 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Thursday, even as the total number of farms fell.

  • *USDA still pays up to two-thirds of insurance premiums. CHICAGO, Feb 19- U.S. farmers and bankers have almost a year to get ready for major changes in 2015 as crop insurance rather than direct cash payments to producers becomes the centerpiece of farm policy under the five-year farm bill signed by President Barack Obama earlier this month.

  • CARGILL INC SAYS OTTUMWA, IOWA PORK PLANT CANCELED FIRST SHIFT ON TUESDAY DUE TO WATER MAIN BREAK IN THE CITY.

  • CARGILL SAYS OTTUMWA, IOWA PORK PLANT WILL OPERATE SECOND SHIFT ON TUESDAY; SATURDAY SHIFT PLANNED.

  • Feb 14- Farmland values in the U.S. central and southern Plains held steady in the fourth quarter from the previous period, but the market tone is soft, and bankers expect weakness in the coming months, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City said on Friday.

  • Feb 14- Wells Fargo& Co, the largest U.S. mortgage lender, is tiptoeing back into subprime home loans again. The small steps from Wells Fargo could amount to a big change for the mortgage market.

  • CHICAGO, Feb 13- Farmland values in the Midwest mostly edged higher in the fourth quarter of 2013 with the market tone improving from the weakness the prior three months and easing some concerns about a potential farmland "bubble" that has worried bankers and policymakers.

  • FACTBOX-Members of U.S. Congress who are leaving office Thursday, 13 Feb 2014 | 1:47 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 13- Forty-two U.S. representatives and senators have announced plans to leave their seats in Congress in advance of mid-term elections in November, including 24 Republicans and 18 Democrats. The latest to announce his departure was Representative Doc Hastings, a 10- term Republican from Washington state.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 10- Wheat futures rallied on Monday after data suggesting a spike in demand for U.S. supplies of the grain, and gold prices firmed on bets that new Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will not accelerate the winding down of the U.S. monetary stimulus.

  • CHICAGO, Feb 5- U.S. grain futures edged higher on Wednesday on technical buying, while profit-taking pushed soybean meal futures down sharply after a rally in the previous session. U.S. soymeal has been in demand as output has slowed from Argentina, the world's top supplier of the livestock feed.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 5- President Barack Obama's administration announced the formation on Wednesday of seven "climate hubs" help farmers and rural communities adapt to extreme weather conditions and other effects of climate change.

  • CHICAGO, Feb 5- Profit-taking pushed U.S. corn and soybean meal futures lower on Wednesday as the markets pulled back from rallies the previous session. U.S. soymeal has been in demand as output has slowed from Argentina, the world's top supplier of the livestock feed.

  • *In Iowa, a major hog producer, snow falls ranged from 5 to 6 inches in southern part of the state, 2 to 4 inches through central Iowa, and little to none in northern Iowa.

  • FACTBOX-Some provisions of U.S. farm bill Tuesday, 4 Feb 2014 | 3:13 PM ET

    Feb 4- A U.S. farm bill was passed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday and sent to President Barack Obama for his expected signature. The legislation, which was approved by the House of Representatives last week, will cost an estimated $956 billion over 10 years, a savings of about $16.6 billion compared with current funding, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

  • Each diagnostic case as defined by U.S. Department of Agriculture could represent multiple animals at either a single farm site or several locations.

  • Farm bill removes subsidies for biofuel blender pumps Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 | 6:13 PM ET

    Jan 29- Lobbyists opposed to mixing more ethanol in gasoline scored another victory on Wednesday after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a farm bill with a provision removing subsidies for biofuel blending pumps in rural areas.

  • That stops a whole bunch of traffic, "said Hal Reed, chief operating officer for The Andersons Inc, a U.S. grain handler and ethanol producer. Gulf Coast exporters were offering a premium for soybean barges loaded this week along the largely ice-free lower Ohio River and on the Mississippi south of Cairo, Illinois.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 28- Leaders of the House and Senate agriculture committees are optimistic that the long-overdue U.S. farm bill will pass, although the House of Representatives vote set for Wednesday could be the more difficult hurdle.

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