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Jan 16, 2013

USDA launches micro loan program for small farmers

WASHINGTON, Jan 15 (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of
Agriculture announced a new program on Tuesday to help small
farming operations, including those run by minority or socially
disadvantaged farmers, improve their access to credit.

The program, administered through USDA’s Farm Service
Agency, will offer various loans of up to $35,000 for terms of
up to seven years to help recipients deal with farming’s often
prohibitive start-up costs.

Jan 7, 2013

Seahawks rally to beat Redskins, Griffin injured

LANDOVER, Maryland (Reuters) – Seattle’s Russell Wilson outdueled Washington’s Robert Griffin III in a clash of outstanding rookie quarterbacks to help the Seahawks overcome a 14-0 first-quarter deficit and beat the Redskins 24-14 in their NFL wildcard game on Sunday.

It was the Seahawks’ first playoff victory on the road since a 1983 win over the Miami Dolphins, and set up a divisional round clash against NFC South champions Atlanta on January 13.

Jan 7, 2013

Wilson emerges from Griffin’s shadow in Seattle win

LANDOVER, Maryland (Reuters) – Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson left Washington in nobody’s shadow after securing a huge road playoff win for the Seahawks on Sunday after the shakiest of starts.

Wilson won the battle of the rookie sensations when his team and its stifling defense stormed back to beat the Washington Redskins and quarterback Robert Griffin III, 24-14, after allowing two touchdowns in the first quarter.

Jan 2, 2013

New FAA head among appointments approved by Senate

WASHINGTON, Jan 2 (Reuters) – The Senate late on Tuesday
approved a number of key White House nominations to regulatory
agencies, including the top job at Federal Aviation
Administration that had been vacant for over a year.

Michael Huerta was confirmed as FAA administrator for a
five-year term after acting in that role since December 2011,
when his predecessor resigned after being arrested and charged
with drunk driving.

Dec 31, 2012

Final-game loss sinks Cowboys’ playoff pursuit

LANDOVER, Maryland (Reuters) – A heartbreaking loss ended another Dallas Cowboys’ season on Sunday, the third year in a row the storied franchise has missed the playoffs.

“We have a big challenge ahead of us,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said after Dallas lost to the Washington Redskins 28-18 and squandered their chance to win the NFC East.

Dec 21, 2012

US milk price worry boils over in sour farm bill debate

WASHINGTON, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Alarm about an arcane
provision that could send U.S. milk prices at the grocery store
soaring, hurting millions of American households, has spurred
calls for last-minute action on farm legislation that has been
languishing for months.

Congressional negotiators on a new five-year farm bill are
deadlocked on the size of potential cuts in food stamps for the
poor, the largest U.S. anti-hunger program, and on reductions in
crop subsidies to farmers.

Dec 20, 2012

USDA sets rules for tracking livestock across state lines

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday announced final rules meant to improve the ability to trace livestock across state lines when there are disease outbreaks.

The regulations, which were laid out as proposals in August 2011, had their genesis in the handful of cases of mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy, in the United States dating back to 2003.

Dec 20, 2012

U.S. sets management plan for Alaska Petroleum Reserve

WASHINGTON, Dec 19 (Reuters) – The federal government on
Wednesday announced a plan to manage energy drilling on part of
Alaska’s North Slope, with the 23-million-acre National
Petroleum Reserve to be divided between areas available for oil
and gas leases and those that are protected from development.

The announcement by U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar
followed the completion of an environmental impact study, which
recommended development of areas that contain about 72 percent
of the estimated “economically recoverable” oil in the reserve.

Dec 16, 2012

Barclays says FERC manipulation charges won’t hold up

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Barclays Bank PLC (BARC.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has denied that it manipulated electricity markets and predicted in a tersely worded regulatory filing that the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s case, and proposed record penalties, will not hold up in court.

In a filing made late on Friday, a response to a “show cause” order by FERC, Barclays and four of its former traders rejected the commission’s charge that they enacted various schemes in the markets in the Western United States to benefit offsetting swaps positions.

Nov 30, 2012

Lawmakers cry “fowl” over move to help lesser prairie chicken

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A move by U.S. authorities to consider placing a small grassland bird native to parts of the oil and gas belt on the Endangered Species List has drawn the ire of some Western lawmakers.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Friday announced a plan to consider having the lesser prairie chicken listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act.

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      "Ros Krasny is Boston Bureau Chief, leading coverage of the New England scene. She was previously a regional Federal Reserve correspondent based in Chicago, and spent many years writing about agricultural commodity markets with Bridge News and Knight-Ridder Financial news."
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