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Statement By Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack On Passage Of 2014 Farm Bill PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 12:56

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - On Tuesday, the U.S. Congress passed the 2014 Farm Bill following three years of debate. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued the following statement in response to the 68 to 32 vote in the U.S. Senate.

The U.S. House passed the bill last week by a vote of 251 to 166.
The new Farm Bill replaces the 2008 version and is projected to cost $500 billion. 
"Today's action will allow the proud men and women who feed millions around the world to invest confidently in the future. Our communities will have additional support to attract new economic opportunity and create jobs. During difficult times, children, working families, seniors and people with disabilities will have access to nutritious food. The potential of new products, treatments and discoveries will be strengthened through new agricultural research. Renewed conservation efforts will protect our fields, forests and waters creating new tourism options. This legislation is important to the entire nation.
Building on the historic economic gains in rural America over the past 5 years, this bill will accomplish those goals while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer. While no legislation is perfect, this bill is a strong investment in American agriculture and supports the continued global leadership of our farmers and ranchers."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 12:57
Farm Bill Makes Way For States To Grow Hemp PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 18:00

DENVER (AP) — The federal government is ready to let farmers grow cannabis — at least the kind that can't get people high.

Hemp — marijuana's non-intoxicating cousin — could soon be cultivated in 10 states under the farm bill agreement reached late Monday.
Some wonder if the move is an indication that the federal government is ready to follow the 20 states that have already legalized medical marijuana and recreational pot.
Opponents insist the hemp change doesn't mean pot is closer to becoming legal.
Hemp can be used to make everything from clothes to cooking oil. With the move, the U.S. government is clearing the way for farmers to compete in the hemp industry currently dominated by China.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 18:00
Lawsuit Alleges Unpaid Overtime At Affordable Care Act Call Center PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 28 January 2014 17:56

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Employees at a call center for state health insurance exchanges are suing their employer in federal court, saying they were forced to work unpaid overtime.

The nine workers who brought the suit against Maximus Inc. say the case could potentially apply to thousands of workers, and they're asking a judge to award damages exceeding $5 million.
Maximus has not yet filed a response. A phone call seeking comment Tuesday was not immediately returned.
The workers say they were wrongly classified as exempt from overtime and required to work up to 60 hours a week in violation of federal law.
The call centers were established to handle customer service for the exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act.
The suit was filed in Idaho's U.S. District Court on Friday.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 17:57
January 2014 GovBenefits.Gov E-Newsletter Now Posted Online PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 27 January 2014 13:57

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The January issue of the federal government newsletter that coordinates information from 17 federal agencies has posted its January newsletter. 

The issue includes stories on:
-- federal income poverty guidelines
-- heart healthy February
-- message from Al Sloane, Benefits.gov program directror
-- be someone who matters to someonen else
-- drive your education from start to finish
The newsletter is available at http://www.benefits.gov/news/newsletter/january-2014
Last Updated on Monday, 27 January 2014 13:58

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