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May 29, 2014

U.S. 2014 agricultural exports near record $150 billion

WASHINGTON, May 29 (Reuters) – U.S. agricultural exports for
fiscal 2014 will reach a record $149.5 billion, the Department
of Agriculture said on Thursday, higher than its earlier
forecast of $142.6 billion and up 6 percent on the year.

The forecast for the U.S. agricultural trade surplus in
fiscal 2014 is up $6.3 billion from the February estimate to $39
billion, its second highest ever. The fiscal year started on
Oct. 1 and will end on Sept. 30.

May 23, 2014

U.S. faces higher food price inflation in 2014, led by meats: USDA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The severe drought in California could have a lasting effect on U.S. fruit, dairy and egg prices, while prices for meats, especially beef, look likely to continue climbing, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday.

The agency said overall U.S. food price inflation for 2014, including food bought at grocery stores and food bought at restaurants, would rise by 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent in 2014.

May 16, 2014

Snowden fallout still echoes across cyber industry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden changed lives in the cyber community, from slowdowns in obtaining high-level security clearances to providing material for a “really good comedy routine.”

Experts at the Reuters Cybersecurity Summit this week were asked how Snowden, now living under asylum in Russia after exposing the National Security Agency’s phone and Internet spying programs in 2013, altered their worlds.

Apr 18, 2014

USDA will require reporting of killer piglet virus PEDv

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In an expected move, the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday announced new measures to combat the spread of disease in the U.S. pig population.

The agency said it would require reporting of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv), which has killed millions of piglets over the past year, and the Swine Delta Coronavirus.

Apr 10, 2014

Democratic senators press Obama for Keystone decision by May 31

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Eleven U.S. Democratic senators urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to make a final decision on whether to approve TransCanada Corp’s Keystone XL crude oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast no later than May 31.

“We need a definitive timeline laid out, a timeline that reduces the comment period for federal agencies, officials and other entities,” the senators wrote to Obama. “We cannot miss another construction season.”

Apr 3, 2014

cig rule coming ‘very soon,’ U.S. FDA chief says

WASHINGTON, April 3 (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug
Administration is “pushing very hard” to release a proposed rule
that would establish its authority over e-cigarettes, the head
of the agency said on Thursday amid concerns the products pose a
risk to children.

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told senators at a
Congressional budget hearing that it has taken too long to move
the rule forward and that she expects the proposal to be ready
for release “very soon.”

Mar 29, 2014

U.S. groups accuse Mexico of dumping sugar as sweetener tensions build

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, March 28 (Reuters) – U.S. sugar
industry groups on Friday accused Mexican exporters of dumping
cheap, subsidized supplies on the U.S. market, firing the
opening shot in a potential trade war after months of growing
tension in the sweetener industry.

In a petition to the U.S. International Trade Commission,
which experts have called the first of its kind, the sugar cane
and sugar beet groups said that “dumped and subsidized” imports
would cost U.S. producers nearly $1 billion in net income in

Mar 28, 2014

U.S. groups accuse Mexico of dumping subsidized sugar

WASHINGTON, March 28 (Reuters) – U.S. sugar cane and sugar
beet groups on Friday asked federal authorities to investigate
what they called “dumped and subsidized” imports of sugar from
Mexico, according to a filing with the U.S. International Trade

“It is our intention to file countervailing duty and
antidumping petitions against the Mexican sugar industry,” said
Phillip Hayes, a spokesman for the American Sugar Alliance,
which represents U.S. producers.

Mar 27, 2014

U.S. lists lesser prairie chicken as threatened, energy groups wary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Thursday listed the lesser prairie chicken, a small grassland bird native to parts of the country’s oil and gas belt, as “threatened,” a move that could draw the ire of some Western lawmakers and energy producers.

“The lesser prairie chicken is in dire straits,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director Dan Ashe, citing a “rapid and severe decline” in the species’ population.

Mar 26, 2014

Landing at wrong airport can be ‘catastrophic': regulator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board issued a safety alert on Wednesday on how airplane pilots can avoid landing at the wrong airport, after recent incidents when planes landed on much shorter runways than their intended destinations.

“All of us have experienced a loss of situational awareness at some time, but the consequences for pilots mistaking a nearby airport for the intended one, or landing on the wrong runway or a taxiway, can have catastrophic consequences,” said NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman.

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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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