Farm & rural policy news
WASHINGTON, April 24, 2015 - The European Union has announced the approval of 10 new genetically modified seed traits and the renewal of seven others to be used as feed and food imports.
WASHINGTON, April 24, 2015- A group of more than 40 farm groups and companies sent a letter to House and Senate agricultural appropriations leaders supporting increases in the President Barack Obama's fiscal 2016 budget for honey bee research activities. The House will begin consideration of appropriations bills next week.
WASHINGTON, April 24, 2015 - The National Corn Growers Association
(NCGA) today announced it work to boost market demand for corn through some key
staffing changes within the organization.
WASHINGTON, April 22, 2015 - United States Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman and other national leaders expressed concern today regarding a proposal from the European Union that would allow its member states to opt out of imports of genetically engineered food and feed.
WASHINGTON, April 23, 2105 - New cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been found in Iowa and Wisconsin, where yesterday officials declared a state of emergency. Minnesota, which has had the highest number of outbreaks in the country, declared a state of emergency today.
WASHINGTON, April 23, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack presented the details of his agency's new plan to partner with American farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners to reduce carbon emissions and bolster carbon sequestration to achieve a combined 120 million metric tons of CO2 mitigation per year by 2025.
April 23, 2015 - The House Foreign Affairs Committee advanced an amended bill
that would provide the first congressional authorization for the Obama
administration's Feed the Future initiative.
WASHINGTON, April 23, 2015 - U.S. and Peruvian officials held a briefing at USDA headquarters in Washington today to highlight recent agreements that will boost agricultural trade between the two countries.
WASHINGTON, April 23, 2015 - A bipartisan group of senators is calling on the Department of Agriculture to increase signup efforts in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to keep enrollment near acreage caps established in the 2014 farm bill.
22, 2015 - The Senate Finance Committee approved a bill to fast-track
new trade agreements as the panel's leaders fought off bipartisan
efforts to impose restrictions on negotiators, including requirements to prevent currency manipulation.
CHICAGO, April 22, 2015 - Coming next year to a field near you: unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can scout your fields for damages and expedite potential crop insurance claims.
WASHINGTON, April 22, 2015 - As a Sept. 30 deadline approaches, industry representatives are unanimously calling for reauthorization of the mandatory price reporting (MPR) program they say is critical to meat producers and packers.
WASHINGTON, April 22, 2015--A bill that the House Agriculture Committee is developing to reauthorize grain inspections will include a safeguard against trade disruptions during labor disputes.
22, 2015 - House Democratic appropriators failed to slow down a
Republican effort to block the Obama administration from re-defining the
jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act.
WASHINGTON, April 21, 2015 - Within the next 15 years, and possibly as early as 2019, the United States could become a net energy exporter for the first time since the 1950s, according to the federal Energy Information Administration Annual Energy Outlook
April 22, 2015 - Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and John Boozman, R-Ark.,
introduced a bill today that would allow banks to finance agricultural exports
sent to Cuba, helping to open up Cuban markets to American farmers and ranchers.
WASHINGTON, April 22, 2015 - Fast-track is finally on the fast track. It's possible the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) deal needed to smooth the path through Congress for trade deals with 11 Pacific Rim nations and the European Union could be on the Senate floor as soon as next week, when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be in Washington.
WASHINGTON, April 22, 2015 - The water development bill and barge tax increase that passed Congress last year could start to pay off for the ports and waterways critical to moving agricultural exports. Harbor projects are likely to be the biggest near-term beneficiaries.
WASHINGTON, April 22, 2015 - Obama administration officials are telling lawmakers they've done as much as they can without action by Congress to make it easier to trade with Cuba.