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Ryan Budget Plans Cuts for SNAP, Crop Insurance

Published Apr. 2, 2014

House Committee on the Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Tuesday released his answer to the President's fiscal year 2015 budget proposal, cutting an additional $23 billion from crop insurance on top of cuts outlined in the 2014 Farm Bill.

EPA's Water Police: Coming to Your Farm?

Published Apr. 2, 2014

The EPA has just released a new definition of "Waters of the United States." Critics are calling this the biggest government land grab ever. This EPA proposal, if promulgated, will give it zoning authority over land use.

China’s Cofco to Buy Majority Stake in Noble Agriculture Unit

Published Apr. 2, 2014

This is the second such deal in two months for Cofco, which is going increasingly global in its quest to meet China’s demands for food security amid a shortage of arable land at home.

Agriculture Education Blooms in Urban, Rural High Schools

Published Apr. 2, 2014

In addition to many career opportunities in the field, agriculture classes allow students to practice real applications of math, science and English concepts, and is among the reasons why high schools are embracing agriculture education, says Jay Jackman, executive director of the National Association of Agricultural Educators.

Could NASA Satellites Predict Agricultural Yields in the Future?

Published Apr. 2, 2014

Research in 2013 demonstrated that fluorescence from plants could be teased out of data from existing satellites, which were designed and built for other purposes