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  • Who Will Bear the Brunt of a NAFTA Renegotiation?

    February 22, 2017

    President Trump's plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement give rise to a number of questions about the future of trade between the United States, Mexico, and Canada. While such a move might benefit the U.S. manufacturing sector by curbing foreign competition, the possibility of a simultaneous negative effect on the agricultural sector has led to some concern among industry leaders.

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  • Senator Stabenow Introduces Urban Agriculture Act of 2016

    December 28, 2016

    The legislation would support urban farming initiatives and increase access to healthy food. Michigan's urban agriculture leaders are hopeful that the Act will increase the number of urban farms in Michigan and around the country. 

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  • Corn Growers Concerned Over EPA’s Atrazine Report

    December 22, 2016

    According to AG Web, corn farmers are deeply concerned over EPA's recent report regarding Atrazine and its proposal to restrict the use of the approved, safe herbicide. In an ecological risk assessment, the EPA said the chemical was putting fish, frogs, plants and aquatic invertebrates at risk. 

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  • EPA Releases 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard Volumes

    December 1, 2016

    The EPA released its Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes at the end of November. The RFS program was established by Congress to spur the development of biofuels in the U.S. transportation sector in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy security. The standards raised the 2017 conventional ethanol mandate to the statutory maximum and increased the mandate for total advanced biofuels more than expected. 

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  • Trump’s Ag Advisory Committee Against Bringing Back COOL

    November 30, 2016

    Reports have emerged that President-elect Donald Trump's plans for his first 100 days may have had COOL (country of origin labeling) included in a potential renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

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  • What’s All the Fuss About Fracking?

    September 12, 2016

    Michigan is one of the country's top producers of industrial sand that is used for fracking, a process of extracting natural gas from tight rock formations hundreds or even thousands of feet below the surface.

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