Politics | 3/2/2015

Wanted: Pix of fruits and veggies to shift 'food porn' balance

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2015 - Bolthouse Farms is challenging America to shift the balance of (food porn) and help create a healthier Internet.

Farm & rural policy news

Politics | 3/2/2015 4:05:19 PM

USDA earmarks $27.6 million for rural pilot projects to combat child hunger

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2015 - USDA is awarding $27.6 million to five demonstration projects aimed at ending childhood hunger in America.
Politics | 3/2/2015 3:57:35 PM

Washington Week Ahead: Fight resumes over school nutrition standards

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2015 - School nutrition directors and the Obama administration are drawing lines for a coming battle over reauthorization of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act that raised standards for school meals.

Rabo AgriFinance: Growing Ambition
Politics | 3/2/2015 3:30:37 PM

FDA overseas offices lag behind FSMA inspection mandate

WASHINGTON, March 2 -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not keeping pace with a mandate that requires its overseas offices to inspect foreign food facilities, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.
Politics | 3/2/2015 2:11:01 PM

Mikulski to retire as longest serving woman in Congress

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2015 - Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., announced Monday that she will retire at the end of the 114th Congress in 2017, ending the longest congressional career of any woman in history.
Politics | 3/2/2015 12:49:17 PM

Key senator proposes cuts to school nutrition standards

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2015 - Sodium limits for schools would be frozen at their current limits and a whole grain requirement would be cut in half under proposed legislation that school nutrition directors will be lobbying Congress this week to pass.  
Politics | 3/2/2015 10:45:42 AM

Dairy groups endorse TPA for trade agreements

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2015 -- The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) today jointly urged Congress to enact new Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation, saying it is crucial to securing well-negotiated trade agreements.
Politics | 3/1/2015 5:02:51 PM

Six-part series looks at 'Packing Political Punch in Rural America'

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2015 - Does rural America still pack the same political punch it did in years gone by? With fewer farmers, is there a disconnect between them, their city cousins and the legislators who represent the diverse groups?
Politics | 2/27/2015 11:20:53 PM

NRCS likely to get full $4.4 billion budget requested

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2015 - House ag appropriators expressed support as they heard Jason Weller, chief of the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS), explain the agency's $4.4 billion budget proposal for fiscal 2016.
Politics | 2/27/2015 12:28:17 PM

USDA extends base acre reallocation deadline to March 31

PHOENIX, Feb. 27, 2015 -- USDA is extending the deadline for producers to update their base yields or reallocate their base acres to March 31, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. The original deadline was today.
Politics | 2/27/2015

Vilsack, ex-ag secretaries urge Congress to pass trade authority, TPP

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2015- A bipartisan group of former U.S. agriculture secretaries going back to the Carter administration is urging Congress to pass fast-track trade promotion authority (TPA) as a way to help President Obama conclude trade deals with a group of Pacific Rim nations and with the European Union.
Politics | 2/26/2015 8:12:17 PM

USDA data bank shows how TPP could help Ag exports, state by state

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 - USDA today released data showing how U.S. agriculture could benefit from the successful conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade agreement with 11 other Pacific Rim nations.
Politics | 2/26/2015 5:52:33 PM

NCGA determined to defend RFS, expand trade opportunities

PHOENIX, Feb. 26, 2015 - On the heels of more legislation introduced to repeal the corn ethanol mandate in the Renewable Fuel Standard, a panel of National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) leaders said any attack on their chief renewable fuels policy is taken very seriously.
Politics | 2/26/2015 4:47:58 PM

 Soybean grower leaders to "get aggressive" in policy, trade negotiations

PHOENIX, Feb. 26, 2015-- American Soybean Association (ASA) President Wade Cowan said the group will become a more aggressive organization and work more closely with other farm groups to push for policy and regulatory influence.
Politics | 2/26/2015 4:12:10 PM

Opinion: Seven reasons why your kids should participate in FFA

BISMARCK, North Dakota, Feb. 27, 2015 - Do you know what FFA is all about? As a mom of a FFA member, I do-but as a student and young adult, I had no idea.
Politics | 2/26/2015 3:39:13 PM

 First lady celebrates Let's Move! successes, promises to continue advocacy work

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 - Michelle Obama, in her keynote address to the Partnership for a Healthier America 2015 Summit today, celebrated the successes of her Let's Move! campaign and vowed to continue advocating for healthy living well after her husband leaves office.
Politics | 2/26/2015 2:43:53 PM

USDA provides $84 million for disaster recovery efforts

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2015 -- USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service will invest an additional $84 million through the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) to help disaster recovery efforts through more than 150 projects in 13 states.


Marshall Matz - John Block

Trade is critical to rural America: Agriculture is key to TPA
Trade policy may present an opportunity for the Obama Administration and the Congress to work together in a bipartisan manner but it is sure not unanimous.


Bruce Knight

The best kept secret
The 2015 Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) will cover up to 7.7 million new acres and provide $100 million to participating farmers.


Blake Hurst

American farmers as peasants? Really?
In his recent declaration of war on my farm and thousands like it, New York Times recipe-trader-in-chief and food columnist Mark Bittman contrasted


Marshall Matz

The NAS is examining GE crops
The new study on genetically engineered (GE) crops now being conducted by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources


Bruce Knight

Share Your Views on EQIP and CSP
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is currently accepting comments on new rules for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
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 event calendar
  National Products Expo West
  March 4-8, 2015 Anaheim, California

  National Pork Industry Forum
  March 5-7, 2015 San Antonio, Texas

  Analyzing Risk: Principles, Concepts, and Applications
  March 9-12, 2015 Boston, Massachusetts

  National Farmers Union Annual Conference
  March 14-17, 2015 Wichita, Kansas

  Annual Fruit Ripening & Retail Handling Workshop
  March 17-18, 2015 Davis, California

  National Ag Day
  March 18, 2015 Washington, D.C.

  Food & Beverage Environmental Conference
  March 22-26, 2015 Point Clear, Alabama

  National Institute for Animal Agriculture Annual Conference
  March 23-26, 2015 Indianapolis, Indiana

  Indoor Ag-Con
  March 31-April 1, 2015 Las Vegas, Nevada

  American Food Technology & Innovation Summit
  April 14-15, 2015 Chicago, Illinois


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 5. Vilsack, ex-ag secretaries urge Congress to pass trade authority, TPP

 6. USDA extends base acre reallocation deadline to March 31

 7. Six-part series looks at 'Packing Political Punch in Rural America'

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