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Gluten-free wheat research gets funding

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- New research funded by farmers aims to breed a wheat variety for people who can't eat wheat and other grains, an endeavor that comes as wider consumer interest in gluten-free foods is booming.

The Kansas Wheat Commission is spending $200,000 for the first two years of the project, which is meant to identify everything in wheat's DNA sequences that can trigger a reaction in people suffering from celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder in which eating even tiny amounts of gluten -- comprised of numerous, complex proteins that gives dough its elasticity and some flavor to baked goods -- can damage the small intestine. The only known treatment for it is a gluten-free diet, not eating foods that contain wheat, rye, and barley.

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USDA implements 2014 farm bill provision to limit payments to non-farmers

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a proposed rule to limit farm payments to non-farmers, consistent with requirements Congress mandated in the 2014 Farm Bill. The proposed rule limits farm payments to individuals who may be designated as farm managers but are not actively engaged in farm management. In the Farm Bill, Congress gave USDA the authority to address this loophole for joint ventures and general partnerships, while exempting family farm operations from being impacted by the new rule USDA ultimately implements. 

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USCA comments on COOL-focused house agriculture subcommittee hearing

USCA (March 25, 2015) - The United States Cattlemen's Association (USCA) issued the following statement regarding today's hearing, "Livestock & Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee-Public Hearing: Meat Labeling Requirements" as held by the House Agriculture Committee, Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture.  The following statement may be attributed to USCA President Danni Beer:

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R-CALF USA to house ag subcommittee: Do not weaken COOL

Washington, D.C. - In written testimony submitted for today's hearing on meat labeling requirements held by the U.S. House Agriculture subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, R-CALF USA urged subcommittee members to take no action that would in any way undermine the U.S. country of origin labeling (COOL) law. 

In its testimony, R-CALF USA advanced four specific arguments to encourage the subcommittee to make no changes to the U.S. COOL law despite past or future rulings by the World Trade Organization (WTO) that attempt to relax COOL requirements.

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Equine students to compete, sell more than 30 young horses April 10-11

BOZEMAN - Equine students at Montana State University and the University of Montana Western will be selling more than 30 young horses on Friday, April 10, and Saturday, April 11, as part of the Top of the West Horse Sale at the Copper Spring Ranch near Bozeman.

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