Politics | 8/28/2014

Maps contradict EPA on 'Waters of U.S.' rule, Rep. Smith says

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2014 -- EPA has provided the House Science Committee with detailed maps that the panel's chairman, Lamar Smith, R-Texas, says show the agency's "plan to control a huge amount of private property across the country" by defining

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Politics | 8/27/2014 4:24:33 PM

 Tyson to shed sow-buying business to acquire Hillshire

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2014 - Tyson Foods has agreed to sell off its hog acquisition unit, Heinold Hog Markets, in order to win U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) approval of its $8.5 billion purchase of Hillshire Brands.
Politics | 8/27/2014 4:04:52 PM

Commerce agrees Mexico unfairly subsidizes sugar exports to U.S.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 - The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) said Mexican sugar subsidies are giving the country's sugar mills an unfair trade advantage and imposed duty deposits

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Politics | 8/27/2014 6:18:39 AM

RMA provides new maps, online tool to help understand SCO, STAX

WASHINGTON, August 27, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released additional information on the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) availability
Politics | 8/26/2014 9:45:56 PM

Longshoremen ratify agreement, resume work at key northwest export terminals

VANCOUVER, WA., August 26, 2014 - After almost two years of controversial contract negotiations which threatened the stability of U.S. agricultural exports, the longshoremen who load grain here have voted to ratify
Politics | 8/26/2014 5:36:42 PM

USDA announces employment project grants to reduce SNAP cost

ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 26, 2014- USDA is making $200 million in grant money available for state Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) agencies to conduct employment
Politics | 8/26/2014 3:56:42 PM

 USDA predicts farm income to fall to lowest since 2010

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2014 - USDA's latest projection for net farm income for 2014 shows income dropping sharply from 2013 but not as much as previously predicted.
Politics | 8/26/2014 3:55:03 PM

Cenex Tank Program to help retailers offer E15

ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 26, 2014 - CHS, a leading energy, grains and foods company and the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative, has announced a new program to better enable some of the 1,400 Cenex-branded locations to
Politics | 8/26/2014 10:46:52 AM

Iowa farmers say yield top factor in soybean variety choice

Iowa soybean farmers say yield is the top factor in determining the seed they'll plant and the person on whom they rely for objective information is
Politics | 8/25/2014 6:03:22 PM

Kauai GMO crop law ruled invalid

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2014-A federal judge ruled over the weekend that a law approved in Kauai of Hawaii regulating the use of pesticides and genetically modified crops is invalid.
Politics | 8/25/2014 5:14:44 PM

 Watchdog cites management challenges facing USDA

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2014 -- The USDA's Office of Inspector General has filed its annual report on management challenges the department is facing, and topping the list of 11 challenges is how to
Politics | 8/25/2014 4:26:44 PM

Incentives for states may boost SNAP fraud detection

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2014 - State officials might improve their record in detecting fraud in USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) if financial incentives were
Politics | 8/24/2014 10:28:43 PM

  Vandana Shiva echoes old fringe group's conspiracy theories

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2014 -- Forty years ago in November, the World Food Conference in Rome was my first encounter, as a young congressional staffer, with the followers of Lyndon LaRouche
Politics | 8/22/2014 3:24:00 PM

Few differences in milk and health of organic, regular cows

CORVALLIS, Ore., Aug. 22, 2014 - Cows raised on organic and conventional dairy farms in three regions of the United States show no significant differences
Politics | 8/22/2014 2:21:40 PM

 EPA finalizes 2014 RFS rule

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2014 - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today sent the proposed final rule for the 2014 Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) volume obligations to
Politics | 8/22/2014 1:00:19 PM

Cargill pledges $1 million to 'Raising Nebraska' agriculture exhibit

GRAND ISLAND, NEB., Aug. 22, 2014 - With a major presence in Nebraska, Cargill has become the title sponsor of a year-round education exhibit, Raising Nebraska, pledging
Politics | 8/22/2014 11:09:51 AM

China reopens market for California citrus

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2014 - California citrus producers can once again export their products to China after
Politics | 8/21/2014 3:44:57 PM

Kentucky showdown: McConnell and Grimes debate farm issues

LOUISVILLE, August 21, 2014 - Kentucky farmers got a ringside seat Wednesday in a hotly-contested battle between Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Politics | 8/21/2014 3:23:32 PM

Farm groups seek EU biotech approvals

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2014-- In letters sent this week to the European Commission and the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), several agricultural organizations asked that the European Union (EU) take action
Politics | 8/21/2014 2:45:22 PM

Farm Bureau seeks reversal of Chesapeake Bay pollution limit ruling

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2014 -- The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) late Wednesday asked a federal appeals court to reverse a lower court ruling that upheld the EPA's pollution limits for the
Politics | 8/21/2014 1:14:19 PM

USDA publishes final amended rule for poultry inspection

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2014-The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today published its final amended rule for the Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection, adding a
Politics | 8/19/2014 2:56:48 PM

USDA announces funding to turn commodities into value-added products

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2014 - USDA today announced $25 million in funding intended to help rural businesses grow, diversify, and create jobs in the department's ongoing effort to


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 2. Few differences in milk and health of organic, regular cows

 3. Kauai GMO crop law ruled invalid

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 5. Kentucky showdown: McConnell and Grimes debate farm issues

 6. Longshoremen ratify agreement, resume work at key northwest export terminals

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 8. Watchdog cites management challenges facing USDA

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