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Grocers step in to stop USDA from releasing SNAP data

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2017 - A six-year fight by a South Dakota newspaper to obtain retail-specific data on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program sales will likely last another year after supermarkets were able to secure a delay in the planned release of the information by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service.
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Lawmakers remind Trump about importance of a strong RFS

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2017 - During a campaign stop in Iowa last year, then GOP candidate Donald Trump made it very clear that he supported the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). But as president, a number of his key advisors and cabinet members have strong ties to the oil industry. And that has some RFS supporters worried
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Trouble on the horizon: Farmland values drop, debt increases

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2017 - When USDA Chief Economist Robert Johansson testifies today at the House Agriculture Committee, he won’t be painting a rosy picture of the farm economy. The value of farmland across the country continues to decline while credit remains tight for producers and net incomes fall.
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