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April 18, 2015
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Cities: California water reduction order unrealistic, unfair

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California cities are pushing back against Gov. Jerry Brown’s order for mandatory water use reductions, but it’s not likely that regulators will retreat with the state in its fourth year of drought.
April 18, 2015
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Family farmers keep up with latest innovations

SHOSHONE, Idaho—The Taber family moved to Idaho from Pennsylvania in 1975, when Chris was 6 years old and Darren was 2. Their youngest brother, Matt, was born in 1982.
April 17, 2015
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Farm lobbyist cheers as fertilizer booted from oil train bill

OLYMPIA—The Senate and House have agreed that trains hauling nitrogen fertilizer won’t have to add crew members, a proposal that farm lobbyists warned would have raised freight costs for growers.
April 17, 2015
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Gov. Inslee extends drought declaration

OLYMPIA—With early spring snowpack conditions worsening, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Friday extended the drought emergency to nearly half the state.
April 17, 2015
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House votes to kill death tax

By a vote of 240-179 largely along party lines, the U.S. House voted Thursday to repeal the federal estate tax, better known by opponents as the “death tax.”
April 17, 2015
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Congress moves on fast track

Bipartisan, bicameral Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation was introduced Thursday in Congress that would put negotiations for new trade agreements that could benefit agriculture on the fast track.
April 17, 2015
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Calif. authorities won’t dictate crops, irrigation amid drought

SACRAMENTO—State authorities have no plans to mandate further water conservation efforts on farms even as Gov. Jerry Brown’s order that cities slash their water use by 25 percent has invited more scrutiny on agriculture.
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