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Israelis Ask Georgia Agriculture Department to Participate in Anti-Terrorism Conference

        Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin has assigned one of his senior staff to speak at an antiterrorism conference in Israel later this month.        Georgia State Veterinarian Dr. Lee Myers will brief Israeli officials on steps taken by Georgia to prevent, and to respond to, terrorism involving agriculture.         "This is our first such international…

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TDA Forestry Division Deploys New Tool in Wildfire Protection

        The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry last week unveiled a new tool in fighting wildland fires in Tennessee. Fifty-one "pumper units" are being deployed in 49 counties across the state to improve fire protection in areas where development interfaces with the landscape.         The new equipment was funded through an appropriation of more than…

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BSE Update From Alabama

Alabama Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks and Alabama State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Frazier with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) and USDA have provided an update on their ongoing joint investigation of the cow that died from bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Alabama.Since the investigation began, the ADAI and the USDA have followed multiple leads in the…

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Senators Introduce Agriculture Disaster Relief Bill

        Sens. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) and Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) this week introduced an agriculture assistance package to help farmers and ranchers who are suffering from weather-related disasters and high energy prices. The legislation is cosponsored by a bipartisan group of eighteen lawmakers.         The legislation would provide emergency production loss and economic…

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International Buyers Will Find New Services Available at the USFES

        Whether you are a mid-size food manufacturer looking for new opportunities or a food store operator looking for exciting all-American products, the U.S. Food Export Showcase (USFES) is the annual marketplace where you can accomplish your goals. It's packed with potential for buyers and sellers and it all takes place this year between May 7 and May 9 in Chicago's McCormick…

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House Panel Reviews Crop Insurance

        The House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held a hearing to review the federal crop insurance program. The hearing was intended to provide lawmakers with a general overview of current issues facing the crop insurance program including multiple-year losses, disaster assistance, premium reduction plan, and the upcoming farm bill…

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FSIS Rule Makes Retail Lists Available During Recalls

        USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recently issued a proposed rule which would make public lists of retail outlets that have received products that have been recalled.         When a recall is conducted, FSIS posts a recall press release on its website to help consumers identify the product. The agency also distributes the press release to national wire…

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New Online Forum Seeks Comments on Farm Bill Conservation Provisions

        Governor Tim Pawlenty's Clean Water Cabinet has established an online forum to encourage farmers and the general public to share their views on incentive-based conservation programs and provisions to potentially be discussed for inclusion in the next federal farm bill.         Congress typically rewrites the farm bill every five to six years. The bill currently in…

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CDFA Announces Request for Project Suggestions on Fertilizer Research

        The California Department of Food and Agriculture's (CDFA) Fertilizer, Research and Education Program (FREP) is seeking project suggestions for the department's competitive grant program on fertilizer research. Approximately $800,000 in funding is available to fund research projects that will help provide growers and industry with cost-effective practices to improve the…