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  • Labor Department Extends H-2A Transition Period

    Apr 17, 2009

    On April 16, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) published an Interim Final Rule in the Federal Register announcing an amendment to the H-2A regulations extending the transition period of the application filing procedures currently in effect for all H-2A… Full Story »
  • Obama’s Immigration Plan a ‘Poison Pill’ for Congress

    Apr 15, 2009

    President Obama’s plan to start work on immigration reform -- reaffirmed by White House staff this week -- launched two sharply different views on how it will impact his domestic agenda. The Christian Science Monitor Read the rest of this story at http://features.csmonitor.com/politics/2009/04/10/obamas-immigration-plan-a-poison-pill-for-congress/
  • Potato Stocks Down 8 Percent from 2008

    Apr 15, 2009

    The 13 major potato states held 151 million cwt. of potatoes in storage March 1, down 8 percent from a year ago and 5 percent below March 1, 2007. Potatoes in storage accounted for 41 percent of the 2008 fall storage states' production, slightly below… Full Story »
  • Mexico Tariffs Hurt California Farmers

    Apr 14, 2009

    California agricultural groups, stung by retaliatory tariffs resulting from a U.S. trucking dispute with Mexico, are stepping up pressure on the Obama administration to quickly resolve a budding trade war that could cost them more than $200 million this year. San Francisco Chronicle Click here to… Full Story »
  • Local Potato Farm To Be Featured on PBS TV Program

    Apr 9, 2009

    Troyer Brothers Inc., a potato farm operation based in Lee County, just east of Lehigh Acres on SR 82, will be featured on a new television program to air nationally on PBS stations around the country this fall. A production crew from the TV program Food… Full Story »
  • Enviro Group Asks EPA to End Approval of Herbicide 2,4-D

    Apr 9, 2009

    A popular weed killer is under attack by an environmental group that says it's unsafe and should be uprooted from the public herbicide arsenal approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. billingsgazette.com Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • McDonald’s Aims for a Low-pesticide Potato for its French Fries

    Apr 9, 2009

    "You want fries with that?" It's safe to say that most of the 47 million customers that McDonald's serves every day answer "Yes."the daily green Click here to read the rest of the story.
  • Obama to Push Immigration Reform Bill Despite Risks

    Apr 9, 2009

    While acknowledging that the recession makes the political battle more difficult, President Obama plans to begin addressing the country’s immigration system this year, including looking for a path for illegal immigrants to become legal, a senior administration official said on Wednesday. The New York Times Click… Full Story »
  • Idaho, Power Company Make Water Deal

    Apr 9, 2009

    The 1984 Swan Falls water agreement was reaffirmed this week in a proposed legal settlement between the state of Idaho and Idaho Power Co. In 1984, the Swan Falls agreement resolved a struggle between the state and Idaho power over the company’s water rights at its… Full Story »
  • TASC Funding Available

    Apr 9, 2009

    USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is still accepting applications for fiscal year 2009 funding for the Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops (TASC) Program. TASC applications are accepted on a rolling basis and may be submitted at any time throughout this fiscal year. The TASC program makes… Full Story »

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