Politics | 4/29/2016

Top negotiators cite progress in T-TIP talks

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2016 - Top negotiators for the U.S. and the European Union say the two sides made good progress this week as they continued efforts to complete the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP).

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Politics | 4/28/2016 7:23:32 PM

House Ag panel examines 'unintended consequences' of Dodd-Frank

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2016 - Not one lawmaker or witness at a House Agriculture subcommittee hearing Thursday said capital and margin rules weren't necessary to protect futures and swaps markets from bad players and volatility, but there was plenty of discussion on how these rules could negatively affect end-users - namely farmers.
Politics | 4/28/2016 3:54:11 PM

EPA takes it on the chin at House Ag hearing

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 - EPA received the brunt of the criticism from farm group representatives at a House Agriculture subcommittee hearing today focusing on the factors affecting the cost of producing the nation's food.

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Politics | 4/28/2016 11:38:10 AM

Murkowski says low-price environment is time for energy reform

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2016 - Senate Energy Committee chair Lisa Murkowski called for her colleagues in Congress to take advantage of the current low-price environment surrounding oil and gas development and pass reforms to...
Politics | 4/28/2016 11:23:14 AM

'Community Storage' initiative sees promise in your water heater

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2016 - Vastly underutilized energy storage resources, such as the nation's 50 million residential electric water heaters, can provide substantial environmental and cost benefits, according to...
Politics | 4/28/2016 11:05:10 AM

Most US rooftops can take the weight of solar systems

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2016 - The Energy Department's Solar America Cities program found that a primary barrier to solar adoption is the difficulty and cost of obtaining construction permits for...
Politics | 4/28/2016 9:26:34 AM

Syngenta inches closer to ChemChina deal

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2016 - At their annual general meeting earlier this week, Syngenta shareholders officially approved motions for an ordinary dividend of...
Politics | 4/27/2016 5:35:36 PM

 Merging House, Senate energy bills won't be easy

Don't spoil our victory lap was the response from one Senate staffer when asked about the prospects for reconciling the comprehensive energy bill the Senate passed overwhelmingly last week with the very different House bill passed in December.
Politics | 4/27/2016 4:57:57 PM

Dannon faces uphill battle to rid dairy feed of GMOs

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 - Dannon, in an effort to woo consumers who are becoming increasingly concerned about all aspects of how their food is made, has made a promise that will be difficult to keep: It plans to eliminate all genetically modified grains from the diets of the cows that produce the milk used to make most of the company's yogurt.
Politics | 4/27/2016 3:21:26 PM

 Grain trade alarmed by USDA biotech plans

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 - The Agriculture Department's plan for a radical overhaul of the way it regulates biotech crops risks disrupting exports of U.S. farm commodities unless the changes are coordinated with importing countries, agribusiness groups say.
Politics | 4/27/2016 2:49:23 PM

 Organics industry edges toward testing and tolerances for biotech

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 - Frustration in the organic industry is mounting over the difficulty of keeping organic seed free of any detectable level of genetic engineering...
Politics | 4/27/2016 1:52:48 PM

 Got milk? Dairy industry fights back against WHO cautions

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 - American dairy organizations, the International Dairy Federation, the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Department and others are trying to put the brakes on...
Politics | 4/27/2016 1:35:18 PM

Opinion: A twenty-first century challenge: growing more food with less water

Earlier this week, agricultural leaders and scholars gathered at the Nebraska Innovation Campus at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the seventh annual Water for Food Global Conference to catalyze strategies in support of...
Politics | 4/27/2016 1:11:45 PM

 Fish and Wildlife chief counters attacks on endangered species

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 - House Republicans held three hearings last week to spotlight what they characterized as federal land grabs enabled by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and committed...
Politics | 4/27/2016 12:35:36 PM

Rural broadband packs economic punch nationwide, report says

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 - Rural Internet providers contributed $24.1 billion to state economies in 2015 - benefits realized not only in the rural areas where broadband was deployed, but in urban areas too, according to a new report by the Hudson Institute.
Politics | 4/27/2016 11:43:58 AM

 Rural provisions tucked into Senate FAA bill

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 - A Senate bill that would reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration is proving to be an example of legislation that might not...
Politics | 4/27/2016 11:23:11 AM

 New co-op prepares to start 'farming' data

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 - There are many different kinds of agricultural cooperatives that produce everything from milk to sugar, but the Ag Data Coalition (ADC) is...
Politics | 4/27/2016 11:10:50 AM

 Experts debate use of epidemiology study to decide chlorpyrifos' fate

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 - The end of chlorpyrifos on farms? Not yet. An epidemiological study that linked chlorpyrifos exposure to neurodevelopmental effects in children...
Politics | 4/27/2016 10:33:02 AM

 Ag keeping a skeptical eye on T-TIP talks

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 - U.S. trade negotiators are in New York City this week for a round of talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP), hoping to...
Politics | 4/27/2016 10:09:02 AM

 Feeding urban centers will challenge agriculture, infrastructure

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2016 - Farmers in the U.S. and around the world are going to be especially challenged to feed urban centers as the world population surges, according to...
Politics | 4/27/2016 3:48:56 AM

 More milkweed may not cure what ails monarchs: study

WASHINGTON, April 25, 2016 - The American Soybean Association is touting a new study that finds a lack of nectar sources, habitat fragmentation, and changing weather patterns are the primary contributors to a decline in monarch butterfly populations.
Politics | 4/25/2016 7:13:28 PM

Washington Week Ahead: GOP readies nutrition bill; Organics Board debates biotech

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2016 - House Republicans are looking to move an overhaul of child nutrition programs against stiff Democratic resistance, while the Senate GOP plots a more bipartisan authorization bill for waterway projects.


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2018 Farm Bill-simplifying rural development
Over the years, rural development programs have multiplied and morphed to the point where it's difficult for farmers, small businesses, entrepreneurs and rural communities to...


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$380 Million Keepseagle II Settlement Reached
The landmark civil rights lawsuit by Indian farmers and ranchers against the Department of Agriculture...


Alesha Black

Growth opportunities and growing pains in a changing global food system
Today, more than 53 percent of the global population lives in cities. In 1900, this was only 13 percent.


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Genetic Labeling: Take #2
The State of Vermont has passed a statute mandating the labeling of genetically engineered foods as of...


Blake Hurst

A few thoughts on pickup trucks and international trade
Trading an old pickup truck triggers thoughts on the importance of international trade and embracing change.


Bruce Knight

2018 Farm Bill: Integrate CSP with the larger sustainability movement
In our ongoing discussion of the next farm bill, I want us to consider carefully the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
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