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ResponsibleAg highlighted in Senate joint committee hearing

On Dec. 11, the U.S. Senate Committees on Environment and Public Works and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions held a hearing to receive an update on President Obama's Executive Order (EO) 13650 - Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security to enhance the safety and security of chemical facilities and to reduce the risks associated with hazardous chemicals to workers and communities.


EPA endorses Virginia water quality program

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary (USDA) Tom Vilsack, Mike Boots of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Commonwealth of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a private investor and an Appomattox, Va. farmer to announce an innovative, market-based nutrient trading program run by Virginia to improve the water quality of Chesapeake Bay.


Scab-infected spring wheat seed

Due to the moisture, South Dakota State University has seen some scab issues in the hard red spring wheat received so far.


Managing high-tunnel insect pests

While growers can potentially find any type of insect pest in the high tunnel, whiteflies and thrips are the most common … and the most troublesome. These pests have several characteristics in common that makes them difficult to manage.


U.S. distillers' grains trade shrugs off Turkish rejections

Rejections of U.S. distillers' dried grain (DDGs) shipments, first by China and then by Turkey, are isolated events and not a sign of broader trade disruptions to come, U.S. traders and industry sources said on Friday.


OTA claims victory in USDA checkoff exemption for organics

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) announcement of a proposed rule to exempt more organic farmers and handlers from paying into conventional commodity check-off programs, saying this is an important step that recognizes the organic industry's unique needs, and lets the industry decide where its dollars are best spent.


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