Politics | 1/30/2015

 NBB baffled by EPA move to fast-track Argentine biodiesel imports

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2015 - As the renewable fuels industry waits for the Obama administration to act on the Renewable Fuel Standard, the National Biodiesel Board is speaking out, calling the agency's lack of action "unacceptable."

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Politics | 1/30/2015 3:16:06 PM

School Nutrition Association calls for boost in school meal reimbursement

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2015 - The School Nutrition Association, which represents school district nutrition directors, says Congress needs to increase the reimbursement for each school breakfast and lunch by 35 cents to make sure school districts can afford to meet federal nutrition requirements.
Politics | 1/30/2015 12:45:24 PM

EPA proposes new corn rootworm management plan

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2015- The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing new measures to delay the corn rootworm pest becoming resistant to corn genetically engineered to produce certain pesticides.

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Politics | 1/29/2015 4:38:54 PM

Senators propose ending Cuba travel restrictions

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2015 - A bipartisan group of senators is seeking to kick off a debate over U.S. Cuban policy by proposing to end all restrictions on American travel to the island.
Politics | 1/29/2015 3:59:45 PM

Senate GOP fails to get veto-proof margin on Keystone

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2015 - Senate Republicans failed to get a veto-proof margin on a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline but pledged to tack the measure onto other energy legislation.
Politics | 1/29/2015 3:26:50 PM

Deadline nears to apply for Conservation Stewardship Program funds

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2015 - Agricultural producers and private forest landowners have until Feb. 27 to apply for payments under the USDA's Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) if they want to be considered for this year's funding. Applications received after that date will be considered for future funding.
Politics | 1/29/2015 2:53:42 PM

 Lawmakers renew focus on railroad challenges

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 - Problems in the U.S. rail industry saw plenty of action last year after crippling Midwest grain transportation, and efforts to hold the system in check look to continue into the new Congress.
Politics | 1/29/2015 2:40:49 PM

EPA, manufacturers agree to limit methomyl insecticide uses

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2015 - The Environmental Protection Agency and the manufacturers of methomyl have agreed to cancel some uses of the insecticide and limit its application on certain crops to reduce risks to drinking water.
Politics | 1/28/2015 8:02:17 PM

Soybean Association, farm groups push for end to West Coast port dispute

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 -- The American Soybean Association (ASA) and more than 90 other farm and commodity organizations are calling for a quick resolution of a labor dispute that has disrupted operations at West Coast ports, costing the agricultural industry millions of dollars a week.
Politics | 1/28/2015 5:09:09 PM

 U.S. trade rep says TPP deal getting close

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2015 - With the latest round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations under way, access for agricultural products to Japan and Canada remain among the unresolved issues, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman told the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday.
Politics | 1/28/2015 3:46:49 PM

Roberts to work with EPA on water rule

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 - Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts is pledging to work with the Obama administration to resolve farmers' concerns about a proposed rule re-defining the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act.
Politics | 1/28/2015 2:46:16 PM

Green groups sue to force EPA regulation of animal farm emissions

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015-- The Environmental Integrity Project and the Humane Society of the United States filed lawsuits in federal court today against the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to respond to requests to regulate farm emissions like methane and ammonia.
Politics | 1/28/2015 2:10:56 PM

Court dismisses AFBF lawsuit challenging EPA disclosure of farmer data

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 - The American Farm Bureau Federation says it is considering whether to appeal a federal court's dismissal of its lawsuit seeking to block the Environmental Protection Agency from releasing personal information of livestock and poultry farmers in response to Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests.
Politics | 1/28/2015 9:08:15 AM

McGovern named top Democrat on nutrition panel

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 - Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern, one of the House's most outspoken defenders of federal food assistance, has been named the top Democrat on the House Agriculture subcommittee assigned to investigate the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Politics | 1/28/2015 4:59:44 AM

 Senate Keystone battle escalates as energy, politics collide

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 - Step one in the push to authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to pump Canadian tar sands oil to Texas refineries worked just as planned: Keystone legislation has been the first bill debated and voted on by the new GOP-run Senate.
Politics | 1/28/2015 4:55:25 AM

 USDA to test pork supply for food safety problems

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015-- Buried in USDA's new microbial standards for poultry safety is the disclosure that the Food Safety and Inspection Service plans in March to start testing raw pork for pathogens of public concern.
Politics | 1/27/2015 7:44:56 PM

Restaurant industry outlook bright for 2015 and beyond

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2015 - The National Restaurant Association has released its 2015 industry forecast, and for the sixth straight year, restaurant sales are expected to increase.
Politics | 1/27/2015 1:44:45 PM

Anti-TPP protesters interrupt Senate hearing

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2015 - Protestors interrupted a Senate Finance Committee hearing today to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations and efforts to pass Trade Promotion Authority through Congress.
Politics | 1/26/2015 4:03:42 PM

Washington Week Ahead: White House seeks to sell trade agenda, close TPP deal

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2015 - Key congressional committees start laying the groundwork this week for pushing the Obama administration's trade agenda through Congress with back-to-back meetings with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman.


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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


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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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Oil prices, cartels, and world economic realignment
ME.;Professor, people are wondering if the drop in oil prices will cause a realignment of world economic order


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2015: The Year of Soils
The United Nations-Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils.


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Exports: A Path to Greater Sustainability?
Every farmer knows that the key to producing the biggest crop is putting the best seed into the most fertile ground and ensuring that it receives the moisture, sunlight and nutrients required for optimum growth.


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Progress on 'Too big to fail'?
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  Wheat Industry Winter Conference
  Jan. 27-31, 2015 Washington, D.C.

  American Sheep Industry Annual Convention
  Jan. 28-31, 2015 Reno, Nevada

  American Sugarbeet Growers Association Annual Meeting
  Feb. 1-3, 2015 Long Beach, California

  National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Annual Meeting
  Feb. 1-4, 2015 New Orleans, Louisiana

  Cattle Industry Convention & National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show
  Feb. 4-7, 2015 San Antonio, Texas

  CIRB Annual Meeting
  Feb. 4-6, 2015 Bonita Springs, Florida

  National Cotton Council of America Annual Meeting
  Feb. 6-8, 2015 Memphis, Tennessee

  2015 Crop Insurance Industry Annual Convention - AAIS and NCIS
  Feb. 8-11, 2015 Bonita Springs, Florida

  International Sweeteners Colloquium
  Feb. 8-11, 2015 Orlando, Florida

  National Grocers Association Show
  Feb. 8-11-2015 Las Vegas, Nevada


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