Politics | 8/28/2015

Vilsack, Wyden rally to bolster support for 'fire borrowing' legislation

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., held a teleconference Friday afternoon from Portland, Oregon, where wildfires are raging to stress the necessity of reforming the wildfire suppression budget.

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Politics | 8/28/2015 3:32:42 PM

Iowa farmers brace for another year of belt-tightening, survey finds

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2014 - Iowa farmers are bracing for another year of belt tightening - cutting back on everything from cash rent, to fertilizer and farm equipment - as they expect farm income to drop once again in 2015-16.
Politics | 8/28/2015 3:15:09 PM

USDA pledges additional $211 million in sage grouse protection funds

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2015 - USDA announced today it plans to invest an additional $211 million over the next three years in its 11-state, public-private partnership conservation effort to save the greater sage grouse.

Politics | 8/28/2015 2:55:38 PM

USDA approves Simplot's GE potato

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2015 -- USDA has approved a potato genetically engineered by J.R. Simplot Co. to resist late blight, the disease that caused the Irish potato famine in the mid-19th century and still threatens crops around the globe.
Politics | 8/27/2015 6:14:39 PM

Judge blocks WOTUS rule one day before scheduled implementation

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2015 - A federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction stopping the Obama administration's Clean Water Rule from going into effect on Friday in some states, a victory for agricultural interests who brought lawsuits to halt the rule.
Politics | 8/27/2015 5:47:42 PM

Ag exports to drop slightly from FY 2015 but still strong, USDA says

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2015 -- Agriculture exports for fiscal year 2016 are projected at $138.5 billion, down $1 billion from the revised $139.5 billion for the current year, USDA said today in a report.
Politics | 8/27/2015 2:18:25 PM

Monsanto abandons Syngenta merger efforts

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2015 - Monsanto today abandoned its efforts to buy Swiss agribusiness and chemical maker Syngenta, acknowledging that its $47 billion bid had failed to "meet Syngenta's financial expectations."
Politics | 8/26/2015 1:14:09 PM

Baenig to head BIO's Food and Agriculture Section

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2015 - Brian Baenig, who recently stepped down as chief of staff to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, is joining the Biotechnology Industry Organization as executive vice president for BIO's Food and Agriculture Section.
Politics | 8/26/2015 12:57:44 PM

 Presidential candidates divide sharply over the RFS

DES MOINES, Iowa, Aug. 25, 2015 - Many of the 2016 presidential candidates naturally are reluctant to outline specific policies this early in the campaign - particularly when GOP front-runner Donald Trump's lack of positions seems to be helping him surge in the early polls, rather than hurting.
Politics | 8/26/2015 11:31:45 AM

 GOP moving to right on immigration, mandatory E-Verify on agenda

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2015 - Donald Trump's immigration agenda is pushing the Republican debate well to the right and raising concerns in the agribusiness sector. Other candidates immediately started one-upping him.
Politics | 8/26/2015 11:21:46 AM

 Ready or not, here comes WOTUS

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2015 - On Friday, one of the Obama administration's most unpopular regulations could become law, much to the chagrin of many in the agricultural community.
Politics | 8/26/2015 11:14:46 AM

 President Obama unleashes $1 billion to support Clean Power Plan

LAS VEGAS, NV, Aug. 26, 2015 - President Obama traveled to sunny Las Vegas on Monday to promote his record on renewables and announce more than $1 billion in Department of Energy (DOE) initiatives to fight climate change and accelerate investments in clean energy.
Politics | 8/26/2015 11:07:28 AM

 RFS meeting its goals, BIO analysis shows

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2015 - Over the past decade, the Renewable Fuel Standard's (RFS) requirement to substitute biofuels for fossil fuels has displaced almost 1.9 billion barrels of foreign oil and reduced U.S. transportation-related carbon emissions by 589 million metric tons, according to a Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) analysis.
Politics | 8/26/2015 11:00:32 AM

 Syngenta asks judge to dismiss lawsuits involving Viptera

KANSAS CITY, KS, Aug. 26, 2015 - Syngenta last week asked a federal court in Kansas City, Kansas, to dismiss lawsuits by corn growers in a half-dozen states that claim they faced potential losses of more than a billion dollars in 2014
Politics | 8/26/2015 10:48:33 AM

 Nitrate lawsuit threatens 'King Corn' in Iowa, potentially other states

DES MOINES, IA, Aug 26, 2015 - Corn may still be king in Iowa and in Iowa politics, but to keep it that way, farmers face a severe challenge in Bill Stowe, the man who runs the Des Moines metropolitan water system.
Politics | 8/26/2015 10:28:38 AM

 A closer look at why Canadians don't like the U.S. voluntary COOL

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2015 - Canadian opposition to U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) efforts has been strong and consistent, even against a voluntary labeling proposal introduced in July.
Politics | 8/26/2015 10:13:27 AM

 Eroding farm income cuts into sales, profits for agribusiness

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2015 - Prospects for a significant retrenchment this year from previous years' record farm income are beginning to show in the earnings results reported by several major companies that supply farmers and ranchers and process and market their commodities.
Politics | 8/26/2015 10:00:42 AM

 2015 farm income: As varied as American ag itself

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2015 - Cash is pouring into U.S. agriculture this year, but net farm income is highly disparate and, overall, will end up thinner than in the more recent economically flush years.
Politics | 8/25/2015 7:44:33 PM

Ben Carson likes his burgers - and his bees

DES MOINES, Iowa, August 24, 2015 - Ben Carson says that, despite reports, he has nothing against red meat. The retired neurosurgeon and Republican candidate for president, who reportedly embraced vegetarianism decades ago, denies that's the case and says he actually enjoys a good meat dish now and then.
Politics | 8/25/2015 12:04:24 PM

Schools struggling with costlier meals, survey says

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2015 - Changes to the school lunch program mandated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 are leaving school lunch programs across the country hungry for money, a new study says.
Politics | 8/25/2015 4:38:44 AM

Consumer Reports points to bacteria in ground beef, while USDA and other groups deny danger

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2015 - A new study from Consumer Reports (CR), the organization known for investigating and rating all sorts of consumer goods from cars to countertops, found high levels of what they deemed dangerous strains of bacteria in American ground beef. But federal officials and trade associations deny the danger.
Politics | 8/24/2015 8:42:22 PM

Scientist: 'Vilification' of biotechnology risks food security

WASHINGTON, August 22, 2015 - One of the most distinguished scientists in the public policy sphere is warning that "the increasing vilification of GM foods as a marketing tool by the organic food industry" may be "the most counterproductive development" in the effort to increase food production to meet the needs of a population projected to approach 10 billion in 35 years.


Bruce Knight

Saving species, securing certainty
By September 30, 2015, to meet the terms of a court order, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) must decide whether or not to list the sage grouse as an endangered species.


Mark Edelman and Barry Flinchbaugh

Campaign rhetoric and agriculture's future
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Mark Keenum

Robust research program is essential to meet critical global food security challenges
The United States is at a critical public policy crossroads over the issue of maintaining a robust national and international program of agricultural research


Marshall Matz

The biotechnology riddle
The debate over agriculture biotechnology (aka genetic engineering (GE), genetic modification (GM), and GM organisms (GMOs)) was front and center in July.


Bruce Knight

Saving the Sage Grouse through voluntary conservation
Voluntary conservation efforts have helped protect and restore habitat for the sage grouse on more than 4.4 million acres since 2010 through NRCS partnerships with owners of private working lands.
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 1. Scientist: 'Vilification' of biotechnology risks food security

 2. Judge blocks WOTUS rule one day before scheduled implementation

 3. Monsanto abandons Syngenta merger efforts

 4. Consumer Reports points to bacteria in ground beef, while USDA and other groups deny danger

 5. Ben Carson likes his burgers - and his bees

 6. Baenig to head BIO's Food and Agriculture Section

 7. Schools struggling with costlier meals, survey says

 8. Christie, Jindal draw protests at Iowa State Fair

 9. USDA pledges additional $211 million in sage grouse protection funds

 10. Ag exports to drop slightly from FY 2015 but still strong, USDA says