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United States Department of Agriculture Issues Reminder Concerning 2014 Farm Bill

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fsa.usda.gov

The United States Department of Agriculture released a reminder this week to producers about changes mandated in the 2014 Farm Bill. The stipulation requires all producers to have a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification, form AD-1026, on file with their local Farm Service Agency Office.

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Texas Tech Professor Guy Loneragan Appointed to National Committee on Food Microbiology

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Rob Snyder, KFYO.com

The committee provides impartial scientific advice to federal agencies to use in developing integrated food safety systems from farm to table and to ensure food safety in domestic and imported foods.

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John Cornyn Mocks Meatless Mondays with Meat Monday

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cornyn.senate.gov

Two U.S. Senators mock the idea of “Meatless Monday” at the United States Department of Agriculture with “Meat Monday”.

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USDA Announces Projects to Reduce Energy Consumption

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Matt Cardy, Getty Images

450 projects have been selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including 10 in Texas, that are focused on helping agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy consumption and costs.

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USDA Reminds Dairy Producers on Meeting MILC Requirements

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David Silverman, Getty Images

The Milk Income Loss Contract program helps dairy producers when milk prices drop below a specific level.

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Agriculture Exports Reach New Records for 2011

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Guang Niu, Getty Images

“American agriculture continues to apply the latest in technology, and achieve a nearly unparalleled level of productivity,” said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

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USDA Announces Biomass/Biofuels Payment Program

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Hannah Johnston, Getty Images

The Repowering Assistance Program provides funding to biorefineries that were working on or before June 18th, 2008.

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Michelle Obama Announces New School Lunch Standards

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Alex Wong, Getty Images

The new meal requirements are part of the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act,” which was heavily supported by Ms. Obama.

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USDA Accepting Applications for Rural Energy Efficient Projects

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Scott Olson, Getty Images

Last year, more than $1.8 million spanning 66 projects were funded across Texas through the REAP program.

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USDA to Close 259 Offices, Other Facilities

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Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

The agency has not announced which offices are being closed, or which areas will be affected as of yet.

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