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    FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai

    Live Interview with FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai

    Key topics include the revitalization of AM radio and efforts to expand rural broadband access.

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    GMO-Labeling Bill Is Now Headed to the White House

    Read about the latest Congressional developments on GMO-labeling.

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    USDA Plan to Combat Climate Change

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    Investment now to help cut CO2 by 2025.  Find out more. 

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    Streamlining H-2A Program

    There could be an end in sight to ag labor shortages caused by recent delays in the processing of applications for temporary migrant worker permits.

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    Followup on FCC Workshop

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    “State of the Video Marketplace”

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    RFD-TV Founder and President Patrick Gottsch was one of several industry representatives who participated today in an FCC workshop on competition, diversity and innovation in the video marketplace.

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    The Future of Water Conservation

    Farmers in 17 western states will have to step up their efforts to conserve water in the coming decades, as temperatures rise and droughts and floods become more frequent.

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    Federal Land Bank System

    Farm Credit opens a time capsule from 1967. Find out more.

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    $260 Million Available for Conservation Program

    USDA accepting applications for partnership program. Find out more.

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    National Ag Day

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    RFD-TV salutes the FFA on National Ag Day. See more.

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    FCC to Decide on Notice of Inquiry

    Get the latest information from Washington, D.C.

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    FCC Looks Out for Independent Channels

    Hearings scheduled to examine if large cable providers are squeezing out independent channels.

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    Antibiotics For Livestock

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    Connecting City and Country

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    Vilsack On Broadband Development

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    Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, discusses how USDA plans to help develop broadband in rural areas.  More>>

    Sec. Vilsack on Rural Education

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    Food Security

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    Women in Agriculture

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    Watch as candidate explains the benefits of supporting women.  More>>

    Government Regulation

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    EPA Over-Reach Is An Issue for Fiorina

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    Fiorina Talks About Education

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    Candidate to minimize role of federal government. See more. More>>

    Fiorina Addresses Infrastructure Issues

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    Webb Talks About the Farm Bill

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    Webb "Believes" in Social Security

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    Watch presidential hopeful Jim Webb talk about social programs. More>>

    Presidential Candidate Webb Talks About Renewable Fuels

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    Dr. Carson On Ending Subsidies

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    Watch the candidate explain his position. More>>

    Food Sourcing Important to Gov. Jindal

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    RURAL TOWN HALL: Gov. Bobby Jindal On Importance of Agriculture

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    Presidential Candidate On Healthcare in Rural Areas

    Gov. Jindal shares his views on Obamacare and healthcare issues facing rural Americans. More>>

    Gov. Bobby Jindal On Renewable Fuel Standard

    Presidential candidate clarifies his position on renewable fuels. Find out more. More>>

    Gov. Jindal Takes on the FCC

    Presidential candidate answers his concerns over the FCC's regulation of the internet. Find out more. More>>

    Governor Bobby Jindal Tackles Taxes and Farmers

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    USDA Secretary Vilsack announces another step forward in farm bill implementation

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      After exchanging "I do's" and whose last name was about to become Tyson, one bride was gifted with a special treat. The world has seen some clever bridal bouquets, but one maid of honor decided to give her bride one last sendoff; a bouquet of chicken nuggets. Tyson foods CEO awarded the couple with a year's worth of Tyson fun nuggets and threw in a clever letter saying, "always begin and end each day with kisses and nugs."

      After exchanging "I do's" and whose last name was about to become Tyson, one bride was gifted with a special treat. The world has seen some clever bridal bouquets, but one maid of honor decided to give her bride one last sendoff; a bouquet of chicken nuggets. Tyson foods CEO awarded the couple with a year's worth of Tyson fun nuggets and threw in a clever letter saying, "always begin and end each day with kisses and nugs."

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      (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP)(Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP)
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      Spicer Orchards, a popular fall destination northwest of Detroit, had more than 22,000 apples stolen off its trees.  According to WXYZ, a member fo the family went to check on the apples on Oct. 6 as they waited for the harvest and nothing was out of the ordinary. On Oct. 9, they checked again and they were all gone.  

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    • Craig Morgan brings Blake Shelton to tears on 'The Kelly Clarkson Show'

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    • Tyson bans ractopamine in U.S. pork supply

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    • National Weather Service captures butterflies migrating on radar

      National Weather Service captures butterflies migrating on radar

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      The National Weather Service caught a stunning visual on one of its radars last week, a large group of butterflies and dragonflies being carried by wind from a cold front in Central Oklahoma.  The mass migration was caught on Oct. 5. 

      The National Weather Service caught a stunning visual on one of its radars last week, a large group of butterflies and dragonflies being carried by wind from a cold front in Central Oklahoma.  The mass migration was caught on Oct. 5. 

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