Farm and Food News

Payment Limit Legislation Introduced

On August 4, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Russ Feingold (D-WI) introduced legislation, The Rural America Preservation Act, to establish more stringent farm program payment limits and close legal loopholes that render current limits meaningless.

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Montana: Bozeman Business Finds Value in Damaged Wood
Forestry experts estimate that at least 1 million acres of Montana forests have succumbed to the mountain pine beetle, leaving enormous amounts of standing dead trees. Finish carpenter Neil Wilbert finds the distinctive blue streaks caused by a fungus introduced by the pine beetle beautiful.

Cowboys vs. Packers in Colorado - USDA, Department of Justice Hold Joint Antitrust and Livestock Competition Workshop

No, it wasn't a football game that drew over 1,600 people to Fort Collins, Colorado last Friday, August 27. It was an historic workshop, hosted by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, examining competition in the livestock sector as well as market consolidation and antitrust in the meatpacking industry.


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