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Under the microscope

The latest round in the three-year heavyweight political battle that involves U.S. farm-raised catfish, food safety, government spending and international diplomacy is in the books. Who won, who lost and where the domestic catfish industry goes from here is yet to be determined. The last week of May, two public comment hearings were held — the first in Washington, D.C., ...

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Enerkem raises $60 million for Pontotoc plant

From staff reports CHICAGO — Enerkem Inc., a leading waste-to-biofuels and chemicals company based in Canada, announced today an additional $60 million in financing for its Pontotoc, Mississippi plant, on which the company expects to break ground later this year. The plant will be located within the Three Rivers Landfill and convert trash to methanol and ethanol. If finished before ...

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Cochran wants nominee's commitment to catfish inspections

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has indicated that he wants the Obama Administration’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service to support implementation of a federal law to begin inspections of catfish. Cochran serves on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee that conducted a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Dr. Elisabeth Hagen to ...

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Vilsack: Pigford settlement funding needs 'vehicle'

On Feb. 18, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Justice announced a settlement agreement to resolve longstanding civil rights claims against the USDA. While the settlement agreement includes a March 31 “opt-out” provision for the plaintiffs, the two departments say they remain committed to resolving this issue in the weeks ahead. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom ...

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USDA offers TAA program to farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Farmers Program to help American agricultural producers adjust to the current, challenging economic environment. In August, USDA requested public comments on a proposed rule for establishing the procedures and eligibility criteria for receiving assistance. Comments focused on payment limitations and adjusted gross income, specialty crops and ...

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Cochran questions USDA budget

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is questioning how the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) expects to use its budget to address farming and agriculture issues in Mississippi, including pending catfish inspection regulations and settling longstanding discrimination claims by African American farmers. Cochran serves on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee that March 2 received testimony from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack ...

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Tacker found guilty of bilking USDA

ABERDEEN — William T. “Tommy” Tacker has been convicted of defrauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture out of $2.8 million in bioenergy subsidy money for a plant in Mississippi. Tacker was convicted Wednesday in federal court in Aberdeen and faces up to 50 years in prison. Testimony began Monday in the case of the 56-year-old Tacker, who faced 10 counts ...

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Black farmers settle for $1.25B

WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack yesterday announced the successful resolution of the longstanding litigation known as Pigford II. The settlement agreement, which is contingent on appropriation by Congress, will provide a total of $1.25 billion to African American farmers who alleged that they suffered racial discrimination in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) farm ...

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Program looks to boost rural veterinarians

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has taken the first step toward implementing a plan to address veterinary shortages throughout rural America by repaying the student loans of qualified veterinarians in return for their services in areas suffering from a lack of veterinarians. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) administers the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program ...

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