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Rural

Mike Conaway and Kevin Brady

Republicans wrestle with estate tax repeal

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2017 - Congressional Republicans are preparing to roll out a package of tax cuts with hopes of pushing the bill through at least the House by Thanksgiving. There is no higher priority this Congress for the GOP. Republicans see passing tax cuts as vital to their chances of maintaining control of Congress in 2018.
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Heidi Heitkamp and Joni Ernst

Heitkamp, Ernst introduce ARC fix for new farm bill

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2017 - If the Agricultural Risk Coverage-County level (ARC-CO) program is to be a viable option in the next farm bill, major farm organizations and commodity groups are convinced that the widely used program – developed as part of the 2014 farm bill - needs to be fixed.
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Farm

Sociologists explore why poverty persists in rural America

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2017 -- A group of sociologists and analysts tried to draw a picture of rural poverty in America at a forum in Washington last week and explain why economic and social conditions are worsening in the hinterlands while most urban folks have left the Great Recession behind.
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UAV Technology

Tech startups seek to revolutionize farming, boost bottom lines

Washington, Oct. 25, 2017 - When retired California citrus grower and XTB Laboratories founder and President Ted Batkin explains the inner workings of orange tree RNA, his voice echoes with pride. His burgeoning UC Davis-based agtech company may soon revolutionize the way farmers approach management of the elusive and destructive citrus greening disease, allowing early detection and potentially saving growers millions.


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Cattle

Cargill acquires Diamond V

Cargill, the nation’s largest privately-owned company, signed a binding agreement to acquire Diamond V, a leading global provider of innovative natural solutions and technologies that improve animal health, animal performance, and food safety.


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Farm

USDA gets experts’ advice for improved surveys

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2017 - USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) needs an array of updated and alternative tools and new statistical models to achieve 21st century bean counting on American farms and ranches, says a coast-to-coast team of statistical experts, economists and others who released their findings this week in a National Academy of Sciences report.
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Despite some relief last winter, West Coast still needs more rain

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2017 – West Coast states are thirsting for a friendly long-term weather forecast, and the region’s upcoming rainy season can’t arrive fast enough, following a typically rainless summer in largely arid Southern California and recent months of drought across Northern California and the Pacific Northwest.
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