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AFBF and Pork Producers file privacy lawsuit appeal

The American Farm Bureau Federation contends the Environmental Protection Agency’s public release to environmental groups of personal details about the home locations and contact information of tens of thousands of farm and ranch families was unlawful. A lower court ruling that upheld the EPA action failed to address key privacy issues and should be reversed, according to court documents filed last week by the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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Export news supports soy complex on Monday

Corn slipped to fresh 2015 lows Monday. Weather forecasts point to a sustained Midwest dry spell into early May, which could allow spring corn plantings to surge, thereby potentially improving autumn yield prospects. Concerns about the bird flu outbreak and its impact upon feed grain demand also encouraged early-week selling, with the net effect being a corn futures drop to fresh 2015 lows. May corn futures slid 3.75 cents to $3.6075/bushel in late Monday action, while December lost 5.0 to $3.8325.

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Bees prefer nectar containing pesticides

Bees are attracted to nectar containing common pesticides, scientists at Newcastle University and Trinity College Dublin have discovered. This could increase their chances of exposure to high levels of pesticides.

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FAA awards exemptions for two more drones

Hawk Aerial, LLC and Unmanned Systems, Inc. have been granted exemptions from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct commercial operations of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) on the basis of MULTIROTOR service-drone Eagle V2 and Skycrane, respectively.

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Corn slips to fresh 2015 lows Monday at midday

Corn slipped to fresh 2015 lows Monday morning. Weather forecasts point to a sustained Midwest dry spell into early May, which could allow spring corn plantings to vault ahead, thereby potentially improving autumn yield prospects. Concerns about the bird flu outbreak and its impact upon feed grain demand also encouraged early-week selling, with the net effect being a corn futures drop to fresh 2015 lows. May corn futures slid 2.5 cents to $3.62/bushel late Monday morning, while December lost 4.0 to $3.8425.

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