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