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USDA urged to immediately restore official grain inspection Service at the port of Vancouver, Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 29, 2014) – Citing the “extremely troubling precedent” being set, 22 national, regional and state agricultural producer, commodity and agribusiness organizations, including U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) and the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), have urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take immediate action to restore official grain inspection and weighing services at the Port of Vancouver, Washington.

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Tester: New report shows value of investing in Montana agriculture

(U.S. SENATE) – Senator Jon Tester, the Senate’s only working farmer, today released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued its latest Agriculture Census: 

“Today’s report shows the value of making strong investments in Montana’s agriculture sector.  Family farmers and ranchers continue to strengthen our state’s number one industry, creating jobs and growing Montana’s economy.  Making sure young folks have a chance to start careers in agriculture will ensure that it remains the engine of our economy and our rural way of life.”

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Youngberg to lead Montana Farm Bureau

The following is a press release from the Montana Farm Bureau:

John Youngberg, who has served in Montana Farm Bureau’s governmental relations division for 20 years, has been hired as Executive Vice President of that organization. Having worked there since 1992, Youngberg is no stranger to MFBF. He began his career with Farm Bureau as field staff, and quickly moved on to become a lobbyist for MFBF. He is well known in Helena having most recently served as vice president of governmental affairs for the organization.

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Lowest July cattle inventory since ’73

The U.S. cattle inventory as of July 1 fell to the lowest for the date since records began in 1973, U.S. government data showed after futures in Chicago settled at a record high, signaling higher beef costs.

Supplies at 95 million head fell 2.9 percent from July 2012, the Department of Agriculture said today in a report. The mid-year data wasn’t issued last year because of a partial government shutdown. The herd on Jan. 1 was the smallest since 1951.

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Livestock antibiotic ruling reversed

NEW YORK (AP) --- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration isn't required to hold public hearings to evaluate the health risks of widespread use of antibiotics in animal feed, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

The decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a ruling in 2012 by a district court that sided with several health and consumer organizations that sued the FDA after the agency decided against holding the hearings.

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