Politics | 10/28/2014

Are worries about obesity killing Halloween?

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2014 - With more than a third of America's children classified as overweight or obese, is the future of Halloween trick-or-treating threatened?

Farm & rural policy news

Politics | 10/31/2014 2:57:36 PM

China lifts its suspension of apples from Washington State

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that China is lifting its suspension of red and golden delicious apple imports from Washington State. The Chinese market for Washington apples was valued at $6.5 million in calendar year 2011.
Politics | 10/31/2014 2:56:31 PM

NFU responds to anti-COOL letter, celebrates court victory

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2014 - National Farmers Union is staying the course in its pursuit for country-of-origin labeling (COOL), celebrating a recent court decision and urging Congress to ignore calls for a repeal of the law.

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Politics | 10/31/2014 2:10:15 PM

NSAC report says farmers are harmed by declining public seed supply

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2014 - The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) released an analysis of the U.S. seed supply, stating that consolidation in the seed industry has negatively impacted the development of new varieties, limited farmer choice, and decreased the genetic diversity of our global seed supply.
Politics | 10/31/2014 11:02:14 AM

USDA announces $29 million to provide housing for farmworkers

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is investing $29 million to provide affordable housing for farm laborers and their families.
Politics | 10/30/2014 3:40:09 PM

Dairy group announces partnerships to pump up fluid milk consumption

CHICAGO, Oct. 29, 2014 - Over the past four decades, consumption of fluid dairy products has dropped with each generation. Today, Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) announced seven partnerships investing more than a half billion dollars in an effort to put fluid milk back in the center of the rapidly growing health and wellness beverage market.
Politics | 10/30/2014 3:05:56 PM

NACD wants EPA to withdraw its 'Waters of the U.S.' proposal

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2014- The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw its proposal to re-define "Waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act (CWA).
Politics | 10/30/2014 2:43:06 PM

Ag groups and food companies seek recall of COOL meat rules

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2014 - More than 100 agriculture-related companies and organizations are asking Congress to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to immediately rescind the meat provisions of the country-of-origin labeling rules that the World Trade Organization said are non-compliant with international trade obligations.
Politics | 10/30/2014 11:29:29 AM

Vilsack calls for more diversity in agriculture

LOUISVILLE, KY - October, 30, 2014 - Surrounded by a sea of blue jackets, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack emphasized that "the future is bright for American Agriculture"
Politics | 10/29/2014 6:46:27 PM

USDA, NFWF partner on southern solutions

NORCO, La., Oct. 28, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says a new partnership between USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) will provide additional support for restoration of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem in response to impacts from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.
Politics | 10/29/2014 4:48:47 PM

Ag coalition issues reports documenting the benefits of neonics

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2014-- A series of reports released today by a coalition of agricultural companies shows, in part, that without the use of widely used and controversial insecticide, North American farmers would need to resort to using more and older chemicals.
Politics | 10/29/2014 3:52:21 PM

USDA to provide $4 million for honey bee habitat

WASHINGTON, Oct.29, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that more than $4 million in technical and financial assistance will be provided to help farmers and ranchers in the Midwest improve the health of honey bees.
Politics | 10/29/2014 3:18:37 PM

Enrollment, comment dates extended on USDA dairy programs

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2014 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today an extension of deadlines related to Department of Agriculture dairy programs approved in the 2014 Farm Bill.
Politics | 10/29/2014 4:50:09 AM

 Syngenta sees silver lining in China's rejection of corn trait

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2014-- In the wake of controversy surrounding China's rejection of Syngenta's genetically modified corn trait, Syngenta can strengthen grain supply management in North America in a way it's never been done before, Chuck Lee, the head of corn for Syngenta, said at the company's media summit in Washington on Tuesday.
Politics | 10/28/2014 3:45:55 PM

Environmental Working Group debuts nutritional database

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2014 - The Environmental Working Group has released an online database with entries on more than 80,000 foods that it hopes will help consumers make healthier choices at the grocery store.
Politics | 10/28/2014 10:09:04 AM

Americans say their sausage king is Italian

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2014 - October is National Sausage Month, and Americans surveyed have crowned a king. An online survey found Italian sausage edging out breakfast sausage as America's favorite, with kielbasa and bratwurst in the number three and four slots.
Politics | 10/24/2014 2:33:34 PM

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Politics | 10/24/2014 11:18:57 AM

Cast your vote for USFRA 'Faces of Farming and Ranching'

CHESTERFIELD, Mo., Oct. 24, 2014 - Online voting opened today for the next U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) Faces of Farming and Ranching.


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 event calendar
  AgroNomics/ASFMRA Annual Meeting
  Oct. 27 - Nov. 1, 2014 Tucson, Arizona

  National FFA Conference & Expo
  Oct. 29 - Nov. 1, 2014 Louisville, Kentucky

  Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
  Nov. 2-4, 2014 Orlando, Florida

  Nov. 3-5, 2014 Frankfurt, Germany

  UC Davis Produce Safety Science-Based Workshop
  Nov. 3-5, 2014 Davis, California

  California Agricultural Business Management Conference
  Nov. 5, 2014 Fresno, California

  Agriculture Future of America Leaders Conference
  Nov. 6-9, 2014 Kansas City, Missouri

  American Agri-Women Annual Convention
  Nov. 6-8, 2014 Oxford, Ohio

  National Black Farmers Association Conference
  Nov. 7-8, 2014 Jacksonville, Florida

  Western Seed Association Conference
  Nov. 8-11, 2014 Kansas City, Missouri


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