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Obama Appoints Pesticide Boss As Top Government Agriculture Negotiator

While the Government slumbers through spring break, President Obama: (…) bypass(ed) a vacationing senate to make recess appointments of 15 nominees, including an Indian American; agricultural scientist (Dr. Islam A. Siddiqui,) as chief agricultural negotiator in trade talks. (Economic Times, … Continue reading

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This Will Ruin Your Appetite: Food and Pesticide Residues

Easy to access and highly disturbing findings from “What’s On My Food?–”  Your online guide to pesticide residues commonly found on fruits, vegetables, meats.  Get a peak at the toxicology report here.

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Beginning Farmer Rates Make Land Affordable: DTN/Progressive Farmer

Marcia Zarley Taylor, Executive Editor of the DTN/Progressive Farmer, reports that the USDA is offering 1.5 percent, 20-year fixed interest rates on farm mortgages for beginning or limited resource farmers.  See the full story here: Farm Service Agency’s Down Payment … Continue reading

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Obama Adds Money to Pay Black Farmers for Bias: NYTimes

In yesterdays NYTimes, a blurb in the Business section announced: The White House has added $1.15 billion to a fund meant to settle claims made under a discrimination lawsuit filed by black farmers against the Department of Agriculture. The money, … Continue reading

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