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‘Chavez,’ ‘Farmland’ films don’t stand up against Hollywood classics


April 4, 1014 | HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — It’s hard to make good films about farming and agriculture, especially in competition with Hollywood classics such as “Oklahoma!,” “Gone with the Wind,” “The Wizard of Oz” and even “The Great Gatsby.” …

USTR to focus on agriculture this week


April 4, 1014 | In another apparent attempt to keep the troubled Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership talks going, Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler will meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Washington with Ambassador Hiroshi Oe and Ambassador Takeo Mori of Japan for TPP negotiations, focusing on agriculture market access and motor vehicle issues. …

U.S. urges countries to donate more to ag fund


April 4, 1014 | Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and Secretary of State John Kerry have urged nations around the world to expand their support for the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) …

Vilsack reappoints members to FCIC board


April 4, 1014 | Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week reappointed two members to the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) board of directors. …

STB holds hearing on ag rail issues


April 4, 1014 | Northern Plains farmers and grain shippers complained to the federal Surface Transportation Board about protracted shipping delays due to perceived railroad favoritism for shipping oil versus grain, but disagreed over whether the STB should use it powers to force railroads to ship grain, DTN/The Progressive Farmer reported Friday. …