USDA offers easy property transfer for beginning farmers and ranchers

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Sonny Perdue sworn in as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

In Washington, D.C., Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the thirty-first U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S....

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In California, the U.S. Forest Service has identified an additional 36 million dead trees across California since its last aerial survey in May 2016. This...

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The European Commission grants conditional merger clearance to Dow and DuPont

In Delaware and Michigan, the European Commission granted DuPont and The Dow Chemical Company conditional regulatory clearance in Europe as a merger of equals....

USDA offers $150 million for food security, sustainable agriculture and rural entrepreneurship

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced $150.2 million in funding for projects that build a foundation...

EPA proposes rule changes for RFS to boost cellulosic ethanol production

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a rule change to the Renewable Fuel Standard that would allow poplar and willow trees as...

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